Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Dick Cheney biopic 'Vice' tops Golden Globes nominations

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Melody Ballard | 07 December, 2018, 02:50

While hosting the Academy Awards may be the job that virtually no one except for Kevin Hart wants this year, the Golden Globes tends to be more of an openly accept gig. Even its categorisation of the film - a highly critical portrait of Cheney as a power-hungry, behind-the-scenes tyrant - as a comedy raised some eyebrows, just as Globes recent comedy selections Get Out and The Martian did. Belgium's "Girl", a Netflix film, was the surprise inclusion here. "The Americans" scored farewell nods for best drama series and actor and actress Matthew Rhys (who won the Emmy) and Keri Russell. Donald Glover scored an acting nomination for the series, however.

Her film Black Panther received three Golden Globe nominations on Thursday morning. Yet Hawke, the surest thing the film had going for it at the Globes, missed.

But the Globes also handed nominations to some up-and-comers, including Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased), Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy) and Elsie Fisher, the 15-year-old star of the coming-of-age tale Eighth Grade. NBC has hosted the Globes broadcast for the last 23 years.

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Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong drama "First Man" remains a big awards season question mark, and the Golden Globes didn't really help to shine a light on which way it might go. But the film did score two interesting nominations, Justin Hurwitz for his score, and Claire Foy for her supporting role as Armstrong's wife Janet.

For the Best Motion Picture, Black Panther is up against A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman.

The industry's biggest attractions, however, have faced ingrained skepticism from Oscar voters, which explains the "popular film" trial balloon, which many saw as an act of desperation and pandering meant to mollify ABC, the network that televises the awards, after a sizable dip in last year's ratings. Yes, the film is full of heart and contains some drama, but these categories are so loosey-goosey, that leaving out the Pervuian bear seems like a crime. The trendy "Twilight Zone"-inspired drama "Homecoming" scored 3 nominations, for best drama series and for lead actors Julia Roberts (who missed a drama film actress nod for "Ben Is Back") and up-and-comer Stephan James as therapist and patient in a spooky Florida rehab facility".

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