2016 Oscars: Mad Max makes early running in Hollywood awards season
High-octane action show Mad Max: Fury Road has emerged as an unlikely favourite in the annual Hollywood awards season, including the Oscars.
The first of the nomination lists have been released from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes.
Both are strong indicators of the films that will be nominated for the Oscars.
The Mad Max reboot has two major Golden Globe category nominations: best picture and best director for George Miller.
The film has already won over the American critics, being awarded film of the year by the US National Board of Review, which publishes Films in Review, and the Boston online critics. It was runner-up in the Los Angeles critics' awards, while Mr Miller also picked up best director from the Los Angeles and Washington DC critics.
In Australia, where Mad Max originates, it received both best film and best director gongs at this week’s industry awards.
But Mad Max is the odd one out among the serious-minded dramas that usually for Oscar honours. It is also unusual in being released early this year while most of the award contenders don’t come out until October or November at the earliest.
This also means many don’t get their release dates in New Zeraland until the new year.
The other Oscar favourites, based on awards and the nominees' lists, can be narrowed down to less than half a dozen: Carol, Trumbo, The Revenant, Brooklyn and The Martian.
Favourites for the acting honours are led by Cate Blanchett (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Michael Keaton (Spotlight) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).
The SAG awards (to be held on January 31, NZ time) also have Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Eddie Redmayne and Sarah Silverman in the nominees for the main acting categories.
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 11 (NZ time).
The Golden Globes full list of nominations
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant , Room, Spotlight
Best Motion Picture, Comedy
The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spy, Trainwreck
Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol ; Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant ; Tom McCarthy, Spotlight ; George Miller, Mad Max ; Ridley Scott, The Martian
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room ; Rooney Mara, Carol; Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn; Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy ; Melissa McCarthy, Spy ; Amy Schumer, Trainwreck ; Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van; Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jane Fonda, Youth ; Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight ; Helen Mirren, Trumbo; Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina; Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs; Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl ; Will Smith, Concussion
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, The Big Short; Steve Carell, The Big Short ; Matt Damon, The Martian; Al Pacino, Danny Collins; Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy; Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation; Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies; Michael Shannon, 99 Homes; Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emma Donoghue, Room; Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight ; Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short ; Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs; Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
Best Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa, The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out , The Peanuts Movie, Shaun the Sheep Movie
Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do” 50 Shades of Grey ; “One Kind of Love” Love & Mercy; “See You Again” Furious 7; “Simple Song No. 3” Youth; “Writing’s on the Wall” Spectre
Best Original Score
Carter Burwell, Carol; Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl ; Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight ; Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs; Ryuichi Sakamoto Alva Noto, The Revenant
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
The Brand New Testament, The Club, The Fencer, Mustang, Son of Saul
Best TV Series, Drama
Empire, Game of Thrones, Mr Robot, Narcos , Outlander
Best TV Series, Comedy
Casual , Mozart in the Jungle , Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Transparent , Veep
Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
American Crime , American Horror Story: Hotel , Fargo, Flesh & Bone, Wolf Hall
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Rami Malek, Mr Robot ; Wagner Moura, Narcos ; Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul; Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander ; Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder ; Eva Green, Penny Dreadful ; Taraji P. Henson, Empire; Robin Wright, House of Cards
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Aziz Ansari, Master of None; Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle; Rob Lowe, The Grinder; Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk; Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex Girlfriend ; Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens; Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep; Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin ; Lilly Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black; Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey; Regina King, American Crime ; Judith Light, Transparent ; Maura Tierney, The Affair
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife; Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall; Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline; Tobias Menzies, Outlander; Christian Slater, Mr Robot
Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther ; Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero ; David Oyelowo, Nightingale ; Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall; Patrick Wilson, Fargo
Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo; Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel ; Sarah Hay, Flesh & Bone; Felicity Huffman, American Crime ; Queen Latifah, Bessie
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