This Oscar race is all over the place.
No clear front runner emerged when the nominations for the 76th Golden Globe Awards were announced. Of the films that led the Globe pack, only one dominated across most eligible categories. Surprise snubs popped up throughout (or didn’t, as the case may be), plus there was the Globe trend to nominate stars to populate their red carpet over others in more challenging, critically buzzed titles.
It should be noted, too, that along with the diversity of choices is a diversity of ethnic and cultural expressions, including three African-American films nominated for Best Picture (Drama).
Some of these major Globe nominees don’t have a shot with the Academy, while others that were ignored here probably shouldn’t be too concerned. This year’s Globes don’t feel like a strong harbinger. People who were nominated were likely given a nice boost, but those who were dissed shouldn’t necessarily be worried.
The Oscar’s tastes have evolved. The Globe’s haven’t.
Which probably makes A Star Is Born the early favorite, given how it hits a sweet spot for all sensibilities, even though it was Vice that led the Globes with 6 nominations.
The Dick Cheney biopic satire — starring Christian Bale, from Oscar-winning writer / director Adam McKay (The Big Short) — is up for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Male Performance (M/C) for Bale, Best Director and Screenplay for McKay, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney for Best Female Supporting Performance, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush for Best Male Supporting Performance.
It’s the first recognition for Vice during the awards season after having been ignored by the early critics groups, which is why A Star Is Born still feels like it’s in the strong position that will hold up throughout this horse race.
That remake was second with 5 nominations, including Best Picture (Drama), Bradley Cooper for Best Male Performance (Drama) and Director, and Lady Gaga for Best Female Performance (Drama). It also nabbed a nod for its song “Shallow”, but Supporting Actor Sam Elliott didn’t.
The year’s feel-good contender is Green Book, which also received 5 nominations: Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Male Performance (M/C) Viggo Mortensen, Best Male Supporting Performance Mahersela Ali , Best Director Peter Farrelly, and Best Screenplay.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came with the 4 nominations for BlackKklansman, which hasn’t gained early traction as some may have expected. Spike Lee’s incendiary late-1970s true story drama about a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan is in the running for Best Picture (Drama), Lee is nominated for Best Director, John David Washington is up for Best Male Performance (Drama), and Adam Driver for Best Supporting Male Performance.
Mary Poppins Returns (Musical/Comedy) and If Beale Street Could Talk (Drama) received Best Motion Picture nominations, too. Poppins also received Lead nominations for stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Beale collected another nod for early Supporting Actress favorite Regina King.
Surprisingly, Mary Poppins Returns was completely shut out in the Original Song category, which instead opted for songs by popular artists who the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the producers of the Globes) hope will populate their red carpet.
One of those songs was one by Kendrick Lamar, from the album he madefor Black Panther. That Marvel movie is also nominated for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Original Score, but its director Ryan Coogler was snubbed, as was its entire cast.
Crazy Rich Asians and Bohemian Rhapsody added to the HFPA’s populist trend, each being nominated for Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy and Drama, respectively). They also saw their stars – Constance Wu and Remi Maleck – receive nominations for their lead performances. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant were each tagged for their lead and supporting roles, too, in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Artier fare like Roma and First Reformed was slighted or ignored completey. Roma nabbed noms in the Foreign Language, Director and Screenplay categories (Alfonso Cuarón for all three), but not for the actual Best Motion Picture or Lead Female Performance.
Critical darling First Reformed was shut out, denying nominations for actor Ethan Hawke and writer/director Paul Schrader. The actresses of Widows were MIA as well, as was the entire movie. Clint Eastwood’s The Mule was also goose-egged; Eastwood is normally a HFPA lock.
First Man barely did better, securing a supporting nod for Claire Foy and Original Score by Justin Hurwitz.
The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out live on Sunday January 6, 2018 at 8pm EST/7pm CST on NBC, with host Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
76th GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS
Films of 2018
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
– Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
– Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
– Rami Maleck, Bohemian Rhapsody
– John David Washington, BlackKklansman
Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Glenn Close, The Wife
– Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
– Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
– Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
– Rosamund Pike, A Private War
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Christian Bale, Vice
– Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
– Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
– Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun
– John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie
Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
– Olivia Colman, The Favourite
– Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
– Charlize Theron, Tully
– Constance Wu , Crazy Rich Asians
Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Mahershala Ali, Green Book
– Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
– Adam Driver, BlackKklansman
– Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
– Sam Rockewell, Vice
Best Female Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Amy Adams, Vice
– Claire Foy, First Man
– Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
– Emma Stone, The Favourite
– Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
– Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
– The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
– If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
– Vice, Adam McKay
– Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Best Foreign Language Film
– Capernaum (Lebanon)
– Never Look Away (Germany)
– Girl (Netherlands)
– Roma (Mexico)
– Shoplifters (Japan)
The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
The Cecil B. DeMille Career Achievement in Television Award
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2018 / 19 season:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Toronto Film Critics Association
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
AFI Film Awards
Detroit Film Critics Society
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review