Rooney Mara (left) and Cate Blanchett in a scene from the film,"Carol."  

Rooney Mara (left) and Cate Blanchett in a scene from the film,"Carol."  

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Though the Golden Globes spread its nominations around, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association swooned hardest for Todd Haynes' 1950s romance "Carol," which landed a leading five nominations including best picture, drama.

In a widespread field of nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, "Carol" solidified its growing Oscar hopes with nods for its two stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and for Haynes' direction. Also surging was Adam McKay's finance farce "The Big Short," which earned four nominations, including best picture, comedy, and nods for Steve Carell and Christian Bale.

Also with four nods is Alejandro Inarritu's follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Birdman," the frontier epic "The Revenant," which was nominated for best picture, drama, and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. A four-time Oscar nominee (and one-time Globe winner), DiCaprio is gunning for his first Academy Award.

Tied with four is the Aaron Sorkin-scripted "Steve Jobs," though it failed to join the best picture nominees. Along with "Carol" and "The Revenant," they are: "Mad Max: Fury Road," ''Room" and "Spotlight."

Streaming series from Netflix (which led television with nine nods), Amazon and Hulu dominated the TV side of the Globes, which jumped all over the dial. Six shows tied for the most nominations: "Fargo," ''Mr. Robot," ''Outlander," ''Transparent," ''American Crime" and "Wolf Hall."

Kirsten Dunst  and Jesse Plemons appear in a scene from "Fargo." Dunst was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best actress in a TV movie  or limited series. 

Kirsten Dunst  and Jesse Plemons appear in a scene from "Fargo." Dunst was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best actress in a TV movie  or limited series. 

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In an awards season that has so far failed to produce a definite heavyweight, Tom McCarthy's acclaimed Boston Globe drama "Spotlight" came into the Globe nominations as the Oscar favorite. While it took three topGlobe nominations Thursday, including best director for McCarthy and best screenplay, its ensemble cast is failing to stand out from the pack.

After the Screen Actors Guild Awards passed over Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo on Wednesday, theGlobes did, too. Ruffalo, however, was nominated for best actor in a comedy for his performance as a bipolar father in "Infinitely Polar Bear."

Most of the expected contenders came away with something to show from the Globes, including the scientific space adventure "The Martian" (including nods for star Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott), David O. Russell's matriarch portrait "Joy" (best picture, comedy and best actress Jennifer Lawrence), George Miller's apocalyptic romp "Mad Max: Fury Road" (including best director for Miller) and "Room," the Emma Donoghue novel adaptation starring Brie Larson (nominated for best actress, drama) as a captive mother.

Left largely on the outside were Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies," which was only nominated for Mark Rylance's supporting performance; the Irish immigrant drama "Brooklyn," just nominated for Saoirse Ronan's leading performance; and "Straight Outta Compton," the popular N.W.A biopic, which landed nothing the day after the SAG Awards gave it a best ensemble nomination.

Will Smith, whose upcoming "Concussion" has drawn headlines for its depiction of head trauma in football, joined the best actor, drama, nominees. Also nominated were Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl"), DiCaprio and Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"). Apparently displaced was Johnny Depp's chilly Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass."

Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in "Concussion."

Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in "Concussion."

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Alicia Vikander, the ubiquitous star of 2015, joined the best dramatic actress field for "The Danish Girl", as well as the supporting actress one for her performance as an artificial intelligence in the sci-fi indie "Ex Machina."

Others also landed multiple nods. Rylance added a second for his TV role on the costume drama "Wolf Hall." Idris Elba also spanned both film and TV with nods for his West African rebel commander in "Beasts of No Nation," as well as the British crime series "Luther."

Though some questionable category decisions left less-comedic films competing for best comedy or musical, two of comedy's top stars will crash a particularly somber awards season: Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer. Both were nominated for best actress in a comedy, and their films _ "Spy" and "Trainwreck," respectively _ will compete for best comedic film.

"Chris Rock was the first person to text me. He just wrote "Golden Globes mother------," said Schumer. "The Hollywood Foreign Press, man. I just want to like hug them. I want them all to sit on my face."

In the best animated film category, the Charlie Kauffman-scripted, stop-motion drama "Anomalisa" slotted in alongside a quartet of more family-friendly releases: "Inside Out," ''The Good Dinosaur," ''The Peanuts Movie" and "Shaun the Sheep Movie."

Though younger stars like DiCaprio and Lawrence are the leading acting contenders, a number of esteemed veterans joined the nominations, too. Al Pacino ("Danny Collins"), Maggie Smith ("The Lady in the Van"), Lily Tomlin ("Grandma"), Jane Fonda ("Youth") and Helen Mirren ("Trumbo") all earned nods.

