Movies about race, politics and music dominated nominations for the Golden Globe awards on Thursday, setting the stage for the long Hollywood awards season leading up to the Oscars in February.
Dark comedy “Vice,” a scathing look at the career of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, led all comers with six nods, followed by the Lady Gaga musical remake of “A Star is Born,” British historical comedy “The Favourite” and road trip movie through 1960s segregated America “Green Book” with five nods apiece.
“Vice” director Adam McKay, who was also nominated, described the film as “an amazing portrayal of power.”
The movie line-up includes several films about racial injustice — “If Beale Street Could Talk” from Barry Jenkins and director Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” — along with black empowerment superhero movie “Black Panther.”
“Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen, who was nominated along with Mahershala Ali, said the film combines hope and compassion and asks audiences to “think profoundly about our society’s past and present.”
“Crazy Rich Asians,” the first major Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast, diversified the Globes contenders with nods for best comedy and best actress for Constance Wu.
Music featured strongly in picks like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featuring Rami Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, “A Star is Born” — the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper remake of the classic show business romance — and “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to Disney’s beloved 1964 film.
“Vice,” won nominations in major categories, including for actors Christian Bale, as Dick Cheney, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, and Sam Rockwell as former US President George W Bush.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” was nominated in the foreign language category.
Cuaron also won a directing nod. Olivia Colman won a best actress nod for her turn as a petulant Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” along with supporting stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.