How the Globe Noms Affect the Oscars: ‘A Star Is Born’ Shines, But Will ‘Vice’ Follow ‘The Post’?

Don't worry. Sam Elliott still has a shot.
"A Star Is Born"
"A Star Is Born"
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Remember, it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press. This always-idiosyncratic group of 90 Hollywood correspondents from around the world are wined and wooed by studios and celebrities all year round. Sometimes, the HFPA gets it right: last year, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” nabbed seven Golden Globe nominations and went on to win the Best Picture Oscar. And sometimes, Globes voters fall in love with their favorites: last year Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” walked away with six nominations — and barely notched two mentions at the Oscars for Picture and Meryl Streep. Will Adam McKay’s late-breaking comedy “Vice” meet a similar fate?

Christian Bale, "Vice"
Christian Bale, “Vice”Greig Fraser/Annapurna Pictures

The Globes can add momentum: “Vice” (Annapurna) does get a lift with six nominations, along with “Green Book” (Universal) and “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight) with five. On the drama side, “A Star Is Born” (Warner Bros.), which also boasted five, already had wind in its sails. And an HFPA snub is not the end of the world: “A Star Is Born” star Sam Elliott is unlikely to be left out of Best Supporting Actor by SAG or the Oscars. (Last year’s Globe and Oscar-winner, “Vice” star Sam Rockwell, is less likely to make the final Oscar cut.)

RomaPhoto by Carlos Somonte

Participant Media had a good day as the producer of both foreign-language “Roma” (Netflix) and “Green Book,” while Universal and its subsidiary Focus Features led the field with seven nominations each for a total of 14 (“Green Book,” “First Man,” “Blackkklansman,” “Tully,” and “Boy Erased”) and financially frazzled new distributor Annapurna racked up 10 nominations (“Vice,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Destroyer”) along with awards maestro Fox Searchlight (“The Favourite,” “Isle of Dogs,” “The Old Man & the Gun,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), while Disney boasted nine (“Black Panther,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and dueling animated features “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet”).


This year, the HFPA doubled down on diversity: Landing at least three nominations were “Green Book” (5), “BlacKkKlansman” (4), “Black Panther” (3), “If Beale Street Could Talk” (3) and “Roma” (3). While Alfonso Cuaron was nominated for Foreign-Language Film (Mexico), Director, and Screenplay, Yalitza Aparicio did not land Best Actress. With the HFPA, being an unknown is a disadvantage. The HFPA also skipped over rising stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James of “If Beale Street Could Talk” (while nominating James for his work in Amazon series “Homecoming”), as well as Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby of “The Hate U Give.” But they did go for Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali of “Green Book” and Emmy-winner Regina King of “If Beale Street Could Talk,” as well as Denzel Washington scion John David Washington, who played the title role in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

While director Spike Lee and Supporting Actor Adam Driver also landed nods, the screenplay and score did not. “Ron Stallworth, you’re a hero,” said Washington. “Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow.”

Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” also landed slots for Best Drama and Screenplay, but not Best Director or Score. While the HFPA rewarded Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” for Best Drama–the first Marvel movie in that category– Original Song, and Score, they did not include the director, Screenplay or any of the cast.

Steve McQueen’s not-so-commercial thriller “Widows” (Fox) is officially out of the awards race, because if the Golden Globes didn’t nominate their beloved Viola Davis, nobody else will. It’s just the wrong movie at the wrong time.

Lucas Hedges'Boy Erased' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Oct 2018
Lucas HedgesAFF-USA/REX/Shutterstock

Even with extra comedy and drama categories, the HFPA made some strange omissions Thursday morning. They included box-office hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Metascore: 49) in Best Drama and Best Actor (Rami Malek) at the expense of Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” (Metascore: 84) and star Ryan Gosling. “The Crown” Globe-winner Claire Foy made the cut in Supporting Actress for “First Man,” and “La La Land” composer Justin Hurwitz was recognized for his soaring score.

In the Best Actor race, a surprise entry was Lucas Hedges of “Boy Erased,” while critics’ darling Ethan Hawke was left out for “First Reformed,” along with writer-director Paul Schrader. Steady as they go are Best Actor Drama nominees Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) and “At Eternity’s Gate” star Willem Dafoe.

“At Eternity’s Gate”CBS Films

On the comedy side, the HFPA was impressed with the year’s most extraordinary shapeshifters: Christian Bale and Viggo Mortensen each gained more than 40 pounds to play Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice” and bouncer Tony Lip in “Green Book,” respectively, while John C. Reilly moves up the ranks for channeling comedian Oliver Hardy in Sony Pictures Classics’ “Stan & Ollie.” Robert Redford gets a lift for “The Old Man & the Gun,” along with Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

“Green Book”Universal Pictures

The Best Actress Drama race was the most surprising, as HFPA favorite and “Destroyer” star Nicole Kidman and Rosamund Pike landed slots (“A Private War” also landed a Best Original Song nod for Annie Lennox). Both actresses will get a needed push as more voters check out their films. Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) are looking good — along with McCarthy’s co-star, Supporting Actor Richard E. Grant.

Jack (lin-Manuel Miranda), Annabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in Disney's original musical MARY POPPINS RETURNS, a sequel to the 1964 MARY POPPINS which takes audiences on an entirely new adventure with the practically perfect nanny and the Banks family.
“Mary Poppins Returns”Jay Maidment

On the Musical/Comedy side, the HFPA went for movie stars Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) and Charlize Theron (“Tully”) as well as TV star Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) over emerging star Kathryn Hahn of “Private Life.” They did include young newcomer Elsie Fisher of “Eighth Grade,” marking A24’s solo Globes nomination.

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in the film THE FAVOURITE. Photo by Yorgos Lanthimos. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in the film “The Favourite”Yorgos Lanthimos

“The Favourite” landed nods for Comedy and Screenplay as well as its actress trio, Olivia Colman as Best Actress Comedy and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as Supporting Actress, respectively, but not Director Yorgos Lanthimos. Adam McKay, on the other hand, scored Comedy, Screenplay, Director, Comedy Actor Bale, Comedy Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell, and Comedy Supporting Actress Amy Adams — who also notched a nod for “Sharp Objects” on the TV side.

Those who harbored hopes for “Paddington 2” star Hugh Grant can let them go; the Globes were his best chance at a mention. Ditto Natalie Portman in “Vox Lux.”

The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards air Sunday, January 6 on NBC at 8pm ET. The ceremony will be hosted by “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Andy Samberg and “Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh.

Check out the full nominations for the film categories, here.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Lucas Hedges, “Boy Erased”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Rosamund Pike, “A Private War”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
Robert Redford, “The Old Man and the Gun”
John C. Reilly, “Stan and Ollie”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Elsie Fisher, “Eighth Grade”
Charlize Theron, “Tully”
Constance Wu, “Crazy Rich Asians”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Timothee Chalamet,” Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Claire Foy, “First Man”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“Vice,” Adam McKay
“Green Book,” Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
“A Quiet Place,” Marco Beltrami
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Göransson
“First Man,” Justin Hurwitz
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“Vice,” Adam McKay
“Green Book,” Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“All The Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin”)
“Requiem for a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation” (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Animated Feature Film
“Incredibles 2″
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best Foreign-Language Film
“Never Look Away”

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