Hit movie La La Lands has equalled the number of Oscar nominations picked up by Titanic and All About Eve, with 14 nods from Academy Awards judges. The musical, which stars A Listers Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, could now go on to break the record for the number of Oscars won by a single move.
Currently, Titantic, Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King are tying in that record, with 11 Oscars each. And, after last year’s criticism about the lack of black and minority actors nominated for a gong, this time around, seven of the 20 actors in line for an award aren’t white.
The movie’s stars are shortlisted in the Leading Actress and Leading Actor categories. Emma will be going head to head with Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman in the contest, meaning Meryl has now been nominated 20 times. Ryan also has some really stiff competition in his category, from the likes of Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington.
Meanwhile, those in the running for the Best Supporting Actress include Nicole Kidman for Lion and Octavia Spencer for Hidden Fences, as well as Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea. Veteran actor Mel Gibson has been nominated in the Best Director category, for his movie Hacksaw Ridge. He has now been nominated since he won the Oscar for Braveheart 22 years ago.
La La Land has already taken home seven prizes at the Golden Globe Awards, including the coveted Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Both Emma and Ryan scooped Best Performance awards too. And, the movie is also in the running for a staggering 11 awards at the upcoming BAFTAs. The shortlists are put together for the Oscars through votes from the 6028 members of the Academy. To be eligible to vote, actors must have three credits to their name, while directors must have two.