MOONLIGHT

Groundbreaking LGBT+ film Moonlight is one of the major contenders at this year’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

The film scored mentions in some of the ceremony’s biggest categories, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Naomie Harris, Directing for Barry Jenkins and Best Picture.

Unsurprisingly, La La Land also fared well, with Ryan Gosling scooping a Best Actor nomination, Emma Stone nominated for Best Actress, and it will go up against Moonlight for Best Picture.

La La Land has been given 14 nominations in total, equalling Titanic’s record-breaking tally back in 1998. All About Eve was also honoured with 14 nominations back in 1950.

Disney films Moana and Zootopia will go up against each other for Best Animated Feature Film, while Arrival, Nocturnal Animals and Hacksaw Ridge also scored major nominations.

The 89th Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will take place in Los Angeles on 26 February.

The main nominations are as follows:

Best Picture

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

Best Actress

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

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 Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Best 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 Director

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

Best Animated Feature Film

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

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Original Song

    • La La Land – Audition
    • La La Land – City of Stars
    • Moana – How Far I’ll Go
    • Jim: The James Foley Story – The Empty Chair
    • Trolls – Can’t Stop the Feeling

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