This year's Golden Globe nominations have been announced and, as per usual, it's the standard mix of delightful surprises and frustrating snubs. Here's our breakdown of the year's highlights.
La La Land skips to victory
Although not out in the UK yet (it's with us on 13th January), the heartwarming and effervescent Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone musical waltzed away with seven nominations including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor nominations apiece for each of its stars and Best Director for Damien Chazelle, who performs a dramatic about-face from his brutal Whiplash. Will La La Land be clearing up at the Oscars? Given the Globes are usually seen as a harbinger of Academy Award success, it may be time to start taking bets...
Another acclaimed release that's yet to hit our shores (we have to wait until 24th February), this sprawling and highly emotional drama charts three stages in the life of a young African-American man in Florida, and trust us when we say it's a stunner. The movie scooped six noms including Best Picture - Drama and Best Director for Barry Jenkins. Factor this under one to watch.
Deadpool crashes the party!
File this one under: unexpected. Ryan Reynolds' subversive and hilariously meta superhero movie nabbed a Best Comedy Movie nom and one for Reynolds himself, a sure sign of the chord it struck with audiences around the world. Will an Oscar be on the cards too? It would certainly be a pleasant surprise.
The other victors
Moving Casey Affleck drama Manchester By the Sea grabbed a deserved Best Picture nod, as did John Carney's utterly terrific eighties set comedy-drama Sing Street and Meryl Streep biopic Florence Foster Jenkins (the legendary star herself picked up her 30th nomination, and co-star Hugh Grant was also recognised).
It was also a comeback year for Mel Gibson who landed a nod for his relentless war drama Hacksaw Ridge, another recipient of the Best Drama nominations that also included the superb neo-Western Hell or High Water with Jeff Bridges and Dev Patel-starring Lion.
This being awards season, there was plenty to be annoyed about. Most shocking was the complete omission of Martin Scorsese's Silence, the esteemed director's passion project that has been 25 years in the making. It's especially surprising given its weighty spiritual themes (adapted from Shusaku Endo's novel), glowing critical reviews and all-star cast led by Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. Who knows, maybe it was released in America too close to the awards window?
Most galling of all was the complete absence of Sing Street in the Best Song category – pretty sad when the movie delivered arguably the best movie song of the year in the form of 'Drive It Like You Stole It'. In fact, we're going to put the world to rights and share it right now. You're welcome.
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