“VICE,” FX LEAD GOLDEN GLOBE NOM­I­NA­TIONS

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Travis M. An­drews and Elahe Izadi

This year’s Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions are in and, boy, there are a few head scratch­ers. The year’s lead­ing movie hasn’t even hit the­aters, for ex­am­ple, and there still seems to be some un­know­able rea­son­ing be­hind what makes a film a “drama” or a “com­edy.”

Other things are par for the course, such as all the di­rec­tor nom­i­nees be­ing male — yes, again.

For the pop cul­ture con­sumer on the go, here are our big­gest take­aways:

• The sweep of “Vice,” a movie most peo­ple haven’t even seen.

From the mo­ment it was an­nounced, we knew the Dick Cheney pic­ture “Vice” would be a big awards con­tender. Af­ter all, it’s the sec­ond “se­ri­ous” film from Adam McKay, the “An­chor­man” di­rec­tor who went on to write and di­rect 2015’s “The Big Short,” for which he won the Os­car for best adapted screen­play and was nom­i­nated for best di­rec­tor. Add in Chris­tian Bale trans­form­ing him­self into the for­mer vice pres­i­dent to the point that the ac­tor is un­rec­og­niz­able, and the movie might as well be ti­tled “Awards Bait.”

Still, for it to pull in the most nom­i­na­tions — six! — of any movie (or tele­vi­sion show, for that mat­ter) is pretty im­pres­sive, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing the movie doesn’t hit the­aters un­til Christ­mas Day. Of course, the Emily Blunt-star­ring “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns” also doesn’t drop un­til Christ­mas, and it scored four nods.

• FX rules the day, but just barely.

This year’s Emmy Awards were dom­i­nated by Net­flix and HBO, but the Golden Globes are a dif­fer­ent story. FX, the scrappy net­work known for pump­ing out edgy con­tent on strange sched­ules — it fa­mously al­lowed dis­graced comic Louis C.K. to cre­ate his show “Louie” on his own time­line — earned a whop­ping 10 nom­i­na­tions. By do­ing so, it beat out HBO, Ama­zon Prime Video and Net­flix.

Two of its land­mark shows se­cured FX that top spot: “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story,” the high­estearn­ing show with four nom­i­na­tions, and “The Amer­i­cans,” which wrapped up this year and earned three nods.

• “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” and “A Star is Born” are dra­mas, but “Vice” is a com­edy.

The Golden Globes al­ways have some cat­e­gory cu­riosi­ties. (Who could for­get the de­bate that erupted over the Globes clas­si­fy­ing Jor­dan Peele’s “Get Out” as a com­edy?) But in case you for­got, just be­cause a movie has a lot of mu­sic and is about mu­sic, it doesn’t make it a mu­si­cal. The Fred­die Mer­cury biopic “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody” and Bradley Cooper’s di­rec­to­rial de­but “A Star Is Born” (which in­cludes some of the best con­cert scenes in a film we’ve seen lately) re­ceived con­sid­er­a­tion in the drama cat­e­gories.

Mean­while, McKay’s look at Cheney re­ceived nom­i­na­tions in the com­edy or mu­si­cal cat­e­gories.

• Snubs!

“First Man” may have tanked at the box of­fice, and it looks like it gets no love from the Golden Globes, in­clud­ing noth­ing for lead ac­tor Ryan Gosling. The pow­er­ful drama “The Hate U Give” was also over­looked. Ditto for Ethan Hawke and “First Re­formed.”

And the ac­claimed John Krasin­ski thriller about the dan­gers of mak­ing noise, “A Quiet Place,” re­ceived only one nom­i­na­tion — for best score, of all things.

Kris­ten Bell was nom­i­nated for her role in “The Good Place,” the NBC com­edy which gave the broad­cast net­work two of its three nom­i­na­tions this year, but Ted Dan­son didn’t get a nod. And speak­ing of NBC, the weepy drama “This Is Us” was to­tally shut out.

Af­ter a stel­lar sea­son of “At­lanta,” which in­cluded episodes that topped sev­eral best-of-year lists, the FX show didn’t get a nom­i­na­tion for best com­edy TV se­ries (though Don­ald Glover did get one for best ac­tor).

And the best ac­tress in a TV com­edy cat­e­gory is all white nom­i­nees this year, with Issa Rae (who’s been nom­i­nated for two years in a row for “In­se­cure”) and Tracee El­lis Ross (who won in 2017 for “Black-ish”) shut out. • Sur­prises! Per­haps one of the most sur­pris­ing nom­i­na­tions came in the best ac­tor in a TV se­ries, mu­si­cal or com­edy cat­e­gory for Sacha Baron Co­hen, who earned it for Show­time’s “Who Is Amer­ica?” The show fea­tured Co­hen pre­tend­ing to be var­i­ous char­ac­ters and trick­ing re­al­life politi­cians into say­ing out­landish, of­ten ter­ri­ble and some­times racist things — which he then aired on a pre­mium cable net­work.

Some view­ers might be sur­prised to see “Body­guard,” a Net­flix co­pro­duc­tion with the BBC, earn a nod for best drama TV se­ries. The show, star­ring Richard Mad­den (bet­ter known to most as Rob Stark from “Game of Thrones”), was cer­tainly crit­i­cally ac­claimed. But Net­flix pumps out so many se­ries, it’s likely this one slipped un­der the radar for most peo­ple who aren’t paid to watch TV for a liv­ing.

• Best di­rec­tor nom­i­nees are men, again.

Dur­ing the 2018 Golden Globes tele­cast, Natalie Port­man in­tro­duced the best di­rect­ing for a mo­tion pic­ture cat­e­gory by an­nounc­ing the “all-male nom­i­nees.” Her pointed re­mark, which came af­ter Oprah Win­frey’s fiery speech about sex­ism and equal­ity, un­der­scored the gen­der dis­par­ity of the Globes and made head­lines.

Well, this year we have a re­peat. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Al­fonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Peter Far­relly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlans­man”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) are this year’s “all­male nom­i­nees.”

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