'Carol,' 'The Big Short' lead varied field in Golden Globe film race

Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:05pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - Lesbian romance drama "Carol" and Wall Street misdeeds comedy "The Big Short" led a diverse range of films honored with Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, with genres spanning indie thrillers to big budget sci-fi action adventures.

"Carol," the story of a married older woman who falls in love with a young shopgirl in the 1950s, garnered five nominations including best drama film, director, score and acting nods for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

"Carol" is up for best drama against Pioneer-era movie "The Revenant," psychological thriller "Room," Catholic Church abuse probe "Spotlight" and thriller "Mad Max: Fury Road," a surprise contender in the category, which rarely sees a blockbuster action nominee.

"The Big Short," which takes a quirky look at the housing bubble collapse that led to the 2008 U.S. recession, led the comedy nominees with four nods; best comedy, screenplay and actor for Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

"We really tried to craft a movie that was energetic and entertaining, that could bring people to this issue with some excitement as opposed to being very dry," director and co-writer Adam McKay told Reuters.

It will compete with blockbuster space adventure "The Martian," Melissa McCarthy caper "Spy," coming-of-age comedy "Trainwreck" and "Joy," inspired by the story of the woman who designed the household Miracle Mop.

The Golden Globe winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais.

In December last year, showbiz satire "Birdman" and coming-of-age movie "Boyhood" were already established as Oscar frontrunners. "Birdman" eventually edged out "Boyhood" for the best picture Oscar.   Continued...

Actors Angela Bassett, Chloe Grace Moretz, America Ferrera, and Dennis Quaid pose during the nominations for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok