Golden Globes 2016: The nominations leave the awards-season race wide open

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Celebrities react to Golden Globe nominations.

NEW YORK: Streaming services stormed the Golden Globe television nominations on Dec 10 with new shows, such as Narcos and Mozart in the Jungle, turning established broadcasters into also-rans as Americans move away from traditional television to online-demand viewing. In the latest sign of their lack of critical love and viewer sizzle, commercial broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC together scored a paltry nine nods (though three more than last year), while streaming service Netflix boosted its total from last year’s seven to singlehandedly claim the lead with nine nominations distributed across six series (“Narcos,” ”Orange Is the New Black,” ”Grace and Frankie,” ”Bloodline,” ”House of Cards” and “Master of None”) plus its original film, “Beast of No Nation.” With its two nominations, tiny broadcast outlet CW beat CBS’ single mention (for supporting dramatic actor Alan Cumming in “The Good Wife”) as well as NBC (which will air the Globes awardscast on Jan. 10, but was completely snubbed on Thursday by the Globes).— “I generally frown upon being slapped and awakened by my wife screaming at me at 5:30 in the morning, but when she’s ecstatic I make an exception.” — Will Smith on how he discovered his nomination for best actor in a drama film for “Concussion.” — “Today, two fantastic things happened: My work on ‘Jane the Virgin’ was recognized and celebrated by some of my favorite people for a second year, and my student loans from the university that taught me to act were paid off.” — “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez on her nod for best actress in a TV comedy. — “I think any ceremony that has Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy at it is immediately worth attending.From the sumptuous romance of ‘Carol’ to the apocalyptic rage of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, streaming series to network dramas, Will Smith to Amy Schumer, the 73rd annual Golden Globe nominations unveiled a widespread field of nominations that attempted to corral a chaotic Oscar race and an ever-expanding television landscape.

Just three years after digital platforms plunged into original content television for the first time, Netflix landed a leading eight nominations for its shows and actors, ahead of usually dominant premium cable channel HBO. The film — starring Blanchett as a housewife who falls for a store clerk played by Rooney Mara — earned five nominations, including for best motion picture drama and for its two star actresses.

CW’s “Jane the Virgin” leading lady Gina Rodriguez — last year’s winner — and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom are pitted against each other in the musical or comedy actress category. Blanchett, already a double Oscar winner, is being considered an Academy award front-runner in the best actress category for her performance in the Todd Haynes-directed film, which is based on the best-selling novel “The Price of Salt”.

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. Financial crisis film The Big Short, revenge thriller The Revenant and biopic Steve Jobs followed close behind with four nominations each for the Globes, which will be handed out in Beverly Hills on January 10.

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. 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. Online streaming has revolutionised the television industry with bold content and by uploading full seasons of shows in one go, allowing viewers to watch at their leisure. Timothy Gray, awards editor at industry magazine Variety, said the nominations reflected the cross-section of films in the running for this year’s prizes. “There is a wide range here when you’ve got Carol, which is this 1952 romance, or a film like Brooklyn, and then you’ve got Mad Max and The Martian which are big spectacles,” he told AFP. “That’s a good mix in there.” “The Golden Globes are encompassing a lot of what’s going on in film.” The Globes nominations were announced a day after the Screen Actors Guild award contenders.

But Starz, which had two nominations last year, enjoyed a happy uptick to six, spread across its series “Flesh & Bone,” ”Blunt Talk” and time-travel romance “Outlander,” which got three nominations, including best drama, best actress (Caitriona Balfe) and best supporting actor (Tobias Menzies). In the season’s crowded field of contenders _ and with ‘The Force Awakens’ threatening box office obliteration _ attention from the Globes was very much welcomed Thursday. “The number one reaction to these kinds of nominations is, ”Oh, thank God. HBO, with seven nominations, took second place overall to Netflix, including its Emmy-winning series duo – White House comedy Veep and medieval fantasy Game of Thrones. Fox, shut out last year, landed four nominations thanks to two for “Empire,” plus Rob Lowe in the comedy actor category on its freshman “The Grinder” and Jamie Lee Curtis in its new horror-comedy “Scream Queens.” The most nominations for any show was three, scored by USA’s quirky thriller “Mr. Old favourites like Modern Family and Homeland were shut out, while Mad Men and Downton Abbey garnered just single acting nods for Jon Hamm and Joanne Froggatt respectively.

Robot” along with ABC’s prestige drama “American Crime,” FX’s “Fargo,” Starz’ “Outlander,” PBS’ miniseries “Wolf Hall” and the much-honored Amazon comedy “Transparent.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which bestows the Golden Globes, exhibited a lack of sentiment for AMC’s “Mad Men,” which completed its stellar run last season. FX’s “The Americans,” which seems to singularly suffer the role of best stealth drama (having been ignored for nearly every award in its three seasons, other than the prestigious Peabody), maintained that status by escaping Globes notice again this year. Critics are predicting that DiCaprio will finally take home his first Oscar for his role in the latter, an American biographical epic set in the 1800s and inspired by legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass.

Showtime’s “Homeland” also suffered neglect, while its splendid drama, “The Affair,” was cited only with a supporting dramatic actress nod for Maura Tierney. (kes)(+) Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.

Russell’s matriarch portrait ‘Joy,’ won nods for best picture, comedy, and best actress for Jennifer Lawrence, a Globe winner the last two years. Smith, whose upcoming ‘Concussion’ has drawn headlines for its depiction of head trauma in football, apparently displaced Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) from the best actor, drama, nominees. Al Pacino (“Danny Collins”), Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”), Jane Fonda (“Youth”) and Helen Mirslren (“Trumbo”) all earned nods.

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