‘Carol,’ Netflix Lead Golden Globes Nominations

Carol Cate Blanchett Rooney Mara
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Nominations for the 73rd annual Golden Globes were announced Thursday morning with “Carol” leading the way with five nods, while Netflix had a network-high eight mentions.

“Carol,” a drama about two lesbians falling in love in the 1950s, netted nods for both of its stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, while Todd Haynes was also nominated for directing the film. It also captured nominations for best picture – drama and for Carter Burwell’s score.

Survival drama “The Revenant,” the Apple founder biopic “Steve Jobs” and the financial crisis comedy “The Big Short” were close behind with four nods apiece. It was a very good morning for “The Big Short,” which scored nominations for best picture – comedy, screenplay and acting nods for Christian Bale and Steve Carell. The film was a late entry to the awards race and was originally slated to open in 2016.

In addition to “The Revenant” and “Carol,” the dramatic film race will be between “Spotlight,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Room.” “The Martian,” “Trainwreck,” “Joy” and “Spy” join “The Big Short” in the best comedy or musical category.

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes recognize both film and television. To that end, multiple TV shows landed a leading three mentions, including “American Crime,” “Fargo,” “Mr. Robot,” “Outlander” and “Transparent.”

But the morning’s nominations were also notable for their omissions. Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” was largely ignored in the major categories, save for a supporting actor nod for Mark Rylance. Johnny Depp’s chilling performance as gangster Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass” was shut out. And “Spotlight’s” supporting actor tandem of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams was given the cold shoulder, although Ruffalo was honored in the best actor – comedy category for his work as a bipolar man in “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

On the television side, past winners such as “The Affair” and “Mad Men” were snubbed in the best TV drama category, while Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) won’t need to draft acceptance speeches, having been passed over for nominations.

In the dramatic actor category, leading men were honored for playing real people. Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) portrayed 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass (although his true story is shrouded in myth), while Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) was recognized for playing the title role and bringing the prickly founder of the iPhone and the iPad to life. In addition, Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”) portrayed Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, Will Smith (“Concussion”) took on the NFL as Dr. Bennet Omalu and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) essayed the part of Einar Wegener, an artist undergoing one of the first sex-change operations.

With Mara and Blanchett capturing two of the five best actress in a drama slots, the rest of the nominations went to Brie Larson’s work as a kidnapped mother in “Room,” Saoirse Ronan’s performance as an Irish immigrant in “Brooklyn” and Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Redmayne’s supportive wife in “The Danish Girl.” Focus Features, the studio behind “The Danish Girl,” and the Weinstein Company, the company backing “Carol,” have been campaigning for Vikander and Mara in the supporting actress category, but Globes voters had other ideas.

Twentieth Century Fox, having scored the most studio nominations with 12, flew high with “The Martian” and Alejandro Inarritu’s “The Revenant.” Matt Damon, nominated for best actor – comedy for “The Martian,” was among three mentions for the box office smash. It also received a nod for helmer Ridley Scott and was nominated for best comedy or musical feature, despite the fact that it is more of a thriller with comic moments than an out-and-out comedy.

In the world of firsts, Lady Gaga landed her first Globes nod for FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” which was also nominated for best TV miniseries.

With “The Affair” and “Mad Men” left out in the cold, the best TV drama series category injected new blood into the race. “Empire,” “Mr. Robot,” “Narcos” and “Outlander” are all first-time nominees. “Game of Thrones” is the only returning contestant.

Amazon, after landing its first Golden Globe at last year’s ceremony, had two different series competing in the best TV comedy series or musical category, including “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Transparent.” Hulu’s “Casual,” Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and HBO’s “Veep” were also nominated.

The CW also scored in the best actress in a comedy series category, with Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex Girlfriend”) capturing nods. Also recognized were Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep,” Jamie Lee Curtis (“Scream Queens”) and Lily Tomlin for Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”

Jon Hamm was the only major nominee for the last season of “Mad Men.” His competition in the best actor – TV series, drama category will be Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Wagner Moura (“Narcos”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Live Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”).

