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Denzel Washington & Viola Davis Pick Up Golden Globe Nods for Fences

December 12th, 2016 | By Ryan McPhee

The 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced on December 12, and a number of stage favorites picked up nods, including three actors who reprised their Tony-winning performances on screen.

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, who both won Tony Awards for their star turns in the 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences, received nominations for their performances in the Washington-helmed big screen adaptation. Additionally, Bryan Cranston picked up a nod for the HBO motion picture All The Way; he took home a Tony in 2014 for the Robert Schenkkan play.

The movie musical La La Land led the pack with seven nominations including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Broadway alum Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling received nominations for the flick, as did director and screenwriter Damien Chazelle.

The La La Land number “City of Stars,” featuring music by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by Dear Evan Hansen team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, was nominated for Best Original Song. Also in that category is Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Moana tune “How Far I’ll Go.”

Additional stage names and alums to receive nominations for film performances include 2016 Tony nominee Michelle Williams for Manchester By the Sea (playwright Kenneth Lonergan also picked up nods for directing and writing the film), Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Jessica Chastain for Miss Sloane, Annette Bening for 20th Century Woman and Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins.

Meanwhile, on the small screen, current Les Liaisons Dangereuses star Liev Schreiber picked up another nod for Ray Donovan. Sarah Paulson and Tony winner Courtney B. Vance, who both won Emmys earlier this year for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, received nominations. Rachel Bloom and Gael García Bernal picked up second nominations for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Mozart in the Jungle, respectively, having won Golden Globes last year for the two series.

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will be held on January 8, 2017. Click here for a complete list of nominees.


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