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Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” sang and danced its way to a leading seven Golden Globes nominations, with Barry Jenkins’ celebrated coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” close on its heels with six nods.

“La La Land” earned nominations for its lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as well best picture, comedy or musical. The film also scored nominations for directing, screenplay, score and original song in the nominations announced Monday in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

“Moonlight,” spread across three chapters of a young man’s life in Miami, led the field in the dramatic categories, including best picture. It earned nods for Jenkins’ directing and script, supporting actor favorite Mahershala Ali and supporting actress Naomie Harris.

“This story in some way really speaks for a lot of peoples’ experiences and also is told in a way that feels so human so that people who don’t feel that they can totally relate to Chiron’s experience still feel connected to him because of the humanity of the characters and how deeply personal it is,” said Ali by phone.

The other nominees for best picture, drama, were “Manchester by the Sea,” ”Lion,” ”Hell or High Water” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”

On the television side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” continued its awards success with five nominations, including best limited series and nods for stars Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta.

Other awards regulars (“Veep,” ”Transparent”) were recognized, too, though a number of more recent acclaimed shows not eligible for September’s Emmy Awards elbowed their way in, including “The Night Of,” ”Westworld,” ”Atlanta,” ”This Is Us” and “Insecure.” HBO led the networks with 14 nominations.

“Huge thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Russian hackers that made our nominations possible,” joked “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her eighth Globe nod.

The film nominees also verified that this year’s awards season isn’t nearly so white as last year’s. Along with “Moonlight,” nominations were heaped on Denzel Washington’s August Wilson adaptation “Fences” (including acting nods for Washington and Viola Davis), the interracial marriage drama “Loving” (leads Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton were each nominated) and the inspirational NASA drama about African-American mathematicians “Hidden Figures” (for which Octavia Spencer was nominated). Those nominations confirm what has already solidified as a notably more diverse Oscar field.

Kenneth Lonergan’s tender portrait of grief, “Manchester by the Sea,” landed five nominations, including best actor in a drama for Casey Affleck. Producer Matt Damon, in a statement, thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press “for championing a little movie like ours.”

The Weinstein Co.’s “Lion,” about an Indian boy separated from his family, had an especially good morning. The film earned four nods, including acting nominations for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

Mel Gibson, long a divisive, controversial figure in Hollywood, also had reason to celebrate. His World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” landed three nominations, including best director for Gibson and best actor in a drama for star Andrew Garfield.

But a few of Hollywood’s most revered directors went empty-handed. Neither Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” nor Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” landed anything.

The best actress race is one of the year’s most competitive, though it’s so far been dominated by “Elle” star Isabelle Huppert. She was nominated for best actress in a drama, along with Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Jessica Chastain (“Miss Sloane”) and Negga.

Along with “La La Land,” the best picture, comedy or musical, nominees were “20th Century Women,” ”Sing Street,” ”Florence Foster Jenkins” and – most strikingly – the R-rated superhero romp “Deadpool.” ”As we speak, the entire ‘Deadpool’ team is engaged in a grotesque, early morning tickle-fight,” tweeted the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds, who was also nominated.

The Hollywood Foreign Press, a collection of mostly freelance journalists, has a history of sometimes playing favorites and packing its lively banquet with stars. This year’s picks featured some eyebrow-raising outliers like the unheralded Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” for best supporting actor and Jonah Hill for the poorly reviewed “War Dogs.”

The Golden Globes, which will be hosted in Beverly Hills by Jimmy Fallon in Jan. 8, are no Oscar predictor, but their nominations did nothing to unsettle the front-runner status of “La La Land” (the top choice by the New York Film Critics and the Critics Choice Awards) or the close pursuit of “Moonlight” (Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Gotham Independent Film Awards winner). “Manchester by the Sea” also has the look of a shoo-in.

Other choices were anything but surprising. Meryl Streep landed her 30th nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy for “Florence Foster Jenkins.” The film, about a Manhattan heiress’ quixotic dreams of singing opera, was one of the morning’s biggest winners, scoring four nominations including nods for Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Streep, an eight-time winner, will also be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement.

