The 2016 Golden Globe Nominees We’d Most Like to Hang Out with, Ranked by Category

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73rd Annual Golden Globe Nominees Announced.

Carol, a lesbian romance set in 1950s New York has topped nominations for the Golden Globes, with Australian movie Mad Max: Fury Road competing against the Cate Blanchett film for the top honour. The 2016 Golden Globe nominations were announced early Thursday morning – perhaps too early for presenter Dennis Quaid – and almost immediately, this year’s hazy Oscar race became that much more clear. 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 film and its two star actresses.

The creamily sensuous Carol, Todd Haynes’s 1950s-set story of a love affair between an older and younger woman, played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is in the race for best picture (drama) and Blanchett and Rooney both have acting nods. Although most pundits were (rightfully) quick to point out the ridiculousness of who exactly makes up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there’s no denying how much the Academy Awards nominations echo the Globes’. This year’s Academy Awards race already featured a broad group of contenders without a clear frontrunner, but Thursday morning’s Globe nominations did little to narrow the field. That’s alongside a very male film, Alejandro González Iñárittu’s The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s 1820s mountain man obsessively tracking down the two men who left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear — and DiCaprio has a nomination. Also surging was Adam McKay’s starry finance farce “The Big Short,” which earned four nominations, including best picture, comedy, and nods for Steve Carell and Christian Bale. “My co-producer Robyn Wholey called me and yelled with excitement,” said McKay. “I yelled with excitement.

The nods were seen as a blatant signal that the HFPA cares more about hobnobbing with internationally friendly celebs than actually awarding projects based on their, you know, artistic merit. It echoed last year’s ceremony, where the film winners were more staid, while the TV section included underdog champions like Transparent and Jane the Virgin. It will make everyone happy.” Golden Globe nominee Bryan Cranston says he sees parallels between his film “Trumbo” and the rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. So it was a shock that Depp failed to snag a nomination this year for his role in the crime thriller Black Mass, which has actually garnered good reviews, at least for the actor’s portrayal of Boston gangster James (Whitey) Bulger – a role that was widely pegged as Depp’s comeback after years of middling work.

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. 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 said. If Depp can no longer count on his friends in the HFPA to help him out when he delivers a legitimately decent performance, then all is truly lost for Captain Jack Sparrow. 2.

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. I’m all for some contrarianism and the Globes are renowned for rewarding the sunnier and popular movies that traditionally get crowded in awards seasons, but Bridge of Spies looks like the big snub, with nothing for Tom Hanks, although Mark Rylance gets a best supporting actor nod. They also doled out nominations to streaming networks like Amazon (for Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle), Hulu (Casual), and Netflix (Narcos, Master of None, and Orange Is the New Black), reflecting the boom in Internet-only television in the past few years.

Considering that Steve Jobs was considered to have tanked most royally at the box office, it is reassuring that this very good film has featured so prominently in this year’s Globes list, with acting nominations for Michael Fassbender and also Kate Winslet for her witty supporting turn as Jobs’s marketing manager. For decades, the fact that the Globes split best-picture nominees between dramas and comedies or musicals has sparked some serious head-scratching. (Is 2013’s Her a laugh riot? In best picture (musical or comedy) category, Ridley Scott’s amiable sci-fi adventure The Martian gets a listing (although I thought it more serious) along with the financial crisis dramedy The Big Short (which has a total of four nominations) and also David O Russell’s deadpan-subdued Joy — about the invention of a bestselling miracle mop.

Along with “Carol” and “The Revenant,” they are: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” ”Room” and “Spotlight.” Streaming series from Netflix (which led television with eight nods), Amazon and Hulu dominated the TV side of the Globes, which jumped all over the dial. I found Joy disappointing and tonally mismanaged, compared to his stylish American Hustle, although Jennifer Lawrence is certainly a commanding presence and is duly rewarded with her nomination.

