The 2017 Golden Globe Awards are handed out on Sunday, January 8, and if there’s one thing most pundits are sure of it’s that the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, “La La Land,” will win Best Film Comedy/Musical from the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations. But how many of its seven total nominations can it actually win? And where is it the most vulnerable? I joined Tom O’Neil, Chris Beachum and Marcus James Dixon to discuss that and more in our latest video slugfest (watch above).
Sweeps are rare at the Golden Globes, but “La La Land” is the frontrunner in six of its seven categories according to our official racetrack odds: in addition to Best Comedy/Musical, it’s tipped to win lead acting honors for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Best Director for Damien Chazelle, Best Score for Justin Hurwitz and Best Song for “City of Stars.” Only two films have ever won that many: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Midnight Express” (1978). So if the Hollywood Foreign Press indeed decides that it wants to spread the wealth, where might “La La Land” be vulnerable?
Beachum thinks director Chazelle might want to watch out for Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”) in the Best Director race. Gibson won that award in 1996 for “Braveheart,” and he has often been invited back to the Globes party even when he doesn’t have a film in the running, and even when he’s in the doghouse for his off-screen behavior.
Then there’s Gosling. In the race for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor he may be vulnerable to Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), who has been putting on a charm offensive at the recent Critics’ Choice Awards, where he was named Entertainer of the Year, and when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December. Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) might also be a threat; his film over-performed with four total nominations, and he previously charmed the Hollywood Foreign Press when he accepted this award for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” in 1995.
And perhaps we could see a surprise for Best Song. “City of Stars” is out front but its co-writer Hurwitz may well be taken care of in the Best Score contest, so the HFPA might not be able to resist getting Lin-Manuel Miranda (“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”) or Justin Timberlake (“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls”) on their stage to accept instead.
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