Best actress – TV series, drama will be a race between Emmy winner Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).

The best actor – TV series, comedy favored a raft of new shows. Last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) returns, but he will be matched by nominees from new programs such as Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”) and Patrick Stewart (“Blunt Talk”).

Best animated film honorees include “Anomolisa,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Inside Out,” “The Peanuts Movie” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie.”

Awards watchers will look to Thursday’s nominations to help crystalize an Oscar race that is viewed as wide open. Films such as “Spotlight” and “Carol” have done well with critics groups and with Globes voters,  but  a clear front-runner has yet to emerge. Earlier this week, the Screen Actors Guild stunned prognosticators by ignoring such major contenders as Will Smith (“Concussion”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”) and Michael Keaton (“Spotlight”) in favor of performers such as Sarah Silverman (“I Smile Back”) and Helen Mirren (“Woman in Gold”), who were not expected to factor into the major awards.

Historically, the Globes have deviated from the Oscars in their choices for best picture, handing out the top prizes to such films as “The Social Network” and “Avatar,” which went on to lose the Academy Award. Last year, the Globes once again parted ways with the Academy. “Boyhood” captured the best picture – drama statue and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the best picture – comedy prize. “Birdman” was the eventual Oscar winner for best picture.

The awards shows differ in other respects, as well. The Oscars are a more sedate, solemn affair that unfold in the cavernous Dolby Theatre. The Globes, in contrast, prefer an intimate, banquet hall setting, with stars seated in a horseshoe of tables. Alcohol flows freely, leading to moments that feel less scripted.

The Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of roughly 90 journalists and photographers. The organization has been criticized at times for its idiosyncratic choices, nominating critically savaged films such as “Burlesque” and “The Tourist” in years past. Thursday’s nominations were free of any such head-scratchers.

Ricky Gervais, who drew strong ratings by skewering Hollywood’s A-list in three previous hosting gigs, will return as emcee after a three-year absence in which Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted. The Globes telecast will take place on Jan. 10. Denzel Washington, a Golden Globe winner for “The Hurricane” and “Glory,” will receive the Cecil B. Demille Award for career achievement.

Full list of nominations:


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
“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
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 Actress in a TV Series, 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 in a TV Series, Comedy 
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

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

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

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


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  1. faroestevirtual says:

    I think golden globe and oscar should have a gay catogory. I don´t even see them anymore. It´s not about movies. It´s only a gay agenda.

  2. faroestevirtual says:

    Is really The Martian a comedy? I don´t think it about the movie a watched.

  3. jackdeth72 says:


    Can always depend of the Golden Globe nominating committee to pander vigorously for the mid tier to less than high end of liberal to feminist Political Correctness!

  4. Alex says:

    I’m just soooo happy that “Truth” was snubbed. May it’s DVD rot in the 99 cent box at you fav car wash.

  5. nerdrage says:

    The Golden Globes, flakey as ever. Nominating Narcos and not House of Cards (or The Americans, twice as good as either!) Was The Martian a comedy or a musical? CDs full of disco do not count.

  6. BillUSA says:

    You do realize that the only reason “Carol” gets nominated (and probably wins) is simply due to the subject of homosexuality.

    What this society has come to is beyond belief.

  7. steamboatwz says:

    Yep… do a movie about blacks or gays and they’re bound to get a nod. Freaks !

  8. Tim says:

    Nothing for Straight Outta Compton. Perhaps there should be howling about the racial make-up of the
    Foreign Press.

  9. Ken says:

    When I caught THE MARTIAN earlier this fall, I thought it was a smart, absorbing, gripping sci-fi drama. Did I perhaps miss another movie ALSO called THE MARTIAN that was some kind of a laff-filled side-splitting romp?? ‘Cause if not, these nominations are a typical HFPA joke.

