Golden Globes 2016 Nominations – The Good, The Bad, And The Gaga

Razzle dazzle, folks! It’s time for my favorite part of the year–Awards Season! With both the SAG Award nominations coming out and the current topic of discussion getting released, we’ve got a lot of potential winners of greatness. Though I could take a moment and give some attention to all the various ceremonies coming up, I think it is best to focus on one of the two big heavy hitters–The Golden Globes. Sometimes known as a fancy booze party rather than a respectable event, this is definitely one of the shows to watch for this season. Curious to know the nominees? Let’s take a look at the list.

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Let’s start with TV:

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Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Casual
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep

Best TV Series, Drama
Empire
Game of Thrones
Mr. Robot
Narcos
Outlander

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriquez, Jane the Virgin

Best TV Limited Series/Motion Picture
American Crime
American Horror Story: Hotel
Fargo
Flesh and Bone
Wolf Hall

Best Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gada, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Joanna Frogatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Judith Light, Transparent

Best Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Actress in a TV series, drama
Caitriona 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 in a TV Series, Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master Of None
Gael García Bernal, Mozart In The Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Now, onto Movies:

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Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Carol
Room
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best 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

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Actor in Motion Picture, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Original song from a Motion Picture
“Love Me Like You Do” (50 Shades of Grey)
“One Kind of Love” (Love and Mercy)
“See You Again” (Furious 7)
“Simple Song #3” (Youth)
“Writing’s on the Wall” (Spectre)

Motion Picture Score
Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, The Revenant

Animated feature film
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep

Director
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom Mccarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Screenplay
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
Emma Donoghue, Room
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Now that you’ve read through the list, let’s look over some important highlights:

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First of all, how the heck did American Horror Story: Hotel get a nomination this year, over previous incarnations? This might be just my opinion, but this is definitely one of the worst most disjointed seasons from the entire franchise. And Lady Gaga’s nomination is clearly to get TV ratings up, rather than actually giving her any sort of reward for her “performance” (which is questionable at best). But on the good side, I’m really happy to see Fargo, Transparent and Downton Abbey get their much deserved respect. I’d love to see Kirsten Dunst take home an award, since I think she’s a very underrated actress.

As for movies, there are a few surprises. For one, can we get an Amen for Mad Max: Fury Road? Not only is this one of my favorites from 2015, but the fact that the Golden Globes even decided to include it in this very prestigious Drama group is an award in and of itself. The only movie I have yet to see is The Revenant, but everything else in this category deserves to win–though most likely it’ll go to Spotlight.  Comedy wise, I see The Martian taking home the gold, though Trainwreck would be my personal, more audience friendly pick of the bunch. Much love to Spy though, as it was easily one of the best performance I’ve seen out of Melissa McCarthy (who totally deserves her nomination).

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As I mentioned in my Carol review, I knew it would come down to a Sophie’s Choice type scenario with the Actress category, and The Golden Globes didn’t make the decision any easier (though the SAG Awards clearly drew their line in the sand over who deserved the bigger award), In the end, as much as I’d like Mara to take the gold, I definitely see Blanchett or Larson as the frontrunners. Let’s also give some mega props toAlicia Vikander, who got not one, but two nominations this year (sort of hoping she takes it for Ex-Machina).

In the Actor Drama category, the big surprise is Will Smith, who got snubbed in SAG’s list. He has been getting buzz for Concussion, but there hasn’t been much resulting from that until now. My hope is for Cranston to get another award on his shelf, or DiCaprio since we all know he has always deserved it. Comedy wise, Matt Damon (as much as I’d like it to be Ruffalo) is going to take it–sorry Steve and Christian, your orange tans aren’t winning you anything this year.

But the best surprise of all? George Miller got a nomination in the directing category for Mad Max. If anyone this year really deserves that prize, it is easily this guy. The man is 70 plus years old, and directed one of the most intense, energy filled cinematic experiences of the past 10 years. There are some people trying to accomplish movies like this in their 20s that don’t have the talent or drive to do that. The fact that the industry is at least recognizing this guy is a sight to behold, and a shining light for anyone who dreams of creating their own bizarre cinematic adventure.

Overall, this Awards Season is shaping up to be an interesting one–filled with events that could really shake up whatever faith you had left for the industry. Because if you thought Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie getting nominated for The Tourist a few years ago was bad, some of these mentions are really leading to major head scratching territory.  But on the bright side, seeing things like Mad Max and Outlander get the respect they deserve is a nice reminder that there are some decent individuals still left in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

So, what do you think of these nominations? Think the list is correct or missing some noticeable snubs? Tell us your favorites! Want Mad Max to win? Think American Horror Story deserved the nom? Are you terrified of the notion that Fifty Shades of Grey is now considered a Golden Globe nominated film? Who do you think will get drunk first and make an embarrassing speech? My vote is Clooney, always Clooney. Comment below and tell us all your feels.  

And make sure to check out the Golden Globes 

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