Awards season is upon Us! The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globes are here, with critical favorites La La Land (seven nominations), Moonlight (six nominations), Manchester by the Sea (five nominations) leading the pack of award hopefuls in the film categories.
But a few surprises were in store. Because the Golden Globes honor comedies and dramas in separate categories, a few of the funny films not likely to get nods by other organizations (such as the Oscars) were recognized here. Many of the most surprising were in the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category, which named the following nominees: Colin Farrell for The Lobster, Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool (also nominated for Best Musical or Comedy), Jonah Hill for War Dogs, Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins and the likely shoo-in: Ryan Gosling for La La Land.
And while Warren Beatty’s comedy about Golden Age Hollywood, The Rules Don’t Apply, wasn’t a critical favorite, star Lily Collins still picked up a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
Among the snubs this year was critical darling Birth of a Nation — which received acclaim on the festival circuit but was mired in controversy due to director, writer and star Nate Parker’s enduring rape scandal.
Casey Affleck, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment, did not meet the same fate, having scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea. The drama also scored acknowledgements for best directing, best screenplay, best drama and best actress Michelle Williams.
While it’s not surprising that anything Meryl Streep does is worthy of praise, her little-seen indie comedy Florence Foster Jenkins, released at the end of the summer, racked up four nominations, including one for Streep herself, who will also be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award this year.
Collateral Beauty, the Will Smith tearjerker that seemed destined for some awards love, was shut out from the nominations. While Denzel Washington and Viola Davis received acting nods for their performances in Fences, Washington was not acknowledged in the directing category for his take on August Wilson’s classic play.
Another quiet late summer release, Hell or High Water, snagged a few nods, including those for best screenplay, best actor Jeff Bridges and best motion picture drama.
Controversial actor-director Mel Gibson picked up a nomination for his historic drama Hacksaw Ridge, which also received nods for best actor in a drama Andrew Garfield and best motion picture drama.
Then there are a few other films that many may have missed when they came out: underdog indie musical Sing Street — about a young boy starting a band in 1980s Dublin — scored a Best Musical or Comedy nod. And summer comedy Captain Fantastic picked up a nomination for Viggo Mortensen’s performance.
The nominations — honoring the year’s best in both TV and film — were announced live on Monday, December 12, in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel with Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, and Anna Kendrick.
The 2017 ceremony — set for Sunday, January 8, at 8 p.m. ET — will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
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