While we cheer on favourites at the Golden Globes, our money is on some of the first time nominees who have impressed both critics and audiences
Mark Rylance | 55
Nomination: Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture for Bridge of Spies
Acclaimed English actor, theatre director and playwright, Mark Rylance has turned down films for theatre on a few occasions (even Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun), but when he was offered the role of Rudolf Abel, a suspected Russian spy in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, he said yes. This role won him nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards this year. Spielberg recently called him “one of the most extraordinary actors working anywhere.” Rylance will be seen in Roald Dahl’s The BFG, also being directed by Spielberg and possibly in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk next.
Alicia Amanda Vikander was first seen in Swedish short films and television series. Her debut in cinema happened with Pure in 2010, after which she was noticed globally with her role in Anna Karenina (2012-adaptation), and in the 2013 film The Fifth Estate, which was based on Julian Assange’s life. Her double whammy came in 2015, when she was nominated for the first time for the Golden Globe Awards this year for her role in The Danish Girl and Ex Machina. While talking about her character in The Danish Girl, in which Vikander plays the role of Gerda Wegene, she was quoted to have said: “I think I am a big romantic deep down so I always admired her.” The film, directed by Tom Hooper, is a British-American biographical drama based on the 2000 novel by David Ebershoff, and is about the life of the artist Einar who became the world’s first sex reassignment patient. Vikander is also starring in The Light Between Oceans, and in the yet-to-be-titled Jason Bourne film.
American actor and singer Brie Larson aka Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, began her career as a child actor on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where she performed sketches. After a plethora of supporting roles, she was awarded a lead role in Short Term 12, a film that won her accolades. In 2015, she co-starred with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, and played the lead in Room for which she received a nomination for BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe. Room, which is about an imprisoned and abused mother and son, gave Larson much-needed recognition. In an interview Larson was quoted to have said: “The moments that I feel a huge sense of accomplishment are actually the smaller moments, not really the bigger ones, the televised ones.”
Amy Schumer | 34
Nomination: Best performance by an actress in a motion picture (Musical or Comedy) for Trainwreck
Her first Golden Globe nomination for the American comedy Trainwreck didn’t surprise critics, but for this standup comedienne and actress, things are only going to get better. Schumer, who’s currently dating a 29-year-old furniture designer, is on top of the world with her nomination. When asked by TV host Savannah Guthrie how she felt about it, she responded, “It really feels good and I’m proud of what I accomplished, but yeah, really, it is more about the revenge. You know, I really want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press, but more than that, there are people that I want to say, ‘No, thank you’ to. How much time do we have left on this show?”
Paul Dano | 32
Nomination: Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture for Love and Mercy
A child actor since the age of 12, Dano was first noticed for his role in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and then in the 2007 film There Will Be Blood. Then came Being Flynn, Looper and of course 12 Years a Slave. It was in 2015 that Dano was noticed in the film Youth, a role that he was “really intrigued by,” and now for playing the part of composer and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson as a young man in Love & Mercy (directed by Bill Pohlad) for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. In 2016, Dano will be seen in Swiss Army Man, directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.