The Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues to have a broader definition of comedy than anyone else during awards season.
There are your favorites as well as the favored upstarts in the field of this year’s Golden Globes nominees. The consistently praised Anomalisa and Master of None, heavy returning favorites Veep, Silicon Valley, and Transparent, comedy superstar Amy Schumer for Trainwreck, and brash newcomer Rachel Bloom for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend all got nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. There were even some noms for work that should be getting more love from more awards, but, somehow, isn’t. This includes Lily Tomlin’s turn in Grandma, Melissa McCarthy for Spy, and Hulu’s Casual from Jason Reitman.
With all of that said, films and shows that are being considered in different lights, mainly dramatic rather than comedic, have found their way into the comedy nominees, like they usually do, at The Golden Globes such as Joy, The Martian, The Big Short, and Orange Is the New Black. Certainly, Joy, The Martian, and The Big Short weren’t touting themselves as comedies in trailers and promotion and Orange Is the New Black has shifted to dramatic consideration with other awards. We’re not exactly sure why the distinction for comedy is so noticeably different with HFPA, but it does possibly allow for some notoriety for work that wouldn’t really get recognized otherwise.
So, here are the comedy nominees for this year’s Golden Globes.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
The Big Short
The Big Short-Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Maggie Smith-The Lady in the Van
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Al Pacino-Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo-Infinitely Polar Bear
Christian Bale-The Big Short
Steve Carell-The Big Short
Matt Damon-The Martian
Best Director – Motion Picture
Ridley Scott-The Martian
Best Animated Feature Film
Shaun the Sheep Movie
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Best Foreign Language Film
The Brand New Testament-France
Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Mozart in the Jungle
Orange is the New Black
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Lily Tomlin-Grace and Frankie
Gina Rodriguez-Jane The Virgin
Jamie Lee Curtis-Scream Queens
Rachel Bloom-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Patrick Stewart-Blunt Talk
Aziz Ansari-Master Of None
Gael García Bernal-Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe-The Grinder
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba-Orange is the New Black
Get a look at the full list of the 2016 Golden Globes nominees here.