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Nominations for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced early this morning and as usual there were surprises and snubs.

What’s in and what’s out?

“La La Land,” the musical directed by Damien Chazell, which stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actor and Ryan Gosling as a jazz musician, leads with seven Golden Globe nominations.

In the best film drama category, Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” made the cut, while Martin Scorsese’s passion project, “Silence,” didn’t. (Mel also received a best director nomination for “Hacksaw” to make a spectacular Hollywood comeback.)

Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, unlike the Academy Awards or even any other award committee, divides categories into best motion picture drama and also musical or comedy, there are many more nominations. This means the Globes are not harbingers of Oscar nominations necessarily, but they do give some idea of the serious contenders. (The Hollywood Foreign Press also include nominations for television.)

The best film drama category is the one most closely watched in terms of Oscar potential, and this year the nominees, in addition to “Hacksaw Ridge,” are “Hell or High Water,” “Manchester By the Sea,” “Lion” and “Moonlight.”

Denzel Washington’s terrific “Fences,” is not on this list, which is another shocker. Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s play, which he performed on Broadway and for which he received a Tony Award. And Although “Fences” was not included in the best film category drama, Denzel nabbed a best actor nod by the HFP. Other nominees are Joel Edgerton (“Loving”), Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”) and Casey Affleck (“Manchester By the Sea”).

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SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Actor Casey Affleck, filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan, actor Lucas Hedges and actor/producer Matt Damon attend The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards )

Affleck is now the frontrunner, named best by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Gothams and National Board of Review. Casey Affleck’s star turn in “Manchester By the Sea” is also a comeback for the actor, in a role that was originally supposed to star Matt Damon, but who was to busy to shoot the film. He does have a producing credit, however.

Mortensen is a pleasant surprise on this list for his star turn in the indie film, “Captain Fantastic,” which is deep, layered and funny, but disappeared too quickly from theaters.

Garfield, who seems to be campaigning hard for “Hacksaw Ridge,” was absent from a press conference in Manhattan last weekend for “Silence,” which featured Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Martin Scorsese. Journalists surmised Garfield’s absence was because he was busy promoting the Mel Gibson drama and didn’t want to detract attention from that film. He’s terrific in both movies, but he and his team obviously must think “Hacksaw” has the edge over “Silence,” which was snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association today.

In the best actress category, drama, Golden Globe nominations went to Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Jessica Chastain (“Miss Sloan”), Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”) and Natalie Portman (“Jackie”).

Best film in the comedy-musical category includes frontrunner “La La Land,” which has already nabbed best film honors by the Broadcast Film Critics and New York Film Critics. The Damien Chazell musical is in a head to head competition with “Moonlight” as frontrunner for a best film Oscar.

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SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: Actress Emma Stone (L) and actor Ryan Gosling attend The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards )

Other Golden Globe nominees in the best picture, comedy-musical category are “20th Century Women,” “Deadpool,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Sing Street.”

Best actress nominees in this category are Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”), Lily Collins (“Rules Don’t Apply”), Hailee Steinfeld (“The Edge of Seventeen”), Emma Stone (“La La Land) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”).

The best actor category, comedy-musical, will probably go to Ryan Gosling, who will likely also get an Oscar nod for the hugely popular “La La Land.” Other actors nominated in this category are Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Jonah Hill (“War Dogs”), Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”) and Colin Farrell (“The Lobster”). It’s great to see Farrell recognized in a quirky, hilarious and satiric film which screened nearly two years ago at the New York Film Festival.

Both “La La Land” director Damien Chazell and Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) are on the best director list. Also in the all-important best director nominee list: Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”), Tom Ford (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Mel Gibson for the aforementioned “Hacksaw Ridge.”

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SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Producer Gary Gilbert, actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, director Damien Chazelle, producer Jordan Horowitz, costume designer Mary Zophres and composer Justin Hurwitz, winners of Best Picture for ‘La La Land’, pose in the press room during The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

In the best foreign film category, Pablo Larrain’s film “Neruda,” about Chile’s most famous poet, probably has the edge. The director is having a good year with the success of “Jackie,” his first English-language film, which is a shoo-in for an Oscar nod for Natalie Portman. Other nominees for best foreign film are “Divines” (France), “Elle” (France), “The Salesman” (Iran/France) and “Toni Erdmann” (German). The film from Germany, which runs nearly three hours, was a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Festival and will go head to head with “Neruda” in this category.

