‘Vice’ leads Golden Globe Awards with six nom­i­na­tions

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JAKE COYLEAP

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHO­TO­GRAPHS

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.

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