Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions

Tri-City Herald - - Obituaries | News - BY JAKE COYLE

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 of “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, Calif., 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 the 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.”

MATT KENNEDY An­na­purna Pic­tures

Chris­tian Bale plays Dick Cheney, left, and Sam Rock­well is Ge­orge W. Bush in a scene from “Vice.” The film was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe award for best mo­tion pic­ture mu­si­cal or com­edy on Thurs­day.

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