Nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday (Dec. 10). "Spotlight," our Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, reaped bids for Best Drama as well as two for writer/director Tom McCarthy but came up short in the acting races. Mark Ruffalo picked up a nice consolation prize with a Best Comedy Actor bid for "Infinitely Polar Bear."
However, it is "Carol" that leads with the most nominations (five) as it contends for Best Drama, Director (Todd Haynes), twice for Best Actress (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who is being submitted in supporting elsewhere) and Score.
Also up for four awards is "Steve Jobs": Drama Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet), Screenplay and Score.
Last year's Drama Actor winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") defends his title with "The Danish Girl." The HFPA elevated his co-star Alicia Vikander to the Best Drama Actress race and she reaped a suprise bid in the catch-all supporting category for "Ex Machina." "The Danish Girl" also contends for Score.
The only woman in "The Hateful Eight," Jennifer Jason Leigh, contends for Supporting Actress and the film's screenplay and score were also nominated.
"Mad Max Fury Road" contends twice: Best Drama and Best Director (George Miller).
Trumbo" picked up a pair of acting bids for lead Bryan Cranston and featured player Helen Mirren.
Will Smith ("Concussion") and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn") complete the Best Drama leads line-ups.
Rounding out the Comedy/Musical Actor race is Al Pacino ("Danny Collins").
"Joy, "Spy" and "Trainwreck" reaped bids for Best Comedy/Musical and for their respective leading ladies Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer. They contend against veterans Maggie Smith ("The Lady in the Van") and Lily Tomlin ("Grandma").
Among the supporting races, which combine dramatic and comedic performances, all five men represent the sole mentions for their movie: Paul Dano ("Love and Mercy"), Idris Elba ("Beasts of No Nation"), Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies"), Michael Shannon ("99 Homes") and Sylvester Stallone ("Creed").
Also flying the flag solo for their films are Jane Fonda ("Youth") and Vikander.
Winners will be revealed in a kudocast airing live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 10, hosted by Ricky Gervais, who returns to the podium after a three-year absence in which Tina Fey and Amy Poehler emceed.