(photo A.M.P.A.S) When he learns that his absent wife has died, Ben and his six children, who have been raised off the grid in the Pacific Northwest, head to New Mexico to attend her funeral. As they struggle to adapt to new surroundings, Ben reflects on his life and his parenting choices.

Viggo Mortensen portrays Ben in the film Captain Fantastic and earned him an Actor in a Leading Role nomination for the 2017 Academy Awards. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Mortensen in the Leading Role category. He was previously nominated for Eastern Promises in 2007.

The other Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role nominees are:

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land 
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Casey Affleck plays Lee Chandler, a handyman trying to comfort his teenage nephew while coping with a tragedy from his own past and his grief over his brother’s death.

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Affleck. He was previously nominated for: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007 in the Actor in a Supporting Role category.

(photo A.M.P.A.S) Above: Casey Afflect and Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea.

As Desmond Doss, Andrew Garfield portrays a conscientious objector whose commitment to serving on the frontlines as a medic takes him to the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.

This is the first Academy Award nomination for Garfield.

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) Above: Desmond Doss, played by Best Actor nominee Andrew Garfield, a Seventh-day Adventist who endured a troubled childhood in rural Virginia, enlists in the army during World War II despite his pacifist beliefs in the film Hacksaw Ridge.

           (Photo Jeff Rutherford) Above: Andrew Garfield on the Red Carpet in 2011 for The Social Network.

As Sebastian, Ryan Gosling plays a jazz pianist whose life takes some unexpected turns as he struggles to make it as a musician in Los Angeles.

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Gosling. He was previously nominated for Half Nelson in 2006 in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) Above: Aspiring actress Mia and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) struggle to realize their dreams in Los Angeles despite the often soul-crushing commercial nature of show business.

Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson, a middle-aged man whose bitterness over his sports career and life as a black man in 1950s Pittsburgh threatens to tear apart his family.

This is the eighth Academy Award nomination for Washington. He was previously nominated for:

FLIGHT (2012)
Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role
TRAINING DAY (2001)
Winner, Actor in a Leading Role
THE HURRICANE (1999)
Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role
MALCOLM X (1992)
Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role
GLORY (1989)
Winner, Actor in a Supporting Role
CRY FREEDOM (1987)
Nominee, Actor in a Supporting Role

Washington is the seventh individual to receive Acting and Best Picture nominations for the same film, joining Warren Beatty, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.

(Photo A.M.P.A.S) Above: Troy Maxson, played by Denzel Washington, a former star player in the Negro Leagues, lives with his wife Rose, (Viola Davis), and teenage son Cory in Pittsburgh in 1957.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.