Out of the nine films nominated in the best picture category, La La Land is certainly the front-runner with 14 nominations to its name but Oscars are always full of surprises.
With just hours left for the the telecast of the 89th Academy Awards and as alike every year the competition for the top trophies toughens up, this year’s favourite ‘La La Land’ stands as a strong contender, expected to clinch the maximum number of the prestigious awards. Even though 2016 was highly dominated by Superhero and fantasy flicks like Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs Superman, Deadpool, Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts, classics like La La Land and Manchester by the Sea made their presence felt getting love from both critics and viewers. Mel Gibson’s comeback indie film Hacksaw Ridge also earned a nomination in for the best film.
Out of the nine films nominated in the best picture category, La La Land is certainly the front-runner with 14 nominations to its name but Oscars are always full of surprises. Last year, Spotlight won just two awards and out of that one was for the best film and this year too, La La Land will face tough competition from Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water but Moonlight can also emerge as the dark horse.Amongst the directors, there is a lot of buzz around Damien Chazelle for creating a magnificent world in the La La Land but Denis Villeneuve is also a strong contender for Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner starring sci-fi drama Arrival.
In an unprecedented display of last minute surprises and varieties, the Oscar nominations, this year, witnessed two records. Bagging 14 nominations, this year’s favorite, candy-colored love story, ‘La La Land’ matched the record number of nominations in the Academy awards with ‘Titanic’ and ‘All About Eve’. Moreover, after two consecutive years of all-white nominees, the 89th Annual Academy Awards, has this year rightly addressed its ‘lack of diversity’ issues, with six black nominees setting the record of the highest number of nominations for black actors ever.
Earlier, actor Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle stressed the collaboration that went into making their Oscar-nominated film “La La Land”, at their first news conference following the release of nominations. “This was such a labour of love to make and it was a real team effort,” said 32-year old director Chazelle, who is poised to become the youngest ever Best Director Oscar winner.
(With inputs from agencies)