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Nominations announced for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards


Well now, another domino in the 2015 awards season has fallen. A few minutes ago, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, getting us closer to the end of the line in the race for Academy Award nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) aren’t a guild, but they function as a notable juncture in the season. The Globes this year will be chiming in on a slate of contenders without many frontrunners, so they may very well have a chance to impact the choices of Oscar voters. It may not end up mattering much to members of the Academy, but the folks from the HFPA never cease to give it a shot. This time around though, they have a more respectable slate to present than usual, which is a real plus.

My immediate takeaway here is that the list of nominees is pretty solid, though with some pretty big snubs, not unlike the Screen Actors Guild nominations yesterday. In the two Best Picture categories, we saw Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Grandma, The Hateful Eight, and Steve Jobs miss out. Best Director is lacking Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Depp wasn’t nominated for Black Mass in Best Actor (Drama), both Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo weren’t cited in Best Supporting Actor for Spotlight, and The Martian wasn’t mentioned in Best Screenplay, just to name a few. There were plenty of excellent citations as well, including Paul Dano for Love & Mercy and Sylvester Stallone for Creed in Best Supporting Actor, while many will rejoice at Mad Max: Fury Road getting not just a nod in Best Picture (Drama) but one for George Miller in Best Director as well. For those wondering how I did, in terms of predictions…if you include my alternate picks, I went 56 out of 70 (I didn’t do the TV side). Pretty solid numbers there, I must say.

Carol in coffe shop
Interestingly enough, Carol is what led the field on the film side, getting five nominations. Next in line was The Big Short, The Revenant, and Steve Jobs with four each, while The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, The Martian, Room, and Spotlight received three apiece. Mad Max: Fury Road received those two big citations, as did Joy, Spy, Trainwreck, Trumbo, and Youth (in terms of number, if not in how noteworthy the noms were), with Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Creed, and Grandma among the titles settling for a single nomination. I’ll have more analysis for you in the coming days, but the initial thing to take away from this is that Oscar voters will likely go off in their own direction, but these nominees could reflect the Academy Award nominations more than SAG this year. Consider that to be just a hunch of mine. We shall see what ultimately happens…

Here now is the full list of nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, including both film and television:


Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Motion Picture, Comedy
The Big Short
The Martian

Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

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 Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Animated Feature Film

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Love Me Like You Do” 50 Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love” Love and Mercy
“See You Again” Furious 7
“Simple Song No. 3” Youth
“Writing’s on the Wall” Spectre

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 Motion Picture, Foreign Language
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer
Son of Saul


Best TV Series, Drama

Game of Thrones
Mr. Robot

Best TV Series, Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
American Crime
American Horror Story: Hotel
Flesh and Bone
Wolf Hall

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lilly Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelson, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Stay tuned to see who and what takes home Golden Globes when the awards show is broadcast on January 10th!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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