Golden Globe (film) nominations: La La Land leads with magnificent seven

With the Oscars due to take place in a couple of months time, awards season is starting to heat up after the Golden Globes announced their nominees for 2016/17.

As expected, the upcoming musical drama La La Land is the frontrunner with an impressive seven mentions which include Best Film (Comedy/Musical), Best Director for Damian Chazelle and acting nods for stars Ryan Gosling (Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical) and Emma Stone (Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical). The film is also up for Best Screenplay, Original Score and Best Original Song.

The coming-of-age drama Moonlight also performed well with six nominations including Best Film (Drama), Best Director (Barry Jenkins) and Supporting Actor/Actress mentions for Mahershala Ali and Britain’s own Naomie Harris.

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Also doing well with five nominations was the indie-drama Manchester by the Sea which is shortlisted for Best Film (Drama), Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan) and Best Screenplay. Oscar frontrunner Casey Affleck is up for Best Actor (Drama) with co-star Michelle Williams recognised in the Best Supporting Actress category.

In a versatile Best Film (Drama) category, Manchester and Moonlight are competing against the crime-thriller Hell or High Water and biopic dramas Hacksaw Ridge and Lion. Hacksaw’s controversial director Mel Gibson is nominated in Best Director along with Damien Chazelle, Kenneth Lonergan, Barry Jenkins and surprise selection Tom Ford (for the psychological drama Nocturnal Animals).

In Best Actor (Drama), Casey Affleck is up against British star Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) as well as Joel Edgerton (Loving), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Hollywood favourite Denzel Washington (Fences).

The Best Actress (Drama) lineup sees Natalie Portman targeting a third Globe win for her portrayal of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy in Jackie as she battles it out with Amy Adams (Arrival), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving) and welcoming nominee Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane).

In the Comedy/Musical categories, the light-hearted biopic Florence Foster Jenkins received four mentions including Best Film (Comedy/Musical) with leading stars Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep (with a record 30th nomination) also acknowledged. There was also a shock mention for The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg in the Best Supporting Actor group.

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Remarkably the adult-humoured superhero blockbuster Deadpool landed two nods for Best Film and Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for its leading man Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool, Foster Jenkins and La La Land are joined in the Best Film category by the 70s-based dramedy 20th Century Women and the British musical comedy Sing Street.

Ryan Gosling, Hugh Grant and Ryan Reynolds are competing in Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) with Irish actor Colin Farrell (The Lobster) and shock nominee Jonah Hill (War Dogs) while Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) sees Emma Stone and Meryl Streep up against veteran Annette Bening (20th Century Women) and young starlets Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) and Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen).

Elsewhere, British duo Dev Patel (Lion) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) up against Mahershala Ali, Simon Helberg and veteran Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) in Supporting Actor while Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris battle it out with Viola Davis (Fences), Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) for Supporting Actress.

Finally, the Best Animated Film lineup sees Disney’s Moana and Zootopia nominated along with Kubo and the Two Strings, My Life as a Zucchini and Sing.

There was a lot of notable snubs by the Globes which may not bode well for certain contenders when the Oscars come around. Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Martin Scorsese’s Silence were both completely ignored with Tom Hanks surprisingly left out in the Best Actor (Drama) category. Though he landed an acting nod for Fences, Denzel Washington missed out on a Best Director nomination with the film itself missing Best Film (Drama). Other key omissions included Warren Beatty (Rules Don’t Apply), Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) and Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women) plus Finding Dory in the Best Animated Film lineup.

The Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 8th 2017.

The full list of nominees are below (with my predictions in blue):

BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
HACKSAW RIDGE
HELL OR HIGH WATER
LION
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOONLIGHT

BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
DEADPOOL
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
LA LA LAND
SING STREET

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
Tom Ford, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Mel Gibson, HACKSAW RIDGE
Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Joel Edgerton, LOVING
Andrew Garfield, HACKSAW RIDGE
Viggo Mortensen, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Denzel Washington, FENCES

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Colin Farrell, THE LOBSTER
Ryan Gosling, LA LA LAND
Hugh Grant, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Jonah Hill, WAR DOGS
Ryan Reynolds, DEADPOOL

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BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Amy Adams, ARRIVAL
Jessica Chastain, MISS SLOANE
Isabelle Huppert, ELLE
Ruth Negga, LOVING
Natalie Portman, JACKIE

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Annette Bening, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Lily Collins, RULES DON’T APPLY
Hailee Steinfeld, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
Emma Stone, LA LA LAND
Meryl Streep, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, MOONLIGHT
Jeff Bridges, HELL OR HIGH WATER
Simon Helberg, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Dev Patel, LION
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, FENCES
Naomie Harris, MOONLIGHT
Nicole Kidman, LION
Octavia Spencer, HIDDEN FIGURES
Michelle Williams, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

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BEST SCREENPLAY
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
Tom Ford, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Barry Jenkins & Tarell McCraney, MOONLIGHT
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Taylor Sheridan, HELL OR HIGH WATER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Volker Bertelmann & Dustin O’Halloran, LION
Nicholas Britel, MOONLIGHT
Justin Hurwitz, LA LA LAND
Jóhann Jóhannsson, ARRIVAL
Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, HIDDEN FIGURES

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
GOLD, “Gold”
LA LA LAND, “City of Stars”
MOANA, “How Far I’ll Go”
SING, “Faith”
TROLLS, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
MOANA
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
SING
ZOOTOPIA

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
DIVINES (France)
ELLE (France)
NERUDA (Chile)
THE SALESMAN (France / Iran)
TONI ERDMANN (Germany)

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