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Golden Globes and Gervais a perfect pairing

Dan Webster

I've always thought it was perfectly appropriate for Ricky Gervais to be host of the Golden Globe Awards broadcast. Gervais is nothing is not irreverent, which is just what the Globes deserve, same as any overhyped event representing a small group of people who are nowhere near the most important in their field.

Still, Hollywood loves pageantry. Always has. In fact, it depends on it. So the more times it can show off its wares with glamour and glitz parading along red carpets, the more we're likely to pay ever-rising prices to see zombies stalk humans, cars explode and teens lead the revolution. Or something similar.

Anyway, I digress … the group that Gervais will front during its Jan. 10 broadcast released its nominations today. You can access the entire list here. But here are some highlights:

Todd Haynes' "Carol," a film that hasn't yet played Spokane, received five nominations: Best Drama, Best Director (Haynes), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara), Best Score. Note that the New York Film Critics Circle has already named "Carol" as its Best Film of 2015.

Other Best Film Drama nominees include: "Spotlight," "Room," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Revenant." Best film Comedy or Musical nominees are: "Joy," "Spy," "The Big Short," "The Martian" and "Trainwreck."

Which … let's just stop right here. "The Martian" was a comedy? Oh, you crazy Golden Globe voters. What were you thinking?

Bring on Ricky Gervais.

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