来源:VOA 2019-02-20


'La La Land' Leads Academy Award Nominations

This is Whats Trending Today

The nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards, or Oscars, were announced Tuesday. The musical love storyLa La Landled the way. It received 14 Oscar nominations, including best picture. That ties it withTitanicandAll About Evefor most Oscar nominations ever.

La La Landslead performers, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both earned acting nominations. The films 32-year-old writer and director, Damien Chazelle, was nominated for best director as well as best original screenplay.

The musical is set in modern-day Los Angeles. The nameLa La Landis a nickname for the city. This means a place that is fun and not serious, and out of touch with reality.

In the movie, Stone plays Mia, a hopeful actress. Gosling plays Sebastian, a jazz piano player. Both are struggling to make their dreams come true in Los Angeles.

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

This years nominees are more diverse than in recent years. In both 2015 and 2016, all 20 of the nominees for acting awards were white.

This year, seven people of color were nominated for acting awards.

This years Academy [of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences], whose members choose the nominees, is also more diverse. Members of the Academy traditionally are older white men.

But last year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs decided to change Academy membership rules. The changes permitted 683 more people to join the group that chooses Oscar nominees. The Academy now has 6,687 members.

Three of the nominated films for best picture this year star African-American actors. “Moonlight,” “FencesandHidden Figurescenter on the black community in three periods of American history.

Moonlighttells the story of a young black man growing up in Miami in the 1980s. Barry Jenkins directed the film. It earned eight Oscar nominations, tying Denis Villeneuves science-fiction alien thrillerArrivalfor the second-most nominations this year.

The online marketer Amazon earned its first Best Picture nomination withManchester by the Sea.” Amazon Studio helped distribute the film. “Manchester by the Seareceived six Oscar nominations. The film tells the story of a man who cares for his brothers teenage child after his brother dies.

Five movies are up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. They are IransThe Salesman;” SwedensA Man Called Ove;” DenmarksLand of Mine;” AustraliasTanna;” and GermanysToni Erdmann.”

The Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 26, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

And thats Whats Trending Today.

Im Jill Robbins.

Dr. Jill Robbins adapted this story for Learning English from AP and Reuters news reports. Ashley Thompson was the editor.