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The nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards have been announced and let’s just say, it’s a far departure from last year’s coined term, Oscars So White.

On Tuesday morning, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs stood alongside Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills to reveal who might be taking home the most coveted award in the film industry.

Are we seeing inclusion? Yep. How about diversity across the board? You better believe it.

Let’s start with Moonlight. 

The film, which also recently took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in a Motion Picture, picked up eight nods, including Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor all thanks to the powerful story of Juan played by Mahershala Ali.

To top it off, the film is making history. Director Barry Jenkins received a nomination for directing the drama based on the play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, and is now the fourth African-American to be nominated for Best Director.

Moonlight co-editor Joi McMillon also just became the first African-American woman to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Editing.

Moonlight’s Naomie Harris also scored a nod for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, joining Viola Davis (Fences), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Nicole Kidman (Lion) and the competitive category.

Viola’s co-star Denzel Washington was nominated for his role in the adapted screenplay Fences, a project that was also acknowledged for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Ruth Negga also made a huge splash this year, garnering a nomination for Best Actress for her role in Loving. 

Ava DuVernay picked up a nod for her documentary 13th and what turned out to be a complete fan fave, La La Land, which swept with 14 nominations. The musical-comedy has officially tied the record with classics Titanic and All About Eve for most nominations.

The 2017 Oscars will air live February 26 at 5:30 p.m. PT from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Best picture:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”

Lead actor:
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress:
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best director:
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Animated feature:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”

Animated short:
“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”

Adapted screenplay:
“Hidden Figures”

Original screenplay:
“20th Century Women”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea”

“La La Land”

Best documentary feature:
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best documentary short subject:
“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani: My Homeland”
“The White Helmets”

Best live-action short film:
“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”

Best foreign language film:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Land of Mine”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Film editing:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”

Sound editing:
“Deep Water Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”

Sound mixing:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Rogue One”
“13 Hours”

Production design:
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“La La Land”

Original score:
“La La Land”

Original song:
Audition (The Fools Who Dream), “La La Land”
Can’t Stop the Feeling!, “Trolls”
City of Stars, “La La Land”
The Empty Chair, “Jim: The James Foley Story”
How Far I’ll Go, “Moana”

Makeup and hair:
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”

Costume design:
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“La La Land”

Visual effects:
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“Jungle Book”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”


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