La La Land equals record for most Oscar nominations
Movie musical continues impressive awards season with 14 nods, Moonlight and Arrival trail with eight and #OscarsSoWhite controversy averted this year at least
La La Land, the movie musical which broke records at the Golden Globes earlier this month where it took more awards than any other film in history looks likely to repeat the trick at Februarys Oscars.
Damien Chazelles movie musical is up for best picture, director, actor, actress, original screenplay, cinematography, costume design, film editing, original score, original song (twice, for both City of Stars and Audition), production design, sound editing and sound mixing. This puts it level-pegging with current nominee record-holders All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997) and on course for continued celebration at the ceremony itself. All About Eve went on to win six Oscars; Titanic took 11.
Im a little speechless, said Chazelle, 32, whose next project and third feature is a Neil Armstrong biopic starring La La Lands lead, Ryan Gosling. Im filled with gratitude.
Such was the dominance of Chazelles hymn to Hollywood that other films were left in the relative cold, regardless of how impressive their achievements. Moonlight, Barry Jenkinss coming-of-age tale about a young black man at three stages of his life, came in joint second with eight nods, alongside Denis Villeneuves sci-fi Arrival (although it failed to land recognition for star Amy Adams).