Let’s talk about the Golden Globes nominations

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“Carol,” Todd Haynes’ often-gorgeous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Price of Salt,” scored big in the 73rd annual Golden Globe awards race with nominations for best drama, a best director nomination for Haynes, acting nominations for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and a nomination for best score.photo.JPG

The excellent “The Big Short,” Adam McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book about the 2008 financial crisis, scored nominations for Christian Bale and Steve Carell, the script, and for best picture in the musical or comedy category.

“The Martian,” “The Revenant,”“Joy,”  and “Spotlight” also did well.


Here are some thoughts:

Best motion picture, drama
“The Revenant”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Nice to see Miller’s amazing “Mad Max: Fury Road.” in there. “Carol” or “Spotlight” feel like front-runners

Best motion picture comedy/musical
“The Martian”
“The Big Short”

“The Big Short” might be second-favorite movie of the year (behind “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which really should be here) but it isn’t quite a comedy. Neither are “Joy” or “The Martian.” The other two are actual comedies.

Michael Fassbender plays the title role in "Steve Jobs." (Francois Duhamel/Universal Pictures/TNS)

Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs.” (Francois Duhamel/Universal Pictures/TNS)

Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Look, here is the thing: DiCaprio shouldn’t actually be nominated for this movie. He is fine but his part is pretty much limited to crawling around and suffering from a bear attack. (My colleague Matthew Odam notes that Leo also did some fine crawling in “Wolf of Wall Street”).

Best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Nobody saw Pacino in “Danny Collins,” Ruffalo was by far the best thing in a mediocre movie, Damon was fine, Carell and Bale were great but Bale was next level. Amazing performance.

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star in "Room." (Ruth Hurl/Element Pictures)

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star in “Room.” (Ruth Hurl/Element Pictures)

Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Nothing shocking except for “Carol” on here twice, I suppose.




Best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Rock solid list but, again, weird seeing broad comedy crossed with something like “Joy” or “Lady in the Van.”

Best director — motion picture

This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

“Spotlight.” (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films via AP)

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

A great list except for the absence of Adam McKay for “The Big Short” and Marielle Heller for “Diary of a Teenage Girl.” Nice to see Miller on there.

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Leigh being on here seems like some sort of weird consolation prize for her actual performance in “Hateful Eight,” which mostly consists of getting punched in the face, over and over.

Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”

Uniformly excellent performances but all I can see is Stallone’s name there and I cannot stop grinning.

Best screenplay — motion picture
“Steve Jobs”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Big Short”

Awesome to see “The Big Short” here, a movie which took a complicated book about a complicated topic and did its level best to make it entertaining without sacrificing accuracy.

Best animated feature film
“Inside Out”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie”

Good list, ex ept you can fit the people who saw, let alone liked, “the Good Dinosaur” inside of a school bus. Which would be filled with crying children because that movie is really depressing.

Best original score — motion picture
“The Danish Girl”
“The Revenant”
“Inside Out”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best original song
“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”
“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”
“See You Again,” “Furious 7”
“Love Me Like You Do,” “50 Shades of Grey”
“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Best foreign language film
“Son of Saul”
“The Fencer”
“Brand New Testament”
“The Club”

Hey, there’s Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament!” Nice to see it here.

Best TV series, drama
“Empire” (Fox)
“Mr. Robot” (USA)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Outlander” (Starz)
“Narcos” (Netflix)

WOW. A wild list of uniformly excellent shows, but excellent for completely different reasons. “Thones” is a gimme but here we have the hip-hop luancy of “Empire,” the millenial psychedelia of “Mr. Robot,” the period soap of “Outlander” and the grim drug drama of “Narcos”

Best TV series, comedy
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Veep” (HBO”
“Casual” (Hulu)
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)

Streaming vs. HBO, here, which is a shame, as “Blackish,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Jane the Virgin” are all doing fun work on broadcast. I still can’t find (hear? sense?) much buzz on the perfectly acceptable “Casual” and come on, nobody has actually seen “Mozart in the Jungle”

Best TV movie or limited series
“Fargo” (FX)
“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
“Wolf Hall” (PBS)
“Flesh and Bone” (Starz)

Great list, and a good reminder I need to watch the second season of “Fargo” about which I have yet to hear a bad word.

Best actor in a TV series, drama
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Wagner Moura, “Narcos” (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Enough with “Mad Men.” Not even going to pretend I am not rooting for Malek, who is doing incredible, weird work on “Mr. Robot”

Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder” (Fox)
Will Forte, “Last Man on Earth” (Fox)
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk” (Starz)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Netflix)

Tambor in a walk.

Best actress in a TV series, drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”

Another tonally all-over-the-place list. Camp, melodrama, horror, political satire and getting away with murder.

Best actress in a TV series, comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox)
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)

Great list and it would be excellent to see Gina Rodriguez grab this.

Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo” (FX)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” (HBO)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Zero surprises.

Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo” (FX)

What’s good, Lady Gaga?

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Maura Tierney, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)

Another good list (and Aduba has been rock solid for three years now) but let’s not kid ourselves: the idea that Judith Light was anything other than a crossword puzzle answer at this point was as big a revelation as anything else about “Transparent.” Turned out she was born to play an L.A. Jewish grandmother.
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall” (CBS)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander”

Manzies is terrifying in “Outlander” but his “bad bisexual” thing on that show is getting more than a little creepy. I still can’t watch Lewis after the death spiral “Homeland” went into in its second and third seasons (after he was brilliant in the first).

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