‘Vice’ leads Golden Globe Awards with six nominations
Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” seized control of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Thursday 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 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 Mr. 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 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 Mr. Cheney as a power-hungry, behind-the-scenes tyrant — as a comedy raised some eyebrows.
“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,” Mr. McKay said 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 Americans,” “Barry,” “Homecoming,” “The Kominsky Method” and last year’s champ, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Leading all smallscreen nominees with four nods was “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” the FX anthology series about the Italian fashion designer’s murder.
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 nominated for best screenplay, best director and best foreign language film.
For the first time, the Globes nominated three films directed by black 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 “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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 overlooked, the Warner Bros. hit earned the expected nods for Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, as both actor and director, and the song “The Shallow.”
Up for best picture musicalcomedy 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 ceremony will be held Jan. 6, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh.
Christian Bale earned a Golden Globe best actor nomination for portraying former Vice President Dick Cheney in the biopic “Vice.” Amy Adams, who portrays Lynne Cheney, also earned a nomination.
“A Star is Born” earned expected nods for Bradley Cooper, who also directed the movie, and Lady Gaga for best actress in a drama.