Roll out the red carpet and flash the fakest grin you can muster because awards season has well and truly arrived!
The unveiling of the Golden Globe nominations for 2015 signals that it’s time to forget about popcorn-munching blockbusters for a few months and pretend like we’re all really interested in who takes home a shiny piece of metal with their name on it.
So, what conclusions and observations can we construe from the list of nominees for this year?
HEDGING THEIR BETS
If there is one deduction we can draw from awards season thus far, it’s that anyone can, and probably will, win. In years gone by, the Globes have signalled the arrival of a clear front-runner that looks set to take the season by storm, such as Birdman or Argo.
This year, we’re not having as much luck picking a favourite; the nominations are split fairly evenly, with headline films like The Danish Girl, Steve Jobs, Bridge of Spies and Brooklyn all missing from the essential Best Motion Picture categories.
Carol is probably the closest it gets – Todd Hayne’s masterpiece picked up 5 nods, including Best Director and Best Actress nominations for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. But stacked up alongside films like Spotlight and The Revenant, even that doesn’t seem like a clear standout.
LEO LEADS THE PACK
Another headline from Friday’s Globes line-up was Leonardo DiCaprio’s nomination in the Best Actor category. His new film, The Revenant, has been getting a lot of buzz, with his performance in particular garnering a lot of attention.
Leo is not short on Golden Globes, but the perceived lack of competition among his fellow male leads this year could just mean that he’s on the fast track to his first Best Actor Oscar…. Oh crap, did I just jinx it?
LOLs IN SPACE
One decision that got tongues wagging was the decision to include Ridley Scott’s The Martian in the Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) category. Y’know, The Martian – a film where Matt Damon gets stranded on Mars millions of miles away from another human being in an uplifting tale of human endeavour and survival against the odds. Sure it had some gags in it – but a comedy?
It’s a bit of a stretch, but I can kind of see the logic here. Either they plonk it in Comedy or it gets shut out of a nomination entirely, and when you’ve got a film as good as The Martian up for selection, you squeeze it in whenever and wherever you can. Plus, it almost makes up for Scott’s film being practically ignored by the SAG Awards earlier in the week.
WITNESS THE FURY
It takes something truly special for a blockbuster to be recognised at this time of year, especially one that hit cinemas way back in May. That being said, Mad Max: Fury Road has been steadily racking up the awards since then – swiping Best Film at the AACTAs just this week.
Even still, it was a genuine surprise to see George Miller’s much-lauded action film land so much adulation; a cheeky nomination in the Best Picture (Drama) category sees Fury Road sneak ahead of more conventional awards season films like Steve Jobs and Brooklyn, all of which had to settle for a meager collection of acting and technical nominations instead. It’s still too early to say whether Fury Road can carry this momentum all the way to the Oscars, but stranger things have happened.
FINGER ON THE PULSE
While the film categories were mainly filled with the usual suspects, the television nominations were filled with acknowledgements to the new king of the hill; streaming.
Netflix led the way (8 nominations) with Narcos popping up in the Best Television Series – Drama category alongside heavyweights like Game of Thrones and Empire, whilst Orange is the New Black ranks beside HBO shows like Silicon Valley and Veep in the Comedy field.
The love for streaming doesn’t end there though; lesser known shows like Casual (Hulu), Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon), Transparent (Amazon), Master of None (Netflix) and Grace and Frankie (Netflix) all popped up in the various acting categories, showing that the Golden Globes like to keep at least one finger on the pulse of what is currently hot on newer, digital platforms.
Check out the full list of nominees in the motion picture categories:
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
The Big Short
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
Tom Mccarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott – The Martian
BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Leonardo Dicaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
Will Smith – Concussion
BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Rooney Mara – Carol
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 IN A MOTION PICTURE
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 IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jane Fonda – Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Emma Donoghue – Room
Tom Mccarthy, Josh Singer – Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam Mckay – The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Carter Burwell – Carol
Alexandre Desplat – The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton – Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto – The Revenant
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Love Me Like You Do” — Fifty Shades Of Grey
“One Kind Of Love” — Love & Mercy
“See You Again” — Furious 7
“Simple Song #3” — Youth
“Writing’s On The Wall” — Spectre
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep Movie
BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Brand New Testament
Son Of Saul
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