As we gear up for the 2016 Golden Globes, Clementine looks back at some of the best nominated films and television of the past year. We’ll leave the awards predictions to the critics, but we will share a few of our absolute favorite Golden Globe nominated film and TV performances that are available now online. Happy streaming!
It might not have the cache of more high-brow fare, but action-comedy Spy is fantastic. Lead actress Melissa McCarthy is absolutely delightful, and supporting actors Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham are downright hysterical. From director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat), Spy is fun, it’s smart, and best of all it’s female-driven. To Watch: Stream Here
Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Master of None
Aziz Ansari is as charming as ever in his first leading role on the Netflix series Master of None. The show is a funny and insightful look at edging into adulthood that many critics are calling the modern-day Seinfeld for millennials. As the creator, writer and star Ansari is fun to watch and you root for him to find answers to the questions we all have about life, love, friendships and where we fit into the world as a grown-up. The show also sweetly explores growing up as a first-generation American (Ansari’s real parents play his TV parents on the show). The dialogue and experiences feel particularly smart - mostly likely the influence of Ansari’s book Modern Romance - in which he worked with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to uncode how to date in the smartphone generation. Now streaming on Netflix.
Master of None
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
This is the best show with the worst title. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical TV show about a successful Harvard-educated young lawyer unhappy with her life and job in New York City. She leaves it all behind on a whim to try and find love and happiness by tracking down her junior high school boyfriend who now lives in Covina, California. Lead actress and recent NYU theater grad Rachel Bloom was discovered making comic music videos on YouTube.
We had hesitations about this show based on the premise and title, but Bloom is completely real and vulnerable, not to mention a very talented comedian-actress-singer. She’s a terrific new voice who makes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a really likeable TV show about blowing up your “perfect” life in order to follow your real dreams. Now streaming on Hulu.
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle
To be completely forthright we’ve had a crush on Gael Garcia Bernal since Y Tu Mama Tambien, and would probably watch him in anything. Lucky for us, it’s truly entertaining to see him playing a charismatic, wild-child, megalomaniacal genius conductor and the new “Maestro” of the New York Symphony in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. The show also features a particularly impressive creative team - it was created by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz and Alex Timbers, and it co-stars Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows and newcomer Lola Kirke (Mistress America). Now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Mozart in the Jungle
Nominated for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
After winning two Golden Globes in 2015 (Best TV Series, and Best Performance by an Actress for Ruth Wilson), The Affair is still going strong in Season 2. The best part of the show is supporting actress Maura Tierney who rips your heart out as the gorgeous, cool, rich, classy, now ex-wife. The show is admittedly infuriating - but as the jilted mom of four kids Tierney (mostly) holds her head up high and looks great doing it. The 50-year-old actress is nominated for her first Golden Globe, and we will not-so-quietly be rooting for her to win this one. Now Streaming on Showtime (also Amazon Prime and Hulu).
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Love & Mercy
Paul Dano is mesmerizing as young genius Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in the late 1960s, and it’s exciting to go behind the scenes to see his creative process in creating Pet Sounds (including the brilliant Good Vibrations). The film’s non-traditional storyline covers two time periods in Wilson’s life: the 1960s and 1980s (where he is played by John Cusack). The entire film is excellent, but Dano and the 1960s glory days of the band really shine. Brian Wilson himself is nominated for his own Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Now streaming on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
Love & Mercy
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture; Best Original Song (Brian Wilson, Scott Bennett (“One Kind of Love”)
We have been hooked on Transparent from the start, but were curious (and a little nervous) to see if the sophomore year could woo us like the series debut. Season 2 feels more like an ensemble effort where many of the main characters, perhaps overtly or subconsciously, have been inspired by Maura's transition and are challenging how they are living their individual lives. We love this show for the amazing (albeit sometimes wild) performances, and for how it encourages us all to be - free and honest. Now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Nominated for Best TV Series – Comedy; Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy; Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
The musical score of The Revenant is perfect listening for a cold and rainy afternoon. Composed and performed by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto with additional music from The National’s Bryce Dessner and German electronic artist Alva Noto the score feels expansive and cinematic as it fills in the storyline of the film’s unsettled wilderness. Sakamoto composed the score of The Revenant while recovering from throat cancer, and he brings that emotion to the score. From his NPR interview "I was very close to death, you know — the closest moment to death in my life," he says. "The pace of that music, the theme, is based on my breath: heavy and long, and maybe a little bit sad. That's the meaning of The Revenant: It's a return from death." Stream the score on NPR.
Nominated for Best Original Score - Motion Picture
p.s. Our favorite female performances from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival!