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Golden Globes: 'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' and 'Manchester by the Sea' Top Film Nominees

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The Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling pic danced off with seven noms, while the more dramatic ‘Moonlight’ edged out ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ with six nominations to five.

The nominations for the 74th annual Golden Globes danced to a lighthearted beat, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed a total of seven nominations Monday morning on the modern-day musical La Land Land. To borrow from the film’s opening song-and-dance number, it enjoyed “Another Day of Sun.”

On the moodier, dramatic side of the street, the coming-of-age drama Moonlight, with six noms, edged out the grief-stricken family drama Manchester by the Sea, which was recognized with five nominations.

Mel Gibson was welcomed back into the Hollywood fold with a directing nomination for his World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, and thanks to films like Moonlight, Fences, Hidden Figures, Loving and Lion, there were seven performers of color among the 30 acting nominees.

In addition to its best musical or comedy citation, La La Land saw its two stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who play showbiz hopefuls, both score nominations; its creator, Damien Chazelle, take noms for both directing and screenplay; and its score, by Justin Hurwitz, and its song “City of Stars,” by Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, get additional noms.

Moonlight, a best drama nominee, which utilizes an ensemble cast over the three time periods the film covers, didn’t place in the top drama acting categories, but secured supporting acting nominations for both Mahershala Ali, who plays a humane drug-dealer, and Naomie Harris, who appears as a mother on crack. It also racked up writing and directing nominations for Barry Jenkins and a best score nom for Nicholas Britell.

Manchester, also nominated in the best drama category, appeared in the best dramatic actor list, where Casey Affleck earned a nomination for playing a man adrift facing up to his responsibilities; best supporting actress, where Michelle Williams was nominated for playing a mother struggling to overcome past tragedy; and writing and directing, where Kenneth Lonergan collected two noms.

Joining Moonlight and Manchester in the best drama circle were Hacksaw Ridge, the Texas-set crime saga Hell or High Water, and Lion, about a young man’s search for his birth mother in India.

In the best musical-comedy line-up, La La Land was surrounded by 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins and Sing Street.

While Gibson, who won a Golden Globe for directing 1995’s Braveheart and was last nominated by the HFPA for his comedy performance in 2000’s What Women Want, lent star appeal to the best director nominations list, the group was otherwise dominated by writer/directors. In addition to La La Land‘s Chazelle, Moonlight‘s Jenkins and Manchester‘s Lonergan, the nominees included fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford, who was nominated for both writing and directing the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals. Although Nocturnal didn’t get a best drama nomination and its star Amy Adams didn’t get a best actress nom for the movie — she was nominated instead for the sci-fi drama Arrival — it did take home a supporting actor nomination for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays a dangerous kidnapper.

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