It is going to be a huge for Australia at the Oscar’s, with two films nominated for best picture – Lion and Hacksaw Ridge.

Lion, which tells the story about an Indian-Australian man tracking down his birth mother and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, a drama about an unlikely war hero, are among nine nominees for the top prize.

The records continue, with Lion receiving six nominations, including Nicole Kidman for the best-supporting actress, Dev Patel for supporting actor, Luke Davies for adapted screenplay, Greig Fraser for cinematography and Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann for the original score at the 89th awards.

Hacksaw Ridge also scored six nominations with Mel Gibson getting the nod for best director. Also nominated are Andrew Garfield for best actor, John Gilbert for best editing and the film’s teams for best sound editing and sound mixing.


The 13 nominations outweigh the 11, including 10 for Mad Max: Fury Road, last year. In 2002, Moulin Rouge was up for best picture, and the country scored 12 nominations.

La La Land will be looking to make sure it has the biggest night, scoring a record-tying 14 Oscars.

The smash hit musical, led by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, picked up the most nods and is now tied with Titanic and All About Eve.


Here are a selection of nominations.

Best Picture:
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Hacksaw Ridge

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight 
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge 


Best Actress:
Natalie Portman – Jackie 
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins 
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving  

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck –  Manchester By the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge 
Denzel Washington – Fences
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Ryan Gosling – La La Land 

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis – Fences
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Naomie Harris –  Moonlight
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea 


Best Supporting Actor:
 Dev Patel – Lion 
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water 
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight 
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea 
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals  

Best Original Screenplay:
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water 
Mike Mills –  20th Century Women
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou – The Lobster


Best Adapted Screenplay:
August Wilson – Fences
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Luke Davies – Lion 
Allison Schroeder,Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
Eric Heisserer – Arrival

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