‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight’ Lead Golden Globe Nominations
“As we speak, the entire ‘Deadpool’ team is engaged in a grotesque, early morning tickle-fight,” Ryan Reynolds, the star of that film, wrote on Twitter.
The Globes are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of mostly freelance journalists, only 85 of whom are active members. Long competitive with the more highbrow Oscars, the Globes often strive to make agenda-setting choices.
Nominating Mr. Gibson for best director fit that bill. Mr. Gibson became a Hollywood pariah in 2006 when he was charged with drunken driving and went on an obscenity-laced, anti-Semitic tirade. In 2011, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battering a former girlfriend. By putting his comeback film forward in three prominent categories — Andrew Garfield was also nominated for best actor in a drama — the Globes may force Oscar voters to similarly contend with Mr. Gibson.
“I’m very appreciative,” Mr. Gibson said in a statement. “This film was a labor of love for everyone involved and is also about a man who truly exemplified love and goodness.”
The press association filled out the directing category with Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Tom Ford (“Nocturnal Animals”).
The inclusion of Mr. Ford may prove controversial because of Tom Ford-branded swag sent to voters by Focus Features, the studio behind his film. Because the combined value of the gift — bottles of cologne and perfume — exceeded the press organization’s $95 limit, the organization asked members to return part of it. To include him, Globe voters overlooked contenders like Martin Scorsese, whose “Silence” arrives in national release on Jan. 6.
Mr. Scorsese may have diminished his prospects by delivering the film late. “Silence,” an epic drama about two priests who face violence in 17th-century Japan, was shut out on Monday. It was a bad morning for other Hollywood elder statesmen, with Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” uninvited to the banquet and Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” barely alive, receiving a lone nod for Lily Collins’s performance.
Also ignored was Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” a slave rebellion film once seen as a leading awards contender that collapsed at the box office after scrutiny of Mr. Parker’s past; he was accused of rape in 1999 and later acquitted.
The diversity on display during Hollywood’s self-congratulatory season — or the lack thereof — has been an incendiary topic in recent years. When Oscar voters put forward an all-white group of acting nominees at the most recent Academy Awards, there was a global outcry. The Globes are not necessarily predictive of the Oscars, but Monday’s nominations give reason to believe that a wide variety of faces will be honored.
In the acting categories, Globe voters noted performers like Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, both nominated for “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s play about race and family relations. Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali received attention for their roles in “Moonlight”; Dev Patel was nominated for “Lion”; and Ruth Negga made the best actress cut for “Loving,” a gentle portrait of a real-life couple whose marriage ended anti-miscegenation laws.
“Hidden Figures,” about unsung black heroines in the space race of the 1960s, received attention for Octavia Spencer’s acting and a score by Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch.
But the Globes are not especially prognostic of what will happen on Oscar night. Last year, “The Revenant” and “The Martian” were the Globes’ best picture winners; both lost to “Spotlight” at the Oscars.
The Globes ceremony has been increasingly important on the television front, largely for its acknowledgment of fledgling series like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” This time around, “This Is Us,” a new NBC drama, may have filled that quota. “This Is Us” received nominations for best drama and for two actresses (Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore).
In the best drama category, rookie shows made a near-sweep of the nominations, with “The Crown,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” filling out the category, along with the HBO stalwart “Game of Thrones.”
Several returning shows were snubbed. “Mr. Robot,” last year’s drama winner, received only acting nominations; Fox’s “Empire” got nothing. Showtime, which has had three wins in the best drama category in the past five years, fell to just one nomination: Liev Schreiber for best actor in a drama in “Ray Donovan.”
Streaming services have made inroads at the Globes, but on Monday the traditional players were back on top. HBO led the pack with 14 nominations (up from seven last year), and FX was in second place with nine. FX was propelled by “The People vs. O. J. Simpson,” which led all shows with five nominations, including best limited series.
In the best comedy category, the returning winner, Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” is up against Amazon’s “Transparent,” HBO’s “Veep” and two shows that feature primarily black casts: ABC’s “black-ish” and FX’s rookie hit “Atlanta.”
The press association has labored in recent years to shed its reputation for bizarre nominations that were interpreted more as efforts to populate the banquet with stars than honor the year’s best in film and television. Monday’s list contained no outright embarrassments, but there were still some head-scratchers, including a nod for Jonah Hill as best comedic actor in the critical dud “War Dogs.”
As previously announced, Ms. Streep, a 30-time Globes nominee and eight-time winner, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.
Foreign film nominees were “Divines” (France), “Elle” (France), “Neruda” (Chile), “The Salesman” (Iran and France) and “Toni Erdmann” (Germany).
Among film companies, Lionsgate was the runaway winner, with its various labels and partnerships resulting in 17 nominations. A24 was second, with nine, while Paramount and Universal each had eight.
Jimmy Fallon is set to host the 73rd Golden Globes in all of his goofy glory, taking the reins from the acerbic British comedian Ricky Gervais. Mr. Fallon will be under pressure to lift ratings. The most recent Globes telecast attracted about 18.5 million viewers, compared with 19.3 million the previous year, according to Nielsen. The Globes are scheduled to be broadcast live by NBC on Jan. 8.
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