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On January 8th, 2017, the 74th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will honor the best in film and television from 2016. With only 17 days left until the big night, we thought we’d share a list of 10 films leading the race.

La La LandLA LA LAND

Nominations: 7

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Emma Stone
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Ryan Gosling
Best Director – Motion Picture – Damien Chazelle
Best Screenplay – Damien Chazelle
Best Original Song – Motion Picture (for “City of Stars) – Justin Hurwitz
Best Original Score – Motion Picture – Justin Hurwitz

With the most nominations of any film this year, La La Land takes the classic American musical and turns the concept into something more grounded. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as artists trying to find their own paths in the glitzy world of modern Los Angeles. The film waltzed away with Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Song, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Score. This critical darling is basking in accolades, so chances are high that it will continue to earn nominations at prestigious awards ceremonies, well into next year. 

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Nominations: 6

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Naomie Harris
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Mahershala Ali

Best Director – Motion Picture – Barry Jenkins
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Barry Jenkins
Best Original Score – Motion Picture – Nicholas Britell

With six nominations this year, Moonlight continues to receive positive press for the astonishing performances and truly raw script about a young man (Chrion) coming into his own identity. The Golden Globes are highlighting Naomie Harris as Chiron’s mother and Mahershala Ali as Juan, two picks that mirror the Critics’ Choice Awards. It walked away with wins for Best Acting Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, but it’s tough competition to the much lighter La La Land

manchester-by-the-sea-1MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Nominations: 5

Best Director – Motion Picture – Kenneth Lonergan
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Casey Affleck
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in A Motion Picture – Michelle Williams
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Kenneth Lonergan

Earning 5 nominations for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards ®, Manchester by the Sea has received three Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Actor for Affleck’s portrayal of a reclusive janitor forced to confront his past after his brother’s death.  A second award was given to Lucas Hedges who portrays Affleck’s teenage nephew, grappling with his own growing pains. And a third was awarded to writer/director, Kenneth Lonergan, for Best Original Screenplay (tied with La La Land’s Damien Chazelle). So, what can we expect going forward? Well, Affleck may take home the Golden Globe, since his performance has generated immensely positive reviews in this critically-acclaimed drama.

Dev Patel in LionLION

Nominations: 4

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Nicole Kidman
Best Original Score – Motion Picture – Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Dev Patel

Lion is the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young boy who accidentally ends up thousands of miles from home, ultimately to try and find his way back as a young man. What’s fascinating about Lion’s nominations is the stars of the film, Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, are both up for supporting actor nods in the drama category, instead of being classified in larger roles. This mirrors the Critics’ Choice Awards’ decision to put Dev Patel in the supporting category, making it one to watch this year. 

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Nominations: 4

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Hugh Grant
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Simon Helberg
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Meryl Streep

In a season filled with blockbusters (Captain America Civil War, Star Trek)Florence Foster Jenkins was one of the smaller films, helmed by an incredible director (Stephen Frears) and well-received by critics. The movie tells the true story of an American socialite with dreams of becoming a singer. There’s just one big exception: she cannot actually sing. With Meryl Streep in the starring role, it would be difficult for the film not to court awards buzz. So, it’s no surprise that at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Streep won the Best Actress in a Comedy category.

Andrew Garfield in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw RidgeHACKSAW RIDGE 

Nominations: 3

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Andrew Garfield
Best Director – Motion Picture – Mel Gibson

This biopic tells the story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), the first man in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor while remaining a pacifist. The film is being honored for Andrew Garfield’s performance and is being seen as Mel Gibson’s professional comeback. Recently, it walked away with a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in an Action Film and Best Action Film. So, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Hacksaw Ridge maintain its presence in the awards race. 

p12869704_i_h10_aaHELL OR HIGH WATER

Nominations: 3

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Jeff Bridges
Best Screenplay – Taylor Sheridan

A welcome surprise to most audiences, Hell or High Water stars Ben Foster and Chris Pine as brothers who turn to bank robbery in order to save the family farm. The film is extremely tense to watch, with Jeff Bridges being highlighted for his performance as Sheriff Marcus Hamilton. While it didn’t win anything during the recent Critics’ Choice Awards, despite multiple nominations, it still has high accolades and might come away as an unexpected dark horse candidate for the Academy Awards this year. 

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Nominations: 3

Best Director – Motion Picture – Tom Ford
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Tom Ford

With his second narrative feature, designer, Tom Ford, has managed to maintain his esteem as a skilled filmmaker. A stylistic thriller, Nocturnal Animals, tells the story of an L.A. art-gallery owner whose life becomes unraveled after receiving a copy of her ex-husband’s harrowing novel. At this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, the film earned 3 wins, with Michael Shannon taking home Best Supporting Actor, Tom Ford receiving Best Adapted Screenplay, and Seamus McGarvey winning Best Cinematography. It’s worth noting that the film’s top-billed actors–Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal–have not received any Golden Globe ® nods for the movie. However, Adams still holds her weight in the awards race, with a nomination for the sci-fi flick, Arrival. 

fences-movieFENCES

Nominations: 2

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Denzel Washington
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture – Viola Davis

With heavy-hitters such as Washington and Davis, Fences could not avoid awards buzz. After all, the duo won Tonys for their roles in the 2010 Broadway revival of this August Wilson play. So, it’s no surprise that the film, which opens on Christmas Day, has received glowing reviews. At this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress category. So, expect to see more of Fences, this awards season.

moanaMOANA

Nominations: 2

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Best Original Song – Motion Picture – How Far I’ll Go

Disney’s latest heroine has captivated audiences and critics, alike. With overwhelming positive reviews and a box office gross to match,  Moana has carved its place in the awards race. Despite talent like Dwayne Johnson and newcomer, Auli’i Cravalho, one of the more notable aspects of the film is its music, penned by Hamilton creator, Lin Manuel Miranda. Though nominated for 2 Critics’ Choice Awards, the film went home empty-handed, but we’re optimistic that it’ll continue to gain nominations and hopefully, take home a few awards.

Of course, we know that there are still so many films to see this season. So, our list is just a way to get you started with the top nominees. As always, let us know what you’re watching. And let us know what we should be watching, too!

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