“La La Land” Monday appeared to be the Oscar favorite after scoring big at the Critics’ Choice Awards and then walking away with the most nominations for the Golden Globes.
The musical “dramedy” “La La Land” was acres ahead of the field at the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards that kicked off the Hollywood awards season Sunday night.
And then as Golden Globes nominations were announced early Monday, that same film took top honors with seven nominations — the most for any movie.
The Golden Globes will be presented Jan. 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. And the big blockbuster Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 26 in Hollywood.
The film about a jazz musician’s romance with an aspiring actress took 12 nominations into the Critics’ Choice ceremony at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica Sunday and came away with eight awards, including best picture and best director for 31-year- old Damien Chazelle.
“La La Land,” which reunited Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as romantic interests, also grabbed top honors for best original screenplay, best cinematography, best production design, best editing, best song (“City of Stars”) and best score from the film critics.
The hometown drama “Manchester By The Sea” won three awards: best actor for Casey Affleck; best young actor-actress for Lucas Hedges; and best original screenplay in a tie with “La La Land.”
Best actress went to Natalie Portman for “Jackie;” which also won three awards. Best supporting actor was won by Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight; best supporting actress was Viola Davis for “Fences.”
In the television category, FX’s “The People V. O.J. Simpson” took home four awards: best movie made for television or limited series; best actress for Sarah Paulson; best actor for Courtney B. Vance; and best supporting actor for Sterling K. Brown.
— Staff and wire reports
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