Golden Globes nominations highlight some films that SAG voters overlooked

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Tom Hardy in George Miller’s action film “Mad Max: Fury Road”

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If you’re hunting for signs of an emerging awards-season consensus between yesterday’s SAG Awards nominations and this morning’s Golden Globes nods, good luck. With a handful of exceptions, the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out nominations to a number of films and performances that SAG voters ignored – and vice versa – further scrambling a race that has thus far been hard to read. 

A number of December releases that got little or no SAG Awards love – in many cases because screeners weren’t sent out to the guild in time – scored Globes nominations.

David O. Russell’s “Joy” earned nominations for best motion picture comedy or musical and for its star, Jennifer Lawrence. Quentin Tarantino’s Western “Hateful Eight” received nods for best screenplay and for supporting actress Jennifer Jason Leigh – but not best picture. Will Smith earned a best actor nomination for the NFL drama “Concussion,” a performance that had not made the SAG Awards cut.


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Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” which had only received a single SAG nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, picked up a best drama Globes nomination as well as nods for DiCaprio, Iñárritu and the film’s score. The train for Adam McKay’s financial-crisis dramedy “The Big Short” continued rolling on, with four Golden Globes nods adding to yesterday’s two SAG nominations. 

“The Martian,” which was one of the surprising shutouts of the SAGs, picked up Globes nods for best motion picture comedy/musical and for star Matt Damon.

George Miller’s gonzo action film “Mad Max: Fury Road” picked up a nomination for best motion picture drama and best director, giving a boost to a film many see as an awards-season dark horse.


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Two comedies, Judd Apatow’s raunchy rom-com “Trainwreck” and the Melissa McCarthy film “Spy” earned two nods each. 

Among the bigger surprises in the Globes’ acting categories, Mark Ruffalo earned a nod for the little-seen “Infinitely Polar Bear,” while Al Pacino scored a nomination for the comedy “Danny Collins.” Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone, who failed to score a nod from SAG voters for his return to the role of Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” proved himself a Globes contender. 

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