“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.
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Not to rain on the parade of this year's many highly worthy Oscar nominees, but the fact is, most of the best picture nominees have not been all that widely seen, at least by the standards of mainstream Hollywood blockbusters.
As of Tuesday morning, none of the nine films nominated for best picture has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office – so far.
While that's not unprecedented, it's only the fifth time that's been the case in the past 20 years. (In 2009, the motion picture academy expanded the best picture race from five nominees to as many as 10, in large part to try to open the Oscars up to more broadly appealing films.)
Three of this year's best picture nominees — "La La Land," "Hidden Figures" and "Arrival" — are within striking distance of the $100 million milestone domestically. "Arrival" is the top earner at this point with more than $95 million, but it is in a dwindling number of theaters after two months in release, while "La La Land" and "Hidden Figures," which have fresher legs, will keep on chugging for weeks.
The grosses for some of the other films in the race, however, like "Moonlight" and "Lion," which each have earned $16 million so far, have been more modest to date.
The Oscar nominations will give many of these films a second or third wind at the box office – "La La Land," powered by its 14 nominations, should have a particularly strong run ahead.
Still, in the end, this year's best picture race is unlikely to include a global box office smash on the scale of such recent best picture nominees as "American Sniper" ($547 million), "The Revenant" ($532 million) or "The Martian" ($630 million).
How will that impact the viewership for the Oscars telecast? We'll have to wait until Feb. 26 to find out.
But it's safe to say that long shot best picture nomination for "Deadpool" — which earned $783 million worldwide — would have goosed the ratings up a notch or two.