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Diversity and 'La La Land' ready for their Oscar close-ups

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/24/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land." Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — After two straight years of all-white acting nominees and an overhauling of the motion picture academy, the Oscars are poised to trend in a different direction Tuesday.

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows an Oscar statue on the red carpet before the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows an Oscar statue on the red carpet before the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Barry Jenkin's luminous coming-of-age tale "Moonlight," the crowd-pleasing African-American mathematician drama "Hidden Figures" and Denzel Washington's fiery August Wilson adaption "Fences" are set to lead a notably more diverse group of contenders when nominations to the 89th Academy Awards are announced Tuesday morning beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST.

FILE - This Feb. 8, 2016 file photo shows a giant Oscar statuette at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 8, 2016 file photo shows a giant Oscar statuette at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

One of the morning's big questions is just how many nominations "La La Land" will land. Damien Chazelle's exuberant love letter to musicals is expected to lead all films and could rival the record 14 nods received by "All About Eve" and "Titanic."

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