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Golden Globes Nominations Snubs and Surprises (ANALYSIS)

Golden Globes Nominations Snubs and Surprises (ANALYSIS)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the rollicking awards show hosted by Rickey Gervais will be held on January 10th and broadcast live on NBC. This idiosyncratic group of 90 entertainment editors and writers who report on the film and television business for their outlets in 55 countries can be counted on to offer up some oddities, but this year hewed to a straighter course than the wacky Screen Actors Guild Awards. The HFPA even left out “Black Mass” star Johnny Depp, while making sure to invite a solid roster of stars to their glitzy ceremony, including Matt Damon, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rooney Mara and Jennifer Lawrence. 

The Globes nominations over 14 film categories add momentum to certain races, without being at all predictive. The nominations did much to consolidate the frontrunner status of Best Drama, Director and Screenplay nominee “Spotlight,” although the strategy of campaigning for its sprawling ensemble in supporting seems to have backfired (the SAG Awards yielded a Best Ensemble nomination as well as one for Rachel McAdams), with no Globe acting nominations at all. Michael Keaton might want to switch gears and compete for the Best Actor Oscar to give Mark Ruffalo a shot at supporting. As it is they are knocking each other out. 

The Globes offer double the Best Actor and Actress slots, divided between Drama and Musical/Comedy, but the supporting categories offer only five each. Thus “Spotlight” star Ruffalo oddly landed a Best Comedy Actor nomination for “Infinitely Polar Bear” instead. 

Notably, the HFPA showed love for all three Christmas awards entries, not only Best Drama “The Revenant,” which landed four nominations—Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio (also a SAG nominee) as well as Best Director Alejandro G. Inarritu and Score—but SAG shutouts Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” with three (Supporting Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, Screenplay and Score) and David O. Russell’s “Joy” with two (Best Comedy and Comedy Actress Jennifer Lawrence). 

Statistically, those who land noms from SAG alone are more likely to land an Oscar nod than from the Globes alone. Land both groups, and you have better odds of landing an Oscar slot. Those who get neither reduce their chances, but this year’s SAG noms are strange enough to offer some unpredictability. 

Idris Elba and Alicia Vikander are having a good day. Elba landed Globe noms for both “Luther” on the TV side and Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” on the film front: all signs are pointing to an eventual supporting actor Oscar nomination. Also looking strong for Focus Feature’s “The Danish Girl” is in-demand Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who landed not only a Best Actress nod for that film (as the HFPA put her in that category, along with “Carol” star Rooney Mara”) but for A24’s Brit sci-fi film “Ex Machina” in supporting. She’ll likely wind up with a supporting Oscar nom for “The Danish Girl.”

Her “Danish Girl” co-star and fellow SAG nominee Eddie Redmayne also landed a Best Actor mention, but the film’s only other Globe nom was for Alexandre Desplat’s score. Also snubbed for Best Drama, Director and Screenplay was Fox Searchlight’s emigre drama “Brooklyn”; only SAG nominee Saoirse Ronan registered with a Best Actress mention. 

Landing Drama, Best Actress and Screenplay was A24’s “Room,” The Weinstein Co.’s “Carol” led the Globes field with five nominations: Drama, Best Actress for both SAG nominees Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Director Todd Haynes and Score. Universal’s “Steve Jobs” landed four: Best Actor and SAG nominee Michael Fassbender, Supporting Actress and SAG nominee Kate Winslet, Screenplay and Score, but no Drama slot. Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” registered Drama and a Director nod for George Miller, who will likely compete for the Best Director Oscar. His stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are being unfairly penalized by awards groups for their virtually silent action performances. 

Both SAG absentees “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Martian” needed some HFPA love. Leading the Comedy nominees, which lend less gravitas to Oscar contenders than Drama, was Paramount’s “The Big Short” with four—Best Comedy, Actors Steve Carell and Christian Bale (who was slotted in supporting by SAG) and Screenplay, followed by Fox’s “The Martian” with three—Best Comedy and Actor Matt Damon (a notable SAG omission) and Director Ridley Scott, who will give Miller a run for his money at the Oscars. While Universal’s “Trainwreck” earned Best Comedy and Comedy Actress noms, Amy Schumer is most likely to compete at the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay. 
As with the SAG Awards, Bleecker Street’s Hollywood blacklist drama “Trumbo” did well for both Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren. Fox Searchlight’s own show business entry “Youth” finally entered the awards fray with a supporting actress nod for Jane Fonda, but Michael Caine is still MIA, along with “Bridge of Spies” star Tom Hanks, “45 Years” star Charlotte Rampling, Ian McKellen (“Mr. Holmes”) and IFC’s “Clouds of Sils Maria” Cesar-winner Kristen Stewart. Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Lady in the Van” did land a Comedy nomination for Dame Maggie Smith, who was overlooked at the SAG Awards, along with “Grandma” Globe nominee Lily Tomlin (who also landed a TV Comedy nom for “Grace and Frankie”)—as was Will Smith, who is in Globes contention for Best Actor Drama for “Concussion.” 

Both SAG and the Globes anointed Elba and Mark Rylance (who also scored for TV’s “Wolf Hall” and marked the solo Globes nomination for “Bridge of Spies”) as well as Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”) as supporting actor candidates; the Globes added critic’s fave Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”) and “Creed” comeback kid Sylvester Stallone to the mix at the expense of “Room” star Jacob Tremblay (Bale was a SAG nominee in supporting). Add the “Spotlight” actors and that’s a tight Oscar race indeed.

Among the foreign film nominees, Oscar entries “Son of Saul,” which is winning critics’ prizes, and crowdpleaser “Mustang” continue to lead the disparate field of contenders. 

Nominations are listed below:

Best Drama
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”

Best Musical/Comedy

“The Big Short”
“The Martian”
Actor Motion Musical/Comedy
Christian Bale “The Big Short”
Steve Carrell “The Big Short”
Matt Damon “The Martian”
Al Pacino “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Best Director
Todd Haynes “Carol”
Alejandro G. Inarritu “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy “Spotlight”
George Miller “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Ridley Scott “The Martian”
Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda “Youth”
Jennifer Jason Leigh “The Hateful Eight”
Helen Mirren “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander “Ex Machina”
Kate Winslet “Steve Jobs”
Supporting Actor
Paul Dano “Love & Mercy”
Idris Elba “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon “99 Homes”
Sylvester Stallone “Creed”
Actor Drama
Bryan Cranston “Trumbo”
Leonardo DiCaprio “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne “The Danish Girl”
Will Smith “Concussion”
Actress Musical/Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence “Joy”
Melissa McCarthy “Spy”
Amy Schumer “Trainwreck”
Maggie Smith “The Lady in the Van”
Lily Tomlin “Grandma”
Actress Drama
Cate Blanchett “Carol”
Brie Larson “Room”
Rooney Mara “Carol”
Saoirse Ronan “Brooklyn”
Alicia Vikander “The Danish Girl”

Best Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Inside Out”
“The Peanuts Movie”
 “Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do” (“Fifty Shades of Grey”)
“One Kind of Love” (“Love & Mercy” Brian Wilson and Scott Bennett)
“See You Again” (“Furious 7”)
“Simple Song #3” (“Youth” David Lang)
“Writings on the Wall” (“Spectre” Sam Smith)

Best Screenplay 
Emma Donoghue (“Room”)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”)
Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful 8”)

Best Original Score
Carter Burwell, “Carol”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Danish Girl”
Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”
Ryuchi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, “The Revenant”
Best Foreign-Language Film
“Son of Saul”
“The Fencer”
“Brand New Testament”
“The Club”

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