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“La La Land” did what 800-lb gorillas are supposed to do: dominate the Oscar nominations tally, pulling down 14, including actor, actress, director and picture. That ties the record shared only with "All About Eve" and "Titanic."

"Arrival" and "Moonlight" each came away with eight nominations. Ava DuVernay’s “13th” joins “O.J.: Made in America” among best documentary feature nominees, continuing our ongoing conversation about race in the United States. Speaking of which, with Viola Davis, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Ruth Negga getting acting nominations, the 89th Academy Awards will definitely not be so white.

The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and will air live at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Analysis

None of the best picture nominees has grossed more than $100 million

Amy Adams stars in "Arrival," nominated for best picture. (Paramount)
Amy Adams stars in "Arrival," nominated for best picture. (Paramount)

All too often, the Oscars come around and you'll overhear someone at coffee or in a restaurant or in a waiting room saying, "I've barely heard of any of these movies; does anyone actually see them?"

For only the second time in the last 10 years, none of the best picture nominees — at the time of nomination — has grossed more than $100 million domestically. And that first time was in 2015, and that's only because "American Sniper" had just opened in wide release; it would go on to gross $346.7 million in North America.

Here's how the nine films nominated for best picture for the 89th Academy Awards have fared at the box office thus far:

  • "Arrival": $95.7 million
  • "Fences": $48.7 million
  • "Hacksaw Ridge": $65.5 million
  • "Hell or High Water": $27.0 million
  • "Hidden Figures": $83.7 million
  • "La La Land": $89.7 million
  • "Lion": $16.3 million
  • "Manchester By the Sea": $38.9 million
  • "Moonlight": $15.8 million

"Hidden Figures" and "La La Land" will cross the $100-million mark in the next week or two, and "Arrival" will likely get a nice post-nomination bump.

But if the goal of the 2011 decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, when it changed the rules and allowed up to 10 films to be nominated for best picture, was to be able to include more films that reflect the popular taste, then that hasn't quite panned out this year.

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