‘La La Land’ poised
to win big at Oscars

February 26 2017 6:39 PM

La la Land | Photo from www.instagram.com/lalaland/
La la Land | Photo from www.instagram.com/lalaland/

Stars descend in Hollywood on Sunday (Monday morning in Manila), as the 89th Academy Awards ceremony takes centerstage at the Dolby Theater in California.

“La La Land” leads the pack with 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. It now ties with “All About Eve’ (1955) and “Titanic” (1997) for the movie with most nominations in Oscar history.

The movie tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight.

Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the critically-acclaimed movie with a budget of $30 million has already grossed $343.3 million in box office.

In one of the most diverse years at the Oscars ever, Time.com reported that a record of six black actors were nominated this year – Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Viola Davis (Fences), Denzel Washington (Fences), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Ruth Negga (Loving).

Seven nonwhite actors also snagged nominations – Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Viola Davis (Fences), Denzel Washington (Fences), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Dev Patel (Lion) helped make this year’s Oscars among the most diverse ever. In 2007, seven nonwhite actors were also nominated.

Here are the nominees in major categories:

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

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

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

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

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

Adapted Screenplay
Arrival, Eric Heisserer
Fences, August Wilson
Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion, Luke Davies
Moonlight, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney

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

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine (Denmark)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
The Salesman (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

* Final predictions

Mark Hughes of Forbes.com makes his final predictions of who go home with the Oscar gold.

Best Picture: “La La Land”

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Best Actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Best Actor: Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Best Original Screenplay: “Manchester By the Sea”

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Moonlight”

Best Cinematography: “La La Land”

Best Original Score: “La La Land”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Suicide Squad”

Best Costume Design: “La La Land”

Best Original Song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land”

Best Production Design: “La La Land”

Best Film Editing: “La La Land”

Best Sound Editing: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Best Sound Mixing: “La La Land”

Best Visual Effects: “The Jungle Book”

Best Animated Feature: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Toni Erdmann”

Best Documentary Feature: “O.J.: Made in America”

Best Live-Action Short: “Ennemis Intérieurs”

Best Animated Short: “Piper”

Best Documentary Short: “Extremis”