Oscars 2016: Golden Globe Nominations

Let’s see what we got this year.

We have a nice one-two punch with the BFCAs being given out last year and the Globes coming today. This will definitely start to put the major contenders in focus.

Though I do always caution — this is the Hollywood Foreign Press. Starfuckers galore. They nominate people just so they show up. Expect a requisite Meryl nomination. Think of the people they want to hang out with — they’ll get nominated.

Here’s what they nominated this year:

Best Picture – Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea


They’re gonna make this all about Moonlight vs. La La Land.

There are movies I’m surprised didn’t make it, but this is a pretty open year, so this more or less feels like how they’d vote. None of this is particularly surprising. This cements Hell or High Water as a likely Best Picture nominee. Which I just never saw coming at all. And I’m kinda delighted by it.

Moonlight will win this. I think they know how to play the game. They get to be the ones that set up the storylines, and that’s how they’ll use it to their advantage.

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street

LOVE the Sing Street nomination. Deadpool — sure. Whatever. That gets viewers under 18. Florence Foster Jenkins makes sense. La La Land is gonna win, and 20th Century Women makes sense.

Nice category. La La Land wins in a walk.

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Tom Ford. Okay then. Gotta make sure he shows up. Though it was a good job out of him.

Surprised no Marty. They’re usually the first ones to jump all over Marty.

Love the Mel love. I wonder if that means he’s a legitimate player in the end. That’ll be interesting.

At this point you can be pretty assured that Lonergan, Jenkins and Chazelle will be nominated, with the other two open for whatever the Oscars go for. (Scorsese, Eastwood… there are big names floating around.)

Right now you figure Chazelle wins this, unless they put all their chips in on Moonlight.

Best Actor – Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Egerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

The Mortensen nomination is interesting. I doubt he gets anywhere in the end, but this sure will keep people talking about his chances for the next month. He is very good in that movie. And I’m only seeing the usual four play out everywhere, so that does leave an open spot for someone, since I don’t think Ryan Gosling is automatic.

Right now you gotta figure this is Casey Affleck all the way.

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Of course they nominated Reynolds. Gotta have him show up.

Hugh Grant deserved this.

Gosling was always a lock and a reason for them to invite him. If not for La La Land, they’d have nominated him for The Nice Guys.

They love Colin Farrell, so that doesn’t surprise me, and it’s a good movie, so I’m happy about that.

Jonah Hill — I thought he was really good in War Dogs, even though this seems more like an opportunity for them to bring him to the party.

I assume they’ll give this to Gosling or Reynolds.

Best Actress – Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

This is at least 3/5 of your eventual category. Portman is locked, Negga seems pretty locked. Huppert and Adams are strong contenders, and then you have Bening and Stone coming up next. Those six are looking like the major players, with Jessica Chastain the one who gets a couple of precursors but isn’t taken seriously at all and doesn’t get anywhere in the end.

Gonna be hard to beat Natalie this year, guys.

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply

Haley Steinfeld, Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Bening and Stone are likely nominees. Meryl was always gonna be here. Steinfeld is a great nomination. And after Warren Beatty made so many rounds, his film had to get something. So I can see them sneaking Collins in here. She was trying.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Ali is locked. Bridges holds serve. Patel is coming on strongly, even though he’s kinda the lead of the movie. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was awesome in Nocturnal Animals. So that makes me happy. And what the fuck is with all the Florence Foster Jenkins love? There’s always one batshit crazy nomination, and this is 2016’s.

I mean, seriously?

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Davis, Harris and Williams seem like strong contenders. They like Kidman a lot, so I’m not surprised. Curious to see them selling out on Lion though. Is it Harvey or is it the international flavor? I guess we’ll know when the other places announce.

They also like Octavia Spencer, so that’s not surprising. At the moment she doesn’t seem like a serious contender.

Best Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land


Manchester by the Sea

Nocturnal Animals

Yeah, that sounds about what they’d do. Figuring Lonergan wins this. Maybe they give it to Jenkins, though.

Best Score


Hidden Figures


La La Land


Haven’t really gotten into Score yet, but two of these sound about right.

Best Song

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from Trolls

“City of Stars,” from La La Land

“Faith,” from Sing

“Gold,” from Gold

“How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana

These are the last motherfuckers to look at as a forebearer for what’s gonna happen in Best Original Song. The first one is just so they could get Timberlake to show up. The last one is Lin-Manuel Miranda.

From what I can see, Iggy Pop co-wrote the Gold song. And the Sing one is Ariana Grande.

The ultimate starfucker category.

Best Foreign Film




The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

The same four I’m seeing everywhere else. Without a shortlist from the Oscars, this means nothing to me.

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini



They didn’t nominate Finding Dory. That’s funny.

Pixar sequels are pretty hit and miss at the Oscars. This could be a trend starter. Or, more likely, this could be meaningless.

Some movies the Globes nominated: The Peanuts Movie, The Book of Life (international), Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians, Arthur Christmas.

So let’s not put too much stock into what they do at all, okay?

Rooting for Kubo or Moana, Zootopia will likely win.

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And now the TV nominations, which I humor.

Best TV Series – Drama

The Crown

Game Of Thrones

Stranger Things

This Is Us


Everyone’s freaking out about The Crown, so let’s assume that wins. Stranger Things fever feels past, unless the Globes are way behind. Westworld seems unlikely, but who knows. I also have no idea what This Is Us is, but I’m sure that can win too.

Point being, all I’ve seen on this list is Westworld, and I don’t really care what wins.

Best TV Series – Musical/Comedy



Mozart in the Jungle




Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

These seem like the usual set of nominees.

Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Nick Nolte, Graves

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Always the token black show nominees. Always.

Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Keri Russell, The Americans

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld



Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce

Issa Rae, Insecure

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracy Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Six? Okay.

Best Miniseries or TV Movie

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

The Night Manager was good.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

John Turturro, The Night Of

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

All I know about The Night Of is ezcema.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Charlotte Rampling, London Spy

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Always the one respected actress in the BBC program.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Lithgow, The Crown

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Lotta OJ on here.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Lena Heady, Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Thandie Newton was really good.

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One response

  1. The Golden Globes nominated Sing Street for Musical/Comedy Film, but snubbed “Drive It Like You Stole It” in Best Original Song. TRAVESTY. >_<

    December 12, 2016 at 9:54 am

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