La La Land edges out strong set of Aussie contenders for awards
SEVEN awards mark out La La Land as Hollywood’s big cinematic winner
Hollywood transformed into a festival of song and dance as the nostalgic musical La La Land broke records at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.
While the three Australian contenders went home without awards, the ceremony also attracted scorn from a wave of America’s newly resurgent conservatives following a handful of attacks on Donald Trump.
The big story of the night was La La Land, which won a record seven awards, including best film (musical or comedy), best screenplay and best actor awards for its stars Ryan Gos- ling and Emma Stone.
The coming-of-age film Moonlight – one of the favourites coming into the awards, with six nominations — won the award for best drama film. Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge had been a longshot for that category, which also included Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Hell or High Water.
Gibson came up short in the race for best director, which went to La La Land’s Damien Chazelle.
Casey Affleck firmed as an awards-season favourite after winning the best actor award in a drama for Manchester by the Sea – edging out Australian Joel Edgerton, who impressed critics for his role in Loving.
Viola Davis won for Fences ahead of nominees that included Nicole Kidman in Lion.
The Crown, Netflix’s engrossing drama about the Queen, was named best drama series on television, while Claire Foy won the acting award for playing the monarch in the same show.
Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone from "La La Land"