In television there were no clear frontrunners (aside from new technology). “American Crime,” “Fargo,” “Mr. Robot,” “Outlander,” “Transparent” and “Wolf Hall” were all tied with three nominations. Netflix led the pack with eight, followed by cable channels HBO and Starz, and Amazon was not far behind with five, including nods for “Transparent” and, surprisingly, “Mozart in the Jungle.”
The list of nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes:
Best motion picture, drama
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Once again, the more stereotypical awards-bait movies — period dramas “Brooklyn,” “Bridge of Spies” and “The Danish Girl” — were outdone by the stylized violence of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It’s hard to imagine that George Miller’s actioner has any hope up against frontrunners, “Spotlight,” “Carol” and “The Revenant.”
Best motion picture comedy/musical
“The Big Short”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Often the Golden Globe nominations for comedies focus on movies that aren’t so much comedies as less serious dramas. We get a little of that this year with David O. Russell’s “Joy,” which is hardly a laugh riot. The other nominations are pretty solidly comedic — even “The Martian,” which provided plenty of humor despite the dire circumstances of an astronaut marooned on Mars. Meanwhile, there’s no question that Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” with Melissa McCarthy, belong in the humor category.
Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: There are a lot of similarities between this list and the SAG’s. The only change? Will Smith, who was considered snubbed yesterday, got his groove back today. Of course, that meant Johnny Depp (who played Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass”) didn’t get a nod.
Best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: We have blockbuster performances competing with arthouse movies here, and the big surprise is Mark Ruffalo for his role in “Infinitely Polar Bear,” playing a father dealing with mental-health issues. No huge shock here that Damon got the nomination for his “Martian” tour-de-force, but it’s interesting that the HFPA gave love to two members of the ensemble cast of “The Big Short.”
Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: No huge surprises here other than the double-nomination for “Carol.” It seemed as if Mara might be up for the supporting actress category, but she (appropriately) wound up alongside Blanchett. That meant there was less space for Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), Emily Blunt (“Sicario”) and Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”).
Best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: 2015 continues to be Schumer’s year with yet another nomination, this time for her acting in “Trainwreck.” And Smith may have missed the nomination for acting in “Downton Abbey,” but she’s making up for it with her role as a woman who quite literally lives in a van — but not by down the river.
Best director — motion picture
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Sorry, Steven Spielberg. With the exception of the well-deserved nominations for McCarthy and Haynes, the HFPA prized flashy movie work over staid dramas. Case in point: Miller’s “Mad Max” reboot (or is it a sequel? Not that it matters…), a two-hour post-apocalyptic action extravaganza.
Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Vikander is coming on strong, especially considering that a year ago she was a complete unknown. In addition to her nomination for “The Danish Girl,” she picks up a nod here for playing an artificially intelligent robot seductress. She has stiff competition, though, up against a fierce, if brief, performance by Fonda in “Youth” and Leigh’s creepy portrayal of a criminal in the custody of a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s latest.
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: A day after the Screen Actors Guild delivered a surprising choice for best supporting actor — Michael Shannon in “99 Homes” — the HFPA has done the same thing. There’s a fair amount of overlap between the SAG nominations and today’s announcement, between Shannon, Rylance and Elba. But the nominations for Jacob Tremblay in “Room” and Christian Bale in “The Big Short” (who was nominated instead for a lead actor Golden Globe) were replaced by Dano and the ultra-buzzy turn by Stallone in “Rocky” sequel “Creed.”
Best screenplay — motion picture
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Big Short”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: One of the big surprises here is that the Hollywood Foreign Press valued a comedy, “The Big Short,” over some more serious choices, such as “Brooklyn,” “Carol” or “The Danish Girl.” Admittedly, Adam McKay and Charles Randolph’s screenplay (based on the book by Michael Lewis) made sense of a very complex subject — the subprime housing crisis.
Best animated feature film
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: There was no love for “Minions.” And the Hollywood Foreign Press apparently doesn’t mind that “The Good Dinosaur” might be Pixar’s first box-office failure; the recent release still secured a nomination.
Best original score — motion picture
“The Danish Girl”
“The Hateful Eight”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: While these are all solid choices, it’s a shame to see Johann Johannsson’s score for “Sicario” snubbed. His music gave that drama a propulsive, suspenseful feel.
