Monday, December 12, 2016

2017 Golden Globe Nominations- 'La La Land' and 'Moonlight' lead the pack; 'Silence' and 'Arrival' snubbed

The Golden Globes are the most eclectic awards show in Hollywood, and it is always consistently unpredictable. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association never does what anybody expects, and while the Golden Globes work as an important pit stop on the way to the Oscars, it isn't the best at predicting the big awards. For example, The Revenant defeated Spotlight last year to win Best Picture- Drama, which was later reversed at the Academy Awards. The relatively small group of voters is known to be rather starstruck, focusing on the big movie stars rather than the actual quality of the film. Nonetheless, the Globes have always been a fun show to watch, and they're commonly know as Hollywood's biggest party. With the Oscar race heating up and the critics' awards all but done, the HFPA announced their picks for the best in film this morning. Here are the nominees for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards!

Best Motion Picture- Drama

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Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea

Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

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20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama

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Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama

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Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

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Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don't Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

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Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Director- Motion Picture

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Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture

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Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Motion Picture- Animated

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Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini

Best Motion Picture- Foreign Language

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The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Original Score- Motion Picture

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Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Johann Johannsson, Arrival
Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka, Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Benjamin Wallfisch, Hidden Figures

Best Original Song- Motion Picture

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"Gold" from Gold
"City of Stars" from La La Land
"How Far I'll Go" from Moana
"Faith" from Sing
"Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls

Like I said, there are certainly some oddball choices in there. I was pleasantly surprised to see some films in the mix and shocked to see others miss the cut, but in the end, this is a pretty solid set of nominees. Here are some of the things I noticed from breaking down the Globe nominations:

-SURPRISES- Sing Street, Deadpool, Jonah Hill, Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals, Florence Foster Jenkins

There were quite a few surprises as the Golden Globe nominations were announced today- some were pleasant, and some were utterly baffling. As one of Sing Street's biggest fans (I didn't see it at Sundance, but I'd like to think that I was ahead of the curve on that one), I was overjoyed to see that it received a Best Picture- Comedy or Musical nomination. That movie deserves the world, and I'm glad that the HFPA honored John Carney's terrific achievement. If only Harvey Weinstein had known what to do with it. I was also happy to see so much love for Nocturnal Animals, which I think is one of the best films of the year. Tom Ford received nominations for Best Director and Screenplay, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (more on that category later). The film ultimately missed out on a Best Picture nomination, which is strange, but I was still happy to see that it got plenty of love.

Jonah Hill was an out-of-nowhere pick, especially since it seemed like most people had forgotten about War Dogs. Hill's performance in that film is gripping and hilarious, and I'm glad he got some recognition from the HFPA. Florence Foster Jenkins has been tapering off in the Oscar race for a while now, but today may have been the jolt it needed to move forward in the coming weeks. Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, and the film itself were nominated, which is quite a spectacular haul for the Paramount film. And finally, Deadpool continues to be the surprise darling of the awards season. Since it's in the comedy category, this means nothing for the overall Oscar race. But as with the Critics' Choice Awards last night, the Ryan Reynolds-starred superhero film is getting a surprising amount of love from voters. I guess all the awards voters really wanted was some hard R violence and language with their spandex.

-SNUBS- Silence, Fences, Loving, Jackie, Arrival, Michael Shannon, Hidden Figures, Janelle Monae, Sully

There were plenty of films that were left out of the main races at the Golden Globes, but no movie had a more disappointing day than Martin Scorsese's Silence. The nearly 3-hour long faith-based epic did not receive a single nomination from the HFPA. Granted, it screened very late in the game, but that hasn't stopped the voting body from embracing films in years past. Maybe Scorsese's work was too brutal or too esoteric, but the HFPA just wasn't having it. Could be a warning of things to come for the film. Same goes for Fences, Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Sure, Denzel and Viola Davis were nominated in their respective acting categories, but the film itself went home empty-handed. Many have complained that the theatrical structure of Fences is too limiting, and I have a feeling that train of thought is beginning to connect with voters.

Loving has really fallen off in the race in recent weeks, failing to get a Best Picture nomination here and failing to be named to AFI's Best of the Year list. We may end up only seeing this one in the acting categories after all. The same can be said for Jackie, Pablo Larrain's chilly biopic of the former first lady. Natalie Portman was nominated here and the film picked up a nice boost last night at the Critics' Choice Awards, but with no recognition for Larrain, the film, or composer Mica Levi, that's a sign that this just might not be resonating. Arrival picked up two nominations, but was snubbed in the Best Picture category, a sign that the bigger hopes for Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi film may be too outlandish. And while it was a great day for Nocturnal Animals, Michael Shannon was surprisingly overlooked in favor of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays the psychopathic Ray Marcus in the film. Finally, it might be time for Hidden Figures to call it quits in the grand scheme of the awards race. Octavia Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, but with no major nominations for the film or for stars Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae, this one isn't quite connecting like Fox thought it would.

Oh, and Sully didn't get anything. Kinda surprising, but I'm just still confused as to why that movie is getting much awards attention in the first place.

Other notes from today's announcement:

-Hacksaw Ridge is really turning it on. This film has a legitimate chance to be nominated for Best Picture, that is if the Academy as a whole is willing to embrace Mel Gibson once again.

-Does anybody else think that La La Land has a real shot to win at least 6 of the 7 awards that it's nominated for? With the exception of screenplay, everything else is practically locked up.

-The Moonlight vs. Manchester by the Sea battle is going to be quite intriguing, even if it does fail to impact the race as a whole.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting set of nominees. I was mostly pleased by the results, and I'm looking forward to another fun ceremony. The Golden Globes will be held on January 8, 2017.

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