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‘Vice,’ ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Top Golden Globes Nominations

Golden Globes voters were in a political frame of mind on Thursday morning, as the organization behind Hollywood’s wildest awards show handed “Vice,” a scathing look at former vice president Dick Cheney’s career in government, a leading six nominations. On the TV front, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group responsible for the Globes, embraced “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” doling out four nominations to the FX limited series about the fashion designer’s brutal murder.

The awards group also swooned for “A Star is Born,” a backstage romance that’s been a box office and critical smash, as well as “The Favourite,” an offbeat look at royal intrigue in the court of Queen Anne, and “Green Book,” a buddy comedy set in the Civil Rights era. These three films all nabbed five nominations apiece.

Other television shows that had strong showings include newcomers “Barry,” “The Kominsky Method,” and “Homecoming,” programs that are in their inaugural seasons. The trio of shows picked up three nominations, as did the HBO limited series “Sharp Objects,” Amazon’s comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and the streaming service’s limited series “A Very English Scandal.” FX was the most nominated network with 10 nods. In addition to scoring with “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the cable company picked up nominations for “Pose” and the final season of “The Americans.”

“Barry,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “The Kominsky Method” will compete for the best comedy series prize against “The Good Place,” the NBC afterlife fantasy, and “Kidding,” a new Showtime series that marks Jim Carrey’s return to television. Best drama series will be a race between “Homecoming,” “Pose,” “The Americans,” and two water-cooler favorites, “Killing Eve” and “Bodyguard.”

Unlike its other awards season counterpart the Oscars, the Globes hands out hardware to both movies and TV shows. It also focuses primarily on the actors, showrunners, and directors behind hit projects, with no prizes for cinematographers, editors, and other below-the-line categories. Comedies and dramas are divided for several categories in both film and television.

“Vice” doesn’t open in theaters until Dec. 25 and reviews are still embargoed. Its strong showing with the Globes is good news for the $60 million dramedy, which needs awards attention to attract audiences during the crowded holiday season. It’s also a boon to its distributor Annapurna, which has been dogged by reports of financial turmoil. “Vice” earned nominations for best musical or comedy, and also picked up nods for stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale, the chameleonic actor who packed on 40 pounds to play Cheney. Annapurna snagged 10 nominations in total, tying with Fox Searchlight for the most nominations by a distributor. The company also picked up three nods for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a drama about wrongful incarceration, and a nomination for Nicole Kidman’s work as a troubled detective in “Destroyer.” Annapurna is backed by Megan Ellison, the daughter of Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

“Vice” will face off in the musical-comedy category against “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Best drama will be a match between “A Star is Born,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” and, in something of a twist, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biopic about Freddie Mercury that scored at the box office, but enjoyed little love from critics. The category determinations are always head-scratching. Music is fully integrated into both “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star is Born,” but those films will compete as dramas, not musicals.

“Roma,” a family drama by Alfonso Cuaron that is being released by Netflix and is an Oscar front-runner, was deemed ineligible for the Globe’s best drama award because it is a foreign language production. It did pick up a nod for best foreign film, along with nominations for its direction and screenplay.

There were several notable snubs. The Globes nominated “Black Panther,” the Marvel blockbuster that’s been hailed as a barrier-breaking comic book film, but ignored its director Ryan Coogler. Likewise, Sam Elliott, considered to be a leading supporting actor contender for his work as a wounded road manager in “A Star is Born,” was overlooked. On the small screen, “Atlanta,” a comedy about an aspiring rapper, was largely shut out, picking up a single nomination for creator Donald Glover’s lead performance. Also sitting on the sidelines:  “This is Us.” The NBC multi-generational sudser had a bad showing, failing to score a single nomination despite its ratings dominance.

On the eve of nominations, the Globes announced that “Killing Eve’s” Sandra Oh and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg will co-host the ceremony, which is set to air Jan. 6 on NBC. Oh is also up for a Globe for her work as a detective obsessed with capturing a hit woman on “Killing Eve.”

The Globes are an essential stop on the awards season tour, but they are a spotty predictor of future Oscar success. Last year, the HFPA handed out the best drama prize to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and the best comedy statue to “Lady Bird.” Neither film won best picture at the Academy Awards. Instead, Oscar voters awarded their top prize to “The Shape of Water.”

Even if its powers of prognostication are iffy, the Globes telecast has become a favorite with viewers. Booze flows freely, and the heavy pour on the champagne results in more unscripted moments involving celebrities than the comparatively staid Oscars — ill-timed bathroom breaks mean stars sometimes fail to accept their awards as they are announced, and performers sometimes appear slightly inebriated while handing out or picking up statues. Moreover, past hosts such as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and, most infamously, Ricky Gervais, have used their platform to flambé Hollywood pretensions, an approach that would be out-of-step at the more reverential Academy Awards.

If the Globes have become a beloved television institution, the HFPA is viewed as something of a benign embarrassment. The group is comprised of roughly 90 journalists and photographers who report on the entertainment industry for overseas outlets. However, its small size has led to charges that voters are more easily influenced by catered lunches, parties, and access to movie stars furnished by studios looking to curry favor than is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the group behind the Oscars. The Oscars boasts over 8,000 voting members.

The HFPA has made efforts to clean up its image and practices in recent years, but it still is dogged by controversies involving the personal and professional ethics of some of its members.  In October, an error-filled profile of Drew Barrymore in EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine by former HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly went viral. It was derided for dwelling on Barrymore’s personal life, claiming she was “unstable in her relationships.” Earlier this year, Takla-O’Reilly’s predecessor as HFPA chief, Philip Berk, was publicly accused of sexual harassment by Brendan Fraser. The actor said Berk groped him at a 2003 party. The HFPA’s internal investigation reportedly concluded that Berk had touched the actor inappropriately, but intended it as a joke.

In a sign of the rising creative importance of television, the Globes announced it will present a lifetime achievement award to artists who have distinguished themselves in the medium. The group already presents a career honor for filmmakers and movie stars, known as the Cecil B. DeMille award. This year’s DeMille winner has not yet been announced.

Here is the full list of 2019 Golden Globe nominees:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

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