The Golden Globe nominations were announced Monday morning, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lavished love on the musical “La La Land,” the drama “Moonlight” and a number of new television shows, including “Atlanta” and “This Is Us.”
The big front-runner in the movie category is “La La Land,” which has seven nominations, including nods for its lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, director Damien Chazelle, plus screenplay, score and song. It’s a fairly sure thing for the best motion picture race in the comedy/musical category.
On the drama side, “Moonlight” got plenty of love with six nominations, including best motion picture, Barry Jenkins for best director, best screenplay and score. The movie follows a poor Miami native over three distinct periods of his life, and the character is played by three different actors, which made it hard to compete in the lead actor category. But the movie picked up nominations for its supporting players, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali, the latter of whom will likely win.
The big surprise of the morning was “Deadpool,” the sleeper hit starring Ryan Reynolds as a snarky superhero. The movie picked up one nomination for Reynolds and another for best motion picture comedy. Martin Scorsese’s latest didn’t fare so well. “Silence” was completely shut out, although its star, Andrew Garfield, picked up a nomination for another movie, Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge.”
In the television categories, the Golden Globes generally liven things up with all the new fall shows that the Emmys weren’t able to nominate. Case in point: The best drama category is almost completely new shows, including HBO’s complicated futuristic thriller “Westworld”; Netflix’s ’80s throwback “Stranger Things” and British historical epic “The Crown”; and NBC’s tearjerker family drama “This Is Us,” all of which scored acting nods as well. Another big newcomer includes HBO’s “The Night Of,” the eight-episode legal mystery that earned rave reviews.
Over in comedy, FX’s buzzworthy new dramedy “Atlanta” also landed a nomination, along with a best actor nod for Donald Glover. And as expected, FX’s acclaimed “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” miniseries swept the most nominations of any show with five, including acting nods for Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and John Travolta.
The Golden Globes air Sunday, Jan. 8, on NBC.
NOMINATIONS BY MOTION PICTURE
“La La Land” — 7
“Moonlight” — 6
“Manchester By The Sea” — 5
“Florence Foster Jenkins” — 4
“Lion” — 4
NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK
HBO — 14
FX — 9
ABC — 5
Amazon — 5
AMC — 5
Netflix — 5
The list of nominations for the 2017 Golden Globes:
Best motion picture, drama
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Hell or High Water”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Aside from the obvious front-runners, “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea,” the rest of the list is a little surprising. There was no love for likely Oscar contenders “Jackie,” “Loving,” “Fences” or “Silence” in this category, which instead glorified the grisly, religious war drama “Hacksaw Ridge” and the lesser-known western “Hell or High Water.” The Globes are nothing if not unpredictable.
Best motion picture, comedy/musical
“La La Land”
“20th Century Women”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: It’s such a pleasure to see the charming Irish musical “Sing Street” make the list. Maybe this will urge more people to see the winning, 1980s-set, coming-of-age story by John Carney (“Once,” “Begin Again”). Not that it has a hope come awards night: “La La Land” will be taking home this prize.
Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: One of the surprises of the morning was how Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” a drama about the days after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, was very nearly shut out. Portman’s performance as the title character, however, was impossible to ignore. She even nailed the former first lady’s singular accent.
Best actress in a motion picture, comedy/musical
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”
Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Streep gets roughly one Globe nomination every year, so of course she was going to be singled out for her role as a warbling heiress in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” That movie did particularly well in acting categories, also picking up nominations for Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Also noteworthy: Lily Collins’s nod for “Rules Don’t Apply.” The actress has been the next-big-thing since roughly 2012, so maybe she’s going to happen after all. Her nomination is also the only one for Warren Beatty’s passion project, which was decades in the making but fizzled at the box office. The other good news for him is the fact that his wife, Bening, picked up a nomination for her sensitive turn in “20th Century Women.” She and Stone will most likely be duking it out for the prize.
Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Affleck is the evident leader here for a movie that the Hollywood Foreign Press clearly enjoyed (“Manchester” garnered five nominations this morning). The surprise here was Viggo Mortensen edging out Tom Hanks in “Sully.” Mortensen’s nomination for “Captain Fantastic,” alongside nods for “The Lobster,” “Hell or High Water” and “Sing Street,” are proof that the Globes are recognizing a lot of smaller independent releases.
Best actor in a motion picture, comedy/musical
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”
Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The great thing about the Globes is the fact that stars of comedies, who would never have a hope of getting an Oscar nomination, get their due. This was already going to be kind of a wild-card category, but even so, Reynolds’s nomination stands out. We don’t often see the leads of superhero movies up for awards. The other surprise is Hill for a movie that didn’t really appeal to either critics or audiences.
Best director — motion picture
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Does this mean Mel Gibson is out of director jail? After a decade of Hollywood shunning him following some racist and anti-Semitic comments, Gibson is back on the map with multiple Globe nominations for “Hacksaw Ridge.” It’s hard to imagine him winning the award, however, with such stiff competition as Chazelle, Lonergan and Jenkins.
Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This is going to be a tight race between Davis, Williams, Harris and Kidman, who all play mothers dealing with different types of tragedies. Spencer, who was phenomenal in “Hidden Figures,” will nevertheless have a hard time competing with a role that was less of a tour de force. But that’s okay; she already has a Globe (not to mention an Oscar).
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Ali is the clear front-runner for his role as a kindly drug dealer in “Moonlight.” This big surprise in this category is Taylor-Johnson, who plays a menacing criminal in “Nocturnal Animals.” The collective wisdom was, if that movie got a nod, it would be for Michael Shannon, in the role of a detective who isn’t above bending the rules a little. That also edged out the possibility of a nomination for Lucas Hedges, the young breakout star of “Manchester by the Sea.”
Best screenplay — motion picture
“Manchester by the Sea”
“La La Land”
“Hell or High Water”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “Hell or High Water” had a good showing for a relatively under-the-radar movie. The modern western, which became the sleeper hit of the summer, pulled in three nominations and edged out some higher profile releases — including “Lion,” “Fences” and “Silence,” to name a few — to snag this nomination.
Best foreign language film
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The surprise of the foreign language slate was “Divines,” a French movie written and directed by first-timer Houda Benyamina, about a teenager living on the outskirts of Paris who turns toward a life of crime. That movie is one of three French films on the line-up. The others are “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven’s provocative movie about a rape victim, played by Isabelle Huppert (who also got an acting nomination), and “The Salesman,” an Iranian-French film by Asghar Farhadi, best known for his Oscar-winning film “A Separation.”
Best animated feature film
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: If “Sausage Party” was going to sneak into any Globe category, it would have been this one, but the raunchy comedy by Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg couldn’t quite compete. It can take solace in knowing that “Finding Dory” — the biggest movie of the year domestically — also came up short.
Best original song
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” “Trolls”
“City of Stars,” “La La Land”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Three of the songs this year came from animated movies, including the ubiquitous summer hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. The question is whether the Hollywood Foreign Press will vote for a chart-topper over the sweetly nostalgic vibe of “City of Stars,” from the musical “La La Land.”
Best original score — motion picture
“La La Land”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: No huge surprises here.The musical “La La Land” is the front-runner for its tunes by Justin Hurwitz, who won at the Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday night for best score and best song, for “City of Stars.” Another viable candidate is “Arrival” composer Johann Johannsson. This is his second Globes nomination; he won for “The Theory of Everything” in 2015. This is the first Globes nod for Pharrell Williams, who was nominated alongside Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch for “Hidden Figures.”
Best TV series, drama
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Four out of five of these nominees are brand new — save for “Game of Thrones” — and there’s no “Mr. Robot,” even though it won last year. It speaks to the peak-TV era, especially because we’re not sure which one of these can break through. We’ll give the edge to “Stranger Things” because it was such a crowd-pleaser, but never count out an HBO show.
Best actor in a TV series, drama
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath” (Amazon)
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Critics have declared Billy Bob Thornton the highlight of “Goliath,” David E. Kelley’s latest legal drama. He’s the only new face in this category, so he has a pretty decent shot at a win — although there’s lots of love for Rami Malek on the increasingly complicated “Mr. Robot.” Still, all award shows have some making up to do with “The Americans,” so it’s a good thing voters included Matthew Rhys.
