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'Carol,' Netflix lead a wide-ranging Golden Globes field

Associated Press • Dec 10, 2015 at 9:12 PM

From the sumptuous romance of "Carol" to the apocalyptic rage of "Mad Max: Fury Road," streaming series to network dramas, Will Smith to Amy Schumer, the 73rd annual Golden Globe nominations unveiled a widespread field of nominations that attempted to corral a chaotic Oscar race and an ever-expanding television landscape.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association swooned hardest for Todd Haynes' 1950s lesbian tale "Carol," which landed a leading five nominations on Thursday, including best picture, drama. Nods for its two stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as well as for Haynes' direction, lent a boost to the film's growing Oscar outlook.

But little else was so straightforward in nominations that rewarded the acclaimed newsroom drama "Spotlight," but not its cast; gave Netflix a leading eight nominations (plus one for its first original movie); and supplied "Creed" co-star Sylvester Stallone his first Globe nomination in 29 years, yet for the same character (Mr. Rocky Balboa).

It remains to be seen if an Academy Awards heavyweight will be anywhere to be found at the January 10 Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony. Such questions should lend drama to the Globes, which will be hosted again by its grinning nemesis, Ricky Gervais.

In the season's crowded field of contenders — and with "The Force Awakens" threatening box office obliteration — attention from the Globes was very much welcomed Thursday.

"The number one reaction to these kinds of nominations is, 'Oh, thank God. It'll help the movie get out there,'" said Adam McKay, director of "The Big Short."

McKay's starry finance farce was one of the films that surged Thursday. Originally slated for release next year, its late jump into awards season was rewarded with four nominations, including best picture, comedy, and nods for Steve Carell and Christian Bale.

Alejandro Inarritu's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Birdman," the frontier epic "The Revenant," took four nominations, including best picture, drama, and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. A four-time Oscar nominee and one-time Globe winner, DiCaprio is gunning for his first Academy Award.

Tied with four is the Aaron Sorkin-scripted box-office disappointment "Steve Jobs." But it failed to join the dramatic best picture nominees, which, along with "Carol" and "The Revenant," are: "Mad Max: Fury Road," ''Room" and "Spotlight."

Streaming series from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu dominated the TV side of the Globes, which scattered nominations across the dial. Six shows tied for the most nominations at three: "Fargo," ''Mr. Robot," ''Outlander," ''Transparent," ''American Crime" and "Wolf Hall."

Tom McCarthy's acclaimed Boston Globe drama "Spotlight," arguably the Oscar favorite, took three top nominations, including best director for McCarthy and best screenplay. But its ensemble cast is struggling to stand out from the pack.

After the Screen Actors Guild Awards passed over Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo on Wednesday, the Globes did, too. (Ruffalo, however, was nominated for his performance as a bipolar father in "Infinitely Polar Bear," and Liev Scheiber for Showtime's "Ray Donovan.")

"They know how good they are and recognize the work of all the other actors," McCarthy said of his cast. "The best picture nomination really speaks to that. Truthfully, I think all the nominations do. That's the wonderful thing about actors. They can take a little bit of credit all the way down the line."

Most of the expected contenders came away with something to show from the Globes, including the science-nerd space adventure "The Martian." It was nominated for best picture, comedy, actor (Matt Damon) and director (Ridley Scott).

David O. Russell's matriarch portrait "Joy," won nods for best picture, comedy, and best actress for Jennifer Lawrence, a Globe winner the last two years. The haul for "Mad Max" also included a nod for best director for George Miller. The Emma Donoghue adaption "Room," landed one for Brie Larson's lead performance as a captive mother.

Smith, whose upcoming "Concussion" has drawn headlines for its depiction of head trauma in football, apparently displaced Johnny Depp ("Black Mass") from the best actor, drama, nominees. The others in the category were Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo").

Alicia Vikander, the ubiquitous star of 2015, joined the best dramatic actress field for Tom Hooper's transgender period drama "The Danish Girl," as well as the supporting actress nominees for her performance as an artificial intelligence in the sci-fi indie "Ex Machina."

