2016 Golden Globe Awards Nominees – Complete List and Analysis

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Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"

The important thing to remember when analyzing the Golden Globes in terms of Oscar is that it really only serves two purposes.

The first is any nomination – especially one of the Best Picture ones – is a key ingredient to a consumer marketing campaign for prestige films (and some blockbusters too).   Many films releasing during the holiday season or expanding nationwide are counting on these kudos to help entice viewers to buy a ticket at their local multiplex.

The second, and it’s much less impactful, is that any Globe nomination is a PR win for awards season.  It can be used on all “for your consideration” ads and might even convince a member of The Academy (or the DGA or PGA) to watch a particular movie in their screener pile over the holidays. But, as many of you reading this already know, that’s about it.  On it’s own a Globe nod won’t help an actor win an Oscar or a movie earn a Best Picture nomination.  Its just part of the PR game.

You have to be slightly naïve to not realize the Golden Globes are not a baraometer of Academy or even industry interest.  They are awards picked by 80 or so international journalists (some slightly sketchy) who, granted, want to make the “right” choice, but are a very small pool with somewhat unique tastes and distinct agendas.  So, keep this all in mind as we review the Globe nominations that were announced this morning.

It’s a fun event (even if Ricky Gervais is hosting again) and the parties afterward are the place to be.  Just remember, talented people will get recognized during the show, but it’s all just a distraction from the real campaign going on.

[Note: There will be no TV analysis, but I’m personally thrilled Eva Green earned a nomination for her amazing work in “Penny Dreadful.”]

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Spotlight”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Carol”

Lowdown: This is huge for “Room” who needed a “Best Picture nominee” branding before they expanded nationally again. WB is probably annoyed “Mad Max” made the cut as are a number of other studios who thought they were in the mix such as Fox Searchlight with “Brooklyn” and The Weinstein Company with “Hateful Eight” (fans and critics will applaud at least).  As for the later, we’d heard the HFPA weren’t big fans of Quentin Tarantino’s latest opus and some other nods aside it turned out to be true.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“The Martian”
“The Big Short”
“Joy”
“Trainwreck”
“Spy”

Lowdown: Absolutely no surprises here.  There was some buzz that the HFPA loved “Sisters” (which would get their former hosts back in the room), but they simply loved “Spy” more.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Alejandro Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Lowdown: Likely the same five who will be nominated for the category for Oscar.  Not a bad thing.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Lowdown: A wonderful example of nominating the right performances for the right categories.  Gonna be a tight one here between Larson and Ronan for the win.

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

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Lowdown: Easiest category to predict this year. Don’t be surprised if Schumer upsets new BFF J-La on Golden Globes night.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Lowdown: Cranston is an example where the nod – along with a SAG recongition yesterday – may help the drumbeat for Oscar from a PR perspective.  This Globe is going to go to DiCaprio, however.

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

Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Lowdown: Again, the HFPA prove they are smarter than the studios by making sure Christian Bale is in a lead category rather than supporting. This was an insanely weak field this year.  We’re just happy they didn’t go with Bradley Cooper in “Burnt.”  Also, probably not the performance Ruffalo thought he’d be nominated for.

Best Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Lowdown: Another smart inclusion of Vikander for “Ex Machina.” Can A24 make that happen with Oscar?  This nod also helps Mirren’s cause.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Lowdown: Poor Benicio Del Toro, but you can’t really argue with these five.  Will the HFPA award Stallone the Globe or go safe with Rylance? Very curious to see the result on Golden Globe night.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

“Spotlight”
“Steve Jobs”
“Room”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Big Short”

Lowdown: Fans of “Carol” are distraught it didn’t get a nomination here. They might have an argument.

Best Animated Feature Film

“Inside Out”
“Anomalisa”
“Shaun the Sheep”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“The Peanuts Movie”

Lowdown: “Minions” probably had a chance, but HFPA went with Disney/Pixar’s “Good Dinosaur” and/or “Shaun” instead.

Best Foreign Language Film
“Son of Saul”
“Mustang”
“The Brand New Testament”
“The Fencer”
“The Club”

Lowdown: Honestly, perhaps the most surprising bunch of nominees the HFPA announced on the movie side this morning.  “The Fencer,” Finland’s Foreign Language submission for Oscar, is sort of out of left field. “The Brand New Testament” was in the mix, but over “The Second Mother”?  Guess that Brazilian buffet wasn’t memorable enough.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Danish Girl”
Carter Burwell, “Carol”
Alva Noto, Ryûichi Sakamoto, “The Revenant”
Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Lowdown: Pemberton and “Steve Jobs” was the one real surprise here.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“See You Again” from “Furious 7”
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Writing’s On the Wall” from “Spectre”
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
“One Kind of Love” from “Love and Mercy”

Lowdown: “See You Again” should win and, obviously, the HFPA appears to have liked the new Bond theme song more than the general public.

Best Drama Series

“Empire”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mr. Robot”
“Narcos”
“Outlander”

Best Comedy Series

“Casual”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Limited Series or TV Movie

“American Crime”
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
“Fargo”
“Flesh and Bone”
“Wolf Hall”

Best Actor  – Drama Series

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Wagner Moura, “Narcos”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schrieber, “Ray Donovan”

Best Actress – Drama Series

Catriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actor – Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Will Forte, “Last man on Earth”
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder”
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Actress – Comedy Series

Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Best Actor – Limited Series/TV Movie

Idris Elba, “Luther”
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”

Best Actress – Limited Series/TV Movie

Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Limited Series, of TV Movie

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Limited Series, of TV Movie

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
Maura Tierney, “the Affair”

What did you think of this year’s nominees? Share your thoughts below.

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