Nice for Vice

Cheney biopic tops Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - ENTERTAINMENT - JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice seized control of the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards with a lead­ing six nom­i­na­tions, nar­rowly edg­ing Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerk­ing re­vival A Star Is Born, the in­ter­ra­cial road-trip drama Green Book and the pe­riod romp The Favourite.

Vice topped all con­tenders Thurs­day, in nom­i­na­tions an­nounced at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Calif., in­clud­ing best pic­ture, com­edy and best ac­tor nom­i­na­tions for Chris­tian Bale’s nearly un­rec­og­niz­able per­for­mance as the for­mer U.S. vice-pres­i­dent. It also earned nom­i­na­tions for Amy Adams’ sup­port­ing role as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rock­well’s Ge­orge W. Bush and both the screen­play and di­rec­tion by McKay, the vet­eran com­edy film­maker who once skew­ered politi­cians as a Satur­day Night Live writer.

For even the of­ten-quirky se­lec­tions of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion, a col­lec­tion of 88 mostly less-known free­lance film jour­nal­ists, the strong sup­port for Vice (which ar­rives in the­atres on Dec. 25) was a sur­prise. Even its cat­e­go­riza­tion of the film — a highly crit­i­cal por­trait of Cheney as a power-hun­gry, be­hind-thescenes tyrant — as a com­edy raised some eye­brows, just as Globes re­cent com­edy se­lec­tions Get Out and The Mar­tian did.

But it was far from a run­away win for Vice as the press as­so­ci­a­tion typ­i­cally spread its awards around. Os­car front-run­ners A Star Is Born, Green Book and The Favourite trailed close be­hind with five nom­i­na­tions each.

Cu­ri­ously, the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press doesn’t con­sider for­eign-lan­guage films for best film, so Al­fonso Cuaron’s ac­claimed Net­flix drama Roma was left out of the Globes’ top cat­e­gory. It was still nom­i­nated for best screen­play, best di­rec­tor and best for­eign lan­guage film.

Join­ing A Star Is Born in the best pic­ture drama cat­e­gory was Ryan Coogler’s su­per­hero sen­sa­tion Black Pan­ther, Spike Lee’s ur­gent white na­tion­al­ist drama BlacKkKlans­man, the Fred­die Mer­cury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and the Barry Jenk­ins adap­ta­tion of James Bald­win’s If Beale Street Could Talk.

All earned nods in other cat­e­gories, too, in­clud­ing Rami Malek’s pros­thetic tooth-aided per­for­mance as Mer­cury and the lead­ing turn by John David Wash­ing­ton (son of Den­zel) in BlacKkKlans­man.

Up for best pic­ture com­edy along­side Vice are Yor­gas Lan­thi­mos’ wild palace power strug­gle The Favourite, Peter Far­relly’s di­vi­sive crowd-pleaser Green Book, the up­com­ing Dis­ney se­quel Mary Pop­pins Re­turns and the rom-com hit Crazy Rich Asians.

Damien Chazelle’s Neil Arm­strong biopic First Man, which has seen its awards hope wane in re­cent weeks, failed to lift off, scor­ing nei­ther a best film nod, nor one for Ryan Gosling’s lead­ing per­for­mance. (It did land nom­i­na­tions for Claire Foy and its score.)

Also left out, to gasps heard across so­cial me­dia, was Ethan Hawke’s per­for­mance as an an­guished pas­tor in First Re­formed and Pawel Paw­likowski’s Pol­ish stun­ner Cold War, his fol­low-up to the Os­car­win­ning Ida. (The nom­i­nees for best for­eign lan­guage film along­side Roma were Caper­naum, Girl, Never Look Away and Sho­plifters.)

But the Globes also handed nom­i­na­tions to­ward some up-and­com­ers, in­clud­ing Lu­cas Hedges (Boy Erased), Ti­mothee Cha­la­met (Beau­ti­ful Boy) and Elsie Fisher, the 15-year-old star of the comin­gof-age tale Eighth Grade.

And it also made room for some old favourites: Robert Red­ford, in what he has said may (or may not) be his fi­nal act­ing per­for­mance, re­ceived his 10th Globe nom­i­na­tion for The Old Man & the Gun. He was given the group’s Ce­cil B. De­Mille achieve­ment award in 1994.

The nom­i­nees for best an­i­mated film were: In­cred­i­bles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net and Spi­der-Man: Into the Spi­der-Verse.

The rat­ings for last Jan­uary’s broad­cast, hosted by Seth Mey­ers and graced with an im­pas­sioned speech by Oprah Win­frey, dipped five per cent with ap­prox­i­mately 19 mil­lion view­ers. As the first ma­jor award show af­ter the Har­vey We­in­stein rev­e­la­tions and sub­se­quent launch of the #MeToo move­ment, the usu­ally more friv­o­lous cer­e­mony had an atyp­i­cal edge of se­ri­ous­ness. In a demon­stra­tion or­ga­nized by the then-just-founded #Time­sUp, many women wore black on the red car­pet.

Whether this year will re­turn the Globes to their more light­hearted cel­e­bra­tions will rest partly with its un­ex­pected pair­ing of Andy Sam­berg and Killing Eve star San­dra Oh, who on Thurs­day was nom­i­nated for best ac­tress in a TV se­ries drama. They were an­nounced as hosts to the Jan. 6 cer­e­mony, to be broad­cast live on NBC and CTV.

ALEX BAI­LEY/TWENTIETH CEN­TURY FOX

Rami Malek in a scene from Bohemian Rhapsody. On Thurs­day, Malek was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe award for lead ac­tor in a mo­tion pic­ture drama for his role in the film.

MATT KENNEDY/AN­NA­PURNA PIC­TURES

Chris­tian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from Vice. On Thurs­day, Bale was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe award for lead ac­tor in a mo­tion pic­ture com­edy or mu­si­cal for his role in the film. The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sun­day, Jan. 6.

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