So did Sylvester Stallone for "Creed," giving him a nomination for the same character (Rocky Balboa) who first earned him a Globe nomination in 1976 for "Rocky." Along with Elba and Rylance, the supporting actor category was rounded out by Paul Dano ("Love & Mercy") and Michael Shannon ("99 Homes").

"The most amazing thing when these things happen, because the phone just goes insane," said Shannon. "Like it just vibrates and makes all kinds of noises. I assumed when it started doing that, that either something very good or very bad had happened. And it was very good."

Ricky Gervais will return as host for the Globes on Jan. 10. His third time in the gig follows three straight years of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts. Last year's NBC telecast dipped slightly from 2013's 10-year high, drawing 19.3 million viewers. Best drama went to Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," while Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" captured the comedy category.

Jake Coyle, Associated Press

Full list of nominees

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--Picture, Drama: "Carol," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Revenant," ''Room," ''Spotlight."

--Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Big Short," ''Joy," ''The Martian," ''Spy," ''Trainwreck."

--Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"; Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"; Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"; Will Smith, "Concussion."

--Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, "Carol"; Brie Larson, "Room"; Rooney Mara, "Carol"; Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"; Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl."

--Director: Todd Haynes, "Carol"; Alejandro Inarritu, "The Revenant"; Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"; George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"; Ridley Scott, "The Martian."

--Actor, Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale, "The Big Short"; Steve Carell, "The Big Short"; Matt Damon, "The Martian"; Al Pacino, "Danny Collins"; Mark Ruffalo, "Infinitely Polar Bear."

--Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"; Melissa McCarthy, "Spy"; Amy Schumer, "Trainwreck"; Maggie Smith, "The Lady in the Van"; Lily Tomlin, "Grandma."

--Supporting Actor: Paul Dano, "Love & Mercy"; Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation"; Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"; Michael Shannon, "99 Homes"; Sylvester Stallone, "Creed."

--Supporting Actress: Jane Fonda, "Youth"; Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"; Helen Mirren, "Trumbo"; Alicia Vikander, "Ex Machina"; Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs."

--Foreign Language: "The Brand New Testament," ''The Club," ''The Fencer," ''Mustang," ''Son of Saul."

--Animated Film: "Anomalisa," ''The Good Dinosaur," ''Inside Out," ''The Peanuts Movie," ''Shaun the Sheep Movie."

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

--Original Score: Cartner Burwell, "Carol"; Alexandre Desplat, "The Danish Girl"; Ennio Morricone, "The Hateful Eight"; Daniel Pemberton, "Steve Jobs"; Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Alva Noto."

--Original Song: "Love Me Like You Do" (music and lyrics by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Ilya Salmanzadeh), "Fifty Shades of Grey"; "One Kind of Love" (music and lyrics by Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett), "Love & Mercy"; "See You Again" (music and lyrics by Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Cameron Thomaz), "Furious 7"; "Simple Song #3" (music and lyrics by David Lang), "Youth"; "Writing's on the Wall" (music and lyrics by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes), "Spectre."

TELEVISION

--Series, Drama: "Empire," ''Mr. Robot," ''Game of Thrones," ''Outlander," ''Narcos."

--Actor, Drama: Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"; Wagner Moura, "Narcos"; Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"; Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men."

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

--Series, Musical or Comedy: "Orange is the New Black," ''Silicon Valley," ''Transparent," ''Veep," ''Casual," ''Mozart in the Jungle."

--Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"; Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"; Rob Lowe, "The Grinder"; Patrick Stewart, "Blunt Talk"; Gael Garcia Bernal, "Mozart in the Jungle."

--Actress, Musical or Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"; Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"; Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"; Jamie Lee Curtis, "Scream Queens"; Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

--Actor, Movie or Limited Series: Oscar Isaac, "Show Me a Hero"; Patrick Wilson, "Fargo"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; David Oyelowo, "Nightingale"; Mark Rylance, "Wolf Hall."

--Actress, Movie or Limited Series: Kirsten Dunst, "Fargo"; Lady Gaga, "American Horror Story: Hotel"; Sarah Hay, "Flesh & Bone"; Felicity Huffman, "American Crime"; Queen Latifah. "Bessie."

--Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Damian Lewis, "Wolf Hall"; Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"; Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"; Ben Mendelsohn, "Bloodline"; Tobias Menzies, "Outlander."

--Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Regina King, "American Crime"; Uzo Aduba, "Orange is the New Black"; Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"; Maura Tierney, "The Affair"; Judith Light, "Transparent."

--Movie or Limited Series: "Fargo," ''American Crime," ''American Horror Story: Hotel," ''Wolf Hall," ''Flesh & Bone."


Previously announced:

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Denzel Washington.

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