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 favourites 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 unrecognisable 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.
But it was far from a runaway win for Vice since the Hollywood Foreign 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 Roberts-led conspiracy thriller Homecoming, Chuck Lorre’s acting coach series 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.
Curiously, the HFPA doesn’t consider foreign-language 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 African-American filmmakers for best picture, drama: Ryan Coogler’s superhero sensation Black Panther, Spike Lee’s urgent white nationalist drama BlacKkKlansman and Barry Jenkins’ lyrical James Baldwin adaption If Beale Street Could Talk. The other nominees are A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic.
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 Shallow.
Up for best picture comedy alongside Vice are Yorgos Lanthimos’ wild palace power struggle The Favourite, Peter Farrelly’s divisive crowd-pleaser Green Book, the upcoming Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns and the rom-com hit Crazy Rich Asians.
The press association honoured one old favourite: Robert Redford, who received his 10th Globe nomination for what he has said may (or may not ) be his final acting performance in The Old Man & The Gun. Redford was given the group’s Cecil B. DeMille achievement award in 1994.
The ratings for last January’s broadcast, hosted by Seth Meyers and graced with an impassioned speech by Oprah Winfrey, dipped 5 percent with approximately 19 million viewers. As the first major awards show following the Harvey Weinstein revelations, the usually more frivolous ceremony had an atypical edge of seriousness. In a demonstration organized by the then-just-founded Time’s Up, women wore black on the red carpet .
Whether this year will return the Globes to their more lighthearted celebrations will rest partly with its unexpected pairing of Andy Samberg and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh, who’s also a nominee for best actress in a TV series drama. They were announced Wednesday as hosts of the Jan 6 ceremony, to be broadcast live on NBC. – AP