You might not have even seen them yet, but you’ve likely heard a lot about Moonlight and La La Land. Both are favourites going into the Golden Globe Awards in the best picture categories. The beauty is, because the Globes make a distinction between drama and musical/comedy, they both have a chance to shine.
Moonlight, which stars Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes and Naomie Harris, is based on a play and tells the story, in three acts, of a boy trying to find himself as he comes of age.
La La Land is a whimsical modern-day musical about the artistic struggles of those trying to make it in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both nominated for their singing and dancing roles.
But that’s just the beginning of the many storylines happening at this year’s Golden Globes.
Ryan vs Ryan
Two Canucks will go head-to-head in the best actor category for a musical or comedy. In addition to Gosling’s La La Land nomination (he was born in London, Ont.), Ryan Reynolds is also up for his foul-mouthed comedic performance in Deadpool. The Vancouver-native returned to his hometown to shoot the film.
Casey Affleck is poised to take the best actor award in a motion picture drama for his portrayal of an uncle who returns home to care for his nephew in Manchester By The Sea.
But the younger brother of Ben Affleck isn’t just soaking up the spotlight — he’s also battling it.
Casey Affleck was accused of sexual harrassment by two women, a case that was eventually settled in 2010 with Affleck denying any wrongdoing.
The allegations, which never entered criminal court, don’t seem to be harming the actor’s rise to the top. He’s already won a number of critics’ circle awards for his performance. A Golden Globe would most certainly send a message that he’s being embraced regardless of any past issues.
The toughest category isn’t in film… it’s in TV
The frontrunners are clear in the film categories this year. But that’s hardly the case for television, particularly with the best drama series.
Will Fallon get political?
Host Jimmy Fallon is known for his “aww shucks” demeanour and softball late-night interviews. He’s a friend, not a foe, of celebs, so they’re unlikely to be a target of his zingers.
That leaves current events as a key source of comic material and, given the liberal slant of Hollywood, he’ll have a receptive audience if he chooses to make jokes about America’s new political reality.
Unlike the Oscars, the Globes don’t include an “in memoriam” section in the show to honour those who have died recently in the entertainment industry.
But producers are making an exception this year, after the death of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was so closely followed by her veteran actress mother, Debbie Reynolds.
The show is trying to find a way to honour the losses, which not only shocked fans, but touched Hollywood as a whole.
A lot of people like to point out that the Golden Globes are often a strong indicator of what we can expect at the Oscars. This is partly true, in the sense that the momentum set by the Golden Globes around many films and actors can help propel them into Oscar nomination territory.
But the winners here are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is quite a different base from the Academy. You just have to look at last year’s somewhat surprising Academy Award best picture winner Spotlight to see how the award shows can differ. Spotlight didn’t win a single Golden Globe last year, though it was nominated for three. The Revenant took best picture.