It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over and a new year has begun. Declarations of losing weight, saving money and quitting vices are on our minds. Still, January too is the onset of movie award season and the Golden Globes frequently influences the Academy Award winners.
The following are the Best Picture nominees for a Drama at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards
Directed by Todd Haynes, Carol is up for best motion picture as well as its stars, Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Best Actress in a drama. Kyle Chandler rounds out this all-star cast taking place in the early 1950s. Mara portrays Therese Belivet, a shop girl working in a swanky Manhattan department store where she spies the exquisite Carol (Blanchett) patronizing the toy department.
She isn’t sure why, nonetheless, she is immediately captivated by Carol, who is married to Chandler’s character, and Therese is soon to be engaged. The story explores their sexuality, romance and complications, such as Carol’s bitter custody battle. I imagine this could be another victory for the remarkable Blanchett.
Could this finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar? Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrito, The Revenant stars DiCaprio, Thomas Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, DiCaprio earning a nomination in the best actor category.
The film takes place in the 1820s with a group of hunter and trappers looking for pelts out in the wild. They face aggression from the Native American Arikara Indians as well as strife and treachery within their own group.
Hardy plays the scoundrel effortlessly, who leaves DiCaprio for dead. The movie then trails Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) as he hunts down Hardy’s character in his thirst for retribution. Perfect for those who love adventure, drama and a bit of thriller mixed into a period piece.
Room stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers and William H. Macy. The thriller, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, tells the story of Ma (Larson), who is kidnapped at just 17 by Old Nick (Bridgers) who abuses and rapes her resulting in a son, Jack.
They are kept together for five years in an enclosed room where Jack knows no other life and no other surrounding. The mother and son make a daring escape where they are brought to the police and subsequently a hospital. A reunion with her parents (Joan Allen and William H. Macy) is both emotional and difficult for the pair, as Ma harbors resentment of what could have been and Jack finds it hard to adjust to a normal life. Ma’s father (Macy) can hardly bring himself to look at Jack as it reminds him of his daughter’s horror. A happy ending doesn’t seem to be fated for the family
A highly anticipated film for the journalist, Spotlight is directed by Tom McCarthy and stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber. The film is about a news team, the Spotlight, which chase politically charged stories to get to the bottom of it and shed light. The subject matter is very politically charged as it digs into the church, the Archbishop and pedophilia. Brilliantly acted by an all-star cast.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Rounding out the Best Drama is Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. It is a remake of sorts from the timeless version starring Mel Gibson and takes place many years after the demise of civilization where a tyrannical leader holds captive any survivors. Theron leads a valiant escape and forges an alliance with Max (Hardy). It contains deadly high speed chases through the Wasteland of Australia.
Most of these movies are out at select movie theaters, although Mad Max is already out on DVD. Here’s your chance to watch each one and decide who you think will be the winner. Keep in mind that the Golden Globes is a much broader award show so there are other movies in Comedy/Musical to see as well including Joy, The Big Short, Spy, Train Wreck and The Martian. Tune into NBC on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. to see if you agree with the critics.