Best original song
“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”
“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”
“See You Again,” “Furious 7”
“Love Me Like You Do,” “50 Shades of Grey”
“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: An interesting mix of mainstream and arty choices here. The ubiquitous radio hit “See You Again,” which made many a “Furious 7” watcher weep, shared space with the new Bond theme, “Writing’s on the Wall,” and another Top 40 hit, “Love Me Like You Do.” Rounding out the category is “Simple Song #3,” a classical melody, and “One Kind of Love,” from the Brian Wilson biopic, co-written by Wilson and Scott Bennett.
Best foreign language film
“Son of Saul”
“Brand New Testament”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “Son of Saul,” from Hungary, France’s “Mustang” and the Chilean film “The Club” have been getting plenty of buzz. The big surprises here are “The Brand New Testament” (Belgium), a comedy about God — who lives in Brussels, apparently — and “The Fencer” (Finland), which follows an Estonian fencer who gets mixed up with Russian secret police.
Best TV series, drama
“Mr. Robot” (USA)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: We had to do a double-take when we saw these nominations for best drama. Do you remember last year’s list? “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “The Affair,” “Downton Abbey”… pretty standard prestige dramas. Now, “Game of Thrones” is the only holdover competing against all new ones. This is way more exciting than usual — Emmys, take note.
Best TV series, comedy
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Goodbye, broadcast and cable comedies — hello streaming. Digital providers have completely taken over this top category, save for the critical favorites on HBO. The voters were clearly impressed with the credentials behind Hulu’s “Casual” (from indie director superstar Jason Reitman), and hope to give some attention to the little-known classical music drama “Mozart in the Jungle” from Amazon.
Best TV movie or limited series
“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
“Wolf Hall” (PBS)
“Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “Fargo” won last year and with its stellar second season, it looks like it should have a repeat performance. The surprise here is “Flesh and Bone,” the low-rated ballet drama that wound up being so expensive that Starz immediately reduced it to a limited series.
Best actor in a TV series, drama
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Wagner Moura, “Narcos” (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Finally, a category where streaming didn’t completely take over (save for a “Narcos” nod). “Better Call Saul” continues to get most of its attention at award shows, while Jon Hamm could follow up his first-ever Emmy with a Globe win as well — again, think of the speech.
Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder” (Fox)
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk” (Starz)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Wow, Globes voters really love Fox comedies — they’re the only broadcast shows that can sneak in along with streaming series. (Sorry, “Modern Family!”) The newcomers usually have the edge in this category, so our odds are already on Ansari or Lowe to pick up a trophy for their new (and pretty well-reviewed) shows.
Best actress in a TV series, drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (Fox)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The Globes traditionally like some campier shows, so no surprise to see Henson here for “Empire.” Interestingly, usual mainstays like Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”) were left out in favor of actresses in newer shows like Balfe in “Outlander” and Green in “Penny Dreadful.”
Best actress in a TV series, comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox)
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Well, this is a fun category. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be on this list until the end of time, but other than “Veep,” we actually have some different names. And looks like Rachel Bloom is this year’s pick for the Globes’ young female breakout star. It happens every year, and usually with an actress from the CW so the voters can prove they know it exists.
Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo” (FX)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” (HBO)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Oyelowo and Rylance were locks for this category, though Elba is always a favorite for the critically loved “Luther.” Many also expected Isaac to get some attention for his role in David Simon’s latest. Although Globes voters love “Fargo,” Wilson is probably a long-shot here.
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo” (FX)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Lady Gaga stole the show on the regularly disturbing “American Horror Story: Hotel,” and will likely steal the Globes’ thunder as well. (Can you imagine the acceptance speech?) Meanwhile, movie star Dunst makes a leap back into the award-show world with her much-talked about role in “Fargo.”
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Maura Tierney, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Froggatt bested Aduba for the Golden Globe in this category last year, and Aduba beat out Froggatt in September for the best supporting actress in a drama Emmy. However, Tierney’s riveting performance in “The Affair” this season makes her the strongest contender.
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall” (CBS)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander” (Starz)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Congratulations, Christian Slater: You are no longer a show-killer! “Mr. Robot” was the breakout show of the summer and the Globes proved it, giving the series three nominations. No clear front-runner here, and Slater is a great comeback story — though never count out Damian Lewis.
Nominations by motion picture:
“Carol” — 5
“The Big Short,” “The Revenant,” “Steve Jobs” — 4
“The Danish Girl,” “The Hateful Eight,” “The Martian,” “Room,” “Spotlight” — 3
Nominations by TV network:
Netflix — 8
HBO — 7
Starz — 6
Amazon Video, Fx — 5
ABC, FOX, PBS — 4
Correction: This post has been updated to correct the best original score nominees and to clarify Uzo Aduba’s Emmy history.