Along with Streep and Stone, the best actress, comedy or musical, nominees include Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”), Hailee Steinfeld for the teen comedy “The Edge of Seventeen” and Lily Collins for Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.”

In a sign of Hollywood’s increasing dichotomy between mega blockbusters and smaller independent films, the lead nominee getters were overwhelmingly independent. Lionsgate led the way with 13 nods thanks largely to “La La Land.” The indie outfit A24, producer of “Moonlight,” followed with nine. Amazon Studios, which is distributing “Manchester by the Sea,” outranked goliaths like the Walt Disney Co. (three noms) and Warner Bros. (just one). Plus, it earned five TV nods for “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The nominees for best animated film are: “Zootopia,” ”Kubo and the Two Strings,” ”Moana,” ”My Life as a Zuchini” and “Sing.” Left out was Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the year’s top domestic box-office hit.

The best foreign language film nominees are “Elle,” ”The Salesman,” ”Toni Erdmann,” ”Neruda” and “Divines.”

Here is a complete list of nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards:

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—Picture, Drama: “Hacksaw Ridge,” ”Hell or High Water,” ”Lion,” ”Manchester by the Sea,” ”Moonlight.”

—Picture, Musical or Comedy: “20th Century Women,” ”Deadpool,” ”Florence Foster Jenkins,” ”La La Land,” Sing Street.”

—Actor, Drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”; Joel Edgerton, “Loving”; Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”; Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”; Denzel Washington, “Fences.”

—Actress, Drama: Amy Adams, “Arrival”; Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”; Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”; Ruth Negga, “Loving”; Natalie Portman, “Jackie.”

—Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”; Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”; Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”; Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”; Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea.”

—Actor, Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”; Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”; Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”; Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”; Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool.”

—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”; Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”; Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”; Emma Stone, “La La Land”; Meryl Streep, ” Florence Foster Jenkins.”

—Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”; Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”; Simon Helberg,” Florence Foster Jenkins”; Dev Patel, “Lion”; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals.”

—Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Viola Davis, “Fences”; Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”; Nicole Kidman, “Lion”; Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”; Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea.”

—Foreign Language: “Divines,” ”Elle,” ”Neruda,” ”The Salesman,” ”Toni Erdmann.”

—Animated Film: “Kubo and the Two Strings,” ”Moana,” ”My Life as a Zucchini,” ”Sing,” ”Zootopia.”

—Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”; Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”; Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”; Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”; Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water.”

—Original Score: Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”; Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”; Johann Johannsson, “Arrival”; Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, “Lion”; Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch, “Hidden Figures.”

—Original Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”, “Trolls”; “City of Stars,” ”La La Land”; “Faith,” ”Sing”; “Gold,” ”Gold”; “How Far I’ll Go,” ”Moana.”

TELEVISION:

— Series, Drama: “The Crown,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”Stranger Things,” ”This Is Us,” ”Westworld.”

— Actress, Drama: Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”; Claire Foy, “The Crown”; Keri Russell, “The Americans”; Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”; Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld.”

— Actor, Drama: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”; Billie Bob Thornton, “Goliath.”

— Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”; Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”; Tom Hiddleston,” The Night Manager”; John Turturro, “The Night Of”; Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

— Series, Musical or Comedy: “Atlanta,” ”black-ish,” ”Mozart in the Jungle,” ”Transparent,” ”Veep.”

— Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”; Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”; John Lithgow, “The Crown”; Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”; John Travolta, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

— Actress, Limited Series or Movie: Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”; Riley Keough, “The Girlfriend Experience”; Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”; Charlotte Rampling, “London Spy”; Kerry Washington, “Confirmation.”

— Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or Movie: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”; Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”; Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us”; Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”; Thandie Newton, “Westworld.”

— Limited Series or Movie: “American Crime,” ”The Dresser,” ”The Night Manager,” ”The Night Of,” ”The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

— Actress, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”; Sarah Jessica Parker, “Divorce”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish.”

— Actor, Musical or Comedy: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”; Donald Glover, “Atlanta”; Nick Nolte, “Graves”; Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent.”


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