Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dance in a scene from “La La Land.”

By: Maggie Olson


No surprise, “La La Land” received a record-tying 14 nominations for the 2017 Oscars. After last year’s  #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy added more diverse members and a record six black actors received nominations. While this progress is small, it is a sharp contrast to the 2014 and 2015 ceremonies which did not honor any black actors.

The coveted Best Picture award is likely to be a tight contest between the musical “La La Land” and the drama “Moonlight.” The acclaimed “La La Land” swept categories at the Golden Globes in January and won for Best Musical while “Moonlight” won for Best Drama. If “Moonlight” were to win, it would be the first win for a lead LGBT character. Among the other nominees for Best Picture are the Amy Adams’ driven sci-fi “Arrival,” the empowering “Hidden Figures” and the emotional “Manchester by the Sea.”

“‘La La Land’ deserves 14 [nominations] because as a movie it did something a lot of films don’t do these days,” said sophomore Holly Pratt, who saw the movie three times in one week. “It brought back the style of old musicals but with a modern twist. The lights, the colors, the outfits, and the cinematography all came together to create this beautiful piece about how anyone can follow their dreams.”

Meryl Streep received her 20th nomination for “Florence Foster Jenkins.” She has the highest number of nominations for acting, male or female. The category of Best Actress will likely go to Emma Stone for “La La Land.” Missing from the Best Actress category is Amy Adams, whose heartfelt emotional performance in “Arrival” was given no recognition.

Musician and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda could be the 13th person to EGOT (one who wins an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). If he were to win the Oscar for Best Song for “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana,” he would take the title.

Jimmy Kimmel hosts The Oscars on February 26 on ABC.