  10. James Cygnus says:

    Easily the worst year for films in a very, very long time.

  11. VinnD says:

    I came here out curiosity, and after starting to read through the list, I found I just didn’t care. Awards nominations used to be useful tool to find good films, but the movies nominated the past few years have been mediocre at best.

  12. Ivan says:

    Glad to see Outlander getting some love. One of the best shows on tv.

  13. Phil says:

    Am I the only one that finds it odd The Martian is nominated under Comedy/Musical?!

    • Ronnie says:

      No. But the studio submitted it in the comedy category and the HFPA agreed. I remember laughing through a lot through it, but it’s not a comedy like the other films in the category.

  14. Peter Cook says:

    Why is Eddie Redmayne nominated as best actor and not actress? The role was for a female character. For that matter isn’t Hollywood reinforcing gender stereotypes by having separate categories actor and actress? Shouldn’t there just be a single category for Best Performer?

  15. Jimmy says:

    Your auto correct misspelled Liev Schreiber. Mine, however, was auto corrected by me. Because I’m a careful writer. Big mistake. Huge.

  16. Ironbob says:

    How do you not nominate Blythe Danner for best actress??

  17. What is unfortunate each year with these award shows (all of them) is pathologically ignoring films released earlier in the year, independent movies especially. “Oscar bait” is the populgar anodyne for the later releases. People who allegedly represent the motion picture industry with a short memory that will not recall films less than a year in release….

  18. Matt says:

    How on earth did Bokeem Woodbine (as Mike Milligan in “Fargo”) not get nominated for Supporting Actor in a Series??

  19. Doug Day says:

    Does anyone really care about this? It’s like when Johnny’s mom posts about their kid in the school play, only the family cares.

  20. asudad90 says:

    “a drama about two lesbians falling in love”

    That says it all, any film about blacks, Homosexuals or feminists gets an award. The limo Liberals in Hollywood will slap each other on the back and wonder way the industry is failing.

  21. Dino Ballis says:

    How the hell did trainwrecked even get nominated. I have seen this movie, it is not funny its horrible

    • CelluloidFan35mm says:

      Good question. I gave it a fair chance on Blu-Ray despite my hatred of Judd Apatow and not knowing who Amy Schumer was before it but it was just a poor, unfunny comedy.
      It seems that mainstream comedies have gone into the toilet.

  22. lcorbitt says:

    The Globes, the Emmys, the Oscars have all become like the Noble prize……useless, meaningless and utterly absurd. They no longer matter except to the people who think they deserve something special for doing their jobs. A great big Yawn to them….

    • CelluloidFan35mm says:

      I won’t say that the Nobel prize is useless but The Globes, Oscars and Emmys have indeed become useless, meaningless and utterly absurd and they did mean something once upon a time.

      The Nobel prize will always have more weight and means a hell of a lot more.

    • Casual Reader says:

      Are you suggesting that Nobel prizes for science, physics, economics and literature are “useless, meaningless and utterly absurd”? A big Yawn to YOU, pal.

  23. JapaneseRamenNoodle says:

    Claiming that The Martian is a comedy because there are some funny spots is like saying The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a musical because there are some songs in it.

    • faroestevirtual says:

      Try to win a Nobel Prize saying that quantum physics proves the existence of God. You’ll laugh just reading this, imagine that communist bunch Nobel committee!

  24. Jimbo says:

    Mad Max: Fury Road????? For best picture???? Mad Max??????

    • Russ Turk says:

      I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not, but it was an excellent film. A visually breathtaking and exciting adventure where women were finally allowed to be heroines, and not just damsels in distress. Plus it was made the old fashioned way: Out in the desert, not on sound stages with computer effects added in later.

      • Randy_Michigan says:

        Mad Max was a big fat disappointment. Tom Hardy was a non-entity as Max. And the whole “women were finally allowed to be heroines” stuff is old and outdated. Ever hear of Princess Leia? Ellen Ripley? Sarah Connor? Katniss Everdeen?

