'carol,' 'mad max' and 'trainwreck' snag golden globe nominations

Todd Haynes’ Carol sets the pace for awards season with five Golden Globes nominations.

by Colin Crummy
10 December 2015, 5:23pm

Todd Haynes' sumptuous love story Carol leads the way in the annual Golden Globes nominations, announced today. The film earned nominations for Best Motion Picture (drama), Best Director, Best Score and will see its two leads -- Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara -- go up against each other in the Best Actress category.

The film's biggest awards rival may well be Alejandro Iñarritu's The Revenant which gained four nominations in categories of film, director, score and for lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The main nominations curveball is George Miller's long in gestation Mad Max: Fury Road, a summer blockbuster that's proving itself a serious awards contender with nominations in both the best film, director and score categories. The remaining Best Film nominations in the drama category are Room and Spotlight, both of which gain additional nods for screenplay.

One of the strongest categories is Best Actress, where the Carol nominees are joined by Brie Larson for Room, Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl. Vikander is also nominated in the supporting actress category for her role in Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Amy Schumer is up for best actress in a comedy/musical for Trainwreck. The other nominees are Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Lily Tomlin for Grandma, Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van and Melissa McCarthy for Spy.

Matt Damon's bit fall hit The Martian is a strong contender in the comedy/musical field as well scoring nominations in the best film, director and actor (comedy/musical) categories. Other leading men in contention include Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl and Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs in the Best Actor (drama) category.

The Globes also celebrate achievement in television. This year's nominations show the increasing strength of streaming services. New shows like Amazon's Mr. Robot and Netflix's Narcos have been nominated for best TV drama alongside Empire, Game of Thrones and Outlander. In the TV comedy category, Amazon's Transparent is in contention again alongside HBO shows Silicon Valley and Veep, Hulu's Casual, Netflix's Orange is the New Black and another Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle.

Notable acting nominations in the television categories include Idris Elba for Luther. Elba also received a supporting acting nod for the film Beast of No Nation. Lady Gaga is nominated for her part in American Horror Story: Hotel where (amongst others) she'll go up against Queen Latifah for her role in Bessie.

But remember: the awards are not necessarily the strongest indicator of where Oscars are going to land. This year's big winners -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- were pipped to the post by Alejandro Iñarritu's Birdman in the main categories at the Academy Awards. The Golden Globes will take place on January 10, 2016 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.

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