Nobody has ever won a Golden Globe for directing the year after losing here and then going on to win at the Oscars. Will Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who contends for “The Revenant,” be able to do what even Woody Allen could not?
In 1977 Allen was nominated for four Golden Globes for “Annie Hall”: Best Comedy/Musical Picture, Comedy/Musical Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. He did not have a great night losing all four races and having to find solace in Diane Keaton winning Best Comedy/Musical Actress. A couple of months later he would have a great night at the Oscars when “Annie Hall” won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (as well as a trophy for Keaton).
In 1978 Allen returned to the Globes with “Interiors.” However, he lost Best Director to Michael Cimino (“The Deer Hunter”) and Best Screenplay to Oliver Stone (“Midnight Express”). Both men would go on to win their respective categories at the Oscars.
Fast forward to the 2014 Globes. Inarritu would be successful with just one of his three bids — Best Screenplay – losing Best Director to Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) and Best Comedy/Musical Picture to “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” But the Academy Awards would prove once again to be kinder, rewarding him and “Birdman” with Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
“Birdman” was the first film since “Annie Hall” to win Best Picture at the Oscars without having taken the equivalent category at the Globes. Inarritu returns to the Globes with nominations for Best Drama Picture and Best Director for “The Revenant.” Will he continue to follow in Allen’s path and lose both these bids or are we headed for upsets?
Unlike his competitors for Best Director, Inarritu has been on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s radar before as he was nominated for directing the 2006 Best Drama Picture champ “Babel.” He lost that race to eventual Oscar champ Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”). The Globes were the first to recognize his work. Having fallen behind after last year’s Oscars, HFPA voters might want to rectify the situation.
According to our exclusive odds, the race for Best Director is split between two elder statesman: George Miller for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and two time Globe also-ran Ridley Scott for “The Martian.” The helmer of Best Drama Picture frontrunner “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy, is in third place with Inarritu in fourth and Todd Haynes (“Carol”) in fifth.
However, the Globes overlooked Scott on two occasions when the Academy Awards bestowed a directing nomination: 1992’s classic “Thelma & Louise” and “Black Hawk Down” (2001). He contended at the Globes for “Gladiator” in 2000 losing to Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and in 2007 for “American Gangster when he was bested by Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”).
But he has fared better than Miller who is nominated for his first Globe. He was overlooked in the combined Screenplay category for “Babe” in 1995 but went on to contend at the Oscars. McCarthy is in a similar position. After being snubbed here for co-writing the “Up” screenplay in 2009 (which reaped him an Oscar bid), he is up for both directing and writing.
By the way, both Mike Nichols and Clint Eastwood lost Globes and came back the next year to win but neither had gotten the Oscar as a consolation prize as has Inarritu. Nichols contended in 1966 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” losing both here and at the Oscars to Fred Zinnemann (“A Man for All Seasons”). He came back the following year and won the Globe and then the Oscar for “The Graduate.” Likewise, Eastwood lost both races in 2003 for “Mystic River” to Peter Jackson for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” before triumphing in 2004 at both the Globes and Oscars for “Million Dollar Baby.”
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