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Oscar nominations 2017: What to look out for

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Image caption The nominees could include Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone and Casey Affleck

This year's Oscar nominations are being announced, with La La Land looking like the clear frontrunner.

The modern musical romance currently has nine nominations, among them a best actor nod for Ryan Gosling and two nominations in the best song category.

The question is - how many nominations will the film get in total, and can it equal the Oscars record of 14?

Titanic and All About Eve currently share that record, while Mary Poppins is the most nominated musical with 13.

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Image caption Natalie Portman plays US President John F Kennedy's widow in Jackie

This year's other contenders include Moonlight, about a young black man dealing with his sexuality in drug-torn Miami; brooding domestic drama Manchester by the Sea; and cerebral sci-fi film Arrival.

In the acting categories, Jackie's Natalie Portman is likely to challenge Emma Stone for best actress, while Manchester by the Sea's Casey Affleck and Fences' Denzel Washington are also up for best actor.

Other things to look out for:

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Image caption Denzel Washington could be in contention for his third acting Oscar
  • Will it be #oscarssowhite again?

Almost certainly not. After two years with no non-white acting nominees, this year we could see four or five - possibly Washington (who also directed Fences), Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Dev Patel (Lion) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).

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Image caption Naomie Harris is thought to be the British actress with the best chance of a nomination
  • Which Brits will be in the running?

Naomie Harris is flying the flag for British actresses, while male candidates could include Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion) - and Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins), who could get his first nomination. But there probably won't be much for Ken Loach's benefits drama I, Daniel Blake.

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Image caption Meryl Streep's chances have improved since her Golden Globes speech
  • Will Meryl make history?

Meryl Streep will become the first person to notch up 20 acting nominations if she gets in for Florence Foster Jenkins. She was an outsider - but her odds have shortened since berating Donald Trump at the Golden Globes.

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Image caption Deadpool: A superhero blockbuster that Oscar voters can stomach?
  • Will Deadpool be up for best picture?

If it is, it will be the first superhero movie to be nominated for the top award. It has a chance - it was nominated for the Golden Globes and Producers Guild of America Awards, among others, and its star Ryan Reynolds posted a brilliant video to launch its campaign.

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Image caption Arrival star Amy Adams has been nominated for five Oscars, but has never won
  • Could Arrival be the (other) surprise package?

Arrival, in which Amy Adams tries to talk to aliens, could well be second to La La Land when the nominations are totted up, partly thanks to its chances in the technical categories - despite Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight being talked about alongside La La Land as this year's main contenders.

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Image caption Mel Gibson has directed World War Two movie Hacksaw Ridge
  • Will Mel Gibson be back in the fold?

After a series of racist and sexist rants over the past two decades, Mel Gibson's comeback movie Hacksaw Ridge will get nominations. But will Academy members bring themselves to nominate him for best director?

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Image caption Tom Hanks has been nominated for five Oscars - but his last nomination was in 2001
  • Will Tom Hanks be back in the fold?

Despite his reputation as an Oscar favourite, Tom Hanks hasn't had a nomination since 2001. His latest role as Hudson River pilot Chesley Sullenberger in Sully surely ticks the Academy's boxes.

The Academy Award nominations are announced from 13:18 GMT on Tuesday, with the winners to be named in Los Angeles on 26 February.

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