Posted Dec 12 2015

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

"Mad Max: Fury Road" 
"The Revenant" 

Motion picture, comedy

"The Big Short" 
"The Martian"

Actress in a motion picture, drama

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

Actress in a motion picture, comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy" 
Melissa McCarthy, "Spy"
Amy Schumer, "Trainwreck"  
Maggie Smith, "The Lady in the Van"
Lily Tomlin, "Grandma"  

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"

Actor in a motion picture, comedy

Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
Steve Carell, "The Big Short"
Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Al Pacino, "Danny Collins"
Mark Ruffalo, "Infinitely Polar Bear"

Actress in a supporting role in a motion picture 

Jane Fonda, "Youth"
Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"
Helen Mirren, "Trumbo"
Alicia Vikander, "Ex Machina"
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Actor in a supporting role 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"

Animated feature film

"The Good Dinosaur"
"Inside Out"
"The Peanuts Movie"
"Shaun the Sheep Movie"


Todd Haynes, "Carol"
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"
George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Ridley Scott, "The Martian"


Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, "Spotlight"
Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs"
Quentin Tarantino, "The Hateful Eight"
Emma Donoghue, "Room"
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

Original song

"Love Me Like You Do" ("50 Shades of Grey")
“One Kind of Love” ("Love and Mercy")
"See You Again" ("Furious 7")
"Simple Song #3" ("Youth")
"Writing's on the Wall" ("Spectre")

Foreign language film

"The Brand New Testament" (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
"The Club" (Chile)
"The Fencer" (Finland/Germany/Estonia)
"Mustang" (France)
"Son Of Saul" (Hungary)


Carter Burwell, "Carol"
Alexandre Desplat, "The Danish Girl"
Ennio Morricone, "The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, "Steve Jobs"
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, "The Revenant"




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