The Hollywood Foreign Press has released the highly-anticipated list of nominees for the 2016 Golden Globe awards, and it’s made one thing abundantly clear: streaming services are here to stay as serious contenders in the new world of television.
Unlike other awards shows, the Golden Globes celebrates both film and television, marking a time when actors from both sides of the business (which are increasingly blurring) can gather to celebrate the craft. And since it’s one of the few shows where alcohol is permitted, and funny man Ricky Gervais will be returning to host, it’s always a hilarious, live event where anything can happen.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the most noteworthy bits from today’s big nominations reveal.
Carol and Steve Jobs reigned supreme with five and four nominations, respectively, all in major categories. Carol, the Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara-starring film about a taboo love affair in the 1950s was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama, and both key actresses in the film will battle it out for Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama. Todd Haynes was also nominated for Best Director – Motion Picture.
Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender received a nomination for his role as the title character in Steve Jobs, as did Kate Winslet for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture as Joanna Hoffman. Aaron Sorkin also received a nod for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, and both films were nominated for Best Score.
The Big Short and Revenant both received four nominations; and Room, Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Tarentino’s The Hateful Eight, and The Danish Girl each received three. Interestingly, sci-fi film The Martian somehow managed to grab a nomination for Best Motion Picture, Comedy, and Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Comedy for Matt Damon — now that’s range. Needless to say, viewer response has been mixed: while it might be a great film, it has clearly joined Orange is the New Black on the historical list of shows that got nods in categories in which they probably don’t belong. The third nom for that film, by the way, was for Ridley Scott as Best Director – Motion Picture.
Also worth noting is comedian Amy Schumer’s newly-crowned status as the queen of comedy, with two nominations for Trainwreck for Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Comedy as well as Best Motion Picture, Comedy.
Other films that made the cut with one or two nominations include a number of one-word power titles, like Spotlight, Joy, Spy, Brooklyn, Trumbo, Concussion, Youth, Creed (yes for Sly Stallone), and Spectre; along with other more verbosely-titled flicks including the rebirth of a classic franchise in Mad Max: Fury Road, a more personal doomsday harbinger in Ex Machina, along with nods for Danny Collins, Infinitely Polar Bear, Love & Mercy, Beasts of No Nation, Bridge of Spies, 99 Homes, and yes, 50 Shades of Grey, and Furious 7.
It’s worth noting that one of those films (Idris Elba’s Beasts of No Nation) was a Netflix original release — but we’ll get into more on the streaming titan’s big day below.
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