From the shocking omissions ('A Quiet Place', Hugh Jackman, Ryan Gosling) to the jaw-dropping additions (John C. Reilly, 'Bodyguard', 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'), we go deep inside today's Golden Globes nominations.
Solo star Donald Glover and Ryan Gosling are said to be among those leading the shortlist to play the new Willy Wonka.
In pole position for this year’s prize is ‘La La Land’, a film arriving as much-needed respite following the many shocks, horrors and uncertainties of 2016. ‘La La Land’ is a mug of hot chocolate after getting caught in a sleet storm. It’s a sincere homage to a bygone Hollywood era, and so there are certainly similarities to be drawn with another Oscar-winner – ‘The Artist’, but none favour the 2012 Best Picture winner. What undoes Michel Hazanavicius’ well-meaning ode to silent movies is its knowing winks, and a single line of illusion-cracking dialogue. ‘La La Land’ by contrast is a wholehearted and true resurrection of a long-forgotten form which pays tribute in all the right ways, but is contemporary also, making the genre work for modern audiences but never trampling its legacy.
Dwayne Johnson is not short on charisma or confidence, which probably helped him get behind the mic for Disney’s animated epic ‘Moana’, in which he knocked out a surprisingly decent tune in ‘You’re Welcome’, a song that’s basically about being awesome (watch a snippet above). Adams wasn’t your typical stage-school educated actress wannabe, content with a career in acting/singing/dancing/whatever – in fact, she got her start performing dinner theatre shows and working in Hooters. Although she sang in her school choir, Adams didn’t have to test her lungs on screen until Princess Gisele felt musical in ‘Enchanted’, but she needn’t have worried – she more than did justice to Alan Menken’s music, particularly the none-chirpier ‘Happy Little Working Song’.