Reaction the the 2016 Golden Globe nominations

Reaction to the the 2016 Golden Globe nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the 2016 Golden Globe nominations this morning. I announced to my husband that, for me, this is like the NFL playoffs. As a viewer, this is the precursor to “The Big Game”, otherwise known as the Academy Awards.

Sadly, I haven’t seen too many movies on the list. Most of them are on my internalized rolodex of “movies to see”, especially since the movie studios like to roll them out around this time of the year in droves, in time for awards season. I’m particularly interested to see “Carol”, “Spotlight” and “Room” as I’ve heard multiple good things about them from various movie critics. I’m also looking forward to seeing Leonardo Dicaprio in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant”. Iñárritu previously directed the Mexican movie “Amores perros” which I absolutely adored.

Cate Blanchett in the Golden Globe nominated film "Carol".
Cate Blanchett in the Golden Globe-nominated film “Carol”.

I’m not surprised to see Cate Blanchett nominated for “Carol”. She seems to be Meryl Streep 2.0—it’s more of a shock when she’s not nominated. I’m quite happy to see Alicia Vikander nominated for “The Danish Girl”. Her stock as a Hollywood star seems to be rising. Her portrayal previously as the A.I. robot in the Alex Garland film “Ex Machina” was gripping. The Adam McKay-directed movie about the housing crisis and Wall Street tumble in 2008, “The Big Short” also piques my interest, especially with the motley cast of actors that include Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale (Bale and Carrell were both nominated for Actor in the Comedy category). Who have thought that Bale, such a serious actor, would ever be nominated for a role in the “comedy” category (especially following his infamous off-stage tantrum)? Maybe a future SNL appearance is in store for Bale?

Though the lot of actors and movies that were nominated seem to be quite strong this year, my real interest is in the television categories. Like most of my peers in our 30’s who have severed ties with cable companies and rely on streaming services, the small screen has seduced me recently in a way that the big screen really hasn’t. Television is simply too good these days, and there’s so much of it. Almost too much.

I am elated to see that Netflix’s drama about the notorious Columbian druglord Pablo Escobar “Narcos” is nominated for Best Drama series. The lead actor that plays Esobar, Wagner Moura, is also nominated for Best Actor and is certainly deserving of a win though I think the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. might feel indebted to award it to Jon Hamm for his last season on “Mad Men” as Don Draper.

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in the hit USA television show "Mr. Robot".
Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in the hit USA television show “Mr. Robot”.

Two more things I’m happy to see. Super pumped as a fan to see Rami Malek clinch his first nomination for his work as Elliot Alderson in USA Network’s show “Mr. Robot”. His range in his portrayal as a young hacker in the tv show was mesmerizing, and along with the supporting cast, has made “Mr.Robot” one of the best shows on tv. Hopefully the momentum will carry over to the next season. Also, I was very surprised to see Aziz Ansari nominated for his work on the Netflix series, “Master of None”. The comedy is pushing boundaries and is telling stories that I’ve longed to see on screen.

What is most striking about the television Globe nominations this year is the diversity, both in the actors and the actresses that were nominated, and in the content that the tv shows cover. Perhaps, its more of a poor reflection on movies given the lack of diversity in the film categories. Viewers are clearly paying close attention to the unchartered waters of previously untold stories, and the networks and actors that are willing to take the risks of tackling these stories are reaping the benefits in terms of award nominations. Network executives should take note. The viewers are certainly ready, now it’s a matter of time for the movies studios and executives to catch up.

The nominees for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards are as follows:

Best motion picture, drama
“The Revenant”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best motion picture comedy/musical
“The Martian”
“The Big Short”

Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Best director — motion picture
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”

Best screenplay — motion picture
“Steve Jobs”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Big Short”

Best animated feature film
“Inside Out”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie”

Best original score — motion picture
“The Danish Girl”
“The Revenant”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Steve Jobs”

Best original song
“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”
“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”
“See You Again,” “Furious 7”
“Love Me Like You Do,” “50 Shades of Grey”
“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Best foreign language film
“Son of Saul”
“The Fencer”
“Brand New Testament”
“The Club”

Best TV series, drama
“Empire” (Fox)
“Mr. Robot” (USA)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Outlander” (Starz)
“Narcos” (Netflix)

Best TV series, comedy
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Veep” (HBO”
“Casual” (Hulu)
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)

Best TV movie or limited series
“Fargo” (FX)
“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
“Wolf Hall” (PBS)
“Flesh and Bone” (Starz)

Best actor in a TV series, drama
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Wagner Moura, “Narcos” (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder” (Fox)
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk” (Starz)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)

Best actress in a TV series, drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (Fox)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)

Best actress in a TV series, comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox)
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)

Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo” (FX)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” (HBO)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo” (FX)

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Maura Tierney, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall” (CBS)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander” (Starz)


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