Globes shockers: No to Depp, yes to ‘Mad Max’

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Golden Globes nominations only confuse an already wide-open Oscar race.

This analysis post should come with a disclaimer: nothing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association votes on for the Golden Globes has any bearing on the Academy Awards in terms of actual voting overlap.

Cranston was nominated Thursday for best actor in a drama film for his portrayal of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in Hollywood for refusing to answer questions about his involvement with the Communist Party. In the supporting category, “Spotlight” stars Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo were once again left in the dark after being snubbed one day earlier by the Screen Actors Guild.

And now that the Oscar nomination deadline comes prior to the Golden Globe telecast, the winners’ acceptance speeches don’t have any direct bearing on how Academy members vote. Cranston sees similarities today and tells The Associated Press, “It’s reminiscent of what’s going on now about the political or the ideology of some people and the fear mongering — like Donald Trump — who jumps on something and feeds the fire and creates incendiary reaction to things, scares people and they react and that’s why poll numbers are going up.” Cranston says “We just need to calm down and go back to what is foundational to this country and that is embracing differences and realizing that that’s a strength of ours and not a weakness.” The comedian watched as one of her friends, America Ferrara read the name of her film, “Trainwreck” Thursday. Already shutout of the SAG Awards because the Weinstein Co. didn’t supply screeners before the deadline, Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” probably should have notched the best drama film nomination that went to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Talk about a bad rap: A strong case could also be made for a best drama slot for “Straight Outta Compton,” the biopic about the iconic hip hop group N.W.A. that earned rave reviews and plenty of money at the box office. Three actors have cemented their spots for an Oscar nomination – Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”).

But Hollywood is also all about perception, and Globes nominations can help shape the race and get Academy voters looking more closely at certain films or performances. Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”) appears to be making a serious play for one of them, while the other may come down to Matt Damon (“The Martian”) or Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”). Her best lead actress honor for “The Danish Girl” was expected, but a second nomination, for her supporting role in the sci-fi indie “Ex Machina,” was not. I’m not going to play it cool.’ I’ve never played anything cool in my entire life.” Amazon Video also picked up five nominations, with several for its shows “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.” Actors Jeffrey Tambor of “Transparent” and Gael García Bernal earned acting nominations for their work on the series.

Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) appear to be sure things, while Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), who was left out of SAG but included in the Globes, is fading. It’s unlikely the Academy will follow suit, but it would be the right thing to do and open up a spot for Vikander’s other acclaimed 2015 performance in Ex Machina, which landed a Globes nod. 3. Best picture drama was always going to be a tough Globes category; it’s a really competitive year, and there aren’t a lot of best picture hopefuls the HFPA can jam into comedy/musical (unlike last year, when eventual Oscar winner “Birdman” was classified as a comedy). And once “Mad Max” landed in the drama category, it was going to get even tougher — so tough you could make a great list just off the movies that were left off the Globes list Thursday morning.

Robot”; Wagner Moura, “Narcos”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.” The best actress nominees are: Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”; Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”; Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”; Taraji P. He’s been nominated 10 times, including for the aforementioned “Tourist.” Yet he gives a much more awards-ready performance as Whitey Bulger in this season’s “Black Mass” and … nada.

They are: “Anomalisa,” ”Inside Out,” ”The Good Dinosaur,” ”The Peanuts Movie” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” The reading of Golden Globe nominations has begun in Beverly Hills, California. Instead, the HFPA went with a group of actors that included “Trumbo’s” Bryan Cranston, an actor who was attracting little attention until he landed a SAG Award nomination Wednesday. They still did go with Will Smith in “Concussion” — a bubble candidate for most Oscar pundits but as sure a thing for the Globes as you’ll find. One of the actors snubbed for “Spotlight,” Ruffalo, did get a nomination — for “Infinitely Polar Bear.” Can’t remember which one that was? Also turning up, unexpectedly, will be Jane Fonda in “Youth,” a supporting performance that’s been buzzed about less in that film than a number of her co-stars, and both Christian Bale and Steve Carell from “The Big Short” as lead actors.

Contrary to the cancel-out dynamics of the “Spotlight” ensemble, the HFPA managed to nominate both actors — in the less competitive comedy category, but still. Even for a group that likes to see itself as in front of the curve (it helped kick off all the “Transparent” awards love last year) this was still a bold statement. Though the site’s “Beasts of No Nation” took a slot in SAG’s top prize of ensemble, the movie on Thursday landed but one acting nomination, for Idris Elba.

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