Golden Globes Previews Award Season

Molly Farrar, A&E Editor

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The Golden Globes opens as the prelude to award season on Jan. 6, 2019, with Sandra Oh (nominee for “Killing Eve”) and Andy Samberg as the hosts. The list of nominations foreshadows many potential Oscar nominations and recognizes the best movies of the year.

Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes has two categories for Best Motion Picture, not just one. Nominees are placed in either Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy or for Drama.

A frontrunner in the Musical or Comedy category is “Vice,” a biopic starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney. “Vice” led with the most nominations at the Golden Globes with a total of six.

Academy Award winner director Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) is nominated for Best Director, while Bale and Sam Rockwell as Former President George W. Bush both secured a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama and Best Supporting Actor in any Motion Picture.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what stance they take on the Cheney and Bush Administration,” senior Noah Eagle said about “Vice.” “Are they going to take a more centrist point of view, or are they going to lean to the left or the right? I’m also really excited for Sam Rockwell… he can take an entire movie and make it his.”

A fan favorite is “A Star is Born,” which also leads in the Best Motion Picture for Drama category. It stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, who each got a nomination for their respective category for a drama. Cooper also secured a nomination for his directorial debut.

Two of Hollywood’s young and up-and-coming stars Timothee Chalamet and Lucas Hedges start award season with nominations again this year. Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) got a nod as Best Supporting Actor for his spectacular performance as Nic Sheff in mixed-reviewed “Beautiful Boy.”

Hedges returned after his Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor two years ago for “Manchester by the Sea” and his roles in two Best Picture nominees last year with “Boy Erased.” The film is written and directed by Joel Egerton and stars Hedges, Egerton, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Troye Sivan. The film follows Hedges through his father’s Baptist religion and gay conversion therapy. Hedges was acknowledged with a Best Actor in a Drama.

Other notable performances include all three leading women in “The Favourite,” a period dramedy about two women pining for the favor of Queen Anne. The film itself is nominated for Best Motion Picture for a Musical or comedy. Olivia Coleman is nominated for her lead role in the film, while Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz both secured nominations in the same best supporting actress category.

2018 has seen film expand on representation and diversity, including with “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Both films are nominated for Best Motion Picture for a Drama and Comedy or Musical, respectively.

Despite its mixed reviews, “Bohemian Rhapsody” made it on the list for Best Motion Picture Drama, and Rami Malek was acknowledged for his passionate performance of Freddie Mercury.

“BlacKkKlansman” is up against “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the Best Motion Picture category. Lead actor John David Washington and supporting actor Adam Driver both secured nominations for their performances, while venerable director Spike Lee, known for “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X,” was also recognized in the Best Director category alongside Adam McKay.

“Roma,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron, has been projected to be one of the first foreign language films in more than a decade to be a candidate for a Academy Award for Best Picture nomination. Cuaron (“Gravity” and “Children of Men”), who is Mexican himself, shot the film in Mexico and stars a new actress who is indigenous to Mexico.

Senior Gavin Hosto is looking forward to the film’s release on Netflix on Dec. 14.

“(Cuaron) is one of my favorite directors and this is his most personal work,” he said. “We need to show how the world on screen should reflect the world we live in.”

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