LOS ANGELES • The candy-coloured musical La La Land, about dreams and dreamers in Los Angeles, twirled its way towards becoming an awards season juggernaut yesterday, scoring seven Golden Globe nominations, including ones for best director, screenplay and lead actor and actress.
But voters also made sure to populate the Globes banquet with a wide range of honorees, throwing their weight behind racially diverse films such as Moonlight, about a young man growing up in a poor Miami neighbourhood; Hidden Figures, a film about unsung black heroines during the space race of the 1960s; and Loving, a gentle portrait of a real-life couple whose marriage ended anti-miscegenation laws.
Joining Moonlight as nominees for best drama were Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, the neo-Western Hell Or High Water, Amazon's Manchester By The Sea and The Weinstein Co's Lion.
Along with La La Land, best comedy or musical honorees went to the raunchy superhero film Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street and 20th Century Women, a film that has not yet been released.
The Globes, considered one of the fizzier stops on Hollywood's annual awards circuit, are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of mostly freelance journalists, only 85 of whom are active members.
Given the ceremony's proximity to the more prestigious Academy Awards, it receives most of its heat from film. In truth, though, the awards are not especially predictive of what will happen on Oscar night.
But the Globes ceremony has been increasingly important on the television front, largely because it has in recent years acknowledged fledgling series such as Jane The Virgin and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
This time around, This Is Us, a new hit drama from NBC, may have filled that quotient. It received nominations for best drama and for two of its actresses (Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore).
The other series nominated for best drama were Netflix costume drama The Crown, HBO's Game Of Thrones, Netflix's Stranger Things and HBO's Westworld, a nihilistic series about a futuristic theme park populated by robots.
Up for best comedy: Atlanta, Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, Veep and Black-ish.
Among limited series, Globes voters were supportive of The Night Manager, a glossy international drama about a hotelier recruited to spy on an arms dealer. It received at least three nominations, including one for best limited series. The HBO crime drama The Night Of also did well, picking up nods for best limited series and for two actors.
NBC will broadcast the Globes ceremony live on Jan 8. Jimmy Fallon will host the event.