Golden Globe nominees announced

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Netflix scores big win with Golden Globes nods.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for playing by its own mysterious rules, and this year’s Golden Globe nominations proved no exception. Notable snubs and surprises: Depp was part of one of the Golden Globes’ most flagrant celebrity-lusting episodes when he and Angelina Jolie-Pitt were nominated for the abominable “The Tourist.” So it’s more than a little shocking that HFPA wouldn’t jump at the chance to send a nomination Depp’s way for portraying Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass” — a performance that’s actually getting praised.

It will compete with blockbuster space adventure “The Martian,” Melissa McCarthy caper “Spy,” coming-of-age comedy “Trainwreck” and “Joy,” inspired by the story of the woman who designed the household Miracle Mop. The nominations scored by Netflix for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards came for six different scripted series — from repeat contenders “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black” to new drug cartel drama “Narcos.” Traditional networks ABC, CBS and Fox meanwhile combined for a paltry nine nominations. In December last year, showbiz satire “Birdman” and coming-of-age movie “Boyhood” were already established as Oscar frontrunners. “Birdman” eventually edged out “Boyhood” for the best picture Oscar.

And NBC, the network broadcasting the Golden Globes from Beverly Hills on January 10, was entirely left out in the cold. “When Netflix started not so long ago, it was a company that delivered DVDs via the post office,” Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, told AFP. But this year, the race is wide open with numerous contenders for the coveted best picture award, and not necessarily the most obvious ones, said Tom O’Neil, founder of awards tracker Goldderby.com. “The giant made-for-Oscars studio contenders are falling out,” O’Neil said, citing Focus Features’ “The Danish Girl,” Universal Pictures’ “Steve Jobs” and Disney’s Tom Hanks movie “Bridge of Spies.” “Instead we see ‘Room’ and ‘Spotlight,’ little indie films, and that’s sending a powerful message to Hollywood that size doesn’t matter and they may have to try harder.” But the inclusion of “Mad Max” shows that voters are not dismissing blockbuster, special effects-laden fare – rather, “they’re just not going for the ones we thought they would,” O’Neil said.

Netflix scored its first Globe in a film category for African war drama “Beasts of No Nation,” which debuted a few months ago simultaneously on Netflix’s streaming service and in a select number of theaters. “We are very proud of the nine nominations, and of the creative talent doing such amazing work for Netflix members around the world,” the company’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told industry magazine Variety. Netflix has won fans with its original content, which it uses to differentiate itself from competitors and attract new subscribers to its video streaming on-demand service. Nominees over the past few years have included “Her” and “My Week with Marilyn” — films with comedic moments, sure, but certainly not traditional comedies.

It also made a breakthrough with this week’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations, earning 10 nods and again overtaking HBO for the first time in a top awards context. It was refreshing, therefore, to see the HFPA this year nominate actual comedies “Trainwreck” and “Spy.” Leading ladies Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy also scored acting nominations for the pics. Tom Nunan, a lecturer at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, described Netflix’s gains as a “historic” achievement that will help place it on a par with major studios. The series, co-starring Jane Fonda, tells the tale of two women who are sworn enemies, but find common ground when their husbands come out as gay and start dating each other.

Comedian Aziz Ansari earned an acting nod for his new series “Master of None,” and Ben Mendelsohn is up for a best supporting actor prize for family drama series “Bloodline.” For Syracuse University’s Thompson, Netflix’s impressive Globes showing across its slate of series further cements its role as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. “It’s such a huge honor to be recognized by my friends and peers and for two projects that have really been such an important part of my life,” said Elba, whose second nod came for best actor in a limited series for BBC America’s “Luther.” Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling has been a big part of the best actress conversation for her work in the affecting marital drama “45 Years,” but was locked out of the best actress, drama category, possibly because Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett were both nominated as leads in “Carol.” Carey Mulligan was also passed over in the category for “Suffragette.” Just like Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone was considered a bit of an underdog in the awards race.

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