YET-TO-BE-RELEASED VICE LEADS GLOBE ’19
A Star Is Born, The Favourite and Green Book follow the suit with five nominations
Golden Globes voters pulled the contentious comedy Green Book and the still-to-be-released Dick Cheney biopic Vice deeper into the Oscar race on Thursday, while embracing the critically-acclaimed A Star Is Born and The Favourite.
The largest number of movie nominations — six — went to Adam Mckay’s Vice, including ones for best musical or comedy, director, screenplay, actor (Christian Bale), supporting actor (Amy Adams, also nominated for Sharp Objects), and supporting actor (Sam Rockwell, a winner last year). Bradley Cooper’s hit romance A Star Is Born, the mischievous period comedy The Favourite and Green Book each received five nominations.
But there were also prominent snubs. Damien Chazelle’s cerebral space race drama First Man received attention for Claire Foy’s acting and Justin Hurwitz’s score but was otherwise passed over. Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) and Hugh Jackman (The Front Runner) got the cold shoulder. And the rapturously reviewed Korean mystery Burning was shut out of the foreign film category.
The group behind the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, supported a large number of films with diverse casts and racial themes. Vying against A Star Is Born and the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody as best drama contenders will be the superhero smash Black Panther, the melancholy If Beale Street Could Talk and Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman. (But the group ignored the Viola Davis vehicle (Widows).
Crazy Rich Asians drew two nominations, for Constance Wu’s acting and best musical or comedy, a category that also included The Favourite, Green Book, Mary Poppins Returns and Vice.
The Globes are seen as the most unserious stop on the road to the Oscars, which will take place on February 24. Only 88 people vote on the Globe nominees and winners. And the top Globes are split into dramatic and comedic categories, often in nonsensical ways.
In a head-scratching policy for an awards programme adjudicated by reporters from overseas, foreign-language films are ineligible for the marquee best picture categories. So the nominations did not offer much guidance on the Oscar fortunes of Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s blissfully reviewed epic that has become a lightning rod in Hollywood because it comes from an online streaming platform, which is challenging the traditional model for releasing films. (Roma will play in about 600 theatres worldwide while also streaming online). Roma was among the best foreign film nominees, as expected, while Cuarón was recognised for best screenplay and best director.
In the best television drama category, newcomers dominated, with nominations going to the thriller Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh as a security services operative; the boisterous Pose, the latest hit from Ryan Murphy; Homecoming, a cerebral thriller starring Julia Roberts; and the pulpy British thriller Bodyguard, Atlanta got left out, with the remaining slot going to The Americans, for its final season.
IN THE BEST TELEVISION DRAMA CATEGORY, NEWCOMERS, KILLING EVE, POSE, HOMECOMING LEAD THE PACK, WHILE BODYGUARD, ATLANTA GOT LEFT OUT
Emily Blunt in a still from Mary Poppins Returns that’s received four nominations including Blunt’s nomination for best actor Bradley Cooper’s hit romance A Star Is Born featuring Lady Gaga received five nominations
Three of this year’s five best drama nominees – Blackkklansman, Black Panther and If Beale Street Could Talk – are films by black directors featuring largely black casts
Crazy Rich Asians drew two nominations
Constance Wu became the first Asian woman in 44 years to be nominated in the best actor category at the Golden Globes
Adam Mckay’s comedy starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney picks up most nods