In doling out the Golden Globe Awards nominations Thursday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the organization behind the annual Tinseltown love-fest) showered affection on big screen romance "Carol" and post-apocalyptic thriller "Mad Max: Fury Road."
The big cinematic shutout? Johnny Depp and "Black Mass." The gritty biopic about 1970s Boston crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger" (Depp) didn't receive a single nod in any category, making the critically-lauded drama a noticeable absentee when the statuettes are handed out Sunday, January 10 live on NBC (8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT).
It's a surprising exclusion by the HFPA who have nominated Depp in past years for his work on such disparate movies as "Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Tourist."
Also a nonentity at the 2016 Golden Globes is "Straight Outta Compton." The big screen biopic of NWA's rise to fame was completely out of sync with nominee voters, receiving not a single nod in any category.
On the flip side, Sylvester Stallone saw his name added to the supporting actor in a motion picture roster for his return as the iconic boxer Rocky Balboa in "Creed." It's only the second time the 69-year-old has been nominated for a Globe. His first nod (no win) came 38 years ago for the original "Rocky."
After campaigning Rooney Mara for the supporting motion picture acting race for her work in the Todd Haynes-directed "Carol," it is surprising to see her named alongside "Carol" co-star Cate Blanchett in the lead actress drama race. Doing double duty in both supporting and lead actress in a movie categories is Alicia Vikander, who burst onto the pop culture radar in 2015 thanks to memorable turns in "Ex Machina" (supporting nomination) and "The Danish Girl" (lead).
Director George Miller's resurrection of the "Mad Max" franchise made a welcome charge into the awards race with nods for best motion picture (drama) and directing for Miller, though Charlize Theron didn't make the cut in either lead or supporting acting fields.
Like most of the country, it appears the HFPA spent the summer binge-watching streaming fare from Netflix, Amazon, HBO and Hulu. Online and premium cable shows dominated the small screen categories, with the major networks unable to secure a single berth in the best TV comedy series category. That race will play out between "Casual" (Hulu), "Mozart in the Jungle" (Amazon), "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix), "Silicon Valley" (HBO), "Transparent" (Amazon) and "Veep" (HBO).
In the TV drama series competition, Fox juggernaut "Empire" stands out as the sole major network entry amongst "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "Mr. Robot" (USA), "Narcos" (Netflix) and "Outlander" (Starz).
A surprise (yet welcome and deserved) inclusion in the TV drama acting race is Eva Green for her role as a demon hunter in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." Green's nomination alongside Caitriona Balfe "Outlander," Viola Davis "How To Get Away With Murder," Taraji P. Henson "Empire" and Robin Wright "House of Cards" left usually dependable nominees Claire Danes ("Homeland") and Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") out in the award season cold.
Joining Depp and "Compton" on the snubs side of the ledger is Kevin Spacey—usually a safe bet to be included for his work on "House of Cards"—who missed out on a nomination for best TV drama actor. Spacey was passed over in favor of newcomers Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot"), Wagner Moura ("Narcos"), Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul") and returning challengers Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan").
Other acting shutouts included Ellie Kemper and Titus Burgess ("The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Tom Hanks ("Bridge of Spies"), Tatiana Maslaney ("Orphan Black"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), and the entire cast of best picture drama nominee "Spotlight."
"The Affair," last year's best TV drama series winner saw the passion from the HFPA wane with no nominations. And while it may be the biggest show on TV, perennial nonstarter "The Walking Dead" continued its streak of receiving zero nods.
The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. (ET)/5:00-8:00 p.m. (PT) on NBC.