It’s that time of year for “Best Of…” lists, and that includes the ultimate “Best Of…” list from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the annual Golden Globe nominees. Not only are the Globes a somewhat reliable predictor of the Academy Awards, but the show itself is usually a good time thanks in no small part to some to the “out there” decisions made by the ever mysterious HFPA whose credentials are suspect and whose taste is constantly debatable. Still, for nerdy movie and TV fans, there’s lots to celebrate in this morning’s announcement of the 2017 nominees including potential awards for the Merc with the Mouth, the rebelling robots of an Old West theme park, and a group of suburban kids from 80s Indiana.
The most surprising nomination of the morning was actually two nominations, one for Deadpool as Best Film – Musical Comedy, and one for Ryan Reynolds for Best Actor. The nods are well-deserved of course, but more significantly, they are some of the few award nominations to be received by a superhero movie. While that is impressive, Deadpool has an uphill battle because it’s competition in the Best Picture race is the universal acclaimed La La Land, which won several Critics Choice Awards this past weekend.
Also representing the nerds is Amy Adams, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for playing the linguist hero of Arrival. The first contact movie received two nominations in all, with the other one being for the film’s score by Johann Johannsson. Meanwhile, Octavia Spencer got a nod for Best Supporting Actress for the film Hidden Figures in which she plays Dorothy Vaughan, one of three African-American women that literally did the math to get America into space. Mel Gibson‘s career rehab seems complete with several nominations for his World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, include one for Best Director for Gibson himself. And finally, Zootopia, Moana, Sing, My Life as a Zucchini, and Kubo and the Two Strings make up the list of Best Animated Film nominees.
On TV, all things nerdy are very well represented as well. Westworld, Stranger Things, and Game of Thrones will face-off against The Crown and This is Us for the Best TV Drama prize. In acting, Winona Ryder as the harried mom from Stranger Things will vie for Best Actress in a Drama against Evan Rachel Wood‘s Old West robot gone bad (good?) in Westworld. There’s stiff competition in the Best Actress category with The American’s Keri Russell, Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe, and The Crown’s Claire Foy rounding out the nominees. Best Supporting Actress will also feature a big showdown, this one between Westworld’s Thandie Newton and Game of Throne’s Lena Headey, two women you do not want to be on the wrong side of.
You can get the full list of nominees at the link below. The Golden Globes air January 8 at 8 pm EST on NBC, and will be hosted by The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon.