MOST GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS GO TO “LA LA LAND”
Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” sang and danced its way to a leading seven Golden Globes nominations, with Barry Jenkins’ celebrated comingof-age tale “Moonlight” close on its heels with six nods.
“La La Land” earned nominations for its lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as well as best picture, comedy or musical. The film also scored nominations for directing, screenplay, score and original song in the nominations announced Monday in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“Moonlight,” spread across three chapters of a young man’s life in Miami, led the field in the dramatic categories, including best picture. It earned nods for Jenkins’ directing and script, supporting actor favorite Mahershala Ali and supporting actress Naomie Harris.
“When you see that the HFPA comes back with six nominations you know they saw the work and the love put into the film,” Jenkins said by phone. “It fills my heart.”
The other nominees for best picture, drama, were “Manchester by the Sea,” “Lion,” “Hell or High Water” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”
On the television side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” continued its awards success with five nominations, including best limited series and nods for stars Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta.
Other awards regulars (“Veep,” “Transparent”) were recognized, too, although some more recent shows not eligible for September’s Emmy Awards elbowed their way in, including “The Night Of,” “Westworld,” “Atlanta,” “This Is Us” and “Insecure.” HBO led the networks with 14 nominations.
“Huge thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Russian hackers that made our nominations possible,” joked “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her eighth Globe nod.
The film nominees also verified that this year’s awards season isn’t nearly so white as last year’s. Along with “Moonlight,” nominations were heaped on Denzel Washington’s August Wilson adaptation “Fences” (including acting nods for Washington and Viola Davis), the interracial marriage drama “Loving” (leads Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton were nominated) and the inspirational NASA drama about African-American mathematicians “Hidden Figures” (for which Octavia Spencer was nominated).
Emma Stone dances with Ryan Gosling in a scene from “La La Land,” nominated for seven Golden Globes. Lionsgate