Early awards season favorites “The Martian” and “Carol” made forceful showings in the Golden Globes nominations, but late-breaking entrants “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Big Short” also came on strong.
In other words, if you were looking to the Globes nods to bring focus and clarity to this year’s unusually wide-open race, you were out of luck.
But for those in Hollywood who got the early-morning call Thursday — which arrived on the heels of Wednesday’s Screen Actors Guild nominations — the news was welcome, nonetheless.
“Oh, my God, it’s crazy nice,” said comedian Amy Schumer, who scored a nomination for actress in a comedy or musical for the romantic comedy “Trainwreck,” which also earned a best picture nod. “I’m freaking out. I might not even take my Lexapro today.”
WINNER: miniseries actress - Lady Gaga
NOMINATED: miniseries(Suzanne Tenner / TNS)
NOMINATED: motion picture comedy; comedy actor - Christian Bale, Steve Carell; screenplay(Paramount Pictures / TNS)
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; drama actress - Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara; director - Todd Haynes; original score(Courtesy of The Weinstein Compan / The Weinstein Company)
NOMINATED: drama actor - Eddie Redmayne; supporting actress - Alicia Vikander; original score(Agatha A. Nitecka / Focus Features)
WINNER: drama actress - Taraji P. Henson
NOMINATED: drama series(Chuck Hodes / FOX)
NOMINATED: miniseries; miniseries actress - Kirsten Dunst; miniseries actor - Patrick Wilson(Chris Large / FX)
WINNER: comedy actress - Jennifer Lawrence
NOMINATED: motion picture comedy(Merie Weismiller Wallace / 20th Century Fox)
NOMINATED: drama series; drama actor - Wagner Moura(Daniel Daza / Netflix)
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; director - George Miller(Jasin Boland / TNS)
WINNER: supporting actor - Christian Slater; drama series
NOMINATED: drama actor - Rami Malek(Sarah Shatz / USA)
NOMINATED: comedy series; best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television - Uzo Aduba(JoJo Whilden / Netflix / TNS)
NOMINATED: drama series; drama actress - Caitriona Balfe; supporting actor - Tobias Menzies(Ed Miller / Starz Entertainment)
WINNER: drama actress - Brie Larson
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; screenplay(George Kraychyk / A24)
NOMINATED: motion picture drama; director - Tom McCarthy; screenplay(Kerry Hayes / TNS)
WINNER: supporting actress - Kate Winslet; screenplay
NOMINATED: drama actor - Michael Fassbender; original score(Francois Duhamel / Universal Pictures)
WINNER: comedy actor - Matt Damon; motion picture comedy
NOMINATED: director - Ridley Scott(Giles Keyte / 20th Century Fox / TNS)
WINNER: director - Alejandro González Iñárritu; drama actor - Leonardo DiCaprio; motion picture drama
NOMINATED: original score(Kimberley French / 20th Century Fox)
NOMINATED: motion picture comedy; comedy actress - Amy Schumer(Mary Cybulski / Universal Pictures)
NOMINATED: comedy series; comedy actor - Jeffrey Tambor; supporting actress - Judith Light(Beth Dubber / Amazon Studios)
NOMINATED: comedy series; comedy actress - Julia Louis-Dreyfus(Handout / TNS)
NOMINATED: miniseries actor - Mark Rylance; supporting actor - Damian Lewis(Giles Keyte / Masterpiece / BBC)
The romantic drama “Carol” led the pack with five nominations, including drama and acting nods for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, while the financial crisis dramedy “The Big Short,” the bloody western “The Revenant” and the quasi-biopic “Steve Jobs” followed with four nods each.
Globes nominations, which are made by a small group of members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. rather than film industry professionals, are not considered reliable harbingers of future Oscar nods and have often included some out-of-left-field picks. But the nominations can lend some films and performances a sense of momentum as awards season gathers steam.
Several awards contenders that had been shut out from SAG Awards nominations — in some cases because screeners had not been sent to the guild’s voting members — found greater traction with the Globes.
The four nominations for “Steve Jobs” — which earned acting nods for Michael Fassbender, who played the tech icon, and for costar Kate Winslet, along with nominations for its screenplay and score, were notable considering the film’s disappointing performance at the box office.
“I tried very, very hard not to pay too much attention to the buzz and who the front-runners were,” Winslet said. “And this moment just feels fantastic. It’s an unbelievably packed year in this category with some amazing women — and not just five, so many.”
