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The 2016 Oscar nominations caused a lot of controversy when everyone couldn’t help but notice that there was a lack of non-white nominees. It got so bad, big names in Hollywood felt compelled to boycott the event entirely. It looks like the powers that be paid attention though, cos this year is as diverse as can be.

 

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Fences

 

Oscar voters blessed the neo-musical “La La Land” with 14 nominations on Tuesday (tying with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most in Academy Award history) but the academy also moved past two #OscarsSoWhite years by honoring a record high of six black actors and including diverse films like “Moonlight,” “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” in the best picture race.

 

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Hidden Figures

 

In a sharp contrast to the previous two years voters chose the largest number of black candidates ever. Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris each received a nod for their supporting work in “Moonlight,” a poetic drama about a young black man in Miami. Viola Davis (“Fences”) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) were also nominated for supporting actress. Joining one of our favs, Ruth Negga in the lead categories was Mr. Washington of “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s classic play about black life in 1950s Pittsburgh.

 

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Loving

 

Another minority actor, Dev Patel, was nominated for his supporting role in “Lion,” which received six nominations in total, tying “Manchester by the Sea” and “Hacksaw Ridge.” And four of the five honored documentaries came from black filmmakers, including “13th,” Ava DuVernay’s searing look at race and mass incarceration in America, and “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, a portrait of the writer James Baldwin and the civil-rights era. (The others in that race are “Fire at Sea,” “Life, Animated” and the seven-hour “O. J.: Made in America,” which paves the way for TV documentaries given limited theatrical release to be nominees.)

Like I keep saying guys- it’s a great time to be alive!

Take a look at the full list of nominees here:

Best picture

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best cinematography

Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

 

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La La Land

 

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best documentary

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America
13th

Best foreign language film

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

 

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Manchester by the Sea

Best actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best costume design

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

Best score

Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

 

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Moonlight

Best song

Audition (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)

Best sound editing

Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best sound mixing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best documentary short

4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best production design

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

Best original screenplay

Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By the Sea
20th Century Women

Best adapted screenplay

Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Moana

Moana

Best animated feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life As a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best animated short

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best supporting actress

Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)

Best film editing

Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best live-action short

Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Best actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best visual effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best makeup and hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

 

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