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La La Land tipped to make history with biggest Oscars haul

By Laura Harding

Musical La La Land could make Oscar history tomorrow night when the Academy Awards are handed out in a ceremony likely to be dominated by political speeches.

The glittering love letter to Los Angeles has been nominated for 14 prizes - tying the record set by All About Eve and Titanic - and could become the most decorated film of all-time.

The record for the most Oscar wins is jointly held by Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, which all scooped 11 statuettes.

In the wake of the #Oscarssowhite controversy last year, the 2017 ceremony could see African American stars take home three out of the four acting prizes.

Viola Davis is widely expected to score the best supporting actress award for Fences, while Mahershala Ali is the frontrunner to take best supporting actor for Moonlight.

Denzel Washington could also snatch victory in the best actor category, also for Fences, nudging former favourite Casey Affleck out of pole position for his performance in Manchester By The Sea.

La La Land star Emma Stone is widely expected to take home the best actress prize, while the film is the frontrunner to scoop best picture.

It will face off against Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell Or High Water, Hidden Figures, Lion, Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight for the biggest prize of the ceremony.

It could be a disappointing night for British nominees, as the UK slumped to its lowest number of Oscar nominations for at least 10 years.

The UK has just 12 nominations at this year's ceremony.

This number excludes films which were co-productions with other countries, and does not double-count people who are credited in the same nomination. By the same calculation, the UK received 29 nominations in 2016.

Among the hopefuls this year are three actors: with supporting nods for Naomie Harris for Moonlight and Dev Patel for Lion and a best actor mention for Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge.

Comments about President Donald Trump and his controversial Muslim travel ban are expected to dominate much of the ceremony, and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who will host the show, has said the President will be a target for jibes.

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