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La La Land Sweeps the 89th Annual Academy Award Oscar with 14 Nominations

 La La Land Sweeps the 89th Annual Academy Award Oscar with 14 Nominations
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This morning, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences broke with tradition when it came to announcing the nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Instead of a press conference, the nominations were broadcast live from Oscar.com. Members of the Academy, past nominees and winners like Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Close, Terrence Howard and Brie Larson took turns speaking about their experience at the Oscars and reading the names of the nominees. The Oscars will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood at 8:30 p.m. ET on February 26, 2017.

“Moonlight” is going head to head against “La La Land” for Best Motion Picture and seven other categories as well. Trailing behind them is “Manchester by the Sea” with six nominations. Diversity was embraced by the members of the Academy, nominating the best of the best, regardless of race. This year is the first year in the Academy’s history that actors of color have been nominated in every category. This year also marks a number of non-white nominations in a range of other categories as well, including Barry Jenkins for Best Director and Bradford Young for Best Cinematographer.

“La La Land,” with its 14 nominations, has tied with “All About Eve” and “Titanic” for the record. Meryl Streep is up for a Best Actress Award as the sweet, but incredibly tonedeaf Florence Foster Jenkins from the movie of the same name. The film, equally sweet, was neither a critical nor a financial success. Viola Davis is up for her third Best Supporting Actress nomination with her role in “Fences,” and “Arrival” is a surprisingly strong contender, as the Academy is known for not liking science fiction films. It picked up nine nominations, but leading actress Amy Adams was snubbed. After 10 years of getting the professional cold shoulder from Hollywood, Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” is up for six awards.

The fight for Best Actor is going to be really tough this year. Denzel Washington (“Fences”) is up against Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) and Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”).

Below is the entire list of nominations.

 La La Land Sweeps the 89th Annual Academy Award Oscar with 14 Nominations

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Best Picture
“Hell or High Water” 
“La La Land” 
“Manchester by the Sea” 
“Hacksaw Ridge” 
“Hidden Figures” 

Best Actress 
Isabelle Huppert — “Elle” 
Ruth Negga — “Loving” 
Natalie Portman — "Jackie"
Emma Stone — “La La Land” 
Meryl Streep — “Florence Foster Jenkins” 

Best Actor 
Casey Affleck — “Manchester by the Sea” 
Andrew Garfield — “Hacksaw Ridge” 
Viggo Mortensen — “Captain Fantastic” 
Denzel Washington — “Fences” 
Ryan Gosling — “La La Land” 

Best Supporting Actress 
Viola Davis — “Fences” 
Naomie Harris — “Moonlight” 
Nicole Kidman — “Lion” 
Octavia Spencer — “Hidden Figures” 
Michelle Williams — “Manchester by the Sea” 

Best Supporting Actor 
Michael Shannon — “Nocturnal Animals” 
Jeff Bridges — “Hell or High Water” 
Mahershala Ali — “Moonlight” 
Dev Patel — “Lion” 
Lucas Hedges — “Manchester by the Sea”

Damien Chazelle — “La La Land” 
Mel Gibson — “Hacksaw Ridge” 
Barry Jenkins — “Moonlight” 
Kenneth Lonergan — “Manchester by the Sea” 
Dennis Villeneuve — “Arrival” 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
August Wilson — “Fences” 
Eric Heisserer — “Arrival” 
Luke Davies — “Lion”  
Barry Jenkins — “Moonlight”
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi — “Hidden Figures”

Animated Feature Film 
“My Life as a Zucchini” 
“The Red Turtle” 
“Kubo and the Two Strings” 

“Moonlight” — James Laxton
“La La Land” — Linus Sandgren 
“Arrival” — Bradford Young 
“Silence” — Rodrigo Prieto 
“Lion” — Greig Fraser 

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Hell or High Water” — Taylor Sheridan 
“La La Land” — Damien Chazelle 
“The Lobster” — Yourgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou 
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan 
“20th Century Women” – Mike Mills

Costume Design 
“La La Land” 
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 
“Florence Foster Jenkins” 

Documentary — Feature 
“O.J.: Made in America” 
“I Am Not Your Negro” 
“Fire at Sea” 
“Life Animate”

Documentary — Short Subject 
“The White Helmets” 
“Watani: My Homeland” 
“4.1 Miles” 
“Joe’s Violin” 

