Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara, one of the nominees for the Golden Globe 2016.Reuters

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named the nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards.

The announcement was made by America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty" fame, noted actor Dennis Quaid, biopic-specialist actress Angela Bassett — she has played Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Martin Luther King Jr's wife Coretta Scott King and Michael Jackson's mother Katherine — and social media heartthrob Chloe Grace Moretz.

Reuters said lesbian romance drama "Carol" and Wall Street misdeeds comedy "The Big Short" led a diverse range of films hounored with nominations, with genres spanning indie thrillers to big budget sci-fi action adventures appearing on the list.

However, IBTimes India can't help but wonder why or how sci-fi story "The Martian" managed to bag nominations in the "Comedy Or Musical" category, including the "Best Motion Picture" and "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture".

Another interesting aspect of the nominations is the choice of acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino's much-awaited "The Hateful Eight" in the "Best Screenplay" and the "Best Original Score" categories.

"Carol" is up for best drama against Pioneer-era movie "The Revenant," psychological thriller "Room," Catholic Church abuse probe "Spotlight" and thriller "Mad Max: Fury Road," a surprise contender in the category, which rarely sees a blockbuster action nominee, said Reuters.

"Mad Max: Fury Road" also happened to earn a nomination in the "Best Director" category.

As for the bigger bets, Reuters said "Carol," the story of a married older woman who falls in love with a young shopgirl in the 1950s, garnered five nominations including Best Drama Film, Director, Score and Acting nods for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Meanwhile, "The Big Short," which takes a quirky look at the housing bubble collapse that led to the 2008 US recession, led the comedy nominees with four nods: Best Comedy, Screenplay and Actor for Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

Here is the list of nominees.

Watch this space for more information on the awards.

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