Drama 'Carol,' comedy 'The Big Short' lead Golden Globe nominations

(From left) Actors Angela Bassett, Chloe Moretz, America Ferrera, and Dennis Quaid at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement on Dec 10, 2015.
(From left) Actors Angela Bassett, Chloe Moretz, America Ferrera, and Dennis Quaid at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement on Dec 10, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Lesbian romance drama Carol led the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday (Dec 10) with five nods, including the top category for best drama, while Wall Street movie The Big Short led the comedy film categories with four nominations.

One of the biggest surprises, however, was the nomination of Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Motion Picture Drama and its Australian director George Miller for Best Director,

An audible gasp also went up when veteran star Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Best Actor for his role in the Rocky movie reboot Creed, from the audience that was up at dawn in Hollywood for the nominations

The Golden Globes are chosen by 90-plus journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - winners will be announced at a televised ceremony on Jan 10, hosted by Ricky Gervais - rather than members of the film industry.

But the Globes often mirror picks by critic’s groups and are seen as one of the indicators of Oscar contenders. Last year’s Golden Globe best comedy/musical film winner, Birdman, went on to win the best picture Oscar

Here is the complete list of nominees: 

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

Best TV Series, Drama

Empire, Fox
Game of Thrones, HBO
Mr. Robot, USA Network
Narcos, Netflix
Outlander, Starz

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carrell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Todd McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura, Narcos
Bob Odenkirk, Better Caul Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther
Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Carter Burwell, Carol
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, Bryce Dessner, The Revenant

Best Foreign Language Film

The Brand New Testament, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
The Club, Chile
The Fencer, Estonia
Mustang, Colombia
Son of Saul, Hungary

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Joanne Froggat, Downton Abbey
Regina King, American Crime
Judith Light, Transparent
Maura Tierney, The Affair

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Casual, Hulu
Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Video
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
Silicon Valley, HBO
Transparent, Amazon Video
Veep, HBO

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Damien Lewis, Wolf Hall
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Tobias Menzies, Outlander
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

"Love Me Like You Do," Fifty Shades of Grey
"One Kind of Love," Love and Mercy
"See You Again," Furious 7
"Simple Song #3," Youth
"Writings on the Wall," Spectre

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series

American Crime, ABC
American Horror Story: Hotel, FX
Fargo, FX
Flesh and Bone, Starz
Wolf Hall, PBS

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emma Donoghue, Room
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight