6 Oscar® Contenders That Got a Boost From the Golden Globes

December 13th, 20196 Oscar® Contenders That Got a Boost From the Golden Globes

The awards season can be a roller coaster, with many peaks and valleys. One day, you are getting recognition from a major critical organization, and the next day, you might not be.

The recent Golden Globe nominations were a high point for these hopeful Oscar contenders, as they mount their ongoing Oscar campaigns and aim to stay in the conversation. The Oscar race can be a marathon. Staying relevant for weeks (and months) can be a challenge, but nominations like this will always be a boost for movies that hope to stand on that stage on Oscars® evening.

How many of these movies have you seen in a movie theatre? Make sure you catch up with them, or enjoy them again courtesy of AMC Theatres On Demand.

Knives Out

The Globes love a good mystery.

Heading into the weekend, most Oscar trackers viewed Rian Johnson’s hilarious whodunit as more of a crowd-pleaser than an awards contender. But the love showered on KNIVES OUT may change its status in the overall Oscar picture. Not only did the movie land in the Best Picture, Musical or Comedy category, but it also landed acting nods for both Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas.

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Christian Bale, Ford v. Ferrari

Bale crosses the finish line.

The challenge for AMC Artisan Film FORD V FERRARI was always going to be which of the lead actors would get recognized and which would get overlooked — or would Christian Bale and Matt Damon cancel each other out, giving the slot to another actor. When it comes to the Globes, Bale triumphed with a nod, though the Academy may still go with five other candidates in what has become a very competitive year.

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Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart

A smart choice by the Globes.

Another AMC Artisan Film, BOOKSMART is one of those critically acclaimed comedies that came out too early in the year to make much of an awards impact — or so, one might argue, until the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shined a light on Beanie Feldstein by giving her a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Performance by an Actress, Musical or Comedy category. Again, shunning a performance hurts. A nomination in ANY category only helps your momentum.

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Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Hello, Globes.

Taron Egerton was brilliant as Sir Elton John in the musical biopic ROCKETMAN, and the fact that the Globes splits its actors into two categories helped Egerton get the love he deserves. His performance likely won’t make the cut for the five Oscar slots, but he’s guaranteed to have a very fun evening at the Globes as a nominee.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tarantino dominates the Globes scene.

In the list of nominees, the best showing by a major studio was Sony and its backing of Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. The movie hoped (nay, expected) to do well at the Globes, and it did score noms in the top categories, from Best Picture, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), to Director and Screenplay.

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Todd Phillips, Joker

Phillips pulls an upset.

Speaking of director, this one surprised many. Todd Phillips got a slot for directing JOKER, edging out expected contenders like Noah Baumbach (MARRIAGE STORY), the Safdie brothers (UNCUT GEMS) and Greta Gerwig (LITTLE WOMEN). The Oscar race may boil down to Tarantino versus Scorsese, but at least Phillips could hear his name in the conversation.

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We'll have more Golden Globes and Oscar news in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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