The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards take place this Sunday, January 12. Some of the big films being celebrated this year are American Hustle, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street and Philomena, all helmed by award-winning, veteran directors. To celebrate their film’s nominations, we’re taking a look back at some of their earlier work.
In 1996, O. Russell’s film, Flirting With Disaster was released, starring Ben Stiller, Téa Leoni, Patricia Arquette, Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin. The film was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. Read what O. Russell told Industry Central about some of his Disaster characters.
With those two ATF agents, I thought it would be fun to have federal agents who were gay. But, like a lot of my friends who are gay, they defy every gay stereotype. They weren’t obviously gay in any sense.
With Lonni Schlichting, I knew I wanted his father and mother to seem like these wonderful dream parents who then had something very narcissistic and criminal going on. And the son is sort of a red flag, who’s saying look, he was raised by them, and look how miserable he is. So he’s kind of the squeaky wheel. It’s a fun character, because he gets to be way out there.
I like the Schlictings, because I love seeing the contradiction between their psycho-speak, that whole new age, Buddhism-speak, and their complete self-absorption. You see it all the time.
Also released in 1996, Payne wrote and directed the feature film Citizen Ruth starring Laura Dern. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Nebraska stars Laura Dern’s father, Bruce Dern, whom is also nominated for a Golden Globe for his outstanding performance as Woody Grant. Men’s Journal asked Payne about what it was like working with both Derns.
They’ll both do anything you ask them to. Immediately. There is no caviling. They go, “OK, fine,” and then they just do it. No vanity. Nothing. One of the sources of Bruce’s pride is his innate fearlessness. It’s almost the perverse desire to do weird stuff onscreen, which is good for me, the director. It always rubs me the wrong way when they say about actors, “Oh, he’s so brave. It’s such a brave performance.” It’s such horseshit. What’s cool is not bravery; it’s a sense of fun. Like “Oh, jeez, let’s try this and that,” when they have an overarching sense of fun and are not just thinking about how pretty they look.
Watch the Derns in a clip from Ruth and the Nebraska trailer.
2008′s Best Picture winner at the Oscars was the Coen Brother’s No Country for Old Men. Will their much talked about Davis take home the Oscar this year? It’s won a slew of awards so far, including AFI’s Best Film of the year, Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury and The National Society of Film Critics Awards. No Country also won the AFI Best Film of the Year and the National Board of Review’s Best Film of 2007.
- When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin and two million dollars in cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. As an enigmatic killer who determines the fate of his victims with the flip of a coin sets out in pursuit of Moss, the disillusioned Sheriff Bell struggles to contain the rapidly escalating violence that seems to be consuming his once-peaceful Lone Star State town. Starring, in alphabetical order: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
- Anton uses every means necessary to escape his capture by a local deputy. In this scene: Anton (Javier Bardem), Strangled Deputy (Zach Hopkins), Man In Ford (Chip Love)
- Llewelyn and Anton track each other through the dark, deserted streets of town, each with debilitating injuries. In this scene: Anton (Javier Bardem), Llewelyn (Josh Brolin)
- Sheriff Bell is stumped by the recent graphic murders in his jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Llewelyn starