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Golden Globe Awards 2016 nominees: Mad Max, The Revenant, Trainwreck, more

on December 10, 2015, 8:58am

Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominees for the 2016 Golden Globes. Now in its 73rd year, the annual awards ceremony recognizes excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

On the film side, George Miller’s dystopian thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, the Leonardo DiCaprio-led survival film The Revenant, the gripping newsroom drama Spotlight, and Amy Schumer’s raunchy rom-com Trainwreck were among the notable films receiving nominations.

Best Drama nominees include Mad Max, The Revenant, and Spotlight, as well as the lesbian love tale Carol and Room, Lenny Abrahamson’s harrowing film about a mother and son in captivity.

Meanwhile, Best Comedy or Musical nominees pin Trainwreck against Adam McKay’s all-star housing crisis drama The Big ShortJoy, the latest collaboration between David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence; Paul Feig’s Melissa McCarthy-starring Spy; and Ridley Scott’s epic sci-fi thriller (and President Obama’s favorite film), The Martian.

Leonardo DiCaprio picked up a Best Actor (Drama) nomination for his grueling role in The Revenant. Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender, and Will Smith, all of whom portrayed historical figures in biopics, also received nominations (Cranston as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, Fassbender as Apple founder Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs, and Smith as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion). Eddie Redmayne, whose performance in The Theory of Everything earned him the 2015 Golden Globe in this category, is again in contention, this time for his role as a trans woman in The Danish Girl.

Carol actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara both picked up nominations in the Best Actress (Drama) category, as did Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).

The Big Short also has two of its actors dueling it out in the same category, as both Christian Bale and Steve Carell are nominated for Best Actor (Comedy). Other nominees include Matt Damon, who played astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian; Al Pacino, who played an aging rocker in Danny Collins; and Mark Ruffalo, who played a bipolar father of two in Infinitely Polar Bear.

Amy Schumer, who wrote Trainwreck, also picked up a nomination for Best Actress (Comedy), as did Lawrence for Joy. Also in contention are super Spy Melissa McCarthy; Maggie Smith, who played a homeless woman in The Lady in the Van; and Lily Tomlin for her role in Grandma.

Paul Dano, who played a young Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor alongside Idris Elba, who played a brutal warlord in Beasts of No Nation; Mark Rylance for his role in the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies; Michael Shannon, who was a ruthless real-estate broker in 99 Homes; and Sylvester Stallone, who reprised his iconic character Rocky Balboa to much acclaim in Creed.

Behind the lens, George Miller (Mad Max), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) picked up Best Director nominations. Alejandro González Iñárritu, who was nominated last year for Birdman, will have another chance to win thanks to his work on The Revenant.

Meanwhile, Best Screenplay nominees include Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs), Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight), and Adam McKay (The Big Short).

The real-life Brian Wilson is nominated for Best Original Song (“One Kind of Love”). So too is Sam Smith for his Spectre theme, “Writing’s On the Wall”. Best Original Score nominees include “The Maestro”, aka Ennio Morricone, who penned music for The Hateful Eight, the first time he’s done so for a Western in four decades. Also nominated in that category is The National’s Bryce Dessner, who collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto to score The Revenant.

Lady Gaga received a Golden Globe nomination as well, albeit in a non-musical category. Her role in American Horror Story: Hotel earned a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie.

Check out the complete list of the nominees (including television) below. Winners will be announced during a live gala on January 10th.

Film Nominations

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max
The Revenant

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical       
The Big Short
The Martian

Best Director, Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu,The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Emma Donague, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Brie Larson, Room
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale,The Big Short 
Steve Carell,The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Shumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, Lady in Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Original Song in Motion Picture
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Brian Wilson, “One Kind of Love” (Love & Mercy)
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (Furious 7)
David Lang, Simple Sound #3 (Youth)
Sam Smith, “Writing’s On The Wall” (Spectre)

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Bryce Dessner, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, The Revenant

Best Foreign Film
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer
Son of Saul

Animated Feature Film
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep

TV Nominations

Best TV Series, Drama
Game of Thrones
Mr. Robot

Best Comedy Series
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Crime
American Horror Story: The Hotel
Flesh and Bone
Wolf Hall

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan

Best Performance by an Actress in TV Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Performance by an Actor in TV Series, Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Performance by an Actress in TV Series, Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in  TV
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
Tobias Menzies,Outlander
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best Performance by Supporting Actress in TV
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie