Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globes nom­i­na­tions

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NEW YORK >> 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 lesser­known 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.

MATT KENNEDY — AN­NA­PURNA PIC­TURES VIA AP

This im­age re­leased by An­na­purna Pic­tures shows Chris­tian Bale as Dick Cheney, left, and Sam Rock­well as Ge­orge W. Bush in a scene from “Vice.”

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