'Carol' leads Golden Globes movies nominations
Todd Haynes' lesbian romance Carol led with five nominations Thursday when finalists for the 72nd annual Golden Globes were announced.
In addition to a best picture-drama nomination, Carol co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were each listed among best actress-drama contenders. Haynes made the best director cut (that doesn't discern between drama and musical/comedy), as did composer Carter Burwell for his musicial score.
Blanchett stars as a Manhattan socialite housewife in the 1950's who falls in love with the titular shopgirl, played by Mara. The movie is similar in closet themes, two-hankie melodrama and bright period design to Haynes' acclaimed 2002 film Far from Heaven.
Carol is set to open in select Tampa Bay theaters on Dec. 25
Two more movies that haven't yet debuted locally were right behind Carol in the nominations tally. The fact-based financial crisis comedy The Big Short (Dec, 23) and the gripping frontier drama The Revenant (Jan. 8, 2016) collected four nods each, including best picture in their respective divisions. Steve Jobs was also tagged four times, although not on the best picture front.
Joining Blanchett and Mara on the best actress-drama list are Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Brie Larson (Room). Vikander also earned a supporting actress berth for the sci-fi puzzler Ex Machina.
Among dramatic best picture nominees, Carol and The Revenant will contend with Room, Spotlight and one of the day's major surprises, the action blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.
In the best picture-musical/comedy race, The Big Short is matched with Joy (opening Dec. 25), The Martian, Spy and Trainwreck.
The latter two movies also earned best actress nominations for the current queens of comedy, Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer. They're joined by Lily Tomlin (Grandma), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van).
Best actor (musical/comedy) nominees include The Big Short co-stars Christian Bale and Steve Carell, Matt Damon (The Martian), and two more left-field finalists, Al Pacino (Danny Collins) and Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear).
Dramatic best actor nominees include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Will Smith (Concussion) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl). Coincidentally, each was cited for portraying true-life characters.
A pair of Hollywood veterans whose best work was thought to be behind them earned supporting performance nominations. Jane Fonda re-enters awards season as an aging diva in Youth, while Sylvester Stallone's reprise of his Rocky Balboa role in Creed received the loudest applause when names were announced in Beverly Hills.
Other supporting performers nominated included Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Helen Mirren, (Trumbo), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Idris Elba, (Beasts of No Nation), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Michael Shannon (99 Homes).
Nominees for the best animated feature Golden Globe are Charlie Kaufman's melancholy Anomalisa (opening TBA), Pixar's tag team of The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie and Shaun The Sheep Movie.
Notable exclusions from the nominations roster are Johnny Depp, whose portrayal of mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass was heavily touted, and any actor from the investigative journalism drama Spotlight, a critical favorite and frontrunner for ensemble cast prizes. Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams were snubbed for their performances in the film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the 800-pound Wookiee who wasn't in the room Thursday, as Globes voters weren't allowed to view the secretive project before balloting closed.