Will Smith earned an acting nomination for the NFL drama “Concussion,” a performance that had not made the SAG Awards cut. But Johnny Depp, a favorite of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. with 10 Globes nominations over the years, failed to score a nod for his performance as the notorious mobster Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass.”
David O. Russell’s “Joy” — another SAG Awards shutout — earned nominations for motion picture in the comedy or musical category and for its star, Jennifer Lawrence. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” which had received only a single SAG nod for star Leonardo DiCaprio, picked up a drama Globes nomination as well as nods for DiCaprio, Iñárritu and the film’s score.
Quentin Tarantino’s murderous western “Hateful Eight” received nominations for screenplay and supporting actress, for Jennifer Jason Leigh, but not for best picture. Leigh was tickled to be the only woman among Tarantino’s eight hardscrabble outlaws and antiheroes.
“That is such an incredible group of men to be the only woman with,” she said. “I felt immense joy with Quentin [Tarantino] and this group. Being handcuffed to Kurt Russell was fabulous.”
Meanwhile, the awards-season train for director Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” rolled on, with four Golden Globes nominations — including comedy or musical and acting nods for Steve Carell and Christian Bale — added to its two SAG nominations.
Yes, “Mad Max: Fury Road” was nominated. Click through to see more 73rd Golden Globe nomination surprises and snubs.(Open Road Films; Warner Bros.; AMC; Starz)
It’s not often a summer blockbuster is among the mix during awards season, but “Mad Max: Fury Road” earned a nomination in the very competitive drama picture category, edging out films such as “Steve Jobs,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Straight Outta Compton.” Director George Miller was also nominated.(Jasin Boland / Warner Bros. Pictures)
While “Spotlight” was nominated in the drama picture category, none of the film’s actors were recognized. The film’s two other nominations were for directing and screenwriting.(Kerry Hayes )
Perennial Golden Globes favorite Johnny Depp was not recognized for his turn as Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” which some consider a more awards-worthy performace than some of his past roles that earned him nominations. “Black Mass” was not recognized in any category.(Warner Bros.)
The Golden Globes haven’t shied away from recognizing new talent when it comes to nominations, but it was still a surprise to see Rachel Bloom of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” among the nominees for TV comedy actress.(Eddy Chen / The CW)
Another new series to get some love from the HFPA is “Mr. Robot.” The show was among those nominated for drama series, and both Rami Malek and Christian Slater earned acting nods, making “Mr. Robot” one of the top TV nominees.(David Giesbrecht / USA Network)
It should no longer come as a surprise that Netflix is racking up awards nominations, but most did not expect to see “Narcos” in the mix for the very competitive drama series category over shows including “Mad Men” or “House of Cards.” Wagner Moura also earned a nomination in the TV drama actor category.(Daniel Daza / Netflix)
When it comes to Amazon comedy series, “Transparent” tends to get the spotlight, but “Mozart in the Jungle” came out with 2 Golden Globe nominations -- one for comedy series and the other for lead actor Gael García Bernal.(Amazon Studios)
Hulu’s “Casual” was also among the comedy series nominees. Network shows were completely shut out in the category.(Hulu)
It was out with the old, in with the new in many categories, including the highly competitive TV drama actress race.was one of three newcomers in the field for her portrayal of Vanessa Ives in “Penny Dreadful.”(Jonathan Hession / Showtime)
This year’s nominees show the HFPA embracing genre fare that is often overlooked by other awards shows, including “Outlander.” The show is among those nominated in the drama series race, and both Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies were nominated in acting categories.(Neil Davidson / Starz)
That Aziz Ansari earned a comedy series actor nomination for his role in “Master of None” is not as surprising as the fact that only one of last year’s nominees made it back to the list. The rest of the field (including Ansari) is made up of performances for shows in their freshman season.(K.C. Bailey / Netflix)
The last year of “Mad Men” was only recognized in one category. Jon Hamm earned the show’s sole nomination for actor in a TV drama series.(Justina Mintz / AMC)
Perhaps one of the most surprising nominations was the ballet drama “Flesh and Bone” in the limited series or TV movie category. Sara Hay also earned a nomination for actress in a limited series or TV movie. But it wouldn’t be the Golden Globes without a few headscratchers.(Patrick Harbron / Starz)
Alicia Vikander received two nominations, one for lead actress in a drama for “The Danish Girl” and another for supporting actress in a drama for “Ex Machina,” while Saoirse Ronan scored a nod for the period drama “Brooklyn.”
