12 Things You Need to Know Before the Golden Globes on Sunday

There were some surprises in this year's Golden Globe nominations (where’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Modern Family, and Homeland?) and new faces (hello Rami Malek and Alicia Vikander). And that’s just the start. Here are 12 things to know before the red carpet is unfurled.
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    CAROL HAS MOST NOMS
    Didn’t see this period drama adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt, about two women who find love and lust? Well, it’s time you do. The film took home the most nominations of any other movie—5 total—including two for the co-leads, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett.
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    THE BEST COMEDIES AREN’T ON BASIC CABLE
    You won’t be able to watch any of the nominees in the category of Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical on TV or basic cable. (Sayonara Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory!) Subscription channels fully dominate this year, including Hulu (Casual), Amazon Video (Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent), Netflix (Orange Is the New Black), and HBO (Silicon Valley andVeep). Transparent took home the win last year, and they just may do it again.
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    THE BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE, DRAMA CATEGORY IS A COMPLETE CRAPSHOOT
    Just take a look at the nominees: Carol’s Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Room’s Brie Larson, Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan, andThe Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander. This will be a fascinating category to watch: The two biggest names, Mara and Blanchett, may cancel each other out (it’s happened before), which will leave the opportunity open for one of the three rising stars to take the trophy.It’s all up in the air!
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    NETFLIX PULLS AWAY WITH THE LEAD
    It’s a happy season over in Netflix HQ. The streaming channel’s original programming, which includes shows like Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and Bloodline, earned the highest number of nominations—8 total—more than any other network. So, if you don’t have a login, it’s about time you get one.
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    LATE IS GREAT
    A few of the nominated featured movies hit theaters in the past two weeks, like The Big Short, The Revenant, and Joy. They will be coming out in the next few weeks. Clearly, the buzz is already big—make sure they’re on your list of movies to watch—especially, The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It was one of the most insane performances. Of course, he’s nominated as well.
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    THE PROMISE OF BONAFIDE RED CARPET SUPERSTARS
    The women who are nominated this year are legendary style inspirations. We are already counting down to seeing what nominees Robin Wright, Jennifer Lawrence, and Cate Blanchett will wear, as well as Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And, of course, Lady Gaga.
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    MEANWHILE, AMY AND JLAW ARE COMPETING…
    New BFFs as of this year Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are both nominated in the same category this year—Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Exciting, eh? Schumer is nominated for her role in Trainwreck, while Lawrence is up for the same award for her role in Joy. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may not be hosting, but there will be a pair of hilarious besties on the red carpet. That’s a win.
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    THE ANTICIPATION OF CROWNING NEW RED CARPET SUPERSTARS
    However, there are still so many new faces and rising red carpet stunners that we can’t wait to see. Who will be the new Lupita? It feels like there is more potential to see jaw-dropping fashion than ever this year, with Brie Larson, Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Vikander, as well as Saiorse Ronan, Rachel Bloom, Sarah Hay, Joanne Froggatt, and Caitriona Balfe all headed to the red carpet as nominees.
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    DID WE MENTION LADY GAGA?
    Mother Monster’s TV takeover was a success! The singer's role as the villain Countess in American Horror Story earned her a Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television nod. She’s up against Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), Sarah Hay (Flesh & Bone), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), and Queen Latifah (Bessie). But Gaga’s dedication to her role might just give her the win.
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    THE AFFAIR CHANGES FOCUS
    This has been an interesting season for The Affair, with perspectives shifting away from just simply Noah (Dominic West) and Allison (Ruth Wilson) to include more from Cole (Joshua Jackson) and Helen (Maura Tierney). With that, the HFPA has taken notice. We’re rooting for the jilted wife. She’s killing it. But she’ll have tough competition: Regina King (American Crime), Judith Light (Transparent), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), and Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black).
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    HELLO, GG NEWBIES!!!
    With several mainstays off-air now, like Nurse Jackie and Parks & Recreation, there was room for new shows to enter the mix. We’re thrilled and excited to see Rami Malek of Mr. Robot get the Best Actor in a Drama nod, as well as Wagner Moura of Narcos. In the female categories, it’s thrilling to see Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe get a nod, as well as Penny Dreadful’s Eva Green. Shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Grinder, Scream Queens, and Grace & Frankie all earned nods for their first seasons.
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    LET’S HEAR IT FOR VIOLA DAVIS
    We can’t make a list like this without giving a gigantic shout-out to our Jan. cover girl, Viola Davis, who earned a Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama nod for her role as a lawyer Annalise Keating in How to Get With Murder. When she won for this role at the Emmys, she gave an empowering speech that left the entire crowd, well, speechless. Here’s to hoping she’ll win and deliver yet another rousing acceptance speech.
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    Tune in to watch the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 10 on NBC. (bit.ly/1mFTf6l)