      • asudad90 says:

        A feminist BS pitcher. I will stick with the original Mad Max movies.

  25. Vito Spago says:

    I haven’t seen one of these and do not care who these actors/actresses are. I may see one of the movies on Netflix someday. I just cannot see myself sitting on my butt for 2 hours to watch this garbage. Leave that waste of time to movie stars at film festivals.

  26. Ben A. says:

    I find the lack of Straight Outta Compton disturbing.

    But on the plus side, I’m so glad Alicia Vikander got recognized for Ex Machina!

  27. Victoria says:

    Why no acting nominations for Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight?

  28. KOW says:

    So glad that ‘Mr Robot’ was nominated for 3 awards. Great to see that its getting the recognition it deserves. Kind of surprised that ‘Christian Slater’ was nominated though, he was great but not what I would consider award worthy.

  29. Luke Howard says:

    I wouldn’t even call empire a drama and to say it got a nomination above Mad Men is completely absurd. And Kevin spacey didn’t get a nod for house of cards…okay

  30. joeycee says:

    Haven’t seen a better movie than Spotlight…would’ve been nice for Keaton to win something.

  31. uhhuh says:

    The Martian was a comedy? Okey dokey.

  32. Trump for President says:

    Just think. If Carol had taken place in a country with Sharia Law, Carol and her girlfriend would have been beheaded, and if the show was made in a country with Sharia Law that the cast, the film crew and all of the actors most likely would have suffered the same fate. Just to let you know, for those who don’t, the UAE along with Saudi Arabia practice Sharia Law. Don’t condemn me for bringing politics into film making. the film studios do that in every show they make. Donald Trump 2016!!! Make America Great Again!!!

    • teriekwilliams says:

      I’m not relying on a man who doesn’t know the difference between the Kud Force and the Kurds, and says he’ll know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah to deal with Middle East policy, no less American domestic policy. But you go ahead. Meanwhile, back to the Golden Globe nominations, totally unrelated to your useless, non-sequitur candor.

  33. Ryan says:

    Nothing for Fargo? Wow.

    • Best series, Best Actor for Wilson, Best Actress for Dunst.

      Dunst was terrible,easily the weak link of the project. Jean Smart should have gotten the nod. Would have liked to have seen Nick Offerman get notice too, but the role was too small.

    • Tender Puppy! says:

      Apparently, he left off some of the TV nominees. Although you missed Fargo for best TV movie or miniseries. Kirsten Dunst was also nominated for best actress!

  34. Jimmy Wong says:

    Mad Max: Fury Road?? It was Ok at best. No where near as good as Road Warrior. Terrible movie selection. Bring on VR.

  35. facts! says:

    How about you fools at Variety please including all the show or movie titles to go with the noms? Isn’t this a trade paper?

  36. gessiewtf says:

    This is why nobody goes to the movies anymore. Seriously. A more boring group could not be named.
    Mr.Robot? Really? I mean the bad people work for Evil Corp. Gotham would have been a better choice. Fargo is the only movie they got right. Nobody will watch these Golden Globes, believe me.

  37. Guest says:

    You left out best actor in TV drama….

  38. aroreiel says:

    It’s Joanne Froggatt, not Joanna.

  39. Uma S. says:

    The Leftovers and their amazing cast should have been nominated. Easily the best show on TV.

  40. Tender Puppy! says:

    It’s easy to assume Birdman won BP at the Globes, but in fact, The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Comedy/Musical Picture. Be careful!

  41. Birdman did not win Best Comedy at Golden Globes in 2015, it was The Grand Budapest Hotel

  42. Jason says:

    Casual is Hulu not Amazon. Variety of all places should know this.

  43. Mistake in your second paragraph: “Casual” is a Hulu show, not an Amazon program.

  44. Misha says:

    As pointless as these nominations.

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