Saturday, December 17, 2016

'Deadpool,' 'Arrival,' 'Moana' lead speculative fiction movie nominees at the Golden Globes

Yesterday, I promised "a weekend of entertainment entries concentrating on awards shows and Star Wars."  I'm saving "Star Wars" for tomorrow, when the weekend box office comes out.  Today belongs to the Golden GlobesVariety has the full list of nominees, from which I'm pulling the categories with speculative fiction contestants, beginning with the movies.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
“20th Century Women”
“La La Land”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”
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”
"Deadpool" and Ryan Reynolds won both categories at the Critics' Choice Awards but neither the movie nor the actor were competing directly against "La La Land" and Ryan Gosling in that film at that awards show.  Here, they are and so I expect "La La Land" and Gosling will win instead.  Reynolds has better odds than "Deadpool," as Reynolds did beat Gosling playing another role as one of the detectives in "The Nice Guys."

Competing against both Gosling and Reynolds is even worse news for Colin Farrell in "The Lobster."  Against this field, he doesn't stand a chance.

"Arrival" did not receive a nomination for best Motion Picture - Drama, but it did get recognized in two other categories, tying "Deadpool" for nominations.
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 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”
Congratulations to "Arrival" for its nominations, but I think those will be as far as it goes at the Golden Globes.  I expect the winners from the equivalent categories at the Critics' Choice Awards will repeat themselves, Natalie Portman for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama and Justin Hurwitz for "La La Land."  "Arrival" will have to wait until the Saturn Awards for the recognition it deserves unless Felicity Jones and Michael Giacchino get wins for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" instead.  Given that electorate, which gave Harrison Ford Best Actor over Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened.

I conclude with two categories that usually share nominees.
Best Motion Picture – Animated:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”

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”
Again, I expect repeats of the Critics' Choice Awards, "Zootopia" for Best Motion Picture - Animated and "City of Stars" for Best Original Song - Motion Picture."  The dark horse would be "Moana" and either "How Far I'll Go" or "Can't Stop the Feeling," as former tied "Arrival" and "Deadpool" for nominations and the latter also earned a nomination at the Grammy Awards.

That's it for the Golden Globes for today.  I'll return with the speculative fiction nominees on television on Monday after reporting on the opening weekend for "Rogue One" tomorrow.  Then again, I might reverse the two.  Either way, stay tuned.

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