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Golden Globe Nominations 2016: ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ surge ahead–see full list

The Golden Globe nominees have been announced!

The Golden Globe Awards sort of serve as a precursor to the Academy Awards. But they are more than just the Oscars’ opener. For the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors the best performances in both film AND television over the previous year, and its wide variety of categories gives films that may not have received professional validation a chance to get some credit.

Angela Bassett, Chloë Grace Moretz, America Ferrera, Dennis Quaid, HFPA President Lorenzo Soria, Miss Golden Globe Corinne Fox and Dick Clark Productions EVP Barry Adelman announced 2016’s nominees on Thursday morning. And as always, there were some snubs and shockers, along with the not-so-unexpected.

Front runners in the film categories included the Todd Haynes-directed Carol, which picked up five nominations, and the Adam McKay-directed The Big Short, which nabbed four nominations. There were some pleasant surprises, as far as film goes, with Sylvester Stallone’s supporting actor nomination for Creed and Al Pacino for Danny Collins. 

The television categories varied a bit more, but big-time winners like Orange is the New Black and Transparent made the list. Some surprises were Lady Gaga for American Horror Story: Hotel and Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. 

Here’s my short list of shockers from Thursday’s Golden Globe nomination announcements:

Game of Thrones vs Outlander
Can you believe that not one Game of Thrones (which basically swept the Emmys) cast member was nominated? Not even Peter Dinklage, who has shockingly been left out in the cold since 2012. But Outlander, Starz’ time-travel fantasy that has long stood in Game of Thrones’ shadow, was nominated for best drama series, and stars Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies received nods! That means that the show technically beat out GOT! Seriously?!

Mad Max: Fury Road
Go George Miller! The return of the critically-loved Mad Max franchise earned a best drama nomination and George Miller was given a nod for best director. This is pretty impressive for a summer blockbuster, which made it on the list seven months after its release!

Where my girls at?
What happened to TV’s drama queens? Where was Homeland’s Claire Danes or The Good Wife’s Julianna Marguiles? What about last year’s winner, The Affair’s Ruth Wilson? It’s interesting not to see there names in the race; however, we’ve still got Caitriona Balfe, Viola Davis, Eva Green, Taraji P. Henson and Robin Wright representing, so the category definitely isn’t lacking talent.

No Carey Mulligan or Johnny Depp?
I’m also shocked that Carey Mulligan didn’t make the list for her performance in Suffragette. She has been tirelessly promoting the film over the last few months, but I guess it just wasn’t enough. She was snubbed at the SAGs, too! Johnny Depp was also left out this year for his portrayal of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.’s Dave Karger said that Black Mass “took the biggest hit today.”

Hmm, Schumer
Another semi-surprise was that Amy Schumer did well in the movie categories, nabbing two nominations for Trainwreck, but her career-launching Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer was nowhere to be found.

Ruffalo was nominated for what?
An odd surprise was the Mark Ruffalo didn’t get nominated for best supporting actor in Spotlight. Instead, he was nominated for his role as a bipolar father in Infinitely Polar Bear, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival with a limited release.

Go Leo!
My favorite name to see on this list was Leonardo DiCaprio for his performance in the bloody frontier drama The Revenant. It’s just insane that this man is still chasing his first Oscar win!

I could go on and on about who and which series/films should have made a larger mark at the Globes, but HFPA has spoken.

Want to see all of the nominees? Here’s the full list (courtesy of E!):

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
The Big Short
The Martian

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronin, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion

Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love
Idris Elba, Beast of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Director, Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Original Score, Motion Picture
Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexander Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuchi Sakamoto, The Revanant

Best Motion Picture, Animated
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love,” Love & Mercy
“See You Again,” Furious 7
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
The Brand New Testament
The Club
The Fencer 
Son of Saul

Best Television Series, Drama
Empire, Fox
Game of Thrones, HBO
Mr. Robot, USA
Narcos, Netflix
Outlander, Starz

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Casual, Hulu
Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Video
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
Silicon Valley, HBO
Transparent, Amazon Video
Veep, HBO

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Crime, ABC
American Horror Story: Hotel, FX
Fargo, FX
Flesh and Bone, Starz
Wolf Hall, PBS

Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos 
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damien Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelson, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie 

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