Golden Globe category shakeups: Rooney Mara & Alicia Vikander are leads, ‘Trumbo’ a drama

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Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") upgraded from supporting to lead
As reported by one of our Oscar Experts, Pete Hammond (Deadline), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is ruling that Best Supporting Actress frontrunners Mara and Vikander are actually leading ladies. This isn't the first time the Globes have thrown a wrench into an Oscar campaign, but it doesn't necessarily mean a complete overhaul of the Oscar race; remember that the HFPA ruled Catherine Zeta-Jones a lead in "Chicago" in 2002, but she won Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars anyway.

Sometimes the opposite happens: Kate Winslet won Best Supporting Actress for "The Reader" at the Globes in 2008, but the academy rejected that campaign and awarded her Best Actress instead.

"Trumbo" switched from comedy to drama
This Cold War-era biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was aiming to compete in the Globes' comedy categories, but the HFPA thought differently, pushing it into the drama slots as reported by Glenn Whipp (LA Times).

"The Martian" is officially a comedy
We already had Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster in our comedy categories, but the HFPA has made it official, approving 20th Century Fox's comedy push for the outer-space adventure film.

"Joy" aiming for a comedy classification
We had believed David O. Russell's film about entrepreneur Joy Mangano (played by Jennifer Lawrence) would compete as a drama, like Russell's "The Fighter" (2010), but 20th Century Fox is actually pushing for consideration in the comedy categories, where Russell's most recent film, "American Hustle," was the big winner in 2013. Committee members will screen the film soon for a final determination.

Tom Courtenay ("45 Years") bumped up from supporting to lead in all awards races
Hammond's Deadline report also notes that Courtenay will now be given equal standing alongside co-star Charlotte Rampling; he will now be campaigned by IFC as a lead actor at all events.

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Photo: Rooney Mara in "Carol." Credit: Moviestore Collection/REX

Photo: Bryan Cranston in "Trumbo." Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Bleecker Street

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