‘Carol’ Leads 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globes, one of film’s most prestigious awards ceremonies will take place on January 10, 2016. Today, the nominees were announced and they are as follows…

Best Motion Picture: Drama –

CarolMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantRoomSpotlight

This is a pretty close category if you ask me. It’s great to see a film like Mad Max get noticed in awards season as it’s easily one of the years best. Just because it was a blockbuster doesn’t mean it can’t get a nod and even a potential win. I don’t think I could pick out of this selection though…it’s too tight for me to call. From what I’ve heard of Room and Spotlight (Not yet out in the UK) and what critics are saying about The Revenant and of course, Carol being as good as it is…no, there’s no clear winner for me at all.

Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy –

The Big ShortThe MartianSpyTrainwreckJoy

The Martian for me, is the clear winner here. I don’t think any of the others live up to the quality of The Martian as one of the year’s best. An easy win in my opinion. Granted, we haven’t seen Joy or The Big Short yet, but from original critics reviews, they don’t stand up to The Martian.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama –

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) – Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) – Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) – Will Smith (Concussion) – Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Firstly, I don’t agree with the fact that Fassbender has been selected for Steve Jobs rather than Macbeth…he was exceptional in Macbeth. I know the public hasn’t seen The Revenant yet but just to look at the stills and the trailers make you think DiCaprio’s going to come away with award after award right!? Or is that just my blind favouritism towards Leo??

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama –

Cate Blanchett (Carol) – Brie Larson (Room) – Rooney Mara (Carol) – Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) – Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

I don’t particularly agree with the decision to pit Blanchett and Mara against each other when Mara should be in the supporting actress category but nevertheless, I think Blanchett will come home with it. It’s a very strong category and to be honest, I think anyone could win it. My heart’s with Cate though.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy –

Steve Carell (The Big Short) – Al Pacino (Danny Collins) – Matt Damon (The Martian) – Christian Bale (The Big Short) – Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)

Personally, I don’t think there’s much of a fight with this one. Matt Damon was excellent both comedically and dramatically in The Martian and just seems like the obvious choice…or is that just me!?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy –

Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) – Lily Tomlin (Grandma) – Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) – Melissa McCarthy (Spy) – Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Like the whole world at the minute, I’m struggling between these two. Joy, yet to come out in cinemas is apparently an OK film in which Lawrence is excellent. Trainwreck was a good comedy in which Schumer was good. You see how they cancel each other out. Personally, I prefer J-Law so I’ll say her but, it’ll be close I would think.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture –

Paul Dano (Love and Mercy) – Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) – Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) – Michael Shannon (99 Homes) – Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Only Star Wars being unbelievably excellent would make me happier than seeing Stallone win this one. Creed, of course, hasn’t come out in the UK yet but I have a selection of excellent sources which tell me he’s fantastic. Come on Stallone, you got this one. He is up against some very tough opposition though…very tough.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture –

Jane Fonda (Youth) – Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) – Helen Mirren (Trumbo) – Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) – Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

This has been a breakthrough year for Alicia Vikander and the way to cap it off would be with a host of awards. As much as I’d like to think Jennifer Jason Leigh puts in a good enough performance to win for The Hateful Eight, I’m fairly sure it’ll be Vikander for Ex Machina. Still, if they’d have separated Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett up for Carol, I’d say Mara would be in with a great chance too.

Best Director –

Todd Haynes (Carol) – George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) – Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) – Ridley Scott (The Martian) – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)

This a very difficult one to choose from. It’s great to see George Miller in there for Mad Max and I actually think he might have a good shot. Last year’s Oscar winner, Alejandro Inarritu is also I think going to be in with a shout, despite me not being able to see The Revenant here in the UK until Jan 15, the same day that Creed and Room come out here. Very tough one as Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, from what I’ve heard, is also a contender (Spotlight comes out in the UK on Jan 29 – Damn I hate UK Release Dates).

Best Screenplay –

The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino) – Room (Emma Donoghue) – Spotlight (Tom McCarthy – Josh Singer) – The Big Short (Charles Randolph – Adam McKay) – Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

I, like everyone but critics, have yet to see The Hateful Eight but I can already imagine the kind of dialogue used. This is a Tarantino film after all…no-one writes screenplays like this man. Although Aaron Sorkin might be in with a shout for Steve Jobs, I think Tarantino’s script will be the one to choose. Or at least, hopefully it will.

Best Original Score –

Carter Burwell (Carol) – Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl) – Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) – Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs) – Ryuichi Sakamoto – Carsten Nicolai (The Revenant)

Like I’ve said before, I’ve not seen The Hateful Eight…very few people have and here in the UK, I don’t get to see it until Jan 8 but what makes me think that Ennio Morricone will win this one is his almost unrivalled talent when it comes to scoring films. He’s only beaten by John Williams in my opinion and you heard what he did with Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained with Tarantino…I’m sure he delivers gold again.

Best Animated Film –

AnomalisaThe Good DinosaurInside OutThe Peanuts MovieShaun the Sheep Movie

I don’t think there’s any question about this one. As unique as Anomalisa looks, by far the best animated movie of the year is Inside Out. Many people say it’s the best Pixar film ever and you know what it has to beat to get that kind of acclaim. If Inside Out doesn’t pick up this win, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

The 2016 Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, making his return. Always one for controversy, he’s bound to make it another memorable night…I can’t wait to see what happens!!

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