'Carol,' 'The Big Short' and 'The Revenant' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

Alejandro González Iñárritu, nominated for a best director Golden Globe for his film "The Revenant," arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 23. Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Carol, Todd Haynes's film adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt, leads the Golden Globes nominations, nabbing nominations for best actresses in a motion picture for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as well as for best director (Haynes) and best score.

Several latecomers also earned significant recognition in time for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 73rd annual awards, notably The Big Short—a high-stakes comedy about the 2007 financial collapse that's yet to be released. It earned nominations for best picture in the musical or comedy category, best screenplay and a nod each for Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

A former Wall Street wolf, Leonardo DiCaprio, snagged a nomination for his leading role in The Revenant, the latest (and best picture-nominated) film from Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who is nominated for best director. He is up against George Miller, director of Mad Max: Fury Road, in the best director category (Fury Road is also competing against The Revenant for best drama). Two other formidable dramas—the investigative journalism film Spotlight and the tearjerker Room—are nominees in the best drama category.

The acting categories for drama are predictably stacked. Carol's Mara and Blanchett are competing against each other for the much-touted best actress in a motion picture, drama, category, and are also up against Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan, Brie Larson of Room and Alicia Vikander for her turn in The Danish Girl. Vikander's co-star Eddie Redmayne was nominated for his role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, where he is competing with DiCaprio, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, Will Smith in the yet-to-be-released Concussion and Michael Fassbender for his portrayal of Apple luminary Steve Jobs in the eponymous film.

But what of the funny flicks? David O. Russell's Christmas Day film Joy is nominated in the best picture, comedy, category, along with the celestial The Martian, the slapstick rom-com Trainwreck and the espionage comedy Spy. The three leading ladies of Joy, Trainwreck and Spy—Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy, respectively—earned nominations for best actress in a motion picture comedy. The two leads in The Big Short, Bale and Carell, are both up for the best actor, comedy, category, along with Al Pacino in Danny Collins, Mark Ruffalo in Infinitely Polar Bear and The Martian'sMatt Damon.

Streaming services dominated the Globes' television nominations, especially where comedy is concerned. Amazon's smash series Mozart in the Jungle and the transgressive Transparent, along with Netflix's prison-drama-gone-awry Orange Is the New Black and Hulu's sibling drama Casual lead the best comedy series nominations, where they are joined by HBO's Veep and Silicon Valley. Netflix's cartel drama Narcos earned a nomination for best TV series, drama, along with HBO's Game of Thrones, Fox's Empire, the USA hit Mr. Robot and Starz's Outlander.

The ceremony, presented by three-time host Ricky Gervais, will take place January 10, on NBC.

The full list of nominees:

Best Motion Picture, Drama


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant



Best Motion Picture, Comedy

The Big Short


The Martian



Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carell, The Big Short

Matt Damon, The Martian

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Emma Donoghue, Room

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Best Original Song

"Love Me Like You Do" (50 Shades of Grey)

"One Kind of Love" (Love and Mercy)

"See You Again" (Furious 7)

"Simple Song #3" (Youth)

"Writing's on the Wall" (Spectre)

Best Foreign Language Film

The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)

The Club (Chile)

The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Score

Carter Burwell, Carol

Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, The Revenant

Best TV Series, Drama


Game of Thrones

Mr. Robot



Best TV Series, Comedy


Mozart in the Jungle

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley



Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Wagner Moura, Narcos

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Rob Lowe, The Grinder

Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

American Crime

American Horror Story: Hotel


Flesh and Bone

Wolf Hall

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Idris Elba, Luther

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Tobias Menzies, Outlander

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Regina King, American Crime

Judith Light, Transparent

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Animated Feature Film


The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie