Category arguments add to drama of Golden Globe nominations

Agreement has been hard to come by in Hollywood's awards season, even when it comes to who's in the hunt for what.

See Full Article

The Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday morning, are at the centre of the drama surrounding the categorization of this year's movies and actors. Delineating drama and comedy (or musical) is a task unique to the Golden Globes, which honour films and lead performances for both. But this year, what roles qualify as lead or supporting parts is also stirring debate.

The disagreements are making for some peculiarities in a season considered unusually wide open. A day after receiving supporting actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, for example, Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") will be considered for a best actress Globes nod. The HFPA ruled that both are co-leads, vetoing the submissions of each film's campaign strategists.

The decision was applauded by some, who noted the considerable screen-time of each. (Mara's actually surpasses that of her co-star, Cate Blanchett.) More questionable, though, was the HFPA's decision to consider David O. Russell's "Joy" and Ridley Scott's "The Martian" comedies.

Such a route is considered slightly easier going for those movies. "The Martian," a box-office hit and a possible Oscar favourite, stands a better chance of winning best picture at the Globes as a comedy than as a drama, where the field includes Tom McCarthy's acclaimed Boston Globe drama "Spotlight," Todd Haynes' '50s romance "Carol" and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's frontier epic "The Revenant."

"The Martian" is first and foremost a sci-fi adventure, but it's at least peppered throughout with humour from Drew Goddard's script. "Joy," is no sure nominee, even in comedy, but it's in the more awkward position of not really containing any comedy. Though its director David O. Russell has usually blended melodrama with screwball, his latest, starring Jennifer Lawrence as a mother and an inventor, is his most sober film.

Judd Apatow, whose own Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck" will compete in the category, earlier scoffed at such category hijinks: "Trying to dominate the comedy category when you are really a drama afraid of dramatic competition is a punk move," he said on Twitter.

The category kerfuffle will be one thing to look for Thursday morning. So will be whether the Globes can shed any light on an awards season thus far all over the map. George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" was named best film by the National Board of Review. The New York Film Critics Circle selected "Carol." And the Los Angeles Film Critics Association went for "Spotlight."

"Spotlight" comes into the Globes enjoying the status as Academy Awards front runner, but stinging slightly after two of its stars, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton, failed to land supporting actor nominees from the Screen Actors on Wednesday. The film did earn a nod for best ensemble and a supporting nomination for Rachel McAdams.

Ricky Gervais will return as host for the Globes on Jan. 10. His third time in the gig follows three straight years of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts. Last year's NBC telecast dipped slightly from 2013's 10-year high, drawing 19.3 million viewers. Best drama went to Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," while Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" captured the comedy category.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Maud Lewis 'black cats' painting goes for $36,800 auction

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO -- For the second time in a month a Maud Lewis painting has been sold for five times a pre-auction estimate. The Nova Scotia artist's "Black Cats" fetched $36,800 at the Consignor Canadian Fine Art live spring auction event Thursday at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Source
  • Dwayne Johnson unfazed by bad 'Baywatch' reviews

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Action man Dwayne Johnson is brushing off critics’ bad reviews of his new Baywatch movie revamp, insisting fan feedback has been all positive. The wrestler-turned-movie star has taken over David Hasselhoff’s iconic TV role as head lifeguard Mitch Buchannon for the raunchy big screen adaptation, which also features Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra, but critics haven’t been too kind to the project, which currently holds a score of just 20% on review website Rotten Tomatoes. Source
  • Winnipeg author Katherena Vermette wins $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO -- Winnipeg writer Katherena Vermette has added to her growing list of accolades with top honours from the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The award-winning Metis author received the $40,000 grand prize for "The Break" (House of Anansi) at a ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on Thursday night. Source
  • 'I'll never be sorry': Dirty Dancing remake viewers might disagree

    Entertainment CBC News
    ABC entered the musical adaptation game with a leap on Wednesday night, but its Dirty Dancing remake landed with a thud with many viewers and critics. Live television and singing and dancing shows are among the more reliable ways to attract viewers in the fractured television landscape, and musicals have increasingly become important dates on the network calendars. Source
  • Taraji P. Henson crashes sports car on film set: report

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Actress Taraji P. Henson was left a little shaken up on the set of her new movie Proud Mary after crashing a Maserati sports car into a fire hydrant. The star was filming a driving scene in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Sunday when she lost control of the expensive motor and slammed into the hydrant, according to TMZ. Source
  • 'The Girl on the Train’ author Paula Hawkins talks new thriller ‘Into the Water’

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — Paula Hawkins scored a literary smash out of the gates after her debut thriller “The Girl on the Train” sold 19 million copies and was adapted into a box office-topping hit film starring Emily Blunt. Source
  • 'The Girl on the Train' author Paula Hawkins dives into thriller 'Into the Water'

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO -- Paula Hawkins scored a literary smash out of the gates after her debut thriller "The Girl on the Train" sold 19 million copies and was adapted into a box office-topping hit film starring Emily Blunt. Source
  • Simple Plan bassist Desrosiers taking leave to treat depression

    Entertainment CBC News
    Simple Plan bassist David Desrosiers says he's taking a temporary leave from the pop-punk band as he fights depression. The musician posted a message to fans on his Instagram account on Thursday outlining his decision to bow out from the European leg of the band's tour. Source
  • Is nostalgia enough to make Ultra Street Fighter 2 a success?

    Entertainment CBC News
    Street Fighter 2 is one of the most important titles in video game history. Launched in 1992 by Japanese studio Capcom, Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior largely defined the fighting game genre and revitalized arcade gaming. Source
  • How Star Wars ruined Hollywood: The dark side of the space epic's success

    Entertainment CBC News
    Forty years ago today, Star Wars opened in just 43 cinemas. Soon enough, the sci-fi epic was playing hundred of screens and a franchise was born. With time, the Star Wars films earned billions of dollars at the box office and changed the way movies are made. Source