[WATCH] Golden Globes film slugfest: ‘La La Land’ clean sweep? ‘Moonlight’ surge?

The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday, December 12, solidifying this year’s three Oscar frontrunners: “La La Land,” which leads with seven bids overall; “Moonlight,” which has six; and “Manchester by the Sea,” which is close behind with five. Still digesting Monday morning’s announcement, I joined Chris Beachum, Marcus Dixon and Zach Laws to debate what this means for the awards season to come. Watch our video slugfest above or listen to the audio podcast below.

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Beachum wonders, can “La La Land” pull off a clean sweep of the awards? Of its seven nominations it may be the frontrunner or at least a close contender in every category: Best Film Comedy/Musical, Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score and Best Song (“City of Stars”). If it does win every category it would set a new record for the most Golden Globes ever for a film. And even if it loses one race it would still tie the record held by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Midnight Express” (1978) with six. And only four other films have won as many as five: “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), “Love Story” (1970), “The Godfather” (1972) and “A Star is Born” (1976).

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Meanwhile, with Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” competing in comedy/musical categories, the race for Best Film Drama looks like it will be a nail-biter: will it be “Moonlight” or “Manchester by the Sea”? We consider whether the snub of “Manchester” co-star Lucas Hedges for Best Film Supporting Actor could be a canary in the coal mine allowing “Moonlight” a path to Globes victory. But Beachum warns that we shouldn’t underestimate “Hacksaw Ridge,” which not only earned a lead-acting nomination for Andrew Garfield, but also a directing bid for Mel Gibson.

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