Golden Globes an­nounces movie jew­els for nom­i­na­tions

Spike Lee among the favourites

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Vice, a biopic about Ge­orge W. Bush’s pow­er­ful vice pres­i­dent Dick Cheney star­ring Chris­tian Bale, yesterday picked up the most Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions with six, in­clud­ing best com­edy film, as the race to the Os­cars be­gins.

The an­nounce­ments, a week be­fore the in­flu­en­tial Screen Ac­tors Guild nom­i­na­tions, are the first ma­jor bell­wether of mo­men­tum go­ing into the Acad­emy Awards, which take place in Fe­bru­ary.

Vice bucked some pre­dic­tions, earn­ing one more nom­i­na­tion than pop­u­lar mu­sic ro­mance re­boot A Star is Born, but both are now well placed for Tin­sel­town awards glory.

Tied with Star – a hit with both crit­ics and at the box of­fice, star­ring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – at five nom­i­na­tions were bawdy royal tale The Favourite 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 picked up a trio of act­ing nom­i­na­tions.

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

Vy­ing with Star for best drama film are BlacKkKlans­man, Marvel block­buster Black Pan­ther, Bohemian Rhapsody about Queen front­man Fred­die Mer­cury and If Beale Street Could Talk. Beale Street – which tells the story of a young black cou­ple in love in 1970s Har­lem, and the ob­sta­cles in their path, in an adap­ta­tion of a novel by James Bald­win.

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

A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody are com­pet­ing in the drama cat­e­gories, seek­ing to firmly es­tab­lish their po­si­tion be­fore the Os­cars.

Green Book, an off­beat com­edy about 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 hon­our the best in tele­vi­sion and can look ahead to pro­grammes that aired too late for Em­mys con­tention. Dark HBO mini-se­ries Sharp Ob­jects, Ama­zon drama Home­com­ing star­ring Ju­lia Roberts, and Net­flix com­edy The Komin­sky Method all earned nom­i­na­tions.

The 76th Golden Globes take place on Jan­uary 6 in Bev­erly Hills. The Os­car nom­i­na­tions come af­ter the Globes this year, on Jan­uary 22. – AFP


Ac­tors Chad­wick Bose­man, Lupita Ny­ong’o, and An­gela Bas­sett of Black Pan­ther, which has been nom­i­nated for the Golden Globes.


Spike Lee.

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