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. Chazelle is also among those up for best director in the nominations announced Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
"Moonlight" led the field in the dramatic categories, including best picture. The other nominees for best picture, drama, were "Manchester by the Sea," ''Lion," ''Hell or High Water" and Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge."
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Meryl Streep landed her 30th nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy for "Florence Foster Jenkins." Streep, an eight-time winner, will also be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement.
Going into the Golden Globe nominations, no film had more momentum than Jenkin's celebrated "Moonlight," a staple of top 10-lists and the best film choice of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
But "La La Land," the top film choice of the New York Film Critics Circle is viewed as the Oscar favorite, and, as expected, it dominated.
The nominations also verified that this year's awards season won't be nearly so white as last year's. Nominations heaped on "Moonlight," ''Fences," ''Loving" and "Hidden Figures" confirmed what has already solidified as a notably more diverse field.
Anna Kendrick, Laura Dern and Don Cheadle made the big nominations reveal for the 74th annual Golden Globes Monday morning from Beverly Hills, California.
On the television side, FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" led Globe nominations with five nods, followed by another miniseries, AMC's "The Night Manager," with four.
The nominations cited for best comedy FX's newcomer "Atlanta" as well as ABC's "black-ish," HBO's "Veep" and Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Transparent.
Best drama nominations include HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Westworld," Netflix's "The Crown" and "Stranger Things," and NBC's freshman series "This Is Us."
"This Is Us" a gentle family drama that has proved to be an instant ratings hit, also scores two best actress Globes nominations, for Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore.
While the Globes tend to favor edgier cable fare, "This Is Us" and veteran sitcom "black-ish" were tied for the most nominations among broadcast TV series, with three apiece.
Among networks overall, HBO led with 14 nominations, with FX the runner-up with nine. AMC, Amazon and Netflix were joined by ABC with five nominations apiece.
The Jan. 8 Golden Globes will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon and broadcast by NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.