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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.”

“Vice” topped all con­tenders in the nom­i­na­tions that were an­nounced at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Calif., 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, 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.” But it was far from a run­away win for “Vice.” Os­car front-run­ners “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “The Favourite” trailed close be­hind with five nom­i­na­tions each.

On the TV 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.

Andy Sam­berg and “Killing Eve” star San­dra Oh, a best ac­tress in a TV se­ries drama nom­i­nee, were an­nounced Wed­nes­day as hosts of the Jan. 6 cer­e­mony, to be broad­cast live on NBC.


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