Oscars 2015: Golden Globe Nominations

And now the Globe nominations.

These are always fun, because they’re from the Hollywood Foreign Press, a group that does not vote for the Oscars at all, and yet we put so much stock into them. Not to mention, the Hollywood Foreign Press are such starfuckers. You know they’re gonna nominate people just so they show up.

Though this will help us make a little sense of the coming season. So let’s see what they’ve got for us this year.

Here are the nominees:

Best Picture – Drama

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

No surprise here. Not a whole lot to say about this. Yes, these are five movies generally regarded as very good by a lot of people. I can’t call anything a snub here, because if they liked these five, there are no snubs. These are what they liked.

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

The Big Short

Joy

The Martian

Spy

Trainwreck

The Big Short is coming on strong, that’s something to note. Joy and The Martian of course were gonna be here. I wonder if Hateful Eight was deliberately left off because it’s not a comedy or because they actually didn’t like it. Because Spy and Trainwreck are comedies. These categories are always so compromised because the studios elect where to put the films and not, you know, the genre.

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

This makes sense. Carol and Spotlight are the classy dramas that get these kinds of nominations even if the direction isn’t showy, and the other three make total sense. Again, nothing I can really call a snub here. This is what they like.

Best Actor – Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

2 for 2 on Cranston. Hilarious they considered that a drama and not a comedy. Now I have empirical evidence to say it’s probably safer to include him than to not include him. Still wanna see where BAFTA and BFCA go first, though.

DiCaprio, Fassbender and Redmayne are basically locks.

Will Smith is your classic Globe nomination. Curious they went with him over Depp. Probably because Depp always shows up high to these things and Smith will actually charm them. Plus, all things being equal, this is the first time they could nominate him in almost ten years.

It’s too early to make judgments, but we all know at least 3 of the Best Actor nominees, in all likelihood, and Cranston’s looking like a pretty solid fourth. Which leaves that last spot still open for someone to jump in.

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carell, The Big Short

Matt Damon, The Martian

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

The Pacino nomination is hilarious. Good for him. Ruffalo’s movie isn’t a comedy at all. Damon, of course. He’s looking like your probable fifth nominee. Bale and Carell aren’t really leads. That’s a legit ensemble movie. But sure. I need to see BFCA, BAFTA or PGA go for The Big Short to truly believe in it. But now, it’s trending upward.

Best Actress – Drama

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Vikander and Mara hinge on whether or not the Academy considers them leads. They’re more likely to get on as Supporting, but lead also does have spots open. The other three are locked. So their category placement changes one of the two. If they go Supporting, then Jennifer Lawrence likely gets on lead. Still leaves one spot open. Hard to make anything of this now until we know what the Academy is doing.

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

No Meryl. That’s refreshing. Nice to see Smith (who always gets nominated) and Tomlin on there. Schumer and McCarthy were guaranteed to get on once their films were nominated. These all make sense.

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beats of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Elba, Rylance and Shannon have hit 2 for 2. Shannon is looking solid for a nomination. Stallone finally hits. Dano finally hits. Still no Sicario love anywhere. Just like Prisoners. Maybe we won’t get Benicio on after all. And Bale was considered Supporting by SAG, so that’s the other difference between the two. Still no Spotlight nominations. Interesting they like it enough to give it Picture and Director but not acting nominations. Also no Jacob Tremblay here either. Which makes sense.

Best Supporting Actress

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

There’s Jennifer Jason Leigh. That was an almost certainty. Winslet hits again. Mirren hits again, though that doesn’t mean a whole lot. They love her here too. That’s one of those, like with Hitchcock, when she hit SAG and the Globes and missed the Oscars. It’s the exact same type of performance. I’m still feeling like she doesn’t get on unless they really don’t think they have anybody. Vikander getting both assures her of a nomination, it’s just a matter of where for The Danish Girl. And Fonda finally hits, keeping her hope alive for the nomination.

Best Screenplay

The Big Short

The Hateful Eight

Room

Spotlight

Steve Jobs

Yeah, these all make sense. But they blend Original and Adapted, so this means little to me outside of it being a visually pleasing category.

Best Original Score

Carol

The Danish Girl

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant

Steve Jobs

Sure. Morricone gets on for Hateful Eight. I still haven’t listened to any scores, so I can’t speak about this yet.

Best Original Song

“Love Me Like You Do,” from Fifty Shades of Grey

“One Kind of Love,” from Love & Mercy

“See You Again,” from Furious 7

“Simple Song #3,” from Youth

“Writing’s on the Wall,” from Spectre

Okay.

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

This is your Oscar category. Been saying that from the minute they announced the eligibles.

Best Foreign Language Film

The Brand New Testament

The Club

The Fencer

Mustang

Son of Saul

Can’t say much without seeing a shortlist. But Son of Saul and Mustang look strong.

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Best TV Series – Drama

Empire

Game of Thrones

Mr. Robot

Narcos

Outlander

Mr. Robot is the cool show du jour. Otherwise, mostly new stuff here. That’s refreshing.

Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical

Casual

Mozart in the Jungle

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Transparent

Veep

Okay.

