America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett, Dennis Quaid

By Travis Martin



So, it looks like award season is about to roll, with the nominees for 2016’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards being announced today. Announce today by America FerreraChloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett, and Dennis Quaid, the full list of film nominees are this:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Motion Picture, Comedy 
The Big Short
The Martian

Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

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

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

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

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

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

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Animated Feature Film
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

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, Foreign Language 
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer
Son of Saul

I am glad that “Mad Max: Fury Road”, (probably the best film over the summer), and director George Miller are getting the recognition that they deserve. I also love the fact that Netflix‘s “Beasts of No Nation”, (a film I once reviewed), is getting a nomination as Idris Elba is up for Best Supporting Actor. Another film that I reviewed that should have not been a theatrical flop is “Steve Jobs” for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor in a Drama for Michael Fassbender. I especially love it that rising actress Alicia Vikander has broken out big with two nominations. One for Best Dramatic Actress in the transgender drama “The Danish Girl” and another for Best Supporting Actress in the science fiction masterpiece “Ex Machina”.

I have also notice that a lot of unreleased pictures, such as “The Revenant”“The Hateful Eight and “Anomalisa” are also nominated. I’m actually surprised though that “The Hateful Eight” is not nominated for Best Picture or Director, although it makes sense that it’s script is nominated. I am surprised that Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “The Hateful Eight“, which probably means that her character will be the standout. I also find it a bit weird that “The Martian” is nominated under Comedy instead of Drama.

But what about the nominations that did not make it. Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton, both with standout performances in “Black Mass”, did not get nominations. With Depp with a physical transformation as Whitey Bulger and Edgerton’s slimy John Connolly, I would have thought that they would have gotten nominations. That is my biggest disappointment with the Golden Globes. However, there is still a chance for the Academy Awards. The 73rd Golden Globe Awards will appear on NBC on January 10, 2016 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.