Right behind them were Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white partner, and hotly-anticipated Disney sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.”
Beyond its best comedy film nod, “Vice” – a searing look at George W. Bush’s powerful vice president – picked up a trio of acting nominations for a nearly unrecognisable Bale, co-star Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife Lynne and Sam Rockwell as Bush.
Filmmaker Adam McKay picked up a pair of nominations for best director and screenplay.
Also winning double nominations were Cooper – for acting and directing in “Star” – and Lady Gaga, for acting and best original song (“Shallow”).
But co-star Sam Elliott, who plays the brother of Cooper’s aging rocker, was notably snubbed.
Vying with “Star” for best drama film are “BlacKkKlansman,” Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and black love story “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Competing in the best musical/comedy film are “Vice,” “The Favourite,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Green Book” and summer rom-com success “Crazy Rich Asians.”
A wealth of options
The Golden Globes feature separate awards for dramas and musicals/comedies – meaning more nominations, and a chance for Oscar voters to consider a wider range of performances before they get their ballots.
“A Star Is Born” is competing in the drama categories, while “Vice” is – strangely – in the comedy race.
“Looking to the Golden Globes to guide you towards Oscar’s Best Picture, follow Best Director. That is the best category to predict which way that will go,” wrote Stone, celebrating in particular Lee’s nomination.