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Hollywood Launches 2017 Award Season

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Bob Odenkirk arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Hollywood's elite and newcomers alike walked the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globe awards, the launch of the entertainment industry's 2017 awards season, with whimsical musical La La Land leading the race for statuettes.

Comedian and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is emceeing this year's program, broadcast live from Beverly Hills, California.

Jimmy Fallon, host of this Sunday's 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, poses after rolling out the red carpet during Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Jimmy Fallon, host of this Sunday's 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, poses after rolling out the red carpet during Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.


The first award given out on the program, for best supporting actor in a motion picture, went to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the movie Nocturnal Animals. Later, the award for best supporting actress in a movie went to Viola Davis for Fences.

Ryan Gosling won best actor in a motion picture musical or comedy for "La La Land." The movie also won the awards for best original score and best original song.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual awards are a draw for filmmakers and actors looking to create some buzz ahead of February's Academy Awards.

Last year's ceremony, hosted by Ricky Gervais, drew 18.5 million viewers, down about 4 percent from the year before. Among the presenters on tap for Sunday night's show are Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone, Ben and Casey Affleck, Viola Davis, Amy Schumer, Sting and Matt Damon.

Although usually a boisterous affair, the coming inauguration of Donald Trump is looming over this year's Globes, which take place 12 days before the president-elect is to be sworn in.

Damien Chazelle's La La Land comes in with a leading seven nominations and a seeming lock on the best picture award for a musical or comedy. Its stiffest Academy Awards competition, Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age tale Moonlight and Kenneth Lonergan's family drama Manchester by the Sea, will square off in the Globes' dramatic categories, along with the heist thriller Hell or High Water, the Dev Patel-led Lion and Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.

Sarah Paulson poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a limited series or a motion picture made for television for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Sarah Paulson poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a limited series or a motion picture made for television for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.


The People v. O.J. Simpson led the television nominees with five nominations, including nods for stars Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta. A number of recent shows also are in the mix, including Atlanta, Westworld, The Night Of, This Is Us and Insecure.

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