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a La Land," a mu­si­cal ode to Los Angeles, topped the Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions yes­ter­day, pick­ing up seven nods. It was fol­lowed closely be­hind by "Moon­light," a low-bud­get com­ing-of-age drama that re­ceived six nods. The two films have dom­i­nated the awards sea­son so far, along with "Manch­ester by the Sea," which picked up five nom­i­na­tions yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing a best drama nod. Un­like the Oscars, the Globes seg­re­gate come­dies and mu­si­cals from dra­matic films, and they rec­og­nize tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming. They also do not award be­low-the-line cat­e­gories such as film edit­ing, cin­e­matog­ra­phy, or makeup. "La La Land" will com­pete in the best mu­si­cal or com­edy cat­e­gory, along­side "20th Cen­tury Women," "Dead­pool," "Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins," and "Sing Street." In ad­di­tion to "Manch­ester" and "Moon­light," the films com­pet­ing for drama hon­ors are "Hack­saw Ridge," "Hell or High Water," and "Lion."

On the tele­vi­sion front, "Amer­i­can Crime Story: The Peo­ple v. O.J. Simp­son" was tops with five nods. "The Peo­ple vs. O.J. Simp­son" is an ac­claimed look at the foot­ball star's mur­der trial. It got Globes at­ten­tion for the work of Sarah Paul­son as Mar­cia Clark, Ster­ling K. Brown as Christo­pher Dar­den, and John Tra­volta as Robert Shapiro. FX backed the pro­gram. Globe vot­ers chose to honor sev­eral new shows. "Game of Thrones" was the only vet­eran among best TV drama nom­i­na­tions. The group in­cluded "The Crown," "Stranger Things," "This Is Us," and "West­world," all of which are in their ini­tial sea­sons. "At­lanta," a crit­i­cally ac­claimed look at the At­lanta rap scene, got a best com­edy nod. It will head off against "Black-ish," "Veep," as well as pre­vi­ous win­ners "Mozart In The Jungle" and "Trans­par­ent."

If "Manch­ester," "Moon­light," and "La La Land" were widely ex­pected to be show­ered with Globes at­ten­tion, there were nev­er­the­less some big sur­prises. "Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals," a noir-ish thriller, got sev­eral top nods for Tom Ford, who was hon­ored for writ­ing the screen­play and for writ­ing the film. It was also a big morn­ing for "Hack­saw Ridge" and its di­rec­tor Mel Gib­son. The World War II drama was nom­i­nated for best drama, while Gib­son was nom­i­nated for his di­rect­ing. Gib­son is a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure in the in­dus­try. His ca­reer went into a tail­spin af­ter he was ar­rested for drug driv­ing in 2006 and was caught on tape mak­ing anti-Semitic re­marks to his ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer. "The Tonight Show's" Jimmy Fal­lon will host the Globes broad­cast, which is set to air on Jan­uary 8 live from the Bev­erly Hil­ton. Fal­lon is the third per­son to em­cee the pro­gram, fol­low­ing Ricky Ger­vais and the tag-team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Up­com­ing re­lease

The Globes un­veiled its picks for best an­i­mated fea­ture, a group that in­cluded box of­fice smashes "Moana" and "Zootopia," as well as "Sing," an up­com­ing re­lease about a mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion for an­i­mals. The group also rec­og­nized "Kubo and and the Two Strings," a stop-mo­tion fan­tasy ac­tion­ad­ven­ture film, and "My Life as a Zuc­chini," a lesser­known French-Swiss stop mo­tion an­i­mated. "Find­ing Dory," the year's big­gest do­mes­tic hit, was shut out. The Globes are voted on by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Association, an in­ti­mate group of roughly 100 for­eign jour­nal­ists. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has been crit­i­cized in the past for be­ing overly cozy with stu­dios and for ac­cept­ing gifts, but it has tried to tighten rules in re­cent years.

It has also raised eye­brows over some of its se­lec­tions, in­fa­mously hand­ing out an award to Pia Zadora in the 1980's as best new­comer and more re­cently rec­og­niz­ing "The Tourist" and "Bur­lesque," two crit­i­cally de­rided pic­tures from 2010 that got top nom­i­na­tions. But as tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming, the Globes gets high marks. The cham­pagne flows freely dur­ing the broad­cast, cre­at­ing a looser, boozy at­mos­phere than the more staid Academy Awards. — Reuters

This im­age re­leased by Dis­ney shows Judy Hopps, voiced by Gin­nifer Good­win, left, Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bate­man, sec­ond left, in a scene from the an­i­mated film, "Zootopia."

In this file photo, Lionel Richie per­forms on the Pyra­mid stage at Glas­ton­bury mu­sic fes­ti­val on Wor­thy Farm, Glas­ton­bury, Eng­land. — AP

This im­age re­leased by Para­mount Pic­tures shows Meryl Streep in a scene from ‘Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins.’

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