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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association swooned for Carol, the stylish period romance in which Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play two women in love, as nominations were announced Thursday for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards.
The 1950s-set drama topped the Globes’ film list with five nominations and will compete for best drama against the intimate mother-son showcase Room, the crusading-journalists tale Spotlight, the survival saga The Revenant and the apocalyptic action movie Mad Max: Fury Road.
On the comedy side of the ledger, The Big Short, the testosterone-heavy, starrily cast movie about the financial meltdown of 2008, scored four nominations and will face off against The Martian (the sci-fi tale was shoehorned into the Globes’ comedy category) and three female-centric comedies — Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy, Melissa McCarthy’s Spy and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck.
Both Blanchett and Mara were nominated for best actress in a drama. There had been some question whether Mara would make the list in the best actress category, since the movie’s distributor The Weinstein Co. had positioned her for a supporting actress run and she was nominated in the supporting category by the SAG-AFTRA voters. But the HFPA elected to consider her for best actress, where she scored a nom. (Academy voters will be free to make a category choice of their own.) Similarly, Alicia Vikander, who was nominated for a SAG Award as supporting actress for playing the wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, was moved up into the best drama actress race by the HFPA. Vikander, though, made a second appearance in the Globes roster with a supporting actress nomination for playing a sentient robot in Ex Machina.
Rounding out the best dramatic actress lineup were Brie Larson for her protective mom in Room and Saoirse Ronan for her Irish immigrant in Brooklyn.
Bryan Cranston, who’s received five previous Golden Globe noms for his work in TV and one win for Breaking Bad, received his first Globe film nom for playing the title character, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, in Trumbo. He led the list, alphabetically at least, of best dramatic motion picture actor nominees. He’ll compete against Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a trapper struggling to survive in The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, who plays the titular Apple co-founder in Steve Jobs; Eddie Redmayne, last year’s winner in the category for The Theory of Everything, nominated for his transgender turn in The Danish Girl; and Will Smith, who plays the doctor who diagnoses brain injuries in the NFL in Concussion. As it happens, all five men played characters based on real-life figures.
In the best comedy actress category, three stars on the ascendant were nominated along with two veteran performers. Jennifer Lawrence has won Globes for the past two successive years — she won comedy actress in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook and supporting actress last year for American Hustle. She was nominated again this year for her performance as a housewife looking to break into business in Joy. Joining her were Amy Schumer for Trainwreck and Melissa McCarthy for Spy. The vets include Maggie Smith, nominated for playing a homeless woman in The Lady in the Van and Lily Tomlin for playing an acerbic poet in Grandma. Tomlin picked up a second nomination as TV comedy actress for her work in the Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie.
To fill out its best comedy actor list, the HFPA voters had to reach out to a couple of relatively obscure films. Both Christian Bale and Steve Carell were nominated for playing financial wheeler-dealers in The Big Short, which Paramount opens Dec. 11. Matt Damon got a nom for wise-cracking on the red planet in Fox’s The Martian. Also making the cut were Al Pacino for his performance as an aging rock star in Bleecker Street’s Danny Collins and Mark Ruffalo for playing a manic-depressive dad in Sony Pictures Classics’ Infinitely Polar Bear.
Ruffalo, though, did pop up in the supporting actor category, where he was considered a possible nominee for his performance in Spotlight. In fact, all the Spotlight actors, from Michael Keaton to Rachel McAdams, were shut out by the Globe voters even though the film was nominated for best drama, director (Tom McCarthy) and screenplay (McCarthy and Josh Singer).
Instead, the supporting actor roundup consisted of Paul Dano for Love & Mercy, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies, Michael Shannon for 99 Homes and, strike up Bill Conte’s fanfare, Sylvester Stallone for Creed. Stallone has the distinction of being nominated for a character, Rocky Balboa, for which he was first nominated, in the best actor category, 39 years ago.
In addition to Vikander for Ex Machina, the supporting actresses nominated were Jane Fonda for Youth, Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Helen Mirren for Trumbo and Kate Winslet for Jobs.
With five dramatic and five comedy film nominees, that mean something had to give when the HFPA turned to best director, since the organization has slots for just five nominees. Of the five motion picture dramas, four secured noms for their directors, but when the game of musical chairs stopped Room‘s Lenny Abrahamson was left without a seat. Instead, the fifth slot when to The Martian‘s Ridley Scott, who joined Carol’s Todd Haynes, The Revenant’s Alejandro G. Inarritu, Spotlight’s McCarthy and Mad Max: Fury Road‘s George Miller.
Screenplay noms went to Room‘s Emma Donoghue, Spotlight‘s McCarthy and Josh Singer, The Big Short‘s Charles Rudolph and Adam McKay, Steve Jobs’ Aaron Sorkin, and The Hateful Eight’s Quentin Tarantino.
The Hateful Eight also earned a nomination for legendary composer Ennio Morricone, who’ll be facing off against Carol‘s Carter Burwell, The Danish Girl‘s Alexander Desplat, Steve Jobs‘ Daniel Pemberton and The Revenant‘s Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto.
Pixar scored two nominations in the animation category — for Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. The category also includes The Peanuts Movie and two stop-motion efforts, the kid-friendly Shaun the Sheep Movie and the much more adult Anomalisa.
This year, the Globes’ five nominees for foreign-language film are all movies that have been submitted by their respective countries for Academy Award consideration: Belgium’s The Brand New Testament, Chile’s The Club, Finland’s The Fencer, France’s Mustang and Hungary’s Son of Saul.
With a release slate that includes The Revenant, The Martian and Joy, Fox was the distributor that corralled the most nominees. It was followed by Universal and The Weinstein Co., both with eight.
The Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast by NBC on Jan. 10.
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