Aaron Taylor-Johnson surprised the Golden Globes room and plenty of the pundits watching at home by scoring supporting actor, motion picture at the top of the show for his work as a menacing criminal in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.”
The race was thought slightly more open than others, with “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali the front-runner and Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”) the Cinderella (and “Lion’s" Dev Patel the real dark horse). Few gave much of a shot to Taylor-Johnson, whose previous major awards include such honorifics as Empire Award for Best Newcomer and Glamour Award for Man of the Year, both for his turn in “Nowhere Boy” years ago. (He’s received no other major nominations thus far for “Nocturnal.”)
The supporting actor-motion picture category hasn’t seen a ton of upsets in recent years — the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has tended to go either for favorites (Jared Leto and Christian Bale for “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Fighter,” respectively) or well-liked veterans (Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Plummer, for “Creed” and “Beginners,” respectively).