Golden Globes nom­i­na­tions de­liver a big boost to ‘Vice’

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - EXPLORE - BY JAKE COYLE, As­so­ci­ated Press

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, 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, be­hindthe-scenes tyrant – as a com­edy raised some eye­brows, just as Globes re­cent com­edy se­lec­tions “Get Out” and “The Mar­tian” did.

“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.”

But it was far from a ru­n­away win for “Vice” since the press as­so­ci­a­tion typ­i­cally spread 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 Amer­i­cans,” “Barry,” “Home­com­ing,” “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 Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press doesn’t con­sider for­eign­lan­guage 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 Africanamer­i­can 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 adap­tion “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The other nom­i­nees are “A

Star Is Born” and the Fred­die Mer­cury biopic.

All earned nods in other cat­e­gories, too, in­clud­ing Rami Malek’s pros­thetic tooth-aided per­for­mance as Mer­cury and the lead­ing turn by John David Washington in “Blackkklans­man,” who said his fa­ther, Den­zel, woke him up for the nom­i­na­tions an­nounce­ment.

“I had flash­backs when I was watch­ing the (NFL) draft when they never called my name,” said Washington, a for­mer foot­ball player. “When I heard them say my name, it hap­pened in slow mo­tion.”

While Sam El­liott’s sup­port­ing per­for­mance in “A Star Is Born” was un­ex­pect­edly over­looked, the Warner Bros. hit (which elected to compete on the more hefty drama side of the Globes de­spite its many songs) earned the ex­pected nods for

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, as both ac­tor and direc­tor, and the song “The Shal­low.”

Up for best pic­ture com­edy along­side “Vice” are Yor­gas Lan­thi­mos’ wild palace power strug­gle “The Favourite,” Peter Far­relly’s di­vi­sive crowd­pleaser “Green Book,” the up­com­ing Dis­ney se­quel “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns” and the rom-com hit “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The Os­car path for both “Green Book” and “The Favourite” ap­peared to be so­lid­i­fied, with nods for all of their leads, some of whom are run­ning in sup­port­ing cat­e­gories: Viggo Mortensen and Ma­her­shala Ali for “Green Book” and Olivia Col­man, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone for “The Favourite.”

While some crit­ics have taken is­sue with “Green Book” for re­ly­ing on out­dated racial tropes, the up­lift­ing drama’s once flag­ging Os­car cam­paign has lately re­ceived a boost with both bet­ter ticket sales and ac­cru­ing awards love. Far­relly, best known for broader come­dies with his brother, Bobby, like “There’s Some­thing About Mary,” also re­ceived a best direc­tor nod for his first dra­matic film.

Nom­i­nees like Con­stance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Regina King (”Beale Street”), Linmanuel Mi­randa (“Mary Pop­pins Re­turns”), Ali and Washington in­sured a di­verse field of nom­i­nees. Three decades af­ter last be­ing in­cluded in the cat­e­gory for “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee was nom­i­nated for di­rect­ing “Blackkklans­man.” “The first word that came to mind was ‘BOOM SHAKALAKA,’ ” Lee said in a state­ment.

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.

Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” which has seen its awards hopes wane in re­cent weeks, failed to liftoff, scor­ing nei­ther a best film nod, nor one for Ryan Gosling’s lead­ing per­for­mance. (It did land nom­i­na­tions for Claire

Foy and its score.) The news was worse for Steve Mcqueen’s heist thriller “Wi­d­ows,” which was shut out en­tirely.

Also left out, to gasps heard across so­cial me­dia, was Ethan Hawke’s per­for­mance as an an­guished pas­tor in “First Re­formed” and Pawel Paw­likowski’s Pol­ish stun­ner “Cold War,” his fol­low-up to the Os­car-win­ning “Ida.” (The nom­i­nees for best for­eign lan­guage film along­side “Roma” were “Caper­naum,” ‘'Girl,” ‘'Never Look Away” and ‘'Sho­plifters.”) Some of the TV snubs – “At­lanta,” “This Is Us,” “Bet­ter Call Saul” – were even more sur­pris­ing.

But the Globes also handed nom­i­na­tions to some up-and-com­ers, in­clud­ing Lu­cas Hedges (”Boy Erased”), Ti­mothee Cha­la­met (“Beau­ti­ful Boy”) and Elsie Fisher, the 15-year-old star of the com­ing-of-age tale “Eighth Grade.”

“WHAT,” said Fisher on Twit­ter. When reached by phone Thurs­day morn­ing and told she was trend­ing, Fisher – whose char­ac­ter is a lit­tle-liked Youtu­ber – replied “Hell yeah!”

The press as­so­ci­a­tion made room for one old fa­vorite: Robert Red­ford who re­ceived his 10th Globe nom­i­na­tion for “The Old Man & the

Gun” in what he has said may (or may not) be his fi­nal act­ing per­for­mance. Red­ford was given the group’s Ce­cil B. Demille achieve­ment award in 1994.

Glenn Close like­wise notched her 14th Globe nom­i­na­tion for her lead­ing per­for­mance as a cel­e­brated au­thor in “The Wife.” Reached Thurs­day morn­ing, Close said her voice was “gone” af­ter two per­for­mances of the off-broad­way play “Mother of the Maid” the day be­fore.

“Maybe to­day it'll be te­quila,” Close said of her cel­e­bra­tion plans be­fore think­ing bet­ter of it. “I have a show tonight. And I'll prob­a­bly have to go back to sleep at some point to­day.”

In film and tele­vi­sion, the nom­i­na­tions guar­an­teed the Globes will boast what it most craves for its fa­mously frothy broad­cast: stars. Among them: Ju­lia Roberts (”Home­com­ing”), Amy Adams (“Sharp Ob­jects”), Ni­cole Kid­man (”De­stroyer”), Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scan­dal”), Melissa Mccarthy (”Can You Ever For­give Me?”), Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch (“Pa­trick Mel­rose”), Emily Blunt (”Mary Pop­pins Re­turns”), Jim Car­rey (“Kid­ding”) and Char­l­ize Theron (”Tully”).

Though the ma­jor stu­dios like Dis­ney (“Black Pan­ther,” “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns,” “In­cred­i­bles

2”), Warner Bros. (”A Star Is Born”) and Uni­ver­sal (“Green Book,” “First Man”) are more in the thick of the awards sea­son than usual, in­dies car­ried the day. An­na­purna Pic­tures (”Vice,” “Beale Street”) and Fox Search­light (“The Favourite,” “Can You Ever For­give Me?) led the stu­dios with 10 nods apiece – es­pe­cially wel­come news for bil­lion­aire heiress Me­gan El­li­son’s An­na­purna, which strug­gled through fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties this fall.

Still, Dis­ney could claim a kind of supremacy. Its soon-to-be-fi­nal­ized ac­qui­si­tion of Fox would make its movie nom­i­na­tions tally 21 – a num­ber that climbs higher still when you throw in Fox’s FX. The nod for its “Black Pan­ther” also marked Mar­vel Stu­dios’ first best­pic­ture nom­i­na­tion at the Globes, a feat it’s hop­ing to re­peat at the Academy Awards.

MATT KENNEDY An­na­purna Pic­tures

Chris­tian Bale stars as Dick Cheney, left, and Amy Adams plays Lynne Cheney in “Vice.” On Thurs­day, the film was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe award for best mo­tion pic­ture mu­si­cal or com­edy.

UNI­VER­SAL PIC­TURES Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures

Viggo Mortensen, left, and Ma­her­shala Ali star in “Green Book.” The film was among the nom­i­nees for the Golden Globe Awards.

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