Surprise Surprise, This Year’s Golden Globe Nominees Aren’t All That Egregious


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Ah, the Golden Globes — the Deep Impact of award shows. Compared to the Armageddon that is the Oscars, the Golden Globes often get the least amount of attention, despite the fact that they air months before the Oscars, and often feature a litany of Hollywood actors acting completely shit-faced drunk. It’s a fun event, even if the awards themselves are usually quite schlocky and celebrity-based. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association are notorious star-fuckers, and have clearly made some odd calls when it comes to nominations (like nominating that one musical comedy The Martian last year.) But apparently, 2016 delivered a change of pace for the Golden Globes, as this year’s list of nominees is actually, dare I say it, pretty non-controversial.

Sure, there’s a few surprises: Deadpool getting nominated for Best Comedy certainly raises eyebrows, but there’s nothing inherantly wrong with it — the movie IS a good comedy, and a solid populist choice that the Academy would NEVER consider, even if they had a Best Comedy category. Even Jonah Hill’s nomination for Best Actor in War Dogs isn’t really that controversial: the movie itself is a bit forgettable, but Hill’s performance in it is legitimately pretty great.

On the TV side there’s a couple of the usual oddities (the Golden Globes REALLY like Mozart in the Jungle for some reason, and refuse to forget about Ray Donovan like the rest of America has), but once again, nothing particularly awful. And the number of bold choices on the list more than make up for the occasional throw away nominee. Sing Street for Best Comedy/Musical? Great. Donald Glover for Best Actor in Atlanta? Wonderful. Hailee Steinfeld for Best Comedic Actress in Edge of Seventeen? Freaking stellar.

Overall, it’s a healthy mix of well deserved, established nominees, AND well deserved, but out there nominees. That’s a good combo to have, especially if you’re the awards show that once nominated Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Seriously, was that film supposed to be one of those two things?

Uggggggggggggggggggggh.

Anyways, here’s the full list of nominations for ya. The actual award ceremony will air on NBC January 8, hosted by professional excited person Jimmy Fallon…so buckle up for that.


Best Motion Picture — Drama:

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy:

“20th Century Women”
“Deadpool”
“La La Land”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama:

Casey Affleck — “Manchester by the Sea”
Joel Edgerton — “Loving”
Andrew Garfield — “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen — “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington — “Fences”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama:

Amy Adams — “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain — “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert — “Elle”
Ruth Negga — “Loving”
Natalie Portman — “Jackie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy:

Colin Farrell — “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling — “La La Land”
Hugh Grant — “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill — “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds — “Deadpool”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy:

Annette Bening — “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins — “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld — “The Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone — “La La Land”
Meryl Streep — “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali — “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges — “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg — “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel — “Lion”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson — “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Viola Davis — “Fences”
Naomie Harris — “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman — “Lion”
Octavia Spencer — “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams — “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Director — Motion Picture:

Damien Chazelle — “La La Land”
Tom Ford — “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson — “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins — “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan — “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Screenplay:

“La La Land”
“Nocturnal Animals”
“Moonlight”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Hell or High Water”

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language:

“Divines” — France
“Elle” — France
“Neruda” — Chile
“The Salesman” — Iran/France
“Toni Erdmann” — Germany

Best Motion Picture — Animated:

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Sing”
“Zootopia”

Best Original Song — Motion Picture:

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” — “Trolls”
“City of Stars” — “La La Land”
“Faith” — “Sing”
“Gold” — “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” — “Moana”

Best Original Score — Motion Picture:

Nicholas Britell– “Moonlight”
Justin Hurwitz — “La La Land”
Johann Johannsson — “Arrival”
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka — “Lion”
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch — “Hidden Figures”

Best Television Series — Drama:

“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy:

“Atlanta”
“Black-ish”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama:

Rami Malek — “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk — “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys — “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber — “Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton — “Goliath”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama:

Caitriona Balfe — “Outlander”
Claire Foy — “The Crown”
Keri Russell — “The Americans”
Winona Ryder — “Stranger Things”
Evan Rachel Wood — “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy:

Anthony Anderson — “Black-ish”
Gael García Bernal — “Mozart in the Jungle”
Donald Glover — “Atlanta”
Nick Nolte — “Graves”
Jeffrey Tambor — “Transparent”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy:

Rachel Bloom — “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — “Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker — “Divorce”
Issa Rae — “Insecure”
Gina Rodriguez — “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross — “Black-ish”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

“American Crime”
“The Dresser”
“The Night Manager”
“The Night Of”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Riz Ahmed — “The Night Of”
Bryan Cranston — “All The Way”
Tom Hiddleston — “The Night Manager”
John Turturro — “The Night Of”
Courtney B. Vance — “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Felicity Huffman — “American Crime”
Riley Keough — “The Girlfriend Experience”
Sarah Paulson — “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Charlotte Rampling — “London Spy”
Thandie Newton — “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Olivia Colman — “The Night Manager”
Lena Headey — “Game Of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz — “This Is Us”
Mandy Moore — “This Is Us”
Kerry Washington — “Confirmation”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Sterling K. Brown — “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Hugh Laurie — “The Night Manager”
John Lithgow — “The Crown”
Christian Slater — “Mr. Robot”
John Travolta — “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”