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BEVERLY HILLS Jan 8 Hollywood's awards season
gets underway on Sunday with the Golden Globes, an often
raucous party where the champagne flows along with pointed barbs
Musical "La La Land," black coming-of-age movie "Moonlight"
and the grief drama "Manchester by the Sea" lead the
nominations. But there is plenty of room for upsets on a night
that will test the red carpet nerves of best actor front-runner
Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea," and the comeback
potential of director Mel Gibson.
Gibson's visceral war drama "Hacksaw Ridge" is up for best
drama and director awards, and marks his return to form a decade
after a drunken, anti-Semitic rant that made the Oscar-winner a
"There could be a big comeback moment that the Globes might
want to present. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mel pick off the
best director prize," said Pete Hammond, awards columnist for
entertainment website Deadline.com
"That would be right in line with what the Golden Globes
have done in the past - honoring big names," Hammond said,
recalling last year's surprise Globe award to Sylvester
Jimmy Fallon hosts Sunday's three-hour spectacle, broadcast
live on NBC television, in what is seen as a safer choice after
seven years in the hands of acerbic Briton Ricky Gervais and the
zinger-prone duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The genial Fallon, who hosts NBC's late night "The Tonight
Show," says his brand of humor is more subtle.
"I'm hopefully going to book the people in this crowd the
next week, so I'll be edgy, but it's all in good fun, and I know
how far I can take it," Fallon told the Hollywood Reporter ahead
of the ceremony.
The Golden Globes takes place as Donald Trump, who was
opposed by most of the show business community, prepares to take
office as the first U.S. president with a career in reality TV.
"The whole night won't focus on that (Trump), but it will be
a week before the inauguration, so it will be on everyone's
mind. It's the first and maybe the last party that we'll have in
2017," quipped Fallon.
Viola Davis ("Fences"), Natalie Portman ("Jackie") are
widely expected to take home Golden Globes, while the revered
Meryl Streep will get the annual lifetime achievement award.
Hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the
Globes also hand out prizes for television and are often the
first to honor new work, including drama series "Mr. Robot" in
Presenters on Sunday include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm,
Sting, Ben Affleck, Felicity Jones, Amy Schumer and Carrie
(Writing by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken)