Awards season: Golden Globes nominations

With the year coming to a close, esteemed members of the film industry prepare for possible acknowledgements, with the Golden Globes at the forefront of the awards season.

On January 10, the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards will take place. This year, there were several impressive films released, leading to standout performances for a lucky few.

The period drama starring Cate Blanchett scored five nominations including two acting nods for Blanchett and co-star Rooney Mara. Along with that close behind with four nominations was “The Revenant”, the comedy “The Big Short” and “Steve Jobs”.

For television there wasn’t any clear frontrunners. All tied with three nominees were “American Crime”, “Fargo”, “Mr. Robot”, “Outlander”, “Transparent”, and “Wolf Hall.” The popular streaming service, Netflix lead with eight nominees, followed by cable channels HBO and Starz. Amazon wasn’t to far behind with five including “Transparent” and most surprisingly to viewers “Mozart in the Jungle”.

JoyfilmposterFor the more popular categories there is always the stereotypical awards where contenders are outdone by a landslide without even seeing the results yet. For best motion picture the stylized violence, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is going to be the one to beat. Close frontrunners, “Carol” and “The Revenant” will be close in contention. Best motion picture comedy/musical award tends to lean more towards the serious drama style then the comedy side of things. David O. Russell’s “Joy” strikes an interesting balance in this respect, with equal measures of humor and heart interwoven throughout the story.  Amy Schumer and her new hit “Trainwreck”, along with “Spy”, starring Melissa McCarthy, will both be dominating the comedy nominations this year.

The diverse selection of nominees allow for a more well-rounded and appealing roster that will attract a broader audience. With the vast range, all the way from a small film to a box office hit, anyone has a chance. It all comes down to the voters opinions, and that’s what these award shows are all about. Viewers make similar predictions, but whoever has that stand out screenplay will be smiling for the cameras with their promised award by their side. Now that the nominees are out, lets sit back and watch the most exciting and anticipated award show on national television.  It should be a great show!

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