One thing you can trust every year is that just as the holidays are wrapping up, awards season kicks into high gear. That’s no different here in 2016 as the “Golden Globes” are presented this Sunday in Los Angeles with host Ricky Gervais.
Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes is one big party and the chance for attendees and audience at home to see their favorite film and TV stars co-mingle, drink some champagne and hopefully take home an award.
In terms of the LGBT-ness of the awards, it's a pretty good showing in both the film and TV categories so I thought I'd break down some of the highlights of what you'll see on Sunday night. First up, the movies.
“Carol“: Definitely one of my favorites this season not only for a mainstream movie being about a love story between two women (nominees Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) but also for it’s attention to detail in the 1950s period in a way that only nominated director Todd Haynes could do it. Besides the film having a nomination in the Best Motion Picture Drama category, the fabulous, lush score by Carter Burwell is also nominated in the Best Original Score category.
“The Danish Girl“: If there’s one film to rival “Carol,” it’s this tale inspired by the life of Einar Wegener, who is one of the first persons to have “sex reassignment surgery” (as it was known back in the early 1900s). As played by Eddie Redmayne (who garnered accolades for his role in 2014’s “The Theory of Everything“), you’ll be hard pressed to find a more stunning acting performance by a man this year. Thankfully, Redmayne’s equally impressive co-star, Alicia Vikander, also received a Best Performance nomination for her work. While director Tom Hopper did not get a nomination, Alexandre Desplat received one for Best Original Score.
“Grandma”: The film didn’t get the amount of attention as some of the other films but I’m so glad Lily Tomlin was recognized for her titular performance as an unconventional grandmother helping her daughter get the money to have an abortion. Yes, it’s a comedy. (Tomlin is also nominated for her co-starring role in Netflix’s television series, “Grace & Frankie.”
Speaking of television, there are great dramas that have LGBT characters and themes nominated in the Best TV Drama category including “Empire“, “Outlander” and USA’s breakthrough hit, “Mr Robot.” On the comedy side of things, it’s become a regular thing to see Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” and, the latest addition, Amazon’s “Transparent” among the other nominees, which is only proving streaming is taking a strong hold across the board in the TV landscape.
But, even if their shows weren’t nominated, great to see Viola Davis nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama for playing a bisexual character on “How To Get Away With Murder.” Then, of course, it’s no surprise to see last year’s winner in the Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) category, Jeffrey Tambor justly nominated again for “Transparent.” And since we saw early on the Walter Blunt is cool with picking up a trans hooker in “Blunt Talk,” then why not give Patrick Stewart a nomination, too?
Finally, in the supporting actor/actress category, out performer Alan Cumming is due an award for his fabulous work as Eli Gold on “The Good Wife” though newbie Tobias Menzies could bring an upset for his stunning work playing two very different roles in “Outlander.”
And I’m fine if Uzo Aduba keeps winning for playing Crazy Eyes on “OITNB.” That said, if Aduba needs to lose, let it be to Judith Light for her role as the ex to Tambor’s transitioning character in “Transparent,” right?
Who are rooting for at the Golden Globes? So many great nominees this year but we'll have to wait until Sunday at 8pm on NBC to find out who will win!
“Golden Globes” airs Sunday at 8pm on NBC.
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