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“La La Land” did what 800-lb gorillas are supposed to do: dominate the Oscar nominations tally, pulling down 14, including actor, actress, director and picture. That ties the record shared only with "All About Eve" and "Titanic."

"Arrival" and "Moonlight" each came away with eight nominations. Ava DuVernay’s “13th” joins “O.J.: Made in America” among best documentary feature nominees, continuing our ongoing conversation about race in the United States. Speaking of which, with Viola Davis, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Ruth Negga getting acting nominations, the 89th Academy Awards will definitely not be so white.

The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and will air live at 5:30 p.m. PT.

'I had a couple of bad moments': How Mel Gibson went from most hated man in Hollywood to 2017 Oscar nominee

Mel Gibson was nominated Tuesday for an Academy Award in the prestigious directing category. It's industry redemption after his years in exile from the Hollywood mainstream following a 2006 DUI arrest and blowback from anti-Semitic and racist remarks he made. In this story, first published Nov. 3, 2016, Lorraine Ali writes about Hollywood's apparent forgiveness of Gibson, seen at an Academy screening of "Hacksaw Ridge," and what that comeback says about the culture of fame. 

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AT THE RECENT ACADEMY premiere of "Hacksaw Ridge," there was a 10-minute standing ovation.

Not terribly surprising, except it was for Mel Gibson.

Ten years ago, Gibson was the most hated man in Hollywood. First, during a DUI arrest,  he verbally assaulted police officers using anti-Semitic and sexist language. Then he was caught on audiotape threatening his then-girlfriend with rape and other physical abuse as well as dropping the N-word.

Forget standing ovations; many believed he would never work again.

But forgiveness, like everything else, has always followed a hierarchy in Hollywood. The elite — those who've won awards, broken box office records, sold successful franchises — are often welcomed back even as newbies like Nate Parker or middlings like Lindsay Lohan are cut loose. 

Certainly Gibson remains one of the most established figures to have fallen from grace. The star of a string of iconic films, including “Mad Max,” “Gallipoli,” “The Year of Living Dangerously” and the “Lethal Weapon” series, he was well-liked, even beloved. More important he was, for decades, a proven moneymaker both as an actor and a director, even with controversial films such as “The Passion of the Christ.”

But a different ranking system may have played a more important, and more disturbing, role in the pardoning of Mel Gibson.

In recent years, a proliferation of shameless offenses have not just lowered the bar, they’ve knocked it clean off the field. . . .

In the wake of Bill Cosby, Charlie Sheen, Paula Deen, Chris Brown or Billy Bush, forgiving Mel Gibson doesn’t seem so absurd after all. 

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