'La La Land' ex­pected to lead Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions

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Nom­i­na­tions for the Golden Globes will be un­veiled Mon­day with crit­ics ex­pect­ing mu­si­cal "La La Land" to lead the pack ahead of "Moon­light," "Manch­ester by the Sea" and "Lion." In a de­par­ture from last year's awards cal­en­dar, the an­nounce­ments come be­fore the in­flu­en­tial Screen Ac­tors Guild nom­i­na­tions, mak­ing them the first ma­jor bell­wether of mo­men­tum go­ing into the Os­cars race.

The Globe nom­i­na­tions, set to be made at the crack of dawn in Bev­erly Hills, are de­cided by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion (HFPA), a group of en­ter­tain­ment jour­nal­ists who are wined and dined by pub­li­cists.

There has been con­tro­versy in the past over the cat­e­gory place­ment of films, with last year's in­clu­sion of "The Mar­tian" and "Joy" in com­edy/mu­si­cal rais­ing eye­brows. But awards pre­dic­tion site Gold Derby has Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" un­con­tro­ver­sial both a mu­si­cal and a ro­man­tic com­edy-com­fort­ably in the lead in sev­eral races. "Nor­mally the Globe vot­ers like to spread the wealth among a lot of dif­fer­ent films, but I could hon­estly see it win­ning the film award and for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone," man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris Beachum told AFP. "It's got a very good shot at 'di­rect­ing' and maybe the score or song cat­e­gories-it could do re­ally well."

Ex­perts say Ken­neth Lon­er­gan's un­flinch­ing "Manch­ester by the Sea," which has won ac­claim for its cen­tral per­for­mance by Casey Af­fleck, has been get­ting the most re­cent at­ten­tion on the drama side. An­other fron­trun­ner is Barry Jenk­ins's com­ing-of-age story "Moon­light," with cast mem­bers Naomie Harris and Ma­her­shala Ali in with a shout for act­ing nom­i­na­tions.

Tol­er­ance of scan­dal

"Lion," Garth Davis's drama about a teenager adopted by an Aus­tralian fam­ily who searches for his long-lost blood rel­a­tives us­ing Google Earth, is also ex­pected to earn sev­eral nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing in act­ing for Dev Pa­tel and Ni­cole Kid­man.

The Globes will be the year's first big test of Hol­ly­wood's tol­er­ance of scan­dal, with Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Na­tion" seen as firm awards ma­te­rial un­til news emerged of a his­tor­i­cal ac­quit­tal over rape al­le­ga­tions by a woman who ended up com­mit­ting suicide. "Will they sep­a­rate the art from the artist? Will the film be able to stand on its own or will the very mixed re­views of it sink its chances?" writes Eric An­der­son of the Award­sWatch.com blog.

Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, nom­i­nated on seven oc­ca­sions, looks a good bet to earn a first di­rect­ing nom­i­na­tion for "Fences" but faces com­pe­ti­tion from "Si­lence" di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese who won in 2012 for "Hugo."

Emily Blunt could get a sixth act­ing nom­i­na­tion for "The Girl on the Train" while French screen siren Is­abelle Hup­pert has turned heads with her com­mand­ing lead in Paul Ver­ho­even's "Elle."

Viola Davis ("Fences"), Ruth Negga ("Lov­ing") and Natalie Port­man ("Jackie") are all strong con­tenders for this cat­e­gory, how­ever. Among the tele­vi­sion prizes, FX's "At­lanta," about two cousins try­ing to make it big in hip hop, looks a good bet for best mu­si­cal/com­edy af­ter earn­ing ac­claim for its ten-episode de­but sea­son in the fall.

HBO black com­edy "Di­vorce," should also be in the run­ning, as should its star Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who al­ready has four Golden Globes for "Sex in the City." The 74th Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC live coast-to-coast from the Bev­erly Hil­ton in Bev­erly Hills on Sunday, Jan­uary 8 from 5:00-8:00 pm PT (0100-0400 GMT Mon­day), with talk show host Jimmy Fal­lon pre­sent­ing. — AFP

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