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Is La La Land going to dance off with all the awards?

It has 7 nominations at the Golden Globes

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Is La La Land going to dance off with all the awards?

Stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, along with director Damien Chazelle, may well think they're in La La Land with the way awards season has kicked off. 

The musical, which gives a nod to the golden age of Hollywood, is setting the early pace, having picked up the Best Picture and Best Director gongs at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards this weekend. 

It also leads the way with seven Golden Globes nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and Best Actress for Gosling and Stone. 

The film, a full song and dance number, follows the story of a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. It is the third time Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have starred in a film together and early reviews say the chemistry is definitely still there. 

La La Land received widespread acclaim following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August this year. 

So, can anyone catch this runaway train? 

Well, possibly. Also receiving an impressive six Golden Globes nominations and hot on their heels is Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, a film about a young man dealing with his dysfunctional home life and struggling with his sexuality, as he comes of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. The boy, called Chiron, is played by three actors: Jaden Piner as a child, Ashton Sanders as a teen and Trevante Rhodes as a young man. 

Also one to watch is Manchester by the Sea, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, about a solitary janitor who moves back to his New England fishing hometown after the death of his brother, to care for his teenage nephew. 

Golden Globes 2017 nominees for Best Picture, Drama: 

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Lion
 

For more must-watch movies in with a chance of awards early next year, see our full preview here. 

As for the Golden Globes, we'll have to wait and see who goes home with the spoils on 8 January, when they take place in Beverly Hills, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel - watch the full list of nominees being announced below. 

But, for the moment, it looks like the Californian sun might be shining on La La Land. 

La La Land is released in UK cinemas on 13 January.