The Golden Globe Nominees Include Mad Max, The Martian, Carol Among Favorites

The Golden Globe Nominations were announced the morning and among the favorites are Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Spotlight and Carol.

The nominations are in for the 73rd Annual Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association looks as keen to honor the blockbusters this year as it is the best of independent and prestige studio cinema. Indeed, both Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian cleaned up with some impressive “above-the-line” nominations.

Ridley Scott’s space survival story—somewhat curiously classified as a “comedy” by the HFPA—picked up a Best Picture nomination in the “Musical or Comedy” category, as well as a nomination for Best Director (Ridley Scott) and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Matt Damon).

Yet, Mad Max: Fury Road might appear to be even more of a contender for later in the awards season given that not only did it pick up a nomination for Best Director for George Miller, but it also was nominated in one of the five much more competitive “Best Motion Picture – Drama” slots. Even with Charlize Theron getting snubbed for a Best Actress nomination (which is a particularly poor sign for the Academy since the Globes nominate 10 actresses in leading roles overall), this recognition as one of the five best dramas of the year—following a slew of commendations from critics groups—should help make it a contender in both the Best Picture category and the Academy’s even more limited Best Director selection.

Of course, the biggest contenders for a Globes sweep are likely Carol, Spotlight, and The Revenant in that order. Carol, Todd Haynes’ tale of forbidden lesbian love in the 1950s, picked up nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and dueling Best Actress nominations for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the same category. Spotlight, meanwhile saw all of its ensemble curiously snubbed likely because there were not enough crying scenes for the actors to show off in, but it still was nominated for Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant also picked up major nominations for Picture, Director (Alejandro Iñárritu), Actor (DiCaprio), and even Best Original Score.

Among the noticeable (and continued) snubbings is The Danish Girl. While Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander continue to earn recognition for their performances, it would seem that Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech and Les Miserables, and The Weinstein Company may have been too bait-ish even for awards voters’ tastes this year. Their continued shutout in the Best Director or Best Picture categories remains alive.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is also failing to rack up too many major nominations after Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained both earned a slew of nominations in their respective years. While Jennifer Jason Leigh got a Best Supporting Actress nomination, the rest of the ensemble was shut out. And Tarantino was only recognized for Best Screenplay… though seeing Ennio Morricone nominated for his original score after all these years has to take some of the sting off of it.

Another surprise are the nominations of Joy for Best Musical or Comedy and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for that film. While Lawrence is very good in the movie, the critical reception has been less than stellar, and the film has been shut out of all critic circles’ nominations and awards to date, not to mention the SAG nominations from earlier in the week. Then again, the HFPA always likes having marquee names on hand.

On the TV side, it was mostly as expected with the HFPA picking a left-field freshman series again to cast a spotlight on. In this case that series would be Outlander. The series picked up a Best Drama nomination, Caitriona Balfe received a Best Actress nod, and a Best Supporting Actor appraisal was given to Tobias Menzies.

But personally, I’m just really happy to see Eva Green recognized this year for her tour de force work on Penny Dreadful.

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Best Motion Picture – Drama


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant



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Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Big Short


The Martian



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Best Director – Motion Picture

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

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Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emma Donoghue, Room

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

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Best Animated Feature Film


The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

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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 in a 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