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“Carol” earns five Golden Globe nominations

Cate Blanchett stars in "Carol." (The Weinstein Company)

1950s love story Carol is looking like a strong contender for the Oscars, after scoring five nominations in the Golden Globe Awards, including a nomination for best drama, a best director nomination for Todd Haynes, best drama actress nominations for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and a nomination for best score.

The film explores a romance between a female department store clerk and an older, married woman and is based on The Price of Salt, a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith.

Blanchett and Mara are sharing the best drama actress category with Bree Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina).

Supporting actress nominations went to Jane Fonda (Youth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Helen Mirren (Trumbo) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs). Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Melissa McCarthy (Spy) and Lily Tomlin (Grandma) will compete against Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) and Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) for best actress in a musical/comedy.

The New York Times speculates that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who organize the event, might just be over comedic actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — hosts of the ceremony for the last three years — with their forthcoming comedy Sisters attracting no nominations.

For American Horror Story: Hotel and Flesh and Bone respectively, pop star Lady Gaga and ballet dancer Sarah Hay were notable nominees for best actress in a TV movie/miniseries.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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