Oscar organizers begin announcing nominees for Academy Awards

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Los Angeles (AFP)

Oscar organizers on Tuesday began announcing the names of the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, which will be handed out next month.

Though no major surprises are expected during the 20-minute announcement streamed online, the field is crowded with contenders and critical darlings "La La Land," "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea" are expected to fare well.

Among those scooping up nominations for best actor as the nail-biting announcement began were Casey Affleck ("Manchester by the Sea",) Andrew Garfield, ("Hacksaw Ridge",) Ryan Gosling, ("La La Land",) Vigo Mortensen ("Captain Fantastic") and Denzel Washington, ("Fences").