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Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-sea­son coup Thurs­day, land­ing a lead­ing six nom­i­na­tions from the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards to nar­rowly edge more ex­pected fa­vorites like Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerk­ing re­vival “A Star Is Born,” the in­ter­ra­cial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the pe­riod romp “The Favourite.”

— Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-sea­son coup Thurs­day, land­ing a lead­ing six nom­i­na­tions from the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards to nar­rowly edge more ex­pected fa­vorites like 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 in the nom­i­na­tions that were an­nounced at the Bev­erly Hilton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing best pic­ture, com­edy and best ac­tor nom­i­na­tions for Chris­tian Bale’s nearly un­rec­og­niz­able per­for­mance as the for­mer vice pres­i­dent.

It also earned nom­i­na­tions for Amy Adams’ Lynne Cheney, Sam Rock­well’s Ge­orge W. Bush and for 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 lesser-known free­lance film jour­nal­ists, the strong sup­port for “Vice” (which ar­rives in the­aters on Dec. 25) was a sur­prise. Even its cat­e­go­riza­tion of the film — a highly crit­i­cal por­trait of Cheney as a power-hun­gry, be­hind-the-scenes tyrant — as a com­edy raised some eye­brows, as did Globes re­cent com­edy se­lec­tions “Get Out” and “The Mar­tian.” “It’s a movie that’s a lot like the times we live in.

There’s part of it that’s ab­sur­dist and comedic and then there’s an­other part of it that’s darkly tragic and dra­matic,” McKay said Thurs­day by phone from Lon­don. “But I do know I’m glad we’re in that cat­e­gory be­cause we will take ‘Mary Pop­pins’ out. I’m not com­pet­i­tive with the other movies but I am com­pet­i­tive with ‘Mary Pop­pins.’ Dick Cheney is go­ing for her.”

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

On the tele­vi­sion side, awards were even more widely dis­persed among the likes of the spy thriller “The Amer­i­cans,” Bill Hader’s hit-man com­edy “Barry,” the Ju­lia Roberts-led con­spir­acy thriller “Home­com­ing,” Chuck Lorre’s act­ing coach series “The Komin­sky Method” and last year’s champ, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Lead­ing all small-screen nom­i­nees with four nods was “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story,” the FX an­thol­ogy series about the Ital­ian fash­ion de­signer’s mur­der.

For the first time, FX bested heavy­weights like HBO, Net­flix and Ama­zon with a net­work-best 10 nods, even though the ex­alted se­cond sea­son of its “At­lanta” re­ceived only a sin­gle nod for Don­ald Glover’s act­ing.

Cu­ri­ously, the HFPA doesn’t con­sider for­eign-lan­guage films for best film, so Al­fonso Cuaron’s ac­claimed fam­ily drama “Roma” was left out of the Globes’ top cat­e­gory. “Roma,” which is ex­pected to earn Net­flix its first best pic­ture nom­i­na­tion at the Os­cars, was still nom­i­nated for best screen­play, best di­rec­tor and best for­eign lan­guage film.

For the first time, the Globes nom­i­nated three films di­rected by African-Amer­i­can film­mak­ers for best pic­ture, drama: Ryan Coogler’s su­per­hero sen­sa­tion “Black Pan­ther,” Spike Lee’s ur­gent white na­tion­al­ist drama “BlacKkKlans­man” and Barry Jenk­ins’ lyri­cal James Bald­win adap­tion “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

The other nom­i­nees are “A Star Is Born” and “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody,” the Fred­die Mer­cury biopic. 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 in “BlacKkKlans­man,” who said his fa­ther, Den­zel, woke him up for the nom­i­na­tions an­nounce­ment.

“I had flash­backs when I was watch­ing the (NFL) draft when they never called my name,” said Wash­ing­ton, a for­mer foot­ball player. “When I heard them say my name, it hap­pened in slow mo­tion.”

While Sam El­liott’s sup­port­ing per­for­mance in “A Star Is Born” was un­ex­pect­edly over­looked , the Warner Bros. hit (which elected to com­pete on the more hefty drama side of the Globes de­spite its many songs) earned the ex­pected nods for Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper (as both ac­tor and di­rec­tor) and the song “Shal­low.”

Up for best pic­ture com­edy along­side “Vice” are Yor­gos 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.”

The Os­car path for both “Green Book” and “The Favourite” ap­peared to be so­lid­i­fied, with nods for all of their leads, some of whom are run­ning in sup­port­ing cat­e­gories: Viggo Mortensen and Ma­her­shala Ali for “Green Book” and Olivia Col­man, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone for “The Favourite.” While some crit­ics have taken is­sue with “Green Book” for re­ly­ing on out­dated racial tropes, the up­lift­ing drama’s once flag­ging Os­car cam­paign has lately re­ceived a boost with both bet­ter ticket sales and ac­cru­ing awards-sea­sonac­co­lades.

Far­relly, best known for broader come­dies with his brother, Bobby, like “Dumb and Dumber,” also re­ceived a best-di­rec­tor nod for his first dra­matic film, edg­ing out film­mak­ers like Lan­thi­mos and Jenk­ins.

Nom­i­nees such as Con­stance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians”), Regina King ("Beale Street”), Lin-Manuel Mi­randa ("Mary Pop­pins Re­turns”), Ali and Wash­ing­ton in­sured a di­verse field of nom­i­nees.

Three decades af­ter last be­ing in­cluded in the cat­e­gory for “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee was nom­i­nated for di­rect­ing “BlacKkKlans­man.” “The first word that came to mind was ‘BOOM SHAKALAKA,”’ Lee said in a state­ment.

But the Globes also failed to nom­i­nate any of the year’s ac­claimed fe­male film­mak­ers (among them Chloe Zhao, Ta­mara Jenk­ins, Marielle Heller) for best di­rec­tor, and none of the 10 best-pic­ture nom­i­nees were helmed by a woman. At the pre­vi­ous Globes, pre­sen­ter Natalie Port­man point­edly in­tro­duced the “all-male” di­rect­ing nom­i­nees.

Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” which has seen its awards hopes 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.)

The morn­ing was worse for Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Wi­d­ows,” which was shut out en­tirely.

Also left out 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 Os­car-win­ning “Ida.” (The nom­i­nees for best for­eign lan­guage film along­side “Roma” were “Caper­naum,” ‘’Girl,” ‘’Never Look Away” and ‘’Sho­plifters.”) Some of the TV snubs — “At­lanta,” “This Is Us,” “Bet­ter Call Saul” — were even more sur­pris­ing.

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From left, ac­tors Les­lie Mann, Chris­tian Slater, Terry Crews and Danai Gurira pre­pare to an­nounce the nom­i­nees for the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards at the Bev­erly Hilton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Cali., Thurs­day.

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