Though some questionable category decisions left less humorous films competing for best comedy or musical, two of comedy's top stars will crash the party: Melissa McCarthy and Schumer. Both were nominated for best actress in a comedy, and their films __ "Spy" and "Trainwreck," respectively __ will compete for best comedic film.

In the best animated film category, the Charlie Kaufman-scripted, stop-motion animated "Anomalisa" slotted in alongside a quartet of more family-friendly releases: "Inside Out," ''The Good Dinosaur," ''The Peanuts Movie" and "Shaun the Sheep Movie."

Though younger stars like DiCaprio and Lawrence are the leading acting contenders, a number of esteemed veterans joined the nominations, too. Al Pacino ("Danny Collins"), Maggie Smith ("The Lady in the Van"), Jane Fonda ("Youth") and Helen Mirslren ("Trumbo") all earned nods.

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Nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

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—Picture, Drama: "Carol," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Revenant," ''Room," ''Spotlight."

—Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Big Short," ''Joy," ''The Martian," ''Spy," ''Trainwreck."

—Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"; Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"; Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"; Will Smith, "Concussion."

—Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, "Carol"; Brie Larson, "Room"; Rooney Mara, "Carol"; Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"; Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl."

—Director: Todd Haynes, "Carol"; Alejandro Inarritu, "The Revenant"; Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"; George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"; Ridley Scott, "The Martian."

—Actor, 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."

—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"; Melissa McCarthy, "Spy"; Amy Schumer, "Trainwreck"; Maggie Smith, "The Lady in the Van"; Lily Tomlin, "Grandma."

—Supporting Actor: Paul Dano, "Love & Mercy"; Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation"; Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"; Michael Shannon, "99 Homes"; Sylvester Stallone, "Creed."

—Supporting Actress: Jane Fonda, "Youth"; Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"; Helen Mirren, "Trumbo"; Alicia Vikander, "Ex Machina"; Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs."

—Foreign Language: "The Brand New Testament," ''The Club," ''The Fencer," ''Mustang," ''Son of Saul."

—Animated Film: "Anomalisa," ''The Good Dinosaur," ''Inside Out," ''The Peanuts Movie," ''Shaun the Sheep Movie."

—Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, "Room"; Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, "Spotlight"; Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, "The Big Short"; Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs"; Quentin Tarantino, "The Hateful Eight."

—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."

—Original Song: "Love Me Like You Do" (music and lyrics by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh), "Fifty Shades of Grey"; "One Kind of Love" (music and lyrics by Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett), "Love & Mercy"; "See You Again" (music and lyrics by Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz), "Furious 7"; "Simple Song #3" (music and lyrics by David Lang), "Youth"; "Writing's on the Wall" (music and lyrics by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes), "Spectre."

TELEVISION

—Series, Drama: "Empire," ''Mr. Robot," ''Game of Thrones," ''Outlander," ''Narcos."

—Actor, Drama: Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"; Wagner Moura, "Narcos"; Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"; Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men."

—Actress, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"; Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards"; Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"; Eva Green, "Penny Dreadful."

—Series, Musical or Comedy: "Orange is the New Black," ''Silicon Valley," ''Transparent," ''Veep," ''Casual," ''Mozart in the Jungle."

—Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"; Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"; Rob Lowe, "The Grinder"; Patrick Stewart, "Blunt Talk"; Gael Garcia Bernal, "Mozart in the Jungle."

—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"; Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"; Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"; Jamie Lee Curtis, "Scream Queens"; Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

—Actor, Movie or Limited Series: Oscar Isaac, "Show Me a Hero"; Patrick Wilson, "Fargo"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; David Oyelowo, "Nightingale"; Mark Rylance, "Wolf Hall."

—Actress, Movie or Limited Series: Kirsten Dunst, "Fargo"; Lady Gaga, "American Horror Story: Hotel"; Sarah Hay, "Flesh & Bone"; Felicity Huffman, "American Crime"; Queen Latifah, "Bessie."

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

—Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Regina King, "American Crime"; Uzo Aduba, "Orange is the New Black"; Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"; Maura Tierney, "The Affair"; Judith Light, "Transparent."

—Movie or Limited Series: "Fargo," ''American Crime," ''American Horror Story: Hotel," ''Wolf Hall," ''Flesh & Bone."

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Previously announced:

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Denzel Washington.

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