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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Awards Season 2016: Golden Globe Nominations

Today sees the announcement of the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA split their awards, giving certain categories for both Drama and Musical or Comedy, rather than just going for the out-and-out drama as most awards tend to do.

Below is a list of some of the nominees:

Best Picture - Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Picture - Musical or Comedy
The Big Short
The Martian

Best Director
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Best Actor - Drama
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Will Smith (Concussion)

Best Actor - Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
Steve Carell (The Big Short)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Al Pacino (Danny Collins)
Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)

Best Actress - Drama
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress - Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Maggie Smith (The Lady In The Van)
Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Idris Elba (Beasts Of No Nation)
Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)
Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda (Youth)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Helen Mirren (Trumbo)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

A full list of nominees can be found here.

Can anyone who has actually seen The Martian tell me if it is indeed a comedy or a musical? IMDb lists the genres of the film as Adventure, Drama, and Sci-Fi. Maybe they've missed something. Maybe Matt Damon suddenly bursts out into a rendition of 'Life On Mars?' (like Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Freak Show). Maybe there are sudden custard pies to the face. Maybe there's a string of knob gags. Or maybe the producers- seeing a rather full and massively competitive Drama category- have done what The Tourist did a few years ago and went for the Musical/Comedy route in order to get nominated. Maybe I'm just being massively cynical.

There's quite a bit of cross-over from yesterday's SAG Award nominations, although interestingly the HFPA stated that Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander were going to be listed in the Lead Actress category for Carol and The Danish Girl respectively rather than in the Supporting Actress category. It'll be interesting to see where other award bodies will go with this. 

Interesting to see the two nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road, given that it's the kind of genre movie that tends to get overlooked. 

Next up for awards season will be the nominations for the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards, which will be announced on Monday December 14th

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