Golden Globes showdown: Ryan Gosling (‘La La Land’) vs. Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’) for Best Comedy/Musical Actor

The Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical Actor could come down to a Battle of the Ryans. That’s right: both Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) and Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”) are vying for this prize, and both stand a very good chance at knocking the other one out.

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Gosling has the advantage of starring in the Globe frontrunner for Best Comedy/Musical Film. He stars in this Lionsgate musical as Sebastian, a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in the starry city of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Foreign Press tends to favor movie stars who sing and dance: just look at recent winners Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables,” 2012), Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” 2007), and Richard Gere (“Chicago,” 2002). Even victors like Joaquin Phoenix (“Walk the Line,” 2005) and Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” 2004), while not starring in outright musicals, certainly impressed voters by stretching their vocal chords.

He’s also way overdue, with four previous nominations: Comedy/Musical Actor for “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007) and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011); Drama Actor for “Blue Valentine” (2010) and “The Ides of March” (2011) and no wins. He’s also widely expected to return to the Oscar race for the first time since “Half Nelson” (2006), which doesn’t hurt his credibility with these voters.

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Yet Gosling has been mostly absent from the awards circuit as he wrapped shooting on “Blade Runner 2049,” leaving the door open for Reynolds to launch an all-out charm offensive. This 20th Century Fox release about a fast-talking mercenary who acquires accelerated healing powers after a series of rogue experiments has been a passion project of the star’s for many years. He was recently rewarded with the Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Actor and now has his first Globe nomination. He is the reigning Entertainer of the Year for the magazine Entertainment Weekly and had a splashy party in December to celebrate his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Deadpool,” a pitch-black superhero comedy, is also competing against “La La Land” in the comedy/musical film race. If there’s one thing this group of voters love as much as song-and-dance men, it’s movie stars who can be funny with an edge. Look no further than Michael Keaton (“Birdman,” 2014), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” 2013), and Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” 2008), to find actors rewarded for delving into the deepest, darkest reaches of humor.

Farrell (“The Lobster”) is once again competing in this category. He faces off against past winner Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Jonah Hill (“War Dogs”), Gosling, and Reynolds.

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