“It means a lot now,” said Ronan, who was nominated for an Academy Award at age 13 for “Atonement.” “When I was younger, it didn’t really phase me that much. To be recognized now, when you’ve got more work, been working for more than half your life, it means a lot more.”
Counterbalancing younger actors like Ronan and Vikander were a number of older veterans. Sylvester Stallone, who was snubbed from the SAG Awards nominations for his return to the role of Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” proved a Globes contender — 39 years after his last Globes nod for the original “Rocky.” Jane Fonda returned to the roster of Globe nominees after a three-decade absence, earning a supporting actress nomination for “Youth.”
“There’s the chronological issue [of age]; and chronologically, I could well be dead by now,” Fonda said by phone. “I’m older than my father was when he died. But spiritually and energetically, I feel younger than when I was 20 and 30. It all has to do with attitude and how you see life — and that’s the theme of the movie.”
Paul Dano earned a nomination for his turn as young Brian Wilson in the Beach Boys singer biopic “Love & Mercy,” but John Cusack — who played Wilson at a later stage in his life — failed to score a nod. “Honestly, I feel like we love Brian so much, if one of us doesn’t get recognition, to let that be too much of a bad thing wouldn’t be fair to the work we got to do and the experience we had,” Dano said. “Naturally, I’d love to see everybody from the film get recognized. But I think it’s only a good thing if anybody does.”
It wouldn’t be the Globes, of course, without a few surprises. Though there weren’t any howlers on the level of past nominations for duds like “The Tourist,” the nomination of Mark Ruffalo for the little-seen indie “Infinitely Polar Bear” rather than for his turn in “Spotlight” had some critics scratching their heads, while a nomination for Al Pacino’s performance as an aging rock star in “Danny Collins” surprised many who hadn’t had the film on their awards season radar.
Though the credibility of the Globes is often questioned, its status as one of the wildest and most unpredictable shows on the awards-season calendar remains secure. This year’s ceremony, which will be held on Jan. 10 with the ever-offensive Ricky Gervais returning to hosting duties, will likely be no exception.
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8:54 a.m.: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the Golden Globes ceremony will be on Jan. 16.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria introduces the actors who will announce the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actors, from left, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid wait to announce the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Chloe Grace Moretz, center, is flanked by America Ferrera, left, and Angela Bassett before they present the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills on Dec. 10.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid greet each other before they review the list of nominees for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
America Ferrera, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz review their lists of nominees to announce at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Presenters of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations, from left, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid review their lists.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actors, from left, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid prepare to present the Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills on Dec. 10.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Chloe Grace Moretz, center, points out the list of nominations to America Ferrera, left, and Angela Bassett before presenting at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills on Dec. 10.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Angela Bassett, left, and Dennis Quaid review the list of nominees.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
America Ferrera, from left, Chloe Grace Moretz and Angela Bassett share a laugh before presenting the Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills on Dec. 10.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Angela Bassett reviews the list of nominees she and three other actors are about to announce at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The stage is set for the announcements of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actress Angela Bassett reads her list of nominees as she and three others announce the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards nominations in Beverly Hills Thursday morning Dec. 10.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz reads her list of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actress America Ferrera reads her list of nominees live on camera.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actor Dennis Quaid reads his list of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Dennis Quaid returns from announcing nominations for the Golden Globe Awards and joins fellow presenters, from left, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz and Angela Bassett.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Corinne Foxx, Miss Golden Globes, daughter of actor Jaime Foxx, poses for photos after the announcement of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
America Ferrera, left, and Chloe Grace Moretz pose for photos after they announced the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Angela Bassett is photographed after she and three others announced the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Corinne Foxx, Miss Golden Globes, joins Golden Globes nomination presenters, from left, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Angela Bassett, left, Chloe Grace Moretz and America Ferrera are photographed after they announced at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards nominations.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Golden Globe Awards nominations presenters, from left, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett and Dennis Quaid gather after announcing the nominees in Beverly Hills.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
“I met the Hollywood Foreign Press, and they’re, like, the best,” said Schumer, a first-time Globes nominee. “I was like, I could get down with these people. Let’s go and get [drunk] together and have fun. I just hear these awards are so fun — and no one ever says anything is fun.”
Times staff writers Amy Kaufman, Tre’vell Anderson and Deborah Vankin contributed to this report.