Cheney Biopic “Vice” Leads Golden Globe Nom­i­na­tions With Six

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LOS AN­GE­LES (Dis­patches) - “Vice,” a biopic about Dick Cheney star­ring Chris­tian Bale as the for­mer US vice pres­i­dent, on Thurs­day earned the most Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions with six in­clud­ing best com­edy film, as the race to the Os­cars ramps up.

The nom­i­na­tions, an­nounced in the pre-dawn hours in Cal­i­for­nia, are the first ma­jor bell­wether of mo­men­tum go­ing into the Acad­emy Awards, which take place in Fe­bru­ary.

“Vice” -- which only opens in U.S. the­aters on Christ­mas Day -- bucked some pre­dic­tions, earn­ing one more nod than pop­u­lar mu­sic ro­mance re­boot “A Star Is Born,” but both are now well placed for Tin­sel­town awards glory.

“I did not know which way ‘Vice’ would land... But I think it just got a ma­jor push for the Os­car race,” wrote Sasha Stone, the founder of spe­cial­ized in­dus­try web­site Awards Daily.

Tied with “Star” -- a hit both with crit­ics and at the box of­fice, star­ring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper -- at five nom­i­na­tions were bawdy royal tale “The Fa­vorite” and off­beat civil rights dram­edy “Green Book.”

Right be­hind them were Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlans­man,” the true story of a black po­lice of­fi­cer who in­fil­trated the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white partner, and hotly-an­tic­i­pated Dis­ney se­quel “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns.”

Be­yond its best com­edy film nod, “Vice” -- a sear­ing look at Ge­orge W. Bush’s pow­er­ful vice pres­i­dent -- picked up a trio of act­ing nom­i­na­tions for a nearly un­rec­og­niz­able Bale, co-star Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne and Sam Rock­well as Bush. Film­maker Adam McKay picked up a pair of nom­i­na­tions for best di­rec­tor and screen­play.

Also win­ning dou­ble nom­i­na­tions were Cooper -- for act­ing and direct­ing in “Star” -- and Lady Gaga, for act­ing and best orig­i­nal song (“Shal­low”).

But co-star Sam El­liott, who plays the brother of Cooper’s ag­ing rocker, was no­tably snubbed. Vy­ing with “Star” for best drama film are “BlacKkKlans­man,” Marvel block­buster “Black Pan­ther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Queen front­man Fred­die Mer­cury and black love story “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

The “Black Pan­ther” nom­i­na­tion marked the first best pic­ture nod for Marvel, and the first ever in the drama cat­e­gory for a su­per­hero flick. “I love comic book movies -- I al­ways have, I’m a big fan. So I’m thrilled that it made it in and I hope that more are com­ing,” said Me­her Tatna, the pres­i­dent of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion, which chooses the win­ners.

Com­pet­ing in the best mu­si­cal/com­edy film are “Vice,” “The Favourite,” “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns,” “Green Book” and sum­mer rom-com suc­cess “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The Golden Globes fea­ture sep­a­rate awards for dra­mas and mu­si­cals/come­dies -- mean­ing more nom­i­na­tions, and a chance for Os­car vot­ers to con­sider a wider range of per­for­mances be­fore they get their bal­lots. “A Star Is Born” is com­pet­ing in the drama cat­e­gories, while “Vice” is -- strangely -- in the com­edy race. “Look­ing to the Golden Globes to guide you to­wards Os­car’s Best Pic­ture, fol­low Best Di­rec­tor. That is the best cat­e­gory to pre­dict which way that will go,” wrote Stone, cel­e­brat­ing in par­tic­u­lar Lee’s nom­i­na­tion.

By that score, “Vice,” “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlans­man” and Al­fonso Cuaron’s love let­ter to his child­hood, “Roma,” are in pole po­si­tion for the Os­cars. “Roma” earned three nom­i­na­tions -- best for­eign film, best di­rec­tor and best screen­play. The three stars of “The Fa­vorite” -- the off­beat tale of royal de­cep­tion and lust -each earned nods: Olivia Col­man as Queen Anne, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as the women vy­ing for her at­ten­tions.

“Green Book,” the story of a black clas­si­cal pian­ist in 1960s Amer­ica who hires an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can bouncer as his driver for a tour of the racially di­vided South, earned nods for stars Ma­her­shala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.

The Globes also honor the best in tele­vi­sion -- it can feel a bit re­dun­dant af­ter the Em­mys in Septem­ber, with many of the nom­i­nees mim­ick­ing the Tele­vi­sion Acad­emy field. To wit, Emmy win­ner “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story” topped the nom­i­na­tions with four.

But the Globes also look ahead at pro­grams that aired too late for Em­mys con­tention.

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