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Carol leads Golden Globe nominations

Carol

Story by Jack Foley

LESBIAN drama Carol leads the nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards with five nods.

Its leading ladies Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are both up for best actress in a drama for their roles in the 1950s-set film about a glamorous housewife who falls for a younger woman, while director Todd Haynes is also shortlisted. The film also picked up nominations for best film drama and original score.

Following closely behind with four nominations each were Leonard DiCaprio’s revenge thriller The Revenant, financial comedy-drama The Big Short (which boasts Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale among its cast) and Danny Boyle’s Apple biopic Steve Jobs.

Carol will go up against Alejandro G Inarritu’s The Revenant in the best film drama category, as well as Mad Max: Fury Road, kidnap drama Room and real life child abuse drama Spotlight.

Leading the charge for best actor, meanwhile, is Leonardo DiCaprio for his gut-wrenching performance in The Revenant. But he faces tough competition from Bryan Cranston, for the biopic Trumbo, Michael Fassbender, for Steve Jobs, and Will Smith for Concussion, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne, for his portrayal of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

Competing against Carol‘s Blanchett and Mara for best dramatic actress, meanwhile, are Brie Larson, for Room, Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan, for Brooklyn, and Alicia Vikander, for The Danish Girl.

The Golden Globes also boast categories for best comedy or musical and vying for best film in that category are US financial crisis movie The Big Short as well as action comedy Spy, Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and surprise nominees The Martian and Joy.

Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy for her role in Joy, a biopic about the inventor of the Miracle Mop, along with Melissa McCarthy for Spy, Amy Schumer for Trainwreck (which she co-wrote), Dame Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van and Lily Tomlin for Grandma.

The best actor in a musical or comedy category finds Christian Bale shortlisted for The Big Short alongside his co-star Steve Carell as well as Matt Damon for The Martian, Al Pacino for Danny Collins and Mark Ruffalo for Infinitely Polar Bear.

Of the other Brits hoping for success, British film-maker Ridley Scott is also nominated for best director for his sci-fi blockbuster The Martian, while Idris Elba is shortlisted in the best supporting actor category for Beasts of No Nation, as is Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies.

Dame Helen Mirren is also in the running as best supporting actress for Trumbo as is Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs.

Ricky Gervais will return to host the ceremony on January 10, 2016 – his third time fronting the awards.

View the nominations in full