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Even though Todd Haynes’ ‘50s-set lesbian love story Carol went into the Golden Globes with a leading five nominations, the Oscar hopeful went home empty-handed, failing to win any of the awards for which it was nominated. Carol could only technically win four awards — barring a tie in the best actress, drama, category — in which both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were nominated. But the movie also lost best motion picture, drama; best score and best director (Todd Haynes). That said, neither The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards analyst Scott Feinberg nor chief film critic Todd McCarthy said Carol would or should win in any of its categories.
The Big Short was also nominated twice in one category but failed to collect on any of its four nominations. The financial dramedy lost in the categories of best motion picture, musical or comedy; best actor in a motion picture (Christian Bale and Steve Carell); and best screenplay. The Oscar hopeful about the men who made a fortune by predicting the collapse of the housing market that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis was Feinberg and McCarthy’s pick for the best screenplay honor. Instead, that prize went to Steve Jobs writer Aaron Sorkin, collecting the Universal film’s second award of the night. Earlier, Kate Winslet took home the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role as Jobs’ work wife Joanna Hoffman.
Although it failed to land any acting nominations, Spotlight, a frontrunner for a best picture Oscar nomination, was expected to win the Golden Globe for best motion picture, drama, according to Feinberg, with McCarthy’s pick of The Revenant taking the top prize instead. Spotlight also lost the other two awards for which it was nominated: best director (Tom McCarthy) and best screenplay.
The Revenant helmer Alejandro G. Inarritu was also a surprise winner in the category of best director, topping Feinberg’s expected pick of Ridley Scott and McCarthy’s selection of Mad Max: Fury Road helmer George Miller.
Other film surprises included wins by Jennifer Lawrence (best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy); Hateful Eight composer Ennio Morricone (best score), which director Quentin Tarantino accepted on his behalf; and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” (best original song).
On the TV side, four of the six triple nominees went home empty-handed, with American Crime, Fargo, Outlander and last year’s big winner Transparent all losing all of the awards for which they were nominated. Transparent, in particular, was expected to win best comedy series with star Jeffrey Tambor expected to win (and selected by THR‘s chief TV critic Tim Goodman as the most deserving nominee) in the category of best comedy actor. Instead, another Amazon series, Mozart in the Jungle, and its star Gael Garcia Bernal took home the Golden Globes in both categories.
Meanwhile, Fargo was expected and picked as deserving of a win in the limited TV series category, but Wolf Hall won that instead. Star Kirsten Dunst was also expected to win the best actress in a limited series award but lost to American Horror Story: Hotel‘s Lady Gaga. Another surprise win came from Mr. Robot‘s Christian Slater, who took home the award for best supporting actor in a TV series, beating THR‘s pick of Bloodline‘s Ben Mendelsohn.
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