Best actress in a TV series, drama
Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” (HBO)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Keri Russell, “The Americans” (FX)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: 2016 was the year of Winona Ryder’s comeback, or so decided everyone who loved her in “Stranger Things.” She played the mother to a lost son in the spooky Netflix miniseries that felt more like a summer blockbuster. But critics love “The Crown” and “Westworld,” so she’ll have some competition from Evan Rachel Wood (the Critics’ Choice Award winner) and Claire Foy.
Best TV series, comedy
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Last year’s surprise winner “Mozart in the Jungle” (which chronicles lots of behind-the-scenes drama in the classical music world) is back again to compete against old favorites “Veep” and “Transparent.” ABC’s “Black-ish” is keeping broadcast comedy alive, apparently, while FX’s acclaimed freshman dramedy “Atlanta,” about the rap scene in Atlanta, scored an expected nod. And knowing how much the Globes voters love new series, it just might win.
Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” (ABC)
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Nick Nolte, “Graves” (Epix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “Nick Nolte?” was our actual reaction, but hey, good for Epix. The premium channel, known mostly for replaying movies, decided to venture into original programming for the first time this year. “Graves,” a political comedy about an ex-president who has some regrets, landed a Golden Globe nomination for the effort. But Donald Glover has received raves for headlining “Atlanta,” so this looks like his category to lose, unless the academy really loves Bernal so much that they award him two years in a row.
Best actress in a TV series, comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Issa Rae, “Insecure” (HBO)
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish” (ABC)
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Divorce” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Sarah Jessica Parker was nominated seven times in this category for her role in “Sex and the City” and won four times, so there was little doubt she would be back for “Divorce,” even though this grim series has had, shall we say, an underwhelming debut. But Globes voters also like to give attention to newcomers for this prize (Bloom won last year and Rodriguez the year before) so keep your eye on Issa Rae, the star of HBO’s “Insecure,” which is based on Rae’s hit web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”
Best TV movie or limited series
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
“The Night Manager” (AMC)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“The Dresser” (Starz)
“American Crime” (ABC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is essentially a sure thing, unless the much-praised “The Night Of” manages to pull off the upset. And for those who have never heard of “The Dresser,” it’s that movie starring Ian McKellan and Anthony Hopkins based on the play set in World War II — it has essentially no chance to win, but it’s the type of high-brow TV movie that Globes voters love to nominate.
Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (HBO)
John Turturro, “The Night Of” (HBO)
Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager” (AMC)
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This category shook out pretty much as expected. If history is any indication (at least the Emmy Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards), Courtney B. Vance will walk away with this one for his riveting portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in Ryan Murphy’s re-telling of the O.J. Simpson trial. But critics really love HBO’s twisty legal drama “The Night Of,” so Ahmed or Turturro could easily break through.
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)
Kerry Washington, “Confirmation” (HBO)
Riley Keough, “The Girlfriend Experience” (Starz)
Charlotte Rampling, “London Spy” (BBC America)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Keough (Elvis’s granddaughter!) is the surprise nod here, though critics like her performance as a law student/high-end escort in Starz’s little-watched series. She’s up against basically unbeatable competition, though, — mainly Paulson, who is considered a lock for her riveting take on beleaguered prosecutor Marcia Clark in the O.J. Simpson trial (and won an Emmy for the role).
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
John Travolta, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager” (AMC)
John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The supporting TV categories at the Globes are notoriously difficult given that they cover all series and miniseries. Even though Lithgow won the Critics’ Choice prize Sunday night for his role as Winston Churchill in “The Crown,” it will be tough to break out over the unstoppable “People v. O.J. Simpson” cast.
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager” (AMC)
Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Champagne corks will be flying at NBC today for all the love for “This Is Us,” the weepy family drama that became the surprise breakout hit of the fall TV season. The Globes love to nominate new TV actresses, and it looks like this year’s favorite for the win is Metz, playing a woman who starts a new relationship as she embarks on a difficult weight-loss journey. But don’t count out Moore, the former pop star whose quiet performance as the family matriarch often steals the show.