'La La' lands record 14 nominations, but it's got some stiff competition in many of the major categories.

25 Jan 2017 - 5:43 AM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2017 - 5:43 AM

LOS ANGELES, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Romantic musical La La Land became the movie to beat in the Academy Awards on Tuesday after earning 14 nominations in a diverse list that swept aside fears of another #OscarsSoWhite controversy at the industry's highest honours, and has also included three Australian productions and co-productions.

With nods that included best picture, actor, actress, director, score and screenplay, the musical about a struggling actress (Emma Stone) and her jazz pianist boyfriend (Ryan Gosling) equaled the record set by the 1997 blockbuster Titanic and the 1950 film All About Eve.

La La Land also became the first original musical to win a best picture Oscar nomination since All That Jazz in 1979.

Director Damien Chazelle called the acclaim "a delirious, wonderful moment." He told Reuters in a phone interview he thought the musical resonated because it looked at "what it means to be young and in love today, what it means to be an artist today, and chase a dream."

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The film will vie for the top prize - best picture - with sci-fi movie Arrival; Mel Gibson's Australian-shot Hollywood comeback war movie Hacksaw Ridge; modern western Hell or High Water; dramas Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Garth Davis' Australian co-production Lion; and Denzel Washington's adaptation of stage play Fences.

La La Land's main competition in the major categories came from Arrival, an alien invasion thriller, and Moonlight, a low-boil drama looking at a gay man's journey of self-discovery in Florida. Both films landed a total of eight Oscar nominations.

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Three films were tied for third with six nods apiece: Hacksaw Ridge, a bloody World War II drama, Lion, a true story about a man who uses Google to find his long-lost family in India, and Manchester by the Sea, a shattering tragedy that marks a return to the A-list for Kenneth Lonergan after a few years out of the limelight. Lonergan's career was derailed after his previous film, 2011's Margaret, became entangled in a protracted legal fight. He was nominated for best original screenplay and for his direction. Manchester by the Sea was backed by Amazon Studios and marks the first time that a streaming service has earned a best picture nod.

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In a key change from 2016 and 2015, seven people of colour were among the acting nominees, and four of the nine best picture contenders told African-American or Indian stories.

Last year, all 20 acting nominees were white, unleashing an #OscarsSoWhite backlash on social media for the second consecutive year.

The class of 2017, however, included supporting actor nominees Dev Patel for Australian director Garth Davis' Indian adoption story Lion (despite playing the lead role), and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for Moonlight.

Moonlight, the critically acclaimed tale of a young boy struggling with his sexual identity in an impoverished black neighbourhood in Miami, earned a total of 8 nominations.

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Director Barry Jenkins said in a statement that he was "moved beyond words" by the nominations, chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He called them "an affirmation that film has the power to erode barriers and reveal what makes us all human."

Hidden Figures, a feel-good box-office hit about three black female mathematicians working on the U.S. space program in the 1960s, brought a supporting actress nod for Octavia Spencer.

Fences star Viola Davis is seen as a shoo-in to win for her supporting role as a long-suffering housewife.

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In the foreign language category, Australia's Tanna has made it through, and will contend with Germany's multiple award winning comedy Toni Erdmann, Denmark's Land of Mine, Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman and Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove.

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In the best actor category, La La Land star Gosling will compete with Casey Affleck, who plays a grieving father in Manchester by the Sea and whom awards pundits see as the front-runner for the Academy Award.

Washington, British first-timer Andrew Garfield of Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen's unorthodox dad in Captain Fantastic round out the lead actor race.

The lead actress nominations include front-runner Natalie Portman for her role as former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, French actress Isabelle Huppert for thriller Elle, Stone, and Ruth Negga for mixed-marriage story Loving.

Meryl Streep, who earlier this month attacked new U.S. President Donald Trump in a Golden Globes awards speech, earned a record 20th Oscar nomination for playing a tone-deaf singer in Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Some notable absences from Tuesday's list included Annette Bening's star turn in 20th Century Women and Amy Adams performance as a linguist in Arrival.

Martin Scorsese's religious passion project Silence, which was 28 years in the making, was missing from the main categories and earned just one nomination, for cinematography.

(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Melissa Fares; Writing by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

The full list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars is below:

Best picture

"Hacksaw Ridge"
"Hell or High Water"
"Hidden Figures"
"La La Land"
"Manchester by the Sea"

Lead actor

Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"
Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"
Ryan Gosling, "La La Land,"
Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic"
Denzel Washington, "Fences"

Lead actress:
Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"
Ruth Negga, "Loving"
Natalie Portman, "Jackie"
Emma Stone, "La La Land"
Meryl Streep, "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Supporting actor

Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Jeff Bridges, "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea"
Dev Patel, "Lion"
Michael Shannon, "Nocturnal Animals"

Supporting actress

Viola Davis, "Fences"
Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"
Nicole Kidman, "Lion"
Octavia Spencer, "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best director

"La La Land," Damien Chazelle
"Hacksaw Ridge," Mel Gibson
"Moonlight," Barry Jenkins
"Manchester by the Sea," Kenneth Lonergan
"Arrival," Denis Villeneuve

Animated feature

"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"My Life as a Zucchini"
"The Red Turtle"

Animated short

"Blind Vaysha"
"Borrowed Time"
"Pear Cider and Cigarettes"

Adapted screenplay

"Arrival," Eric Heisserer
"Fences," August Wilson
"Hidden Figures," Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
"Lion," Luke Davies
"Moonlight," Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay

"20th Century Women," Mike Mills
"Hell or High Water," Taylor Sheridan
"La La Land," Damien Chazelle
"The Lobster," Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
"Manchester by the Sea," Kenneth Lonergan


"Arrival," Bradford Young
"La La Land," Linus Sandgren
"Lion," Greig Fraser
"Moonlight," James Laxton
"Silence," Rodrigo Prieto

Best documentary feature

"13th," Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
"Fire at Sea," Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
"I Am Not Your Negro," Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck
"Life, Animated," Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
"O.J.: Made in America," Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best documentary short subject

"4.1 Miles," Daphne Matziaraki
"Extremis," Dan Krauss
"Joe's Violin," Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
"Watani: My Homeland," Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
"The White Helmets," Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best live-action short film

"Ennemis Interieurs"
"La Femme et le TGV"
"Silent Nights"

Best foreign language film

"A Man Called Ove"
"Land of Mine"
"The Salesman"
"Toni Erdmann"

Film editing

"Arrival," Joe Walker
"Hacksaw Ridge," John Gilbert
"Hell or High Water," Jake Roberts
"La La Land," Tom Cross
"Moonlight," Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Sound editing

"Deep Water Horizon"
"Hacksaw Ridge"
"La La Land"

Sound mixing

"Hacksaw Ridge"
"La La Land"
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
"13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

Production design

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Hail, Caesar!"
"La La Land"

Original score

"La La Land"

Original song

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," "La La Land"
"Can't Stop the Feeling," "Trolls"
"City of Stars," "La La Land"
"The Empty Chair," "Jim: The James Foley Story"
"How Far I'll Go," "Moana"

Makeup and hair

"A Man Called Ove," Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
"Star Trek Beyond," Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
"Suicide Squad," Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Costume design

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
"Florence Foster Jenkins"
"La La Land"

Visual effects

"Deepwater Horizon," Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
"Doctor Strange," Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
"The Jungle Book," Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
"Kubo and the Two Strings," Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould