Reprinted from The New York Times by Brooks Barnes on January 24, 2017.
Oscar voters showered the neo-musical La La Land with 14 nominations on Tuesday, a tie with Titanic and All About Eve for the most in Academy Award history. But a diverse array of films, notably Moonlight, about a young black man in Miami, also picked up honors in multiple major races, moving the ceremony beyond two #OscarsSoWhite years.
Competing against La La Land and Moonlight for best picture will be Manchester by the Sea; Arrival; Lion; Fences; Hell or High Water; Hidden Figures; and Hacksaw Ridge, which also drew a nomination for its director, Mel Gibson, officially ending his 10-year status as a Hollywood pariah.
Filling out the directing field were Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 89th Academy Awards in two batches on Tuesday morning, the first group including mostly further-flung categories. Among the major races unveiled, Ryan Gosling (La La Land); Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic); and Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) will join Casey Affleck, who plays a handyman in Manchester by the Sea, and Denzel Washington, the lead in Fences, as nominees for best actor. …
A complete list of nominees is here.