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    2016 Golden Globes

    ‘Carol’ leads Golden Globes field

    ‘Spotlight’ receives 3 nominations

    Kyle Chandler (left) as Harge Aird and Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in a scene from the film "Carol."
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    Kyle Chandler (left) as Harge Aird and Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in a scene from the film "Carol."
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    Michael Keaton as Walter “Robby” Robinson, Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfieffer, John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr., and Brian d’Arcy James as Matt Carroll in the film “Spotlight,” directed by Tom McCarthy.

    The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, important primarily as an indicator of the more prestigious Oscars.

    The tea leaves had some good things to say about the Boston-based “Spotlight,” which won nods for best screenplay, best director Tom McCarthy, and best drama. Alas, they also had some bad news for the actors in the film, which tracks the Boston Globe’s reporting of the Catholic Church child-abuse scandal. The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t nominate any of the cast members, although Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Globe’s Michael Rezendes in “Spotlight,” did get a nod for best actor in a comedy for the movie “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

    The year’s other major Boston-set movie, the drama “Black Mass,” failed to win any nominations. Very early on, Johnny Depp was widely considered a contender for his makeup-bound turn as Whitey Bulger. Then the movie came out.


    What did make noise in the movie categories, besides “Spotlight”? The other drama nominees are “Carol,” “The Revenant,” “Room,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The comedy and musical bests are “Joy,” “Trainwreck,” “The Big Short,” “Spy,” and, oddly, given that it’s far from a comedy and definitely not a musical, “The Martian.”

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    Matt Damon made it onto the best actor in a comedy or musical for “The Martian,” alongside Steve Carell in “The Big Short,” Al Pacino in “Danny Collins,” Ruffalo, and Christian Bale in “The Big Short.” But the big Oscar buzz is still focused on Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated in as best actor in a drama for “The Revenant.” Also in that category: Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl,” Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs,” Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo,” and Will Smith in “Concussion.”

    Amy Schumer was nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical for “Trainwreck,” but not for any of the TV categories, which is unfortunate given the quality of “Inside Amy Schumer.” The other nominees in that category are Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy,” Lily Tomlin in “Grandma,” Melissa McCarthy in “Spy,” and Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van.” Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were nominated for best actress in a drama for “Carol,” a film that got a strong vote of confidence with notice in a number of major categories. They are joined by Brie Larson in “Room,” Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn,” and Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl.”

    Interestingly, the TV categories are loaded up with shows from the streaming services Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. Indeed, Netflix got even more nominations – eight – than HBO, which got seven. The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association singled out Netflix’s “Narcos” and “Orange Is the New Black,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” and Hulu’s “Casual,” a small, charming comedy that deserves the unexpected attention. Unfortunately, the voters missed the equally impressive Amazon comedy “Catastrophe” and the year’s best new comedy, Netflix’s “Master of None” – although the latter’s Aziz Ansari did make it onto the list of best actors in a comedy.

    In the best drama and best comedy categories, there isn’t a single network show. Overall, even Starz did better than ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC (which got zero nominations), thanks to “Outlander,” “Flesh and Bone,” and “Blunt Talk.”


    When it comes to TV, the Globes are notoriously soft and quirky, and why should this year be an exception? Jamie Lee Curtis for the unbearable “Scream Queens”? Patrick Stewart in the derivative “Blunt Talk”? Lady Gaga in “American Horror Story: Hotel”? They’re all perfectly nice people, I’m sure, and Lady Gaga’s presence at the ceremony, which is on Jan. 10, will probably draw some viewers.

    Also likely to draw viewers: This year’s returning host, Ricky Gervais.

    The nominees in major categories:

    Best motion picture drama: ‘‘Carol,’’ ‘’Mad Max: Fury Road,’’ “The Revenant,’’ “Room,” and “Spotlight.”

    Best motion picture director: Todd Haynes, ‘‘Carol”; Alejandro G. Inarritu, ‘‘The Revenant”; Tom McCarthy, ‘‘Spotlight”; George Miller, ‘‘Mad Max: Fury Road”; Ridley Scott, ‘‘The Martian.’’

    Best motion picture musical or comedy: ‘‘The Big Short,’’ ‘’Joy,’’ ‘’Cinderella,’’ ‘’The Martian,’’ ‘’Spy,’’ and ‘’Trainwreck.’’


    Best actor in a musical or comedy motion picture: Christian Bale, ‘‘The Big Short”; Steve Carell, ‘‘The Big Short”; Matt Damon, ‘‘The Martian”; Al Pacino, ‘‘Danny Collins”; Mark Ruffalo, ‘‘Infinitely Polar Bear.’’

    Best actress in a musical or comedy motion picture: Jennifer Lawrence, ‘‘Joy”; Melissa McCarthy, ‘‘Spy”; Amy Schumer, ‘‘Trainwreck”; Maggie Smith, ‘‘The Lady in the Van”; Lily Tomlin, ‘‘Grandma.’’

    Best foreign language film are: ‘‘The Brand New Testament,’’ ‘’The Club,’’ ‘’The Fencer,’’ Mustang,’’ and ‘‘Son of Saul.’’

    Best television drama series: ‘‘Empire,’’ ‘’Game of Thrones,’’ ‘’Mr. Robot,’’ ‘’Narcos,’’ and ‘‘Outlander.’’

    Best actor in a TV drama series nominees: Jon Hamm, ‘‘Mad Men”; Rami Malek, ‘‘Mr. Robot”; Wagner Moura, ‘‘Narcos”; Bob Odenkirk, ‘‘Better Call Saul”; Liev Schreiber, ‘‘Ray Donovan.’’

    Best actress a TV drama series: 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 TV comedy series: ‘‘Casual,’’ ‘’Mozart in the Jungle,’’ ‘’Orange is the New Black,’’ ‘’Silicon Valley,’’ ‘’Transparent,’’ and ‘’Veep.’’

    Best actor in a TV comedy series: 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 comedy series are: Rachel Bloom, ‘‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Jamie Lee Curtis, ‘‘Scream Queens”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘‘Veep”; Gina Rodriguez, ‘‘Jane the Virgin”; Lily Tomlin, ‘‘Grace and Frankie.’’

    TV movie or limited series: ‘‘American Crime,’’ ‘’American Horror Story: Hotel,’’ ‘’Fargo,’’ ‘’Flesh and Bone,’’ and ‘‘Wolf Hall.’’

    Best animated feature film: ‘‘Anomalisa,’’ ‘’Inside Out,’’ ‘’The Good Dinosaur,’’ ‘’The Peanuts Movie,’’ and ‘‘Shaun the Sheep Movie.’’

    Best actress in a TV comedy series: Rachel Bloom, ‘‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Jamie Lee Curtis, ‘‘Scream Queens”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘‘Veep”; Gina Rodriguez, ‘‘Jane the Virgin”; and Lily Tomlin, ‘‘Grace and Frankie.’’

    Read the full list.


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