'La La Land' Receives Record-Tying 14 Academy Award Nods

BEVERLY HILLS (KDKA/AP) – Denzel Washington’s fiery August Wilson adaption “Fences” received four Academy Awards nominations Tuesday morning, including a nod for best picture.

Washington is nominated for best actor in a motion picture. He also directed “Fences”, which was filmed in Pittsburgh last summer.

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Viola Davis is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “Fences”. Davis won a Golden Globe Award for the same role earlier this month.

“Fences” is also nominated for best adapted screenplay, a posthumous honor for the late playwright August Wilson. The play and film are set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1957, the neighborhood where Wilson grew up.

The candy-colored love letter to musicals “La La Land” has landed a record-tying 14 Academy Awards nominations, matching it with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for most nominations ever.

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“La La Land” has earned nods for best picture, its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, its songs and its 32-year-old writer-director, Damien Chazelle.

The other nominees for best picture are: “Moonlight,” ”Arrival,” ”Manchester by the Sea,” ”Hell or High Water,” ”Lion,” ”Fences,” ”Hidden Figures” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Following two years of “OscarsSoWhite” furor, the Academy of Motion Pictures fielded a notably more diverse field of nominees, led by Barry Jenkins’ luminous coming-of-age portrait “Moonlight,” Denzel Washington’s “Fences” and Theodore Melfi’s “Hidden Figures.”

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