Other expected drama nominees were Spotlight (which also nabbed Director and Screenplay nods), the frontier-survival film The Revenant (also nominated for Director, Score, and Lead Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio), and Room (whose lead Brie Larson and writer Emma Donohue were also acknowledged). In the best foreign movie category, four European films and one from Latin America made the cut — The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg), The Club (Chile), The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia), Mustang (France) and Son of Saul (Hungary). Robot,” ”Outlander,” ”Transparent,” ”American Crime” and “Wolf Hall.” In an awards season that has so far failed to produce a definite heavyweight, Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed Boston Globe drama “Spotlight” came into the Globe nominations as the Oscar favorite. Somebody up there still likes Al Pacino: The actor’s drama Danny Collins came and went earlier this year, garnering a few lukewarm notices but not much else. While it took three top Globe nominations Thursday, including best director for McCarthy and best screenplay, its ensemble cast is failing to stand out from the pack.

For what it’s worth, I personally would also have included in this category Sisters, the unpretentious comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, ahead of Spy, Melissa McCarthy’s espionage romp. Russell’s biopic Joy also made the list, along with its lead actress Jennifer Lawrence—a welcome bit of recognition for a presumed contender after she was shut out of the Screen Actors Guild nominations on Wednesday. While the nomination reveals the HFPA’s soft spot for aging icons, it also says a lot about the best-actor field this season, which is not nearly as strong as in previous years. 4. Other box-office winners, Trainwreck and Spy, received nominations in the comedy categories, with nods for the stars Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy.

They can take a little bit of credit all the way down the line.” Most of the expected contenders came away with something to show from the Globes, including the scientific space adventure “The Martian” (including nods for star Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott), David O. 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.

Welcome to the year of Alicia Vikander, again: The actress has been on a hot streak for seemingly the past three years, with magazine and newspaper profiles routinely touting her as an actress about to break. Never underestimate a film about the film industry, though—Trumbo received Globes nominations for performances by Cranston and Helen Mirren, right after receiving three SAG Award acting nominations. Left largely on the outside were Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,” which was only nominated for Mark Rylance’s supporting performance; the Irish immigrant drama “Brooklyn,” just nominated for Saoirse Ronan’s leading performance and whose name was mangled by nominee announcer Dennis Quaid; and “Straight Outta Compton,” the popular N.W.A biopic, which landed nothing the day after the SAG Awards gave it a best ensemble nomination. Prognosticators are largely baffled, though perhaps they should have foreseen the awards appeal of a work about Hollywood insiders (though it’s made less than $5 million in a month at the domestic box office). The other contenders are The Good Dinosaur, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie — all perfectly plausible candidates in their way, but surely outclassed by those two frontrunners.

Apparently displaced was Johnny Depp’s chilly Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass.” Alicia Vikander, the ubiquitous star of 2015, joined the best dramatic actress field for Tom Hooper’s transgender pioneer drama “The Danish Girl”, as well as the supporting actress one for her performance as an artificial intelligence in the sci-fi indie “Ex Machina.” Others also landed multiple nods. They are: “American Crime,” ”American Horror Story: Hotel,” ”Fargo,” ”Flesh and Bone,” and “Wolf Hall.” The Golden Globe nominees for best animated feature film have been announced in Beverly Hills, California. Both were nominated for best actress in a comedy, and their films __ “Spy” and “Trainwreck,” respectively __ will compete for best comedic film. “Chris Rock was the first person to text me.

The Globes have always functioned as a stamp of approval for whatever’s currently hot in television—it’ll give Best TV Series trophies to new shows like Brooklyn Nine Nine or The Affair, then drop them from the nominations roster entirely only a year later. But it’s lovely company to be in.” Though younger stars like DiCaprio and Lawrence are the leading acting contenders, a number of esteemed veterans joined the nominations, too.

So did Sylvester Stallone for “Creed,” giving him a nomination for the same character (Rocky Balboa) who first earned him his last Globe nomination in 1976 for “Rocky.” Along with Elba and Rylance, the supporting actor category was rounded out by Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”) and Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”). “The most amazing thing when these things happen, because the phone just goes insane,” said Shannon. “Like it just vibrates and makes all kinds of noises.

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