Golden Globe nods cement 'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' frontrunner status

The musical 'La La Land' and the drama 'Moonlight' may be the films to beat on Oscar night as the movies receive more nominations, this time from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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'La La Land' stars Ryan Gosling (l.) and Emma Stone (r.).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards, has selected films including “La La Land” and “Moonlight” for multiple nominations, possibly cementing the films’ statuses as frontrunners in the ongoing Oscars season.

The musical movie “La La Land,” which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, received multiple nominations for the Golden Globes, including best comedy or musical, best actress in a comedy or musical (Ms. Stone), best actor in a comedy or musical (Mr. Gosling), and best director. 

Meanwhile, “Moonlight” was nominated for best drama, “Moonlight” actor Mahershala Ali was nominated for best supporting actor, Naomie Harris was nominated for best supporting actress, and Barry Jenkins was nominated for best director. 

Some industry watchers are seeing the Golden Globe nominations as the latest sign that “La” and “Moonlight” will be two of the movies to watch as the Oscars season continues. (Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 24.) 

Variety's Kristopher Tapley wrote that those who want to know what will succeed at the Oscars should pay attention to the Golden Globe nominations, writing, “What the Globes unambiguously provide … is the single greatest signal boost of the awards season. The marketing potential inherent in a nomination or a win on a widely-watched network awards show can’t be overstated.” Therefore, Mr. Tapley writes, “Which films are most likely to pick up that aforementioned signal boost? At present, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ are the best picture frontrunners.” 

Los Angeles Times writer Glenn Whipp saw the Golden Globes nominations as the latest sign that the movie “Manchester By the Sea” is also a big Oscars contender. (“Manchester” was nominated for best drama and director Kenneth Lonergan was nominated for best director, while actor Casey Affleck is nominated for best actor in a drama and Michelle Williams was nominated for best supporting actress.) 

All three movies receiving nods for best picture, best director, best writing, and acting are “another sign that these three films are the movies to beat this awards season,” Mr. Whipp writes.

As for other film contenders, “Lion,” “Hidden Figures,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” and “Hell or High Water” are the other movies nominated for best drama, while “20th Century Women,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Sing Street,” and “Deadpool” are the other films nominated for best comedy or musical. 

In addition to Ms. Stone, Annette Bening of “20th Century Women,” Meryl Streep of “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Hailee Steinfeld of “The Edge of Seventeen,” and Lily Collins of “Rules Don’t Apply” are nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical, while “Jackie” actress Natalie Portman, “Arrival” actress Amy Adams, “Miss Sloane” actress Jessica Chastain, “Loving” actress Ruth Negga, and “Elle” actress Isabelle Huppert are nominated for best actress in a drama.

Denzel Washington of “Fences,” Joel Edgerton of “Loving,” Andrew Garfield of “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Viggo Mortensen of “Captain Fantastic” are nominated for best actor in a drama alongside Affleck for “Manchester.” 

And Hugh Grant of “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Colin Farrell of “The Lobster,” Ryan Reynolds of “Deadpool,” and Jonah Hill of “War Dogs” are nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical. 

For the best supporting actress race, “Fences” actress Viola Davis, “Lion” actress Nicole Kidman, and “Hidden Figures” actress Octavia Spencer are nominated alongside Ms. Harris and Ms. Williams, while “Nocturnal Animals” actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Florence Foster Jenkins” actor Simon Helberg, “Hell or High Water” actor Jeff Bridges, and “Lion” actor Dev Patel are nominated for best supporting actor, in addition to Mr. Ali for “Moonlight.” 

Tom Ford of “Nocturnal Animals” and Mel Gibson of “Hacksaw Ridge” are nominated for best director alongside Mr. Chazelle, Mr. Lonergan, and Mr. Jenkins. 

The HFPA also recognizes TV at the Golden Globes, and the nominees for best drama are HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “The Crown,” and NBC’s “This Is Us.”

The nominees for best comedy are Amazon’s “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” FX’s “Atlanta,” HBO’s “Veep,” and ABC’s “Black-ish.”

The nominees for best actor in a drama are Rami Malek for “Mr. Robot,” Matthew Rhys for “The Americans,” Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul,” Billy Bob Thornton for “Goliath,” and Liev Schreiber for “Ray Donovan.”

The nominees for best actress in a drama are “Stranger Things” actress Winona Ryder, “The Crown” actress Claire Foy, “Westworld” actress Evan Rachel Wood, “Outlander” actress Caitriona Balfe, and “The Americans” actress Keri Russell.

The nominees for best actor in a comedy are “Atlanta” actor Donald Glover, “Mozart in the Jungle” actor Gael Garcia Bernal, “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, “Transparent” actor Jeffrey Tambor, and “Graves” actor Nick Nolte. 

The nominees for best actress in a comedy are “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Insecure” actress Issa Rae, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” actress Rachel Bloom, “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez, “Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross, and “Divorce” actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

The nominees for best supporting actor, for which actors in a TV show, TV movie, or limited series are eligible, are Sterling K. Brown for “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” John Travolta for “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Hugh Laurie for “The Night Manager,” John Lithgow for “The Crown,” and Christian Slater for “Mr. Robot.” 

The nominees for best supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or TV movie are Olivia Colman for “The Night Manager,” Chrissy Metz for “This Is Us,” Lena Headey for “Game of Thrones,” Mandy Moore for “This Is Us,” and Thandie Newton for “Westworld.”

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