Carol, The Revenant, Steve Jobs and The Big Short led the the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, announced December 10. Among the TV nominees the highlights were American Crime, Fargo, Mr. Robot, Outlander, Transparent and Wolf Hall , with three nominations each.
The nominations were introduced by HFPA president Lorenzo Soria and announced by America Ferrera, Angela Bassett, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid.
For both films and TV this year’s nominations made it clear that this would be a wide open race, with no clear favorites. With five nominations – best motion picture, drama; best performance by an actress, drama for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; best director, Todd Haynes; and best original score, Carter Burwell – Carol leaps to the forefront but The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs are right behind, with four nominations each. The Revenant and The Big Short have an important advantage, though – both were included in the best motion picture categories, for drama and musical or comedy, respectively.
Titles big and small were highlighted: festival favorite Room received three nominations – best motion picture/drama, best performance by an actress/drama for Brie Larson, and best screenplay for Emma Donoghue- same number of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi saga The Martian, nominated for best motion picture, musical comedy, best performance by an actor, musical or comedy for Matt Damon and best director for Scott. Summer release Love & Mercy scored two nominations – best performance by a supporting actor for Paul Dano, best original song, “One Kind of Love” – same as the sprawling Mad Max : Fury Road, nominated for motion picture, drama and best director, George Miller.
Alicia Vikander managed to score two kudos, as best performance by a supporting actress for her work in Ex Machina, and best performance by an actress, drama, for The Danish Girl. Lily Tomlin did the same - best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy and best actress in a TV series, comedy, for Grandma and Grace and Frankie, respectively. Same for Mark Rylance, who will compete against himself this year: best supporting actor, motion picture, for Bridge of Spies, best actor, limited series or motion picture made for television, for Wolf Hall. Last year’s Golden Globe winner Eddie Redmayne came back this year in the same category – best actor, drama – for the same Danish Girl, while nine-time nominee (with two wins) Leonardo DiCaprio grabbed his tenth nomination with The Revenant.
In the foreign film category Europe took the lead with nominations for France (Mustang), Hungary (Son of Saul), Finland/Germany/Estonia (The Fencer) and Belgium/France/Luxembourg (The Brand New Testament). Latin America rounded up the nominations with Chile’s The Club.
Animated features included two quite diverse stop motion pictures: Anomalisa and Shaun The Sheep, with Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur rounding up the nominations.
The TV side had a number of very interesting surprises, mixing established favorites – The Good Wife, How To Get Away With Murder, Downton Abbey, Veep – with a dash of newcomers – Mr.Robot, Better Call Saul, Flesh & Bone, Narcos, Bloodline, Mozart In The Jungle,Casual, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This was also the year when streaming TV definitely challenged both networks and premium cable – with eight nominations, Netflix surpassed HBO’s seven and Starz’s six kudos; Amazon came right behind, with five nominations.
The Golden Globes will be presented on January 10 and transmitted live by NBC. Click here for the complete list of nominations.
Ana Maria Bahiana