Last year, Tinseltown was looking to turn the page on the Harvey Weinstein scandal that engulfed the world of showbiz.
This year, the focus is squarely on the films. The Golden Globes feature separate awards for dramas and musicals/comedies — meaning more nominations, and a chance for Oscar voters to consider a wider range of performances before they get their ballots.
“A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are competing in the drama categories, seeking to firmly establish their position before the Oscars, while “Vice” is — strangely — in the comedy race.
The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who vote on the winners, also have a tendency to honor the unexpected.
Willem Dafoe got a nod for best actor in a drama film for his portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate.” “Roma,” the latest from Alfonso Cuaron which is expected to be a major Oscar player, earned three nominations — best foreign film, best director and best screenplay.
A trio of actresses from “The Favourite” — the offbeat tale of royal deception and lust — each earned nods: Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as the women vying for her attentions.
“Olivia Colman delivers the most shocking screen turn that’s generating the most ‘serious’ buzz in Hollywood,” writes Tom O’Neil, the founder of awards analysis website Gold Derby.
“Beware: The queen approaches!“ “Green Book,” an offbeat comedy about a black classical pianist in 1960s America who hires an Italian-American bouncer as his driver for a tour of the racially divided South earned nods for stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.