Did they widen the Oscar field, or shrink it? What the Screen Actors Guild taketh away, the Golden Globes returned to “It’s still got a shot at the Oscar.”
That’s the true purpose of the Golden Globes nominations.
Yesterday, “Hateful Eight” and “Joy” felt like Oscar write-offs. Today, “Hateful” has a Jennifer Jason Leigh nomination (deserving) and one for composer Ennio Morricone (meh) and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino (meh, again), and “Joy” gets more recognition for J-Law. “Creed” lands a sentimental Sly Stallone nomination. An overpraised “Rocky” recycling, I thought.
“Beasts of No Nation” got one nomination. Another over-praised pic, PC and topical and pretty powerful, but never once feels like something made for the big screen. Best actor-drama nominee Idris Elba? He’s big time. The biggest thing about it.
So “Joy” gets into the mix, as does “The Martian.” Best Motion Picture–Comedy.
Lawrence and Matt Damon got nominations in “comedy” categories.
“Steve Jobs” landed two acting nominations, and a screenplay nomination and one for best score. So now it’s back in the mix.
Alicia Vikander got an “Ex Machina” Golden Globe nomination. Hurray for that. AND she got a supporting actress nomination for “The Danish Girl.”
Will Smith got a “Concussion” best actor nod, first big acclaim that film has won this Awards Season.
Paul Dano got a “Love & Mercy” nomination. The only one for that film.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” got George Miller an overdue best director nomination, and a best picture nod.
No Johnny Depp “Black Mass” nomination. No Carey Mulligan for “Suffragette.” And unlike the SAG awards, no love at all for “Straight Outta Compton.”
Love for “Room” and “Spotlight,” but more love for “The Big Short,” with multiple acting nominations.
“Trumbo” now officially feels like a contender — at least for Bryan Cranston.
“The Revenant” got best director, picture, score and actor (Leo) nominations and feels like a film to beat. “Spotlight” pulled no acting nominations. Mark Ruffalo got nominated for a little-seen comedy.
But “The Big Short” going into limited release Friday and wider release next week, seems like the BIG winner from both SAG and the HFPA. It will have Awards Bounce as it opens, fresh awards buzz. Can’t hurt.
But nobody is honoring the “Short” director, and best directors make best pictures, so “Spotlight” and “Carol” and “The Revenant” feel like Oscar front runners, right this minute. “Mad Max” is more of a “Let’s give George Miller his Oscar shot” pick I figure. Ridley Scott’s “Martian” nomination is much deserved, but Miller’s the overdue one.
McCarthy and “Spotlight” seem like natural Oscar night winners, to me.
As for the Globes? They’re handed out in mid-January (Jan. 10) on NBC. Yes, they nominate and honor TV programs, too (Netflix is the big winner among those nominations). But since TV’s Emmys are so much later in the year, and the Globes tilt so heavily towards new shows, their TV honors are even less relevant than the Oscar ones.
Here’s the complete list
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Big Short
Best TV Series, Drama
Game Of Thrones
Best TV Series, Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange is the New Black
Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Carter Burwell – Carol
Alexandre Desplat – The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton – Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – The Revenant
Best Foreign Language Film
The Brand New Testament
Son of Saul
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Best Animated Feature Film
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep
Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO” — FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Music by: Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh
Lyrics by: Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh
“ONE KIND OF LOVE” — LOVE & MERCY
Music by: Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett
Lyrics by: Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett
“SEE YOU AGAIN” — FURIOUS 7
Music by: Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz
Lyrics by: Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz
“SIMPLE SONG #3” — YOUTH
Music by: David Lang
Lyrics by: David Lang
“WRITING’S ON THE WALL” — SPECTRE
Musicby: Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes
Lyrics by: Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes
Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
American Horror Story
Flesh And Bone
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Jamie Lee Curtis
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donahue (“Room’)
Tom McCarthy/Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)
Charles Randolph/Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”)
Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
AZIZ ANSARI, MASTER OF NONE
GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE
ROB LOWE, THE GRINDER
PATRICK STEWART, BLUNT TALK
JEFFREY TAMBOR, TRANSPARENT
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 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 Director – Motion Picture
Alejandro G. Inarritu
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama