Globes Turn Spotlight on...Er...Not Spotlight
For all their notoriety, the Golden Globes are a bit of a silly awards. Witness, this year, The Martian - which they think is a Comedy Or Musical??!!??
Unlike their more prestigious counterparts such as the Oscars and the BAFTAs, which are voted for by industry members in their thousands, the Globes are the work of around 60 or people who comprise the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Yet they warrant a huge star-studded TV show and cover both movies and TV so they can get as many famous faces in the room as possible.
Thus their recently announced nominations are not so much an indication of what represents the best out there, but more a look at who they want to be star-fucking this year. (And remember it’s not that long since they nominated The Tourist! In more than one category!!) Still Ricky Gervais is back hosting, so at least we know the show will be fun. (And we might find out The Martian was the Best Musical of the year – after all, it had Abba songs.)
Carol led the way with 5 noms – with Blanchett and Mara possibly cancelling each other out for Best Actress, leaving room for either Brie, Saoirse or Alicia.
The Revenant, Steve Jobs, and The Big Short all landed four, and whilst Spotlight did land a nom for Best Picture, it was not the darling he has been of other recent critics’ announcements.
The plus side of the Globes separating Drama and Comedy means nods for Fassbender as well as Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin as well as Mark Ruffalo (in Infinitely Polar Bear as opposed to Spotlight.) And Alicia Vikander shows up once again as Best Supporting for Ex Machina – further indicating a distinctly unexpected change in her predicted Awards season story.
Sam Smith is up for Best Original Song - well, at least he didn't rip this one off Tom Petty!
Main runners below –
Motion picture, drama
Motion picture, comedy
"The Big Short"
Actress in a motion picture, drama
Cate Blanchett, "Carol"
Actress in a motion picture, comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Actor in a motion picture, drama
Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo" |
Actor in a motion picture, comedy
Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Jane Fonda, "Youth"
Actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Paul Dano, "Love & Mercy"
Animated feature film
Todd Haynes, "Carol"
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, "Spotlight"
"Love Me Like You Do" ("50 Shades of Grey")
Foreign language film
"The Brand New Testament" (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
Carter Burwell, "Carol"
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