Cheney biopic leads Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions

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NEW YORK — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” seized control of the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards with a lead­ing six nom­i­na­tions, nar­rowly edg­ing 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 Thurs­day in nom­i­na­tions 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 both 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, 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, be­hindthe-scenes tyrant — as a com­edy raised some eye­brows.

“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, but they are def­i­nitely both there,” said McKay 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.”

On the tele­vi­sion side, awards were even more widely dis­persed among the likes of “The Amer­i­cans,” “Barry,” “Home­com­ing,” “The Komin­sky Method” and “The Mar­velous Mrs. Maisel.” Lead­ing all small-screen nom­i­nees was the FX an­thol­ogy se­ries “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story” with four nods.

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

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’ James Bald­win adap­ta­tion “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The other nom­i­nees are “A Star Is Born” and the Fred­die Mer­cury biopic.

Per­form­ers like Con­stance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Regina King (“Beale Street”), Ma­her­shala Ali (‘‘Green Book’’) and John David Wash­ing­ton (“BlacKkKlans­man”) in­sured a some­what di­verse field of nom­i­nees. Spike Lee was nom­i­nated for direct­ing “BlacKkKlans­man,” three decades af­ter last be­ing in­cluded in the cat­e­gory for “Do the Right Thing.”

But the Globes also didn’t nom­i­nate any of the year’s ac­claimed fe­male film­mak­ers 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.


Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga earned Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions for their work in “A Star Is Born.”


Chris­tian Bale stars as for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney in “Vice.”

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