73rd Golden Globe Awards: Nominations
The lowdown on the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, and our predictions for the same
This is the best season for all movie lovers. Not because we get a lot of time during the holidays to catch up with the movies that were missed this year, but also because of the slew of award ceremonies and red carpet appearances. After the SAG Awards, the Golden Globe nominations too are here. And we all know that this provides a good hint of the films which will rule this award season, especially the Oscars. Like every year, The 73rd Golden Globes come with their share of surprises. While we all knew that "Carol" won much accolades all over, its five nominations in all categories makes it a strong contender for the Academy trophy. "The Revenant", "Steve Jobs" and "The Big Short" have got four noms each in the Globes which are scheduled for January 10, 2016. Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais comes back to host the ceremony for the fourth time; he previously hosted them in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
We love drama
Set in 1952 in New York City, "Carol" tells the story of a young aspiring photographer and her relationship with an older woman going through a difficult divorce. The lesbian romance is marked by stellar performances by its lead actresses -- Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. And going by her record, Blanchett has every chance of winning this one too. And while Brie Larson ("Room") and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn") will pose a stiff competition, it’s Alicia Vikander's performance in "The Danish Girl" which has become the talk of the town recently. Should Blanchett worry, we say no.
The survival thriller "The Revenant" too has all the ingredients loved by jurors to win an award, especially the performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. The other two biographical dramas – "Steve Jobs" and "The Big Short" – run neck-to-neck with the top noms. But it’s the "Spotlight" which may surprise the jury. Based on The Boston Globe's Spotlight team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the United States, the movie has found a spot in almost all awards noms and is a sure shot nominee for the Oscars too. Todd Haynes may have a tough competition here from Thomas McCarthy. And while talking about competition, let’s add that DiCaprio has fine rivals in Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"), Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and Will Smith ("Concussion"). If anything, Redmayne may go back a happy man, we all know how (un)lucky DiCaprio is when it comes to awards!
A dash of comedy
There’s one thing for sure. Nobody thought "The Martian" as a comedy film but trust HFPA to call Matt Damon’s celestial journey a funny story. We are not betting on this one, neither as film frontrunner nor for actor’s award (sorry Damon) but surely "The Martian" has been one of the most entertaining movies of this year. "The Big Short" and "Joy" seem to be the most obvious comedies of this year and are sure to get an entry in the Oscars. "Trainwreck" was all about Amy Schumer’s comic timing, and we love it but if popular opinions matter, it is Lily Tomlin’s performance in "Grandma" which may beat others. Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy") and Melissa McCarthy ("Spy") will be a tough ones to beat though.
The guys will have a tough time fighting. If it’s "The Big Short", Christian Bale and Steve Carell will have to fight among themselves (we will go with the latter). Al Pacino’s "Danny Collins" too runs with high expectations but we must say that Mark Ruffalo ("Infinitely Polar Bear") is the safest bet here.
Small screen wonders
"Game of Thrones" is the only show from last year’s best drama list. "Narcos", "Outlander", "Empire" and "Mr. Robot" join the nominee list for the Best TV Series, Drama. Both "Narcos" and "Outlander" come as surprise nominees. The former is not very popular in the US and the latter though gained high TRPs initially lost its buzz to rival programmes. "Narcos" follows the exploits of Spaniard Pablo Escobar while "Outlander" is about a British woman magically transported to 18th century Scotland. And while drama-thriller "Mr Robot" is slowly consolidating its position on rating charts, "Empire" – which centres on a hip hop music company and the members of its founders' family -- has already garnered a lot of interest because of its musical nature.
The Comedy side of TV Series list includes "Transparent", "Orange Is the New Black", "Veep", "Silicon Valley" and (surprise surprise) "Mozart in The Jungle" and "Casual". The last two though critically rated high have still not garnered audience interest. Hopefully with these nominations, they will do well on TRP charts. For a change "Mad Men" was not nominated (Relief! Wasn’t it everywhere?) and few good shows like "Blackish" and "The Good Wife" were ignored.
While Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") has always been a drool-able choice to win the awards, Sam Heughan ("Outlander"), Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot") Terence Howard ("Empire") and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") are not far behind. And if guesses are not enough, everybody has been talking about Viola Davis being a strong contender for "How To Get Away With Murder". Taraji P. Henson ("Empire") too is a serious contender in this category, but don’t forget that Davis had SAG and Emmy wins last year. Caitriona Balfe ("Outlander") and Robin Wright ("House of Cards") though seem hopefuls, we are not sure if they can beat the earlier two.