Cate Blanchett receives the Longford Lyell Award during the 5th AACTA Awards in Sydney. Blanchett has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for lesbian romance Carol. Photo: Getty Images
Los Angeles: Australians Cate Blanchett, George Miller and Ben Mendelsohn have been nominated for Golden Globes while Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is also in the hunt for best dramatic picture.
Blanchett received her best actress in a drama nod for Carol, Miller for directing Mad Max: Fury Road and Mendelsohn for supporting actor in a TV series, movie or mini-series for Bloodline.
George Miller received the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Mad Max: Fury Road and has now been nominated for a Golden Globe. Photo: Getty Images
Lesbian romance drama Carol led the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday with five nods, including the top category for best drama, while Wall Street misdeeds movie The Big Short led the comedy film categories with four nominations.
Carol, the story of a married older woman who falls in love with a young shopgirl in the 1950s, will contend for best drama opposite Pioneer-era movie The Revenant, psychological thriller Room, Catholic Church abuse probe Spotlight and action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road.
Carol lead stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara both landed best actress nominations, and the movie also picked up nods for director Todd Haynes and for best original score. The drama received with most Golden Globe nominations with five.
Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road: The difficult production has turned out to be a winner. Photo: Jasin Boland
The Big Short, which takes a quirky look at the housing bubble crash that led to the 2008 recession, will contend for best comedy/musical film alongside space adventure The Martian, Melissa McCarthy caper Spy, coming-of-age comedy Trainwreck and Joy, inspired by the story of the Miracle Mop creator.
The Big Short also landed two best actor nods for Christian Bale and Steve Carell, and best screenplay for Charles Randolph and Adam McKay. The Revenant and biopic Steve Jobs also landed four nominations each.
The Golden Globes are chosen by a group of around 90 journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, rather than members of the film industry.
Rooney Mara, left, as Therese Belivet, and Cate Blanchett, as Carol Aird, in a scene from the lesbian romance drama, Carol. Photo: Wilson Webb
But the Globes do mirror picks by critic’s groups and are seen as one of the indicators of Oscar contenders. Last year’s Golden Globe best comedy/musical film winner, Birdman, went on to win the best picture Oscar.
Golden Globe winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles on January 10, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais. The release of the Academy Awards nominations follow shortly after on January 14.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Favourite for best actor … Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.
b. Mad Max: Fury Road
c. The Revenant
Ben Mendelsohn was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or movie made for TV for his role in Bloodline. Photo: AP
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
a. Cate Blanchett, Carol
b. Brie Larson, Room
c. Rooney Mara, Carol
d. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
e. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
a. Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
b. Leonardo Dicaprio, The Revenant
c. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
d. Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
e. Will Smith, Concussion
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
a. The Big Short
c. The Martian
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
a. Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
b. Melissa Mccarthy, Spy
c. Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
d. Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
e. Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
a. Christian Bale, The Big Short
b. Steve Carell, The Big Short
c. Matt Damon, The Martian
d. Al Pacino, Danny Collins
e. Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
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