The 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press are always an unpredictable bunch of awards season voters, but that made predictions for the 2017 Golden Globes' Best Motion Picture Drama award even more uncertain. The awards race has been a close one this year between Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight (and especially close in the Drama category at the Globes with other frontrunner La La Land in the Comedy category). But this year the HFPA decided to honor the Barry Jenkins film with the top drama prize.

Jenkins' sumptuous triptych follows one boy, Chiron, over the course of three chapters in his life, played by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. Moonlight also stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Namoi Harris, and Andre Holland. The film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Ali, Best Supporting Actress for Harris, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Jenkins, and Best Original Score.

The A24 film has been gobbling up accolades through awards season, named the Best Film of 2016 by multiple film critics groups and winning Best Feature at the Gotham Awards. It's win tonight at the Globes may just secure it a few steps ahead of Manchester By the Sea in the race for the Oscar Best Picture beside other strong contender, La La Land, which won the Globe for Best Picture Comedy/Musical.

Last year's Golden Globes for the Best Picture Drama went to The Revenant.

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