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Carol romances the Hollywood Foreign Press, leads Golden Globe nominees


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association—along with America Ferrara, Angela Bassett, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Dennis Quaid—was up bright and early Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 73rd Annual Golden Globes. Todd Haynes’ Carol leads the pack with five nominations, although two are in the same category—despite the “for your consideration” nudge from Weinstein Co. and Focus Pictures, the HFPA decided that Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett were co-leads, so they will both compete for Best Actress in a drama film. (Way to break up the band, HFPA.)


The accolades were broadly though somewhat confusingly distributed this year; despite featuring a stranded, slowly-starving Matt Damon, The Martian was nominated for Best Comedy film, and will go up against Trainwreck and Spy. And although it didn’t make the list, Trumbo was being considered for a drama nomination, despite being promoted as a comedy by the studio. (We suppose that film’s lack of focus ultimately did it in.)

Otherwise, the HFPA saw fit to spread the love—Joy got two nominations, including a Best Actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence, whose continued collaboration with director David O. Russell seems to be working out well for both of them. The National Board Of Review’s best film of the year, Mad Max: Fury Road, was nominated for Best Drama, and will compete with The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, and of course, Carol for that prize. Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight picked up three nominations total, for Best Drama, Director, and Screenplay, so maybe investigative journalism isn’t dead (at least, not onscreen).

The TV-related nominations provided the biggest surprises, as the final seasons of Mad Men and Justified were both excluded from the Best TV Drama category, along with the stellar second season of Fargo. Returning nominee Game Of Thrones will compete with Mr. Robot, Empire, Outlander, and Narcos for that prize. The nominees for Best Actor in a TV comedy/musical series were similarly stacked with newcomers, with Aziz Ansari and Gael García Bernal getting nods for their freshman series (Master Of None and Mozart In The Jungle, respectively).

The Golden Globes will air on January 10, 2016 on NBC, when Ricky Gervais will presumably set aside his shock-comedian antics to show us the importance of being earnest while giving awards to your friends and colleagues.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Big Short
The Martian

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

Best Director
Todd Haynes, Carol
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, The Revenant
Ridley Scott, The Martian


Best Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

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


Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma


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

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano, Love And Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts Of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed


Best Animated Feature Film
Inside Out
The Good Dinosaur
Shaun The Sheep
The Peanuts Movie

Best Foreign Language Film
Son Of Saul
The Fencer
The Brand New Testament
The Club


Best Screenplay
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 Original Song in a Motion Picture
“Love Me Like You Do,” by Ellie Goulding—50 Shades Of Grey
“One Kind Of Love,” by Brian Wilson and Scott Bennett—Love And Mercy
“See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth—Furious 7
“Simple Song #3,” by David Lang—Youth


“Writing’s On The Wall,” by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes—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 TV Drama
Mr. Robot
Game Of Thrones

Best Actress, TV Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House Of Cards


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

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Aziz Ansari, Master Of None
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Gael García Bernal, Mozart In The Jungle
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent


Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace And Frankie

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Judith Light, Transparent


Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Best TV, Musical or Comedy

Orange Is The New Black
Mozart In The Jungle
Silicon Valley

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh And Bone
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo


Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero
Patrick Wilson, Fargo
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

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