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2017 Golden Globe Nominations and Analysis

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The nominations are in. Did your favourite film/television series make the cut?

On Monday morning, the 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced. There were some surprises, but also a lot of expected nominees. What is kind of shocking, but not really when you think about it, is that Netflix and Amazon received a combined 14 nominations. It truly is unbelievable how they are changing the game of television.

Without further ado, here is the full list of 2017 Golden Globe nominations with my quick analysis:

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

Analysis: One heck of a lineup here, but I have to think Manchester by the Sea is in the lead here. Do yourself a favour and watch all 5 films. Best time spent.

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

Analysis: Crazy to see a film like Deadpool here, but no doubt in my mind La La Land wins this category.

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”

Analysis: All great actors, but I think Casey Affleck has the edge here.

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”

Analysis: There’s a lot of strong women here. I’ve only seen Arrival, so I can’t really judge this category too much, but I’ve heard wonderful things about Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman.

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”

Analysis: Again, crazy to see Deadpool here and as much as I loved the film and Ryan Reynolds, this category is Ryan Gosling’s to lose.

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”

Analysis: Could Hailee Steinfeld take down the powerful Meryl Streep?

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”

Anaylsis: This is a tough one. In my opinion, it’s between Nahershala Ali and Dev Patel.

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”

Analysis: I really don’t know where to lean on this one, but I wasn’t a big fan of Michelle Williams and I can’t quite put my finger on as to why…

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”

Analysis: Seriously, they all should win.

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

Analysis: I’d like to say La La Land or Nocturnal Animals takes this one, but Moonlight could easily sneak the win here.

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

Analysis: For 2017, I’d like to give foreign films a shot. I need to expand my horizon!

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

Analysis: Sing hasn’t come out yet, so I can’t say much about it, but how can anyone go up against Disney giants, Moana and Zootopia? If anyone is going to take them down, it’s Kubo and the Two Strings.

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”

Analysis: Most likely going to “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”

Analysis: It’s really hard to go against Hans Zimmer, but I haven’t seen Hidden Figures. With the amount of praise La La Land is getting, I feel like this category is theirs.

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

Analysis: Boy oh boy, this is a wild one. Usually this would go to Game of Thrones, but Stranger Things and Westworld really took 2016 by storm.

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

Analysis: Veep and Transparent usually are the 1, 2 punch here, but Atlanta could push for a spot in the top 2 and as much as I enjoy Black-ish, I just feel if it’s not Big Bang Theory, then network television series don’t win.

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”

Analysis: I enjoy Mr. Robot and I think Rami Malek deserves to win, but it’s not an easy category.

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”

Analysis: This has to be a battle between Winona Ryder and Evan Rachel Wood.

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”

Analysis: Would be really cool to see Donald Glover or Anthony Anderson win, but why do I feel Jeffrey Tambor will win? Well, I mean, I know why.

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”

Analysis: Can we just hand it to Julia Louis-Dreyfus already?

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”

Analysis: Tough call. American Crime or The People v. O.J.?

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”

Analysis: You can’t go wrong with anyone, but I think Courtney B. Vance takes this one.

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”

Analysis: A real toss up here.

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”

Analysis: I really enjoy Kerry Washington’s work.

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”

Analysis: Come on, what a lineup. I’d be happy for any of them.

Who do you think got snubbed? Who do you think should win? Comment below.

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