Golden Globe Nominations: Surprises, Snubs, and Stats


The Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken!  Yesterday morning, the nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards were announced by Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dennis Quaid, Miss Golden Globe Corinne Fox, HFPA president Lorenzo Soria, and Dick Clark Productions EVP Barry Adelman.

Blanchett and Mara - Carol
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol

Leading the pack with five nominations including Best Motion Picture Drama was Carol, Todd Haynes’s period drama about a housewife and a female store clerk who find themselves undeniably attracted to each other.  Both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara scored nominations for Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.  This is a departure from the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations that came out on Wednesday, where Blanchett was nominated for Lead Actress and Mara was nominated as a Supporting Actress.  The film’s producers will be pushing to have Mara in the Supporting Actress category when it comes Oscar time, as they want to avoid Blanchett and Mara splitting the vote if they are in the same category.

Similarly, Alicia Vikander received a nomination in the Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Drama category for The Danish Girl.  While she is the lead actress in the film, her performance is being pushed towards the supporting category.  However, she did receive a nomination in the Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category for her role as an android passing for human in the sci-fi mystery, Ex Machina.  Three other actors have the distinction of getting two nominations this year: Idris Elba, Lily Tomlin, and Mark Rylance.  Elba was nominated for his role as the Commandant in the motion picture Beasts of No Nation, and for his role as the tortured police detective DCI John Luther on television’s “Luther”.  Tomlin, a Golden Globe veteran with six previous nominations, was nominated this year for playing the titular role in the motion picture Grandma, and for her role as the free-spirited recent divorcee in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”. Stage veteran Rylance has pretty much cemented his chances of getting an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Speilberg’s Bridge of Spies.  He has also been nominated for playing Thomas Cromwell in the PBS broadcast of Wolf Hall.

The Big Short, a film about four men in the finance world who predicted the housing market collapse of the mid-2000s, came away with four nominations.  The film was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and it garnered nominations for Christian Bale and Steve Carell in the Lead Actor category.

Stallone - Creed
Sylvester Stallone in Creed

One of the biggest surprises was Sylvester Stallone’s nomination for his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed. This is Stallone’s first Golden Globe nomination since 1977 when he was nominated for playing the same character in the film Rocky.  Another surprise was Mark Ruffalo’s Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination for the family dramedy Infinitely Polar Bear.  The general consensus this year has been that if Ruffalo is able to score an Oscar nomination, it will be for the larger and much showier role in Spotlight.

Since the Globes split the categories into Drama and Musical or Comedy, we can always count on them for a few fun nominations.  This year, I would say that goes to the inclusion of Trainwreck and Spy.  Both have been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category, as well as Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy, respectively.  This is definitely where you say, “It is an honor just to be nominated.”

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in “Outlander”

The television nominations prove to have a few surprises, but there are plenty of old standards also represented.  Personally, I have to give a shout out to “Outlander”: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG, I’M SO EXCITED!!!!  Ok, that’s out of the way.  The Starz series was nominated for Best Television Drama Series, Best Actress in a Television Drama (Caitriona Balfe), and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Tobias Menzies).  The excited fan girl aside, the nomination for Menzies is richly deserved.  Just watch the season finale and you will see exactly what I mean.

A few other surprises are Aziz Ansari’s nomination for the Netflix show “Master of None”, Lady Gaga’s nomination for “American Horror Story: Hotel”, Rachel Bloom’s nomination for the freshman series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, Rob Lowe’s nomination for the poorly received Fox comedy “The Grinder”, and the nominations for Hulu’s “Casual” and Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” as Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

Viola Davis continues on her award streak by scoring a nomination for her role as the lawyer you love to hate Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder”.  As they did at the Emmys, Davis and Taraji P. Henson, who was nominated for the showy role of Cookie on “Empire”, will battle for the Golden Globe.  Perhaps Henson will triumph this time.

The Golden Globes will be awarded on January 10, 2016.  The ceremony, which will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air on NBC.  For a full list of nominees go to

-Ari Ansbro

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