La La Land edges out strong set of Aussie con­tenders for awards

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

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"

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