Golden Globes: 'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' and 'Manchester by the Sea' Top Film Nominees

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From left: 'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' and 'Manchester by the Sea'

The Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling pic danced off with seven noms, while the more dramatic 'Moonlight' edged out 'Manchester by the Sea,' with six nominations to five.

The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globes danced to a lighthearted beat, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed a total of seven nominations Monday morning on the modern-day musical La Land Land. To borrow from the film's opening song-and-dance number, it enjoyed "Another Day of Sun."

On the moodier, dramatic side of the street, the coming-of-age drama Moonlight, with six noms, edged out the grief-stricken family drama Manchester by the Sea, which was recognized with five nominations.

Mel Gibson was welcomed back into the Hollywood fold with a directing nomination for his World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, and thanks to films like Moonlight, Fences, Hidden Figures, Loving and Lion, there were seven performers of color among the 30 acting nominees.

In addition to its best musical or comedy citation, La La Land saw its two stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who play showbiz hopefuls, both score nominations; its creator, Damien Chazelle, take noms for both directing and screenplay; and its score, by Justin Hurwitz, and its song “City of Stars,” by Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, get additional noms.

Moonlight, a best drama nominee, which utilizes an ensemble cast over the three time periods the film covers, didn’t place in the top drama acting categories, but secured supporting acting nominations for both Mahershala Ali, who plays a humane drug-dealer, and Naomie Harris, who appears as a mother on crack. It also racked up writing and directing nominations for Barry Jenkins and a best score nom for Nicholas Britell.

Manchester, also nominated in the best drama category, appeared in the best dramatic actor list, where Casey Affleck earned a nomination for playing a man adrift facing up to his responsibilities; best supporting actress, where Michelle Williams was nominated for playing a mother struggling to overcome past tragedy; and writing and directing, where Kenneth Lonergan collected two noms.

Joining Moonlight and Manchester in the best drama circle were Hacksaw Ridge, the Texas-set crime saga Hell or High Water, and Lion, about a young man’s search for his birth mother in India.

In the best musical-comedy line-up, La La Land was surrounded by 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins and Sing Street.

While Gibson, who won a Golden Globe for directing 1995's Braveheart and was last nominated by the HFPA for his comedy performance in 2000's What Women Want, lent star appeal to the best director nominations list, the group was otherwise dominated by writer/directors. In addition to La La Land's Chazelle, Moonlight's Jenkins and Manchester's Lonergan, the nominees included fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford, who was nominated for both writing and directing the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals. Although Nocturnal didn't get a best drama nomination and its star Amy Adams didn't get a best actress nom for the movie — she was nominated instead for the sci-fi drama Arrival — it did take home a supporting actor nomination for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays a dangerous kidnapper.

While Denzel Washington didn't pick up a directing nom, he was nominated in the drama actors category for his turn as a blue-collar dad in '50s Pittsburgh in Fences — and Viola Davis, who plays his wife, was rewarded with a supporting actress nomination. Other acting duos that prevailed included best drama actor and actress Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, who play husband and wife in the true-life story Loving; comedy actress and actor Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, who play another husband-and-wife in Florence Foster Jenkins; and the previously mentioned star-crosssed lovers Gosling and Stone in La La Land

In addition to Affleck, Edgerton and Washington, the men vying for best dramatic actor honors incudes Andrew Garfield, who stars as a pacifist soldier in Hacksaw Ridge, and Viggo Mortensen, who heads up an off-the-grid family in Captain Fantastic.

And along with Adams and Negga, the best dramatic actress circle includes Jessica Chastain, who plays a D.C. lobbyist in Miss Sloane, Isabelle Huppert, who stars a woman who confronts her assailant in Elle, and Natalie Portman, who portrays Jacqueline Kennedy in the wake of her husband's assassination in Jackie.

Streep was already guaranteed a seat at the Globes' Jan. 8 ceremony, since she's been selected to be this year's recipient of the HFPA's life achievement Cecil B. De Mille Award. Still, she guaranteed herself front-and-center placement by earning her 30th Globes nomination — but who's counting? — in the best actress comedy category for her performance as an off-key, would-be opera singer in Florence Foster Jenkins. Her competition will include Stone; Annette Bening, who plays a bohemian '70s matriarch in 20th Century Women; Lily Collins, who is seen as a Hollywood hopeful in Rules Don't Apply and Hailee Steinfeld, who essays a moody teen in The Edge of Seventeen.

The best comic actor crowd consists of La La Land's Gosling and Jenkins' Grant as well as Colin Farrell, cast as  a single man looking for a connection in The Lobster; Jonah Hill, who stars as an arms dealer in War Dogs; and Ryan Reynolds, who dons a superhero costume in Deadpool.

Rounding out the acting nominees are supporting actresses Davis (Fences), Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) and supporting actors Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins), Dev Patel (Lion) and Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals).

With the writer/director's Chazelle, Ford, Jenkins and Lonergan dominating the best screenplay category, that left room for just one more screenplay to squeeze in and that went to the modern-day crime tale Hell or High Water, written by Taylor Sheridan.

Joining La La Land and Moonlight as nominees for best motion picture score were Arrival, by Johann Johannsson; Lion, by Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka; and Hidden Figures, by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch.

When it came to best original song, the HFPA surrounded the La La Land team that penned "City of Stars" with a line-up that includes a number of more famous names. "Can't Stop the Feeling," the hit song from the animated Trolls, has music and lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback; "Faith," from the animated Sing, boasts Stevie Wonder, Ryan Tedder and Francis Farewell Starlight; "Gold," the title tune from the adventure movie Gold, was written by Iggy Pop, Brian Burton, Stephen Gaghan and Daniel Pemberton; and "How Far I'll Go," from the animated Moana, has music and lyrics by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The animated motion picture nominees represented a mix of studio fare and more indie offerings: Battling it out are Disney Animation's Zootopia and Moana and Illumination/Universal's Sing with two stop-motion entries, Kubo and the Two Strings, from Laika and distributed by Focus, and My Life as a Zucchini, which is also the Swiss foreign-language entry for Academy Awards consideration, and which is being distributed in the U.S. by GKIDS.

France claimed two slots in the Globes' foreign-language category: One went to Elle, which is also the official French Oscar entry, and the other to Divines, about a young girl headed toward a life of crime. The other nominees are all their respective country's Oscar submissions: Chile's Neruda, Iran's The Salesman and Germany's Toni Erdmann.

In terms of distributor bragging rights, Lionsgate laid a claim to 13 film nominations, thanks to La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water, which it distributed for partner CBS Films, which handled marketing on the film. A24 collected nine — from Moonlight, 20th Century Women and The Lobster. Paramount Pictures scored eight — from Florence Foster Jenkins, Arrival and Fences. Amazon made the list with six nominations — five from Manchester, which it distributed theatrically through Roadside Attractions, and one from The Salesman, which will be distributed by Cohen Media Group. Focus Features also had six — from Nocturnal, Loving and Kubo. And Fox had six — from Hidden Figures, Deadpool, Rules and Trolls.

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