YET-TO-BE-RE­LEASED VICE LEADS GLOBE ’19

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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

PHOTO:VALERIE MACON / AFP PHOTO:GEOFF ROBINS/AFP

Adam McKay’s com­edy star­ring Chris­tian Bale as Dick Cheney picks up most nods

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