Cheney biopic tops Golden Globes nom­i­na­tions

The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES - By Jake Coyle

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 of­ten­quirky se­lec­tions of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion, a col­lec­tion of 88 mostly lesser-known 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 Robert­sled con­spir­acy thriller “Home­com­ing,” Chuck Lorre’s act­ing coach series “The Komin­sky Method” and last year’s champ, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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