Carol’ leads Golden Globe nominations

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‘Carol,’ a  romance about a 1950s housewife in New York who falls for a store clerk, leads the Golden Globe nominations with five nods

“Carol,” a  romance about a 1950s housewife in New York who falls for a store clerk, led the Golden Globe nominations on Dec. 10 with five nods, including noms for best drama film and both its star actresses. Financial crisis film “The Big Short,” revenge thriller “The Revenant” and biopic “Steve Jobs” followed close behind with four nominations each for the Globes. The announcement sent Hollywood’s awards season into high gear, ahead of the all-important Oscars in February. Apart from “Carol,” the other best motion picture drama nominees are “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant,” harrowing kidnap tale “Room” and “Spotlight,” which recounts the Boston Globe’s investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church. In the race for best comedy or musical film are “The Big Short,” “Joy,” The Martian,” “Spy” and “Trainwreck.”
The Globes nominations were announced a day after the Screen Actors Guild award contenders. “Trumbo” topped that list with three nods, including best ensemble cast and best lead actor for Bryan Cranston.   Although more high-profile than the SAGs, the Golden Globes are seen as less of an indicator of Oscars glory, as a relatively small group of non-U.S. journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, chooses the winners, rather than the industry itself. On the television front, no series stood out on its own, with six earning three Globes nominations each, “American Crime,” “Fargo,” “Mr. Robot,” “Outlander,” “Transparent,” and “Wolf Hall.”

Streaming pioneer Netflix led the television nominations with eight. The Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of roughly 90 journalists and photographers. Ricky Gervais, who drew strong ratings by skewering Hollywood’s A-list in three previous hosting gigs, will return as emcee after a three year absence in which Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted. The Globes telecast will take place on Jan. 10, 2016.  Denzel Washington, a Golden Globe winner for “The Hurricane” and “Glory,” will received the Cecil B. Demille Award for career achievement.

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