Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, La La Land Break Records with 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, La La Land Break Records with 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

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Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, and Ken Watanabe announced the nominees Tuesday for the 89th annual Academy Awards and history was surely made – repeatedly.

La La Land was showered with 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Director. With it’s 14 nominations, La La Land ties with Titanic and All About Eve for most Oscar nominations in the ceremonial history.

Race plays a huge role in this year’s ceremony as six black actors are up for an award and OJ: Made in America is up for Best Documentary, while Fences, Moonlight and Hidden Figures are up for Best Picture. This is the first time in Oscars history that a black star has been nominated in every acting category.

Viola Davis, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, and Ruth Negga have all earned a nomination this year. Regarding Davis, this is the first time in Oscar history that a black woman has been nominated three times. The 51-year-old actress received a nomination for her supporting role in Fences. She was previously nominated for Doubt in 2009 and The Help in 2012. 

David told Good Morning America that although she isn’t putting much thought into the Oscars just yet, her mother is already making plans.

“It would be a sweet moment because my mom called me today and my mom is very modest,” Davis said. “She said she wanted to go to the Oscars. I thought that was shocking. If you knew her you’d know how shocking that is. Most of the time she just wants to go to the track to play the slot machines.”

Negga said of the nomination, “I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women – my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me…this means a great deal to me.”

Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival, Hell or High Water, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea round out the Best Picture category. Speaking of Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson earned a Best Director nod, his Oscar first nomination in 21 years (Braveheart, 1995).

“What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!” Gibson said in a statement. “This is a truly wonderful honor.”

Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Denzel Washington, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep are nominated this year for their iconic roles. Michelle Williams made the cut in the Best Supporting Actress category for Manchester by the Sea.

“Please find the following GIF as a statement on behalf of Meryl Streep,” a publicist for Paramount told the media in an email statement.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Streep is on a winning streak. The heralded star was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on January 8, 2017.

Moana‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda is now just one award away from the EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) distinction.

20th Century Women and The Lobster also had a moment to shine in the Original Screenplay section. Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is up for an Oscar and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Suicide Squad even made the cut.

The Oscars are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will take place this year on Feb. 26 at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre. A full list of nominees can be located here.

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