Though the Golden Globes spread its nominations around, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association swooned hardest for Todd Haynes’ 1950s romance “Carol,” which landed a leading five nominations including best film drama.
In a widespread field of nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, “Carol” solidified its growing Oscar hopes with nods for its two stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and for Haynes’ direction. Also surging was Adam McKay’s starry finance farce “The Big Short,” which earned four nominations, including best picture, comedy, and nods for Steve Carell and Christian Bale.
“My co-producer Robyn Wholey called me and yelled with excitement,” said McKay. “I yelled with excitement. I was half-asleep and woke up. I had an egg sandwich. That was my celebration. An egg sandwich.”
With four nods is Alejandro Inarritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Birdman,” the frontier epic “The Revenant,” which was nominated for best picture, drama, and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. A four-time Oscar nominee (and one-time Globe winner), DiCaprio is gunning for his first Academy Award.
Tied with four is the Aaron Sorkin-scripted “Steve Jobs,” though it failed to join the best picture nominees. Along with “Carol” and “The Revenant,” they are: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” ”Room” and “Spotlight.”
Streaming series from Netflix (which led television with eight nods), Amazon and Hulu dominated the TV side of the Globes, which jumped all over the dial. Six shows tied for the most nominations: “Fargo,” ”Mr. Robot,” ”Outlander,” ”Transparent,” ”American Crime” and “Wolf Hall.”
In an awards season that has so far failed to produce a definite heavyweight, Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed Boston Globe drama “Spotlight” came into the Globe nominations as the Oscar favorite. While it took three top Globe nominations Thursday, including best director for McCarthy and best screenplay, its ensemble cast is failing to stand out from the pack.
After the Screen Actors Guild Awards passed over Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo on Wednesday, the Globes did, too. Ruffalo, however, was nominated for best actor in a comedy for his performance as a bipolar father in “Infinitely Polar Bear.”
“They know how good they are and recognize the work of all the other actors,” McCarthy said of his cast. “The best picture nomination really speaks to that. Truthfully, I think all the nominations do. That’s the wonderful thing about actors. They can take a little bit of credit all the way down the line.”