Film Editing 

“La La Land” 
“Hacksaw Ridge” 
Hell or High Water”

Foreign Language Film 
“Land of Mine” 
“Toni Erdmann” 
“A Man Called Ove” 
“The Salesman”

 Makeup and Hairstyling 
“Star Trek Beyond” 
“Suicide Squad” 
“A Man Called Ove”

Music (Original Score) 
“La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz 
“Moonlight” — Nicholas Britell 
“Passengers" — Thomas Newman                                                                                                   “Arrival” — Jóhann Jóhannsson                                                                                                     “Lion” — Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka                                                                                           “Jackie” — Mica Levi

 Music (Original Song)
“How Far I’ll Go” — “Moana” 
“City of Stars” — “La La Land” 
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” — “La La Land” 
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — “Trolls” 
“The Empty Chair” — “Jim: The James Foley Story” 

Production Design 
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 
"Hail, Caesar!" 
“La La Land”  

Short Film (Animated) 
“Borrowed Time” 
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes” 
“Blind Vaysha”

Short Film (Live Action) 
“Silent Nights” 
“Sing (Mindenki)” 
“Ennemis Interieurs” 
“La Femme et le TGV”

Sound Mixing 
“La La Land” 
“Hacksaw Ridge” 
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” 
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

Visual Effects 
“The Jungle Book” 
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” 
“Doctor Strange” 
“Deepwater Horizon”                                                                                                                   “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Best Sound Editing 
“La La Land” 
“Hacksaw Ridge” 
“Deepwater Horizon”

Are Music Fests Getting Political?

Are Music Fests Getting Political?
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Festival season is almost upon us. This year, most U.S states are hosting four or more music festivals throughout the spring, summer and fall. Coachella, which had its first event back in 1993, is being credited as the music event that revitalized the festival scene.

Music festivals, at least here in the United States, have long targeted their music to specific segments of society. Warped Tour and Lollapalooza catered to metal lovers, the Newport Jazz Festival showcased that category, and the Winter Music Conference was a playground for EDM lovers. Music aficionados who embraced more than one genre would have to hop from one big fest that showcased one musical style to another event that catered to a different one.

Are Music Fests Getting Political?

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And as the years have progressed, general admission tickets skyrocketed to the point where many festivals, including Governor’s Ball, now offer lay-a-way packages for basic entry fees. Festivals have also become the place to be “seen,” and a required stop for celebs and those in search of photo ops. They also became an advertising agency or branding company’s wet dream — and a consumer’s nightmare. After all, if we’re repeatedly told that a brand of, say, flower crowns or beer is the only one to own, and to buy anything else is shameful, festival-goers will blindly throw money at being “on fleek.” And as festivals birthed other festivals, and existing ones became bigger and bigger, they also began to draw in a multi-culti crowd, but the music stayed (pretty much) as segmented as it was in the past.

Until this year.

Are Music Fests Getting Political?

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Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead are headlining Coachella, while U2 is making its first U.S festival appearance at Bonnaroo. Tool, Wu-Tang Clan and Chance the Rapper are headlining New York City’s Governor’s Ball. The stage and the audience are now equally diverse. More importantly, each of the headliners is known for taking strong socio-political stances. One wonders who among them will join the wave of the anti-Trump political movement that’s currently sweeping the nation. Or maybe the pro-Trump movement that got him elected in the first place?

While other high profile festivals like Pitchfork haven’t released a lineup yet, there’s a strong supposition that it could be very similar to the ones mentioned above. It seems like this year’s festival trend, music-wise, is to engage politically active artists of every genre and host them in the same venue. For example, Stagecoach, the huge country music fest, has Cyndi Lauper performing, and Miami’s Ultra Music Festival — an EDM event, has Ice Cube sharing the bill with Sasha and Digweed.

This could be a summer of incredible once-in-a-lifetime musical events and political activism never seen before at music festivals across the nation. Unfortunately, Bonnaroo sold out long before they released their lineup, Coachella sold out in minutes, and other fests have tickets that are going quickly. Use Music Festival Wizard to find information on festivals throughout the world. To acquire tickets to sold out events, only use reputable resellers and stay away from Craigslist, where scams abound. For the other fests that are happening this year, sign up for email notifications and hope for the best.

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PJ Gach is a NYC-based freelance writer. Her work has been in BlogHer, XOJane, the New York Post and other mags. Her own site is thequeenofstyle.com