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A Crash Course In The Movies Nominated For Golden Globes

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    Now that we've all accepted the fact that another white guy will be hosting another awards show in 2017, it's time to get over it and start really understanding all the movies that are nominated for a Golden Globe.

    In total, there are 23 movies (excluding foreign language and animated films) nominated for a Golden Globe — that's a lot of movies to get familiar with in less than two weeks. The films range from obscure (The Lobster) to mainstream (La La Land), from drama (Fences) to comedy (War Dogs).

    While there's no better way to expand your film knowledge than by going to see the films themselves (Seriously, go! Seeing movies is fun!), it's the end of the year and we're all busy, so I've summed up everything you need to know about the nominated actors and films right here. These are the finest films of the year, so let's get to know them a little better. All this new knowledge will also come in handy when the Oscars roll around in February.

    The question remains: Are you ready to be a millennial movie critic? A patron of the arts? A cinephile, as they say? If so, grab your popcorn, plug in your headphones, and let's get started.

    The 74th annual Golden Globes air Sunday, January 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

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    20th Century Women (2016)
    Set in the 1970s, this film is may be narrated by a hormonal teenage boy (Lucas Jade Zumann), but, as the title promises, its all about the women. Although only one of the three amazing leading ladies (Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning) is nominated, each embodied a generation of females with ease and accuracy. This is a drama for those who love strong characters, emotional angst, and, well, twentieth century women.

    Nominated for two Golden Globes:
    Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
    Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Annette Bening)

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    Arrival (2016)
    Amy Adams makes sure this is not your average alien movie. The thriller-drama (adapted from a short story) is surprisingly moving and deeply personal. And the score? It's effectively perfect for the mysterious and breathtaking landscapes, and the last scenes will leave you questioning everything you know about the movie (and yourself). It may even leave you in a state of metaphysical crisis.

    Nominated for two Golden Globes:
    Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Amy Adams)
    Best Original Score

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    Captain Fantastic (2016)
    Viggo Mortensen plays a vagabond father who raises his gaggle of children off the grid somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. This comedy-drama focuses on the highs and lows of going against the norm. It's funny, quirky, and it made Mortensen become a surprise favorite for his charming performance.

    Nominated for one Golden Globe:
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Viggo Mortensen)

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    Deadpool (2016)
    Plot twist: Deadpool may win Ryan Reynolds some Golden Globes. Who knew? This expletive-filled superhero move is more about revenge, regret, and one-liners than it is about acting heroic, but that's what makes it so good. Also, there's a pegging scene.

    Nominated for two Golden Globes:
    Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Ryan Reynolds)

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    The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
    Hailee Steinfeld shines as an out-of-luck and "Ugh, my life sucks!" teenager trying to figure out her place in her family, high school, and life. Everything may be the worst for our main character, but Steinfeld's performance is near perfection. Many critics felt a pang of nostalgia seeing Steinfeld as the awkward Nadine trying to navigate her emotions.

    Nominated for one Golden Globe:
    Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Hailee Steinfeld)