The supporting actress category held some surprises and snubs. Viola Davis is nominated for “Fences,” and although it was announced previously that she would be competing in that category, I just saw the film Sunday and noted she has almost as much film time as Denzel Washington. Likewise, she is reprising her 2010 Broadway role for which she received a Tony for best actress in a play.

Putting her in the supporting actress category is obviously a political move and one I think is badly conceived; she could have won the best actress Oscar, but even if she didn’t, so what? She is as much a star of “Fences” as Denzel Washington. Anyway the move to put her in this category ensures she will win it.

The actors she competes with are also sensational in their roles. They are Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Nicole Kidman (“Lion”), Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) and Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”). Absent from this group is Taraji P. Henson who co-stars with Octavia Spencer in the feel-good “Hidden Figures,” about a trio of brainy and exceptional women during the NASA space projects.

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SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Actors Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, Alex R. Hibbert, Janelle Monae and Naomie Harris, winners of Best Acting Ensemble for ‘Moonlight’, pose in the press room during The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The male supporting role category also held some surprises. On the list are Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Simon Helberg (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Dev Patel (“Lion”) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”). I expected to see Michael Shannon in this group for his critically acclaimed role as a sheriff with terminal cancer in “Nocturnal Animals” instead of Taylor-Johnson for his turn as a murderous redneck. They are both good, but Shannon has been singled out more by critics.

As for television, HBO has 14 nominations, putting it in the lead for nominations. But Amazon and Netflix are inching ahead with five nominations each, and none gave me more satisfaction that John Lithgow’s nod for best supporting actor for his brilliant (and wacky) portrayal of Winston Churchill in the new Netflix series “The Crown.” (Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth also nabbed a best actress nomination.)

Here is the full list of 2017 Golden Globe Nominations:

Best Motion Picture – Drama:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
“20th Century Women”
“Deadpool”
“La La Land”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea”
Joel Edgerton – “Loving”
Andrew Garfield – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington – “Fences”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Amy Adams – “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain – “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert – “Elle”
Ruth Negga – “Loving”
Natalie Portman – “Jackie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Colin Farrell – “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill – “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Annette Bening – “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins – “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone – “La La Land”
Meryl Streep – “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges – “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel – “Lion”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Viola Davis – “Fences”
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman – “Lion”
Octavia Spencer – “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Director – Motion Picture:
Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”
Tom Ford – “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Screenplay:
“La La Land”
“Nocturnal Animals”
“Moonlight”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Hell or High Water”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language:
“Divines” – France
“Elle” – France
“Neruda” – Chile
“The Salesman” – Iran/France
“Toni Erdmann” – Germany

Best Motion Picture – Animated:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Sing”
“Zootopia”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – “Trolls”
“City of Stars” – “La La Land”
“Faith” – “Sing”
“Gold” – “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” – “Moana”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:
Nicholas Britell– “Moonlight”
Justin Hurwitz – “La La Land”
Johann Johannsson – “Arrival”
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – “Lion”
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – “Hidden Figures”

Best Television Series – Drama:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
“Atlanta”
“Black-ish”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Goliath”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Claire Foy – “The Crown”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”
Winona Ryder – “Stranger Things”
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”
Gael García Bernal – “Mozart in the Jungle”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Nick Nolte – “Graves”
Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Rachel Bloom – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker – “Divorce”
Issa Rae – “Insecure”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
“American Crime”
“The Dresser”
“The Night Manager”
“The Night Of”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Riz Ahmed – “The Night Of”
Bryan Cranston – “All The Way”
Tom Hiddleston – “The Night Manager”
John Turturro – “The Night Of”
Courtney B. Vance – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”
Riley Keough – “The Girlfriend Experience”
Sarah Paulson – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Charlotte Rampling – “London Spy”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager”
Lena Headey – “Game Of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Kerry Washington – “Confirmation”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Sterling K. Brown – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Hugh Laurie – “The Night Manager”
John Lithgow – “The Crown”
Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”
John Travolta – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

 

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