2016 Golden Globe Nominations

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Todd Haynes’ Carol leads the pack with five nominations at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. This is great news and I really hope this leads to a best picture and a best director nomination for Todd Haynes at the Oscars. The film also garnered nominations for both LEADS, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (Mara will be running in the supporting category at the Oscars…) and a nod for Best Original Score for Carter Burwell. And although I was not unsure if George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would receive any nominations, but gloriously it received Best Picture – Drama and Best Director nods. Great, great news and I think this means it is a shoe-in for both at the Oscars. I actually am beginning to think Miller is the frontrunner, especially if he receives a DGA nomination and wins.

I am still very surprised that Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo got shut out of the Best Supporting Actor category, as they did for the Screen Actors Guild nominations. Are they canceling each other out or what? They are both deserving, but the category is jam-packed with talented and deserving actors. Idris Elba, Michael Shannon, Sylvester Stallone, Mark Rylance and, yes!!!, Paul Dano all received supporting actor nods. Huge news for Dano and I am beginning to feel Elba and Shannon have a great shot at the Oscars.

No Johnny Depp for Best Actor. He has been nominated ten times at the Globes, but not this time as Will Smith squeezed in over him. He still has the SAG nomination, but this Best Actor field, although not as heavy as the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories, is going to be difficult to pick for the Oscars. And look at the hot, in-demand actress of the moment Alicia Vikander, receiving a Best Actress nod for The Danish Girl and a Best Supporting Actress nod for her mesmerizing performance in Ex Machina. Can she pull off  two nominations in the supporting category at the Oscars? I doubt it but she deserves it. Saoirse Ronan received the only nomination for the highly lauded Brooklyn, which I was little surprised to see the HFPA not recognize in the Best Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay categories, especially with its immigrant ties to Europe. I cannot imagine seeing that film miss out in the screenplay category at the Oscars. No way and it will not.

It is looking like Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren are on a role, receiving nominations for Best Actor – Drama and Best Supporting Actress, for their roles in Trumbo. Spotlight kept the momentum going receiving nominations for Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. It is still the overall frontrunner. The Martian bounced back with nominations for Best Picture – Musical/Comedy…, Best Director, and Best Actor – Musical/Comedy for Matt Damon. That film still took a real hit by not receiving any SAG nominations and that is where the industry is leaning. And the late arrivals, The Revenant, Joy and The Hateful Eight, all got some attention, with the most coming for Iñárritu’s survivalist drama, receiving Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Score nominations. It will be big at the Oscars I am presuming.

Now, we have to keep in mind that the HFPA are their own little sect of foreign journalists and although their awards show is the little brother to the big Academy Awards and they want it to shine, this is not indicative of what is going to happen come the Oscar nominations. It is a little bit of a sign, but nothing that is set in stone. It really boils down to what the industry likes and feels are the strongest films, not what the critics and journalists do. The support is rising big time for films that were on the cuff, such as The Big Short and Trumbo, while heavyweights Spotlight, The Revenant, Room, Carol and Mad Max: Fury Road are looking pretty good right now. The question is, where does The Martian, Joy, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs, Brooklyn and Bridge of Spies stand? The PGA and DGA will answer a lot of those questions.

It really is a wide open year and going into the big industry nominations coming soon, the lead up to the nominations are probably going to be more exciting than the actual awards. It also kind of feels like that, lets hope we get a few curve balls when the winners are announced. I am beginning to feel that Spotlight for Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor and Brie Larson for Best Actress are slowly settling in, but then again, no one has won anything yet. All the rest is up for grabs. It is going to be interesting to see how this season unfolds. Golden Globe Awards will be unveiled on Sunday, January 10th.

Below is a full list of all the film and television nominations. What do you think? Enjoy!!!

Best Picture (Drama)

  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)

  • The Big Short
  • Joy
  • The Martian
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
  • Will Smith – Concussion

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

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 (Musical or Comedy)

  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Melissa McCarthy – Spy
  • 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

Best Screenplay

  • Room – Emma Donaghue
  • Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
  • The Big Short – Adam McKay
  • Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin
  • The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

Best Original Score

  • The Revenant – Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai, Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • The Hateful Eight  – Ennio Morricone
  • Steve Jobs – Daniel Pemberton
  • Carol  – Carter Burwell
  • The Danish Girl – Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Song

  • Fifty Shades of Grey – “Love Me Like You Do”
  • Love & Mercy – “One Kind of Love”
  • Furious 7 – “See You Again”
  • Youth – “Simple Song #3”
  • Spectre – “Writings on the Wall”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Brand New Testament (Belgium)
  • The Club (Chile)
  • The Fencer (Finland)
  • Mustang (France)
  • Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Animated Feature

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep

Best TV Series (Drama)

  • Empire
  • Game of Thrones
  • Mr. Robot
  • Narcos
  • Outlander

Best TV Series (Comedy)

  • Casual
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Orange is the New black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Veep
Best Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie
  • American Crime
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Fargo
  • Flesh & Bone
  • Wolf Hall
Best Actress In A TV Series, Drama
  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Eva Green – Penny Dreadful
  • Taraji P. Henson  – Empire
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards
Best Actor In A TV Series, Drama
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Wagner Moura– Narcos
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Best Actress In A Musical Or Comedy Series
  • Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Jamie Lee Curtis – Scream Queens
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace & Frankie
Best Actor In A TV Series, Musical Or Comedy
  • Aziz Anzari – Master of None
  • Gael García Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
  • Rob Lowe – The Grinder
  • Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Best Actor In A Series, Miniseries Or Limited Series Made For Television
  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero
  • David Oyelowo – Nightingale
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall
  • Patrick Wilson – Fargo
Best Actress In A Series, Miniseries Or Limited Series Made For Television
  • Lady Gaga – American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Kirsten Dunst – Fargo
  • Sarah Hay – Flesh & Bone
  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie
Best Supporting Actress In A Limited Series, Mini-Series Or TV Movie
  • Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
  • Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
  • Regina King – American Crime
  • Judith Light – Transparent
  • Maura Tierney – The Affair
Best Supporting Actor In A Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie
  • Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
  • Damien Lewis – Wolf Hall
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
  • Tobias Menzies – Outlander
  • Christian Slater – Mr. Robot

Photo credits by indiewire.com.



Here is the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s new biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. The film will focus on Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt and appears to be quite impressive. It definitely looks like Scott, who directed last years highly underrated and underseen The Counselor, is going back into Gladiator mode. I am not completely doing cartwheels for this picture, but I am always up for whatever Scott has up his sleeve. The man knows how to film and make a historical, Hollywood epic. They are also sticking with that heavy eyeliner for Edgerton’s Ramses. Could put some people off and it does look excessive, but it also feels right. The film also stars Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn and Sigourney Weaver. I hope this one turns out. If nothing else, it will be a grand spectacle like only Scott can deliver. The film will open on December 12th. Enjoy.

Photo credit by ropeofsilicon.com and trailer by YouTube.