Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Leads Golden Globes Nominations

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Christian Bale and Amy Adams both received Golden Globes nominations for their performances in ‘Vice.’

Christian Bale and Amy Adams both received Golden Globes nominations for their performances in ‘Vice.’


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The Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” received six Golden Globe nominations, the most of any movie this year, while “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” led the pack among television shows with four.

“Vice” was nominated for best musical or comedy, and it scored nods for its screenplay, director Adam McKay and three of its actors: Christian Bale, who plays Mr. Cheney, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush.

Mr. McKay painted a hard-hitting portrait of the former vice president as a tightly wound Washington operator turned de facto president. Mr. McKay, who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay with “The Big Short” two years ago, returned to a similar format with “Vice” that lightens serious material with irony.

Music-fueled films, including “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Green Book” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” made a strong showing across multiple categories. “A Star Is Born,” about a country music star eclipsed by his protégé, and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biopic about the rock band Queen, were both nominated for best drama, along with “Black Panther,”“BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Among the best comedy or musical nominees, “Vice” will compete with romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians”; “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone as a servant in the court of England’s Queen Anne; “Green Book,” set in the Jim Crow South; and the coming musical “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Lady Gaga, nominated for best actress in a drama for “A Star Is Born,” has the potential to deliver a new audience to the televised awards show as a global superstar who is nevertheless a Hollywood newcomer. The other actresses nominated in this category appeared in lesser-known films: Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Nicole Kidman for “Destroyer,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and Rosamund Pike for “A Private War.”

The Golden Globes, seen as the kickoff to an awards season that culminates with the Oscars in February, gave an early boost to films such as “A Star Is Born.” Bradley Cooper, nominated for a Golden Globe for his directorial debut, also was nominated for best actor in a drama, a role for which he performed his own singing, lowered his speaking voice and played guitar. Rami Malek also was nominated for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman,” Lucas Hedges for “Boy Erased” and Willem Dafoe for “At Eternity’s Gate.”

In the acting categories for comedy or musical film, Emily Blunt was recognized for her interpretation of a treasured character from the

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vault for the title role in “Mary Poppins Returns.” At 15 years old, Elsie Fisher is one of the youngest actors ever nominated for a Golden Globe with her performance in “Eighth Grade.” The two of them are up against Olivia Colman of “The Favourite,” Charlize Theron for “Tully” and Constance Wu of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Mr. Bale’s transformation into Mr. Cheney in “Vice” scored a nomination for best actor in a motion picture musical or comedy. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the “Hamilton” creator and Broadway superstar who is still an unfamiliar presence on the big screen, was nominated for his Cockney-accented turn in “Mary Poppins Returns.” Other nominees include Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book,” Robert Redford for “The Old Man & The Gun” and John C. Reilly for “Stan & Ollie.”

The Globes recognized four debut shows for its five drama nominations. They include

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“Bodyguard”; “Killing Eve,” a BBC America series that pitted a special agent against an assassin; “Homecoming,” an Amazon series adapted from a podcast of the same name; and “Pose,” the FX series that explored identity and AIDS in the 1980s ballroom culture of New York City.

They will be up against FX’s “The Americans,” which earned its first Golden Globe nomination as a series for its finale season. Co-stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell both scored acting nods for their roles as married Russian spies.

The nominees for best TV comedy or musical series included last year’s winner, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the Amazon series about a woman swimming upstream in the stand-up comedy scene of the 1950s. (Amazon released the second season just in time for Globes’ eligibility—one day before Thursday’s nominations.)

New TV comedies landing nominations were Bill Hader’s portrait of a conflicted hit man, “Barry” (HBO), “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix), starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and “Kidding” (Showtime), featuring Jim Carrey. “The Good Place,” which is now in its third season on NBC, was the rare veteran TV series to get a first-time nomination.

Julia Roberts, who won the first of her three Golden Globes in 1990 for a supporting role in “Steel Magnolias,” made her debut among TV nominees with a nod for “Homecoming,” in which she works in a mysterious rehab facility. She will compete for best actress in a TV drama with Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), last year’s winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), and Ms. Russell.

During her original run on “Murphy Brown,” Candice Bergen was nominated eight times for best actress in a comedy, and won twice, in 1989 and 1992. She was nominated again for this year’s “Murphy Brown” revival, along with Kristen Bell (NBC’s “The Good Place”), Alison Brie (Netflix’s “GLOW”), last year’s winner Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and Debra Messing, nominated for the same role six years in a row during the first iteration of “Will & Grace” in the early ‘00s.

The field for best TV movie or limited series, a battleground for networks flaunting their projects’ star power and big budgets, was largely made up of nominees that weren’t released in time to compete at this year’s Emmys. They included HBO’s “Sharp Objects,” starring Amy Adams as a reckless journalist investigating grisly crimes in her hometown; “Escape at Dannemora,” about a real-life prison break in upstate New York; and “A Very English Scandal,” a showcase for Hugh Grant that appeared on Amazon.

Other nominees were TNT’s “The Alienist” and FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which was eligible for this year’s Emmys and won best limited series and lead actor for Golden Globe nominee Darren Criss.

The press association also announced a new award for lifetime achievement in television, the equivalent of its Cecil B. DeMille film career award, whose recipient it said it would name at a later date. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 6, to be hosted by Ms. Oh and Andy Samberg.

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