Oscar Nominations 2017: Record-breaking, diverse nominees make history


Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson. (David Lee/Paramount Pictures) David Lee/Paramount Pictures and David Lee/Paramount Pictures

No matter how the Academy Awards play out Feb. 26, history has already been made.

Not only was the delivery of this morning’s nominations new — it was a series of pre-recorded videos starring former winners — but many of the nominations were record-breaking.

Perhaps the most historically impressive of all were the 14 nominations for Damien Chazelle’s love-letter to Hollywood, “La La Land.”The number ties “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most Oscar nominations in history. If “La La Land” can win 12 of those 14 nominations, which would be genuinely jaw-dropping, it would break the all-time Academy Award record.

Joining “La La Land” in the Best Picture race are eight other films: “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences,” “Lion,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Manchester by the Sea.” Another notable number is four of the nine nominated films are stories about people of color, which is a major step up from past years.

The Oscars may still be overwhelmingly white, but seven of the 20 acting nominees this year are people of color, which ties the record from 2007. Six black actors were nominated, which is an all-time record high.

In addition to those records, Octavia Spencer, nominated for “Hidden Figures,” is the only black actress ever to have won an Oscar and been nominated again.

Best Supporting Actor nominee Dev Patel is the first Asian acting nominee in 10 years, and his nomination is the third time an actor of Indian descent has ever been nominated for an Oscar. The other nominations went to Ben Kingsley in 1991 and 2001. 

Meryl Streep picked up her 20th nomination for her performance in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Streep broke her own record as the most nominated actor of all time. Katherine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson are tied for second at 12 each. Overrated, who?

Check out the full list of nominations below, and head over to the Weekend Facebook page to watch us break down the biggest snubs and surprises of the morning.

Best Picture

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”




“Hidden Figures”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water

”Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Documentary

“O.J.: Made in America”

“13th” “I Am Not Your Negro”

“Fire at Sea”

“Life, Animated”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Toni Erdmann” 

“The Salesman”

“Land of Mine”

“A Man Called Ove”


Best Animated Feature Film


“Kubo and the Two Strings”


“The Red Turtle”

“My Life as a Zucchini”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney

“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer 

“Lion,” Luke Davies 

“Fences,” August Wilson

“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

Best Original Screenplay

“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle

“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan

“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou 

“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills

Best Original Song

“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”

“City of Stars,” “La La Land”

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land”

“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” “Trolls”

“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story”

Best Original Score

“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz

“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell

“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka

“Jackie,” Mica Levi

“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Best Cinematography

“Moonlight,” James Laxton

“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren

“Arrival,” Bradford Young

“Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto

“Lion,” Greig Fraser

Best Production Design

“La La Land,” David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock

“Arrival,” Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte

“Hail, Caesar!,” Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh

“Passengers,” Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

Best Visual Effects

“The Jungle Book,” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

“Doctor Strange,” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould 

“Deepwater Horizon,” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton 

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff

Best Costume Design

“La La Land,” Mary Zophres

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood

“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle

“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine

“Allied,” Joanna Johnston

Best Makeup and Hair Styling

“Star Trek Beyond,” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

“Suicide Squad,” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

“A Man Called Ove,” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

Best Animated Short Film



“Borrowed Time”

“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”

“Blind Vaysha”

Best Live Action Short Film


“Sing" (Mindenki)

“Silent Nights”

“Ennemis Interieurs”

“La Femme et le TGV”

Best Documentary Short

“The White Helmets”


“Watani: My Homeland”

“4.1 Miles” 

“Joe’s Violin”

Best Film Editing

“La La Land,” Tom Cross

“Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

“Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert

“Arrival,” Joe Walker

“Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts

Best Sound Editing

“La La Land,” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright

“Arrival,” Sylvain Bellemare

“Sully,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

“Deepwater Horizon,” Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli

Best Sound Mixing

“La La Land,” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

“Arrival,” Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

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