Preview of top comedies, musical and animated films seen as likely contenders during awards season

Preview of comedies, musicals and animated films that are likely contenders for major awards in 2017.

(A24 FILMS) – Awards season officially kicks into gear with the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday (December 11). This will be followed in quick succession with the nominations announcement for two of the film industry’s highest honors, the Golden Globes on December 12 and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on December 14.

Among the films that are expected to be shortlisted in the film categories for Comedy or Musical and Animation is “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle’s musical love letter to Los Angeles, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. That film has cemented its Hollywood awards season front-runner status by being a leading nominee for the Critics’ Choice Awards and being named best picture by New York film critics.