Best Picture And Director Oscar Nominees
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Ahead of Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards, here’s a list of the runners and riders for the best picture and director awards.

 

ARRIVAL

Director: Denis Villeneuve – nominated for best directing

Director’s Oscar history: First nomination

Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Plot: Amy Adams’ linguistics professor is tasked with communicating with an alien lifeform that has arrived on Earth

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Eight. Best picture, directing, adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing, sound mixing, sound editing, production design

 

FENCES

Director: Denzel Washington – nominated for actor in a leading role

Director’s Oscar history: Six previous nominations. Wins in 1990 for “Glory” (best actor in a supporting role) and 2002 for “Training Day” (best actor in a leading role)

Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Plot: An examination of the life of Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson and how his actions have affected the people closest to him

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Four. Best picture, actor in a leading role (Washington), actress in a supporting role (Davis), best adapted screenplay

 

HACKSAW RIDGE

Director: Mel Gibson – nominated for best directing

Director’s Oscar history: Two wins. 1995 – “Braveheart” (best picture, best director)

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

Plot: Pacifist army medic Desmond Doss receives a Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Okinawa

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Six. Best picture, director, actor in a leading role (Garfield), editing, sound mixing, sound editing

 

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Director: David Mackenzie

Director’s Oscar history: No personal nominations

Stars: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Plot: Jeff Bridges’ Texas Ranger searches for two brothers responsible for a series of bank robberies

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Four. Best picture, actor in a supporting role (Bridges), original screenplay, editing

 

HIDDEN FIGURES

Director: Theodore Melfi

Director’s Oscar history: No personal nominations

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

Plot: Biographical drama examining the role that African-American mathematicians played in NASA in the 1960s

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Three. Best picture, actress in a supporting role (Spencer), adapted screenplay

 

LA LA LAND

Director: Damien Chazelle – nominated for best directing and original screenplay

Director’s Oscar history: Two previous nominations. 2015 – “Whiplash” (best writing, adapted screenplay)

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

Plot: A musical following the fortunes of jazz pianist Sebastian and aspiring actress Mia as they follow their dreams in Los Angeles

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Fourteen. Best picture, actor in a leading role (Gosling), actress in a leading role (Stone), directing, original screenplay, cinematography, editing, costume design, original score, sound mixing, sound editing, original song x 2, production design

 

LION

Director: Garth Davis

Director’s Oscar history: No personal nominations

Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Plot: Saroo Brierley attempts to find his birth mother, 25 years after he boarded a train in India and found himself lost, 1600 km from home

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Six. Best picture, actor in a supporting role (Patel), actress in a supporting role (Kidman), adapted screenplay, cinematography, original score

 

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Director: Kenneth Lonergan – nominated for best directing and original screenplay

Director’s Oscar history: Two previous nominations. 2001 – “You Can Count on Me” (best original screenplay) and 2003 – “Gangs of New York” (best original screenplay)

Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges

Plot: Affleck’s character Lee Chandler is forced to return to his hometown to look after his nephew whose father has died

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Six. Best picture, actor in a leading role (Affleck), actor in a supporting role (Hedges), actress in a supporting role (Williams), directing, original screenplay

 

MOONLIGHT

Director: Barry Jenkins – nominated for best directing and best adapted screenplay

Director’s Oscar history: First nominations

Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders

Plot: An examination of the life of Chiron – a young black man growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood

Number of Oscar nominations for film: Eight. Best picture, actor in a supporting role (Ali), actress in a supporting role (Harris), directing, cinematography, editing, original score, adapted screenplay

 

(REUTERS)