Irish-Canadian captivity and survival drama Room joins a wide field of contenders for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, with organizers today unveiling a nominees list recognizing myriad productions.

Actors Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid were on hand in Beverly

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London, Ont.,-based writer Emma Donoghue wrote the film adaptation to her bestselling novel Room.

Hills, Calif., early Thursday morning to announce the latest contenders for the awards. They're spearheaded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to honour North American and foreign film, television and streaming productions.

Room is among the prominent nominees, with Canadian writer Emma Donoghue earning a screenplay nod for the harrowing tale. Based on her acclaimed, bestselling novel, Room also earned other high-profile nominations: star Brie Larson is in competition for best actress in a drama film and the movie itself is up for the coveted best dramatic film trophy. 

Earlier this fall, the Toronto-filmed movie, helmed by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson and co-starring Vancouver child actor Jacob Tremblay, won the prized People's Choice award at conclusion of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Room's trio of nominations is "beyond our wildest expectations," the drama's Canadian producer, David Gross, told The Canadian Press from New York soon after the announcement.

"[Some people] thought it might be too challenging to get audiences to actually come to the theatre to see it, but I think it's so hard to stand out among the $200-million action hero franchises that this is like great counter-programming.

Golden Globes Nominations

Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, left, and Rooney Mara, leads the race for the Golden Globes. (Wilson Webb/The Weinstein Company/Associated Press)

"It's a movie that makes people feel something and that's what's sort of missing in those other films."

Best film, drama

  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Best film, musical or comedy

  • The Big Short
  • Joy
  • The Martian
  • Cinderella
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

Overall, the 1950s-era romance Carol was the top movie nominee, including earning a pair of dramatic film actress nominations for co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

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Tom Hardy appears as road warrior Max Rockatansky in a scene from George Miller's post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, which earned a pair of Golden Globe nominations. (Warner Bros.)

Streaming shows earn nods

The HFPA spread out its nominations for both the film and television categories, with no one production dominating the field. Among the eclectic batch of television contenders, for instance, six shows (American Crime, Fargo, Mr. Robot, Outlander, Transparent, Wolf Hall) picking up three nods each.

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Hacker drama Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek, left, and Christian Slater, was one of the newer shows that earned Golden Globes recognition. (David Giesbrecht/USA Network/Associated Press)

However, the TV categories do recognize a raft of newer series (Outlander, Mr. Robot, Master of NoneBlunt Talk) and streaming services showed their growing prowess, with offerings from Netflix (House of CardsOrange is the New Black), Amazon (Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle) and Hulu (Casual) among the shows that made the cut.

Best TV series, drama

  • Empire
  • Game of Thrones
  • Mr. Robot
  • Narcos
  • Outlander

Best TV series, musical or comedy

  • Casual
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Veep

Best series or motion picture made for TV

  • American Crime
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Fargo
  • Flesh & Bone
  • Wolf Hall
Golden Globes Nominations

Streaming services have crossed over, with the Golden Globes recognizing Netflix, Amazon and Hulu for creating shows like Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor, right. (Beth Dubber/Amazon Studios/Associated Press)

Though decided by the relatively small, 93-member HFPA, the Globes are considered an important precursor to the Oscars, which are voted on by the more than 6,000 members of the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The 73rd Golden Globes gala will be hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais, who despite his controversial, eyebrow-raising mocking of Hollywood stars in previous years, returns to the emcee slot for a fourth time.

He hosted the ceremony for three consecutive years beginning in 2010, turning over the slot to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the past three editions.

The gala will take place Jan. 10 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.


Remaining Golden Globe Award film nominees:

Best actress in a film, drama

  • Cate BlanchettCarol 
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Rooney MaraCarol
  • Saoirse RonanBrooklyn
  • Alicia VikanderThe Danish Girl

Best actor in a film, drama

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Leonardo DiCaprioThe Revenant
  • Michael FassbenderSteve Jobs
  • Eddie RedmayneThe Danish Girl
  • Will Smith, Concussion

Best actor in a film, musical or comedy

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Steve Carell, The Big Short
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Al PacinoDanny Collins
  • Mark RuffaloInfinitely Polar Bear

Best actress in a film, musical or comedy

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Melissa McCarthy, Spy
  • Amy SchumerTrainwreck
  • Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
  • Lily TomlinGrandma 
Best director, film
  • Todd HaynesCarol
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best film, animated

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best supporting actress, film

  • Jane Fonda, Youth
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Helen Mirren, Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best supporting actor, film
  • Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best original score, film
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Revenant 
Best original song, film
  • Love Me Like You Do (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  • One Kind of Love (Love and Mercy)
  • See You Again (Furious 7)
  • Simple Song #3 (Youth)
  • Writing's on the Wall (Spectre)
Best foreign film
  • The Brand New Testament
  • The Club 
  • The Fencer
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul

Best screenplay

  • Emma DonoghueRoom
  • Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
  • Charles Randolph, Adam McKayThe Big Short
  • Aaron SorkinSteve Jobs
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Golden Globes Nominations

Wagner Moura has earned a Globe nod for playing Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos, which is up for best TV drama. (Daniel Daza/Netflix/Associated Press)

Television nominees

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy

  • Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
  • Julia Louis-DreyfusVeep
  • Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
  • Lily TomlinGrace and Frankie

Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy

  • Aziz AnsariMaster of None
  • Gael Garcia BernalMozart in the Jungle
  • Rob Lowe, Grinder
  • Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk
  • Jeffrey Tambour, Transparent

Best actress in a TV series, drama

  • Caitriona BalfeOutlander           
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
  • Taraji P. HensonEmpire
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best actor in a TV series, drama

  • Jon HamnMad Men
  • Rami MalekMr. Robot
  • Wagner MouraNarcos
  • Bob OdenkirkBetter Call Saul
  • Lieb Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best actress in a limited series or TV film 
  • Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
  • Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Sarah Hay, Flesh & Bone
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Queen Latifah, Bessie
Best actor in a limited series or TV film
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
  • David Oyelowo, Nightingale
  • Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
  • Patrick Wilson, Fargo
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Regina King, American Crime
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Tobias Menzies, Outlander
  • Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden Globe Awards for a fourth time Sunday night. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)

With files from The Canadian Press