74th Golden Globe Nominations

Another year, another odd list from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globe nominations were announced yesterday morning, and it pretty much cements the win for La La Land, as well as offering up major contenders, both obvious (Moonlight) and not (hi, Nocturnal Animals).

So let’s start with the most obvious stuff: La La Land has walked away with seven nominations, for Best Film-Musical or Comedy, Best Actor and Actress-Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score, and Best Song for “City of Stars.” I predicted as much on Sunday, but it’s nice to see that the film is preparing to absolutely conquer the early awards. What I didn’t expect was for the HFPA to nominate Moonlight for six-I didn’t see them being cool enough to nominate that incredible score, but I underestimated them in that department. And, as expected, Manchester by the Sea followed along close behind with five nominations. These three are your Oscar frontrunners, folks. Breathe it in.

Now let’s take a look at the surprises, because they were abundant. Obviously the big story is that Hell or High Water has walked away with three major nominations for Best Picture-Drama, Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges, and Best Screenplay. This isn’t worth a lot in the long run, but it definitely speaks to the film’s lasting power, and shows that one of the best films of the year may in fact end up being nominated by the Academy. Surprisingly, it was joined by Hacksaw Ridge, receiving nominations for Best Film-Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor-Drama for Andrew Garfield. I’m not mad at this decision-Hacksaw Ridge is in no way a bad film. However, it’s definitely flawed, and in no way defines “Best Film.” Florence Foster Jenkins was expected to get a nomination for Meryl Streep, and a nomination for Best Film-Musical/Comedy and fro Hugh Grant’s charming turn were likely, but I don’t think anyone saw Simon Helberg coming, even though he is adorable in it. And then there’s Nocturnal Animals. Considered out of the Oscar race, the film rallied to take in three nominations-one for Best Director, another for Best Screenplay, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Taylor-Johnson is surprising because his costar, Michael Shannon, is the contender that has been getting all of the love this season. The love-fest for this film seems to make little sense, unless you take into account the fact that director Tom Ford sent every member of the HFPA a bottle of Tom Ford patented cologne. As my favorite film critic once said, “It’s not a bribe.”

There was no lack of snubs this year, as well. Sully, which seemed like a lock for Best Film and Best Actor-Drama, received zero nominations. Silence also received zero nominations, which would be a lot more damning if the question didn’t remain “Did the Globes even see it?” (Not that this would be a big deal to them-I doubt they watch all the films they nominate). Finding Dory and The Red Turtle received snubs in Best Animated Film, and it’s a little surprising that “Drive It Like You Stole It” didn’t get nominated over “Gold,” considering it earned a Best Film-Musical/Comedy nomination. I also find the lack of nominations for Rules Don’t Apply surprising. Not because it’s good-it’s not-but because Beatty always got nominated. At least Lily Collins received a nomination for Best Actress-other than Beatty, she’s the best thing about the film.

This brings us to TV, which played out mostly as expected. New shows Westworld, This Is Us and Atlanta took home several nominations, including for Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, and Donald Glover. The People v. O.J. Simpson proved itself a powerhouse by dominating the television awards. And the HFPA has continued their tradition of proving their past successes by once again nominating the incredibly talented Rachel Bloom. I can’t think of too much to complain about.

You can see the full list of nominees below (an asterisk means I predicted it correctly), and you can tune in to see the winners, as presented by Jimmy Fallon, on January 8th, 2017.


Best Picture

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea *
  • Moonlight *

Best Musical/Comedy

  • 20th Century Women *
  • Deadpool
  • Florence Foster Jenkins *
  • La La Land *
  • Sing Street *

Best Leading Actor in a Drama

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

Best Leading Actress in a Drama

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

Best Leading Actor in a Musical/Comedy

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

Best Leading Actress in a Musical/Comedy

  • 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 Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

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

Best Screenplay

  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land *
  • Manchester by the Sea *
  • Moonlight *
  • Nocturnal Animals

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings *
  • Moana *
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Sing
  • Zootopia *

Best Original Score

  • Arrival *
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land *
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Best Original Song

  • Can’t Stop the Feeling-Trolls *
  • City of Stars-La La Land *
  • Faith-Sing *
  • Gold-Gold
  • How Far I’ll Go-Moana *

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Divines
  • Elle *
  • Neruda
  • The Salesman *
  • Toni Erdmann *


Best Drama Series

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones *
  • Stranger Things *
  • This Is Us *
  • Westworld *

Best Musical/Comedy Series

  • Atlanta *
  • black-ish
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Transparent *
  • Veep *

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Rami Malek- Robot *
  • Bob Odenkirk-Better Call Saul *
  • Matthew Rhys-The Americans
  • Live Schreiber-Ray Donovan
  • Billy Bob Thornton-Goliath

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Caitriona Balfe-Outlander
  • Claire Foy-The Crown
  • Keri Russell-The Americans *
  • Winona Ryder-Stranger Things *
  • Evan Rachel Wood-Westworld

Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson-black-ish *
  • Gael Garcia Bernal-Mozart in the Jungle *
  • Donald Glover-Atlanta *
  • Nick Nolte-Graves
  • Jeffrey Tambor-Transparent *

Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Series

  • Rachel Bloom-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend *
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep *
  • Sarah Jessica Parker-Divorce *
  • Issa Rae-Insecure
  • Gina Rodriguez-Jane the Virgin *
  • Tracee Ellis Ross-black-ish

Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Riz Ahmed-The Night Of *
  • Bryan Cranston-All the Way *
  • Tom Hiddelston-The Night Manager *
  • John Turturro-The Night Of
  • Courtney B. Vance-The People v. O.J. Simpson *

Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Felicity Huffman-American Crime *
  • Riley Keough-The Girlfriend Experience
  • Sarah Paulson-The People v. O.J. Simpson *
  • Charlotte Rampling-London Spy
  • Kerry Washington-Confirmation *

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Comedy, Miniseries Or TV Movie

  • Sterling K. Brown-The People v. O.J. Simpson *
  • Hugh Laurie-The Night Manager *
  • John Lithgow-The Crown *
  • Christian Slater- Robot
  • John Travolta-The People v. O.J. Simpson *

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, Comedy, Miniseries Or TV Movie

  • Olivia Colman-The Night Manager *
  • Lena Headey-Game of Thrones
  • Chrissy Metz-This Is Us
  • Mandy Moore-This Is Us
  • Thandie Newton-Westworld

Best Miniseries/TV Movie

  • American Crime *
  • The Dresser
  • The Night Manager *
  • The Night Of *
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson *

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