The nominees for the 89th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday. Moonlight
received 8 nominations, including a Best Picture nod.
La La Land
earned 14 nominations, tying the musical with Titanic
and All About Eve
for the greatest number of nominations for a film.Moonlight
and La La Land
will compete against Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion
and Manchester by the Sea
in the Best Picture category.
Damien Chazelle (La La Land
) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight
) are also competing for the best director prize.
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight
, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, follows an African-American man (played by Trevante Rhodes) who struggles to come out gay over three periods of his life while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Andre Holland, Ashton Sanders and Alex R. Hibbert also star in the film.Related: GoPride.com interview with Andre Holland