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‘La La Land,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight’ Lead Oscar Nods

PLUS: Hollywood seems to have forgiven Mel Gibson, handing his ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ a number of nominations, including his first director nomination since winning in 1995.

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La La Land has achieved a feat only two other films have done before – earn 14 Oscar nominations. But will its final performance next month be more like the six Oscar wins of 1950’s All About Eve, or the 11 victories of 1997’s Titanic?

That will be the question crossing many observers minds as critic and fan alike picks apart a nomination list that included not just the massive one for the Damien Chazelle musical, but also the 16 nominations both Arrival and Moonlight split when nominations were announced early Tuesday.

La La Land had nominations in nearly all the major categories, according to Variety, including best picture, lead acting for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, as well as best directing by Chazelle. It’s Gosling’s second Oscar nomination following 2006’s Half Nelson and second for Chazelle, who earned a writing nod in 2015 for Whiplash.

It’s also the second nomination for Stone who first had a chance at an Oscar in 2015 for eventual best picture Birdman.

Chazelle, however, also has a second nomination for best adapted screenplay for La La Land, while his musical partners – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul each picked up two nominations of their own for the songs “Audition” and “City of Stars.”

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