Best Miniseries or TV Movie

American Crime

American Horror Story

Fargo

Flesh and Bone

Wolf Hall

Fargo is even better this season.

Best Actor – Drama Series

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Wagner Moura, Narcos

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Yup.

Best Actor – 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

Wonder who’s gonna win this.

Best Actress – 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

Cool, cool.

Best Actress – Comedy/Musical

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

New stuff on here.

Best Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Nice set of actors on here.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Dunst should win.

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, TV Movie

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Tobias Menzies, Outlander

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Okay.

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, TV Movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Regina King, American Crime

Judith Light, Transparent

Maura Tierney, The Affair

And we’re done. TV still means nothing to me.

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So yeah, these are respectable. More stuff to take into account for next month. Feels too early to announce these. But this is what we’ve got. Now let’s get some of these shortlists going over the next ten days.

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2 responses

  1. A solid set of nominees, though the lack of acting nominations for Spotlight does intrigue me. Voters recognize it in the top awards, but SAG not wanting to nominate its male performances and the HFPA not nominating anyone at all at the Golden Globes kind of suggests a lesser and maybe even dwindling love for what has been considered “the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture”.

    No love for Sicario anywhere? Not even a Best Original Score nod for Jóhann Jóhannsson? (Given that even the Spotlight men couldn’t get nominated, I’m not as surprised that Benicio Del Toro couldn’t either.) That’s a damn shame, considering that it’s my favorite film of 2015 so far, but it does make sense.

    Time to rant about something that doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever.

    The total absence of “Feels Like Summer” from Shaun The Sheep in any Best Original Song category thus far utterly breaks my heart. That song, to me, was the best original film song of 2015 by far, not just because of its composition and clever songwriting, but most especially because of the song’s thematic relevance and importance within the film for which it was written. It’s not just some ditty that some studio hacks (e.g. “See You Again”, “Love Me Like You Do” or more appropriately, “Fuck Me Like You Do”), a bored/boring popular artist (e.g. “See You Again”, “Love Me Like You Do”, and even “Writing’s On The Wall”—already an all-time bottom five Bond theme song for me due to its complete lack of non-piano percussion, some forced rhymes, and a technically-perfect-but-emotionally-tedious performance by Sam Smith), and/or an earnest but uninteresting singer-songwriter with nothing but a guitar or a piano (other than Brian Wilson, who remains awesome and is the reason why “One Kind Of Love” is a solid nominee) wrote for just the opening/closing titles and barely anywhere else.

    No, compared to those types of modern movie songs, “Feels Like Summer” is a true collaboration between the film’s composer, an outside composer, and the storytellers and filmmakers that desired for it to play a key role in Shaun The Sheep. It’s played during the opening titles, the credits, and more than twice within the body of the film. And even after all of that…the song both sounds gorgeous and is extremely fun and memorable.

    I get that the HFPA are starfuckers, but why does every awards group have to be starfuckers for their Best Original Song categories nowadays? There are actually good film songs out there, and they’re missing out by not nominating any of them. That’s the most unfortunate aspect of it all.

    “Feels Like Summer” from Shaun The Sheep deserves a Best Original Song nomination. It deserves a Best Original Song nomination just as much as Inside Out deserves nominations for Best Original Screenplay and even Best Original Score (if possible). I don’t care if “Feels Like Summer” wins or not at this point; I’m just praying for it to get the nomination.

    December 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    • You can’t take anything the Globes do with Original Song seriously. Cher won the category for the movie Burlesque. Nobody remembers that. Most people have stricken that film from their memories. Not I.

      I do remember that Sheep song as being lovably catchy, though. Didn’t feel like something the Music Branch (and we all know how insane those assholes are with their choices) would ever go for. But who knows. The eligible song list should be out in the next week or so (my brain is telling me it’s usually out around the 16th), so I’m reserving all effort for that category until I see and review everything there.

      It’s bizarre that no one does the Song category because it’s the EASIEST category to do. “Hey guys, here’s a website, here’s a CD. There are 80 songs on it. Listen to them. Vote for the five you think are best. We’ll weight the rankings and nominate them.” Done. And everyone’s heard all the nominees. Sure, out of context isn’t the best way to hear original songs, but it’s better than nothing. Plus I’m not the biggest fan of how they do it now anyway, which is show music videos with clips of the films in there, which still isn’t giving you the song in context. There’s got to be a way to do it (maybe show you the song in the context of the scene it’s used for in the film, or explain that it’s played only over opening/closing credits) better than they do.

      And selfishly, having a guild announce stuff would certainly make guessing easier.

      Oh, and the whole “Spotlight as frontrunner” narrative is being driven solely by the media and Oscar bloggers. Which is why I’ve stopped reading anything those people say. I read Deadline’s Globes coverage today, and they were talking about snubs, and they mentioned people like Jessica Chastain. And it’s like, “Who in their right mind thought her in The Martian would be within the top fifteen potential performances to be nominated for any award?” They constantly remind me why I don’t read them and guess on my own.

      Life is so much easier when you have the freedom to make your own mistakes.

      December 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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