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La La Land leads 2016 Golden Globe nominations

Musical film La La Land leads the pack in this year’s Golden Globe nominations, with seven nods in total.

Damien Chazelle’s movie is up for best musical or comedy film, while there are acting nominations for its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Chazelle is up for best film director and it is also nominated for original screenplay, score and song.

Coming-of-age drama Moonlight is close behind with six nominations, including best drama film.

British actress Naomie Harris is up for best supporting actress for her role as a drug addict in the film.

Manchester by the Sea, about a caretaker who finds himself taking in his teenage nephew, has five nods – best drama film, original screenplay, director for Kenneth Lonergan, actor for Casey Affleck and supporting actress for Michelle Williams.

The other best drama actor nominees are Joel Edgerton for Loving, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic and Denzel Washington for Fences.

Natalie Portman is favourite for the best drama actress award for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie.

She will face competition from Arrival’s Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane, Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Ruth Negga for Loving.

World War II biopic Hacksaw Ridge, Texan family drama Hell or High Water and Indian/Australian coming-of-age movie Lion are also up for best drama film.

BBC series The Night Manager has fared well in the TV categories, with nods for its British stars Olivia Colman, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. It is also up for best limited series.

Analysis – Lizo Mzimba, BBC entertainment correspondent

The Golden Globe nominations contained few real surprises and in many ways have confirmed, rather than changed the direction of this year’s film awards race, which will culminate with the Oscars in February.

Since it opened the Venice Film Festival in August, La La Land has been seen as the frontrunner for best film and best director at the Academy Awards, with its main rivals remaining Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea.

Although the Golden Globes offers twice as many lead acting categories as the Baftas or the Oscars, today has done little to change the perception that Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Emma Stone (La La Land) remain the favourites for the best actor and best actress Academy Awards.

Perhaps most notable is the performance of Moonlight, with just one nomination fewer than La La Land. The Miami-set story of a young black man dealing with his sexuality now looks like the leading film to help end the race controversy of the last two years, with Mahershala Ali heavily tipped to win best supporting actor.

And while Fences performed less strongly overall, Viola Davis is also thought likely to win best supporting actress. A welcome sign that after two years of #OscarsSoWhite, next year’s Academy Awards nominations are likely to be more diverse – and on top of that the favourites to win in two of the acting categories are black.

Olivia Colman faces fellow Brit Thandie Newton (Westworld) for best supporting actress in a limited TV series, as well as Game of Thrones star Lena Heady plus Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore, who are both recognised for family comedy drama This Is Us.

The Night Of’s British star Riz Ahmed is nominated alongside Hiddleston for best actor in a limited TV series. They are up against Bryan Cranston for All the Way, John Turturro for for The Night Of and Courtney B Vance for American Crime Story: OJ Simpson v The People.

American Crime Story: OJ Simpson v The People is also recognised, with acting nominations for John Travolta, Sterling K Brown and Sarah Paulson alongside Vance. The drama is also up for best limited series.

In the movie categories, Disney’s Zootopia and Moana are among those up for best animated feature film, alongside Kubo and the Strings, My Life as A Zucchini and Sing.

Florence Foster Jenkins, based on the true story of a New York heiress who dreams of being an opera star, has four nominations, including a 30th Golden Globe nod for Meryl Streep and one for Hugh Grant.

It is also up for best comedy or musical film alongside La La Land, 20th Century Woman, Deadpool and Irish film Sing Street, which was written and directed by Once film-maker John Carney.

Films with the most nominations
La La Land 7
Moonlight 6
Manchester by the Sea 5
Florence Foster Jenkins 4
Lion 4
TV shows with most nominations
The People vs OJ Simpson 5
The Night Manager 4
Black-ish 3
The Crown 3
The Night Of 3
This Is Us 3
Westworld 3

Other actors recognised in the musical/comedy category include Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Jonah Hill (War Dogs) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool).

Alongside La La Land’s Stone and Streep in best actress in a musical or comedy film category are Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women).

Sully, starring Tom Hanks, was a notable omission from the list, as was with Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

The Golden Globes will be handed out in Los Angeles on 8 January at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.


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