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Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Denzel Washington And More All Earn Oscar Nominations

There's going to be a lot of melanin at this year's Oscar ceremony and we're not mad at it.

The 2017 Academy-Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning, (Jan. 24) and some of our favorite performances from the year's best films rightfully earned a nod.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, La La Land lead the pack with 14 nominations, tying with the 1950's film All About Eve and 1997's Titanic. Second to the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical is Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, which received eight nominations including best director and best picture.

Right behind Moonlight is the August Wilson adaption Fences, which earned four nominations. The Denzel Washington directed movie about a garbage man in 1950s Pittsburg also stars How To Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis who earned a nomination for best supporting actress and took home a Golden Globe award for the same category. To round out all the melanin that received nominations this years is Hidden Figures, which also has a chance of taking home the Oscar for Best Picture.

Check out some of the nominations below.

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge 

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Manchester By the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Arrival -- Denis Villeneuve

Hacksaw Ridge -- Mel Gibson

La La Land -- Damien Chazelle

Manchester by the Sea -- Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight -- Barry Jenkins

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best Supporting- Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting- Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Fences (August Wilson)

Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McRaney)

 

Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

For the full list of nominations, head over to The Hollywood Reporter 

 

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The New York Times reports that a creative team of three of the most influential black women in the modern-day theater world will be the core of production. Kamilah Forbes, executive producer for the Apollo Theater, will sit as director, Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy) will choreograph, and Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud) sits as the writer for the script.

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