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The Golden Globe nominations contained their usual surprises


Bright and early yesterday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) announced their Golden Globe nominations for this year. As usual, it was a group of nominees filled with head scratchers, surprise (both pleasant and puzzling), as well as an overall imperfect view of what the awards season is bringing us. I let it simmer for a day before writing about it, mostly to see if I could make more sense of what the HFPA did with their Globe nominations. The logic can be hard to follow, but it’s undeniably a noteworthy precursor (to one degree or another) and marks another stage of the season in the books. We’re racing towards the 2016 finish line folks, with an end to the cinematic year well in sight.

Leading the charge was, as expected, La La Land. Scoring seven nominations, Damien Chazelle’s film did about as well as it could have, give or take a double nomination in Best Original Song. It seems poised to do very well in terms of wins, though obviously that remains to be seen. Also scoring just about everywhere it could have was Moonlight, with six nominations. Manchester by the Sea received five nominations, Lion took in four nods, so did Florence Foster Jenkins, while Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, and Nocturnal Animals each scored three noms. Getting two nominations apiece were 20th Century Women, Arrival, Elle, Fences, Hidden Figures, Loving, Moana, and Sing. Deadpool surprised some with a pair of citations as well, while the most random movie to pop up was easily War Dogs, which got Jonah Hill a Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination. Perhaps surprisingly, Jackie only got one nomination, though it was big one in Natalie Portman’s Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama citation. Notable snubs included shut outs for Silence and Sully, along with Lucas Hedges missing in Best Supporting Actor for Manchester by the Sea, but that’s just par for the course.

Here now are all of the Golden Globe nominations for film:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Manchester By The Sea

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
La La Land
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Porton, Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
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 Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell Or High Water

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Cant Stop The Feeling, Trolls
City Of Stars, La La Land
Faith, Sing
Gold, Gold
How Far I’ll Go, Moana

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Arrival, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Hidden Figures, Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer
La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight, Nicholas Britell

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life As A Zucchini

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

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Stay tuned to see how these nominations compare to the rest of the precursors!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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