DiCaprio, Gaga, and Stallone: Hollywood’s Finest Dominate 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday and the ceremony’s biggest categories are loaded with countless household names.

First and foremost, heavyweight performer Leonardo DiCaprio is once again nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his newest film The Revenant, the account of an 1800s frontiersman struggling to find refuge in the snowy wilderness following a comrade’s betrayal. The Revenant received four nominations total, including one for Best Motion Picture, Drama.

Although the Globes usually prove to be an iffy indicator of Oscar nominations to come, DiCaprio also received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, a more reliable sign towards Oscars recognition.

DiCaprio will face off against other notable stars such as Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, Will Smith in Concussion, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo and last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl.

On the other hand, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and new BFF Amy Schumer will face each other come January as they both received nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. In addition to becoming fast friends over the year, the two plan to collaborate on their own film together, in which they play sisters.

Lawrence’s Joy, directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook; American Hustle), and Schumer’s Trainwreck are also nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy/ Musical along with Matt Damon’s The Martian, Steve Carell’s The Big Short and Melissa McCarthy’s Spy.

One of Hollywood’s few lesser-known performers to snag a nomination, Saoirse Ronan received a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her work in the period piece Brooklyn, a love story about a 1950s Irish immigrant caught between a charming Italian plumber and an established man from her home country.

Brie Larson, known for roles in 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now and Trainwreck also received a nod for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for the film Room.

Enduring actors such as Al Pacino and Sylvester Stallone also received recognition for their films. While Pacino is nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical in Danny Collins, Stallone is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture in the film Creed. Reviving his iconic movie role as heavyweight champion boxer Rocky Balboa, this is Stallone’s first Golden Globe nomination since the original Rocky film’s release in 1976.

Though familiar faces crowd the motion picture nominations, television nods were a bit more diverse.

For Best TV Series Drama, Empire, Game of Thrones and Outlander as well as breakout hits Mr. Robot and Narcos will duke it out for the trophy. Narcos’ Wagner Moura and Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek also received nominations for Best Actor in a TV Series Drama.

Meanwhile, Hulu’s Casual and Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, a comedic take on determined musicians living in New York City, join older nominees Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Transparent, and Veep.

More surprising nods went to Grammy winner Lady Gaga for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel, Robe Lowe for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for The Grinder and Aziz Ansari for Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy for Master of None.

Ansari’s Netflix series centers on a 30-something actor struggling to launch his acting career in New York City while considering love, his immigrant parents and friendship. The 10-episode season has been met with critical acclaim and there are talks of a second season being in the works.

The 73rd Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast on NBC January 10, 2016 and hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais. For the full list of nominations, click here.

 

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