Sometimes it’s easy to get out of bed.
Twentieth Century Fox dominated the Golden Globes when nominations were announced in the wee hours of Thursday morning. The studio’s leading 12 nods encompassed a wide range of films that includes the survival epic “The Revenant,” the outer space thriller “The Martian” and the raunchy comedy “Spy.” Universal and the Weinstein Company had the second-best showing with eight nominations each.
“Wow, some mornings waking up at 5am can be really great, and this morning’s Golden Globes announcement was a phenomenal way to start the day, and it made our year,” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
This year’s haul also includes the animated hit “The Peanuts Movie” and the upcoming dramedy “Joy.” The recognition covers an array of genres and illustrates the studio’s strategy of betting on filmmaker-driven projects such as “The Revenant,” a fever dream of an action film from Alejandro González Iñárritu; “Joy,” an off-beat biopic about a QVC mogul from David O. Russell; and “The Martian,” a science-fiction adventure from Ridley Scott, a Fox favorite.
The number of nominations Fox companies were responsible for balloons to 15 when Fox Searchlight is taken into account. The studio’s indie label scored three nominations, including a best actress – drama nod for Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) and a best supporting actress nod for Jane Fonda (“Youth”).
It was not a record haul for the studio, however. That happened in 2014 when Fox and Searchlight combined to get 18 nominations for such films as “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” with the latter going ion to win a best motion picture – comedy award.
Watch below our interview with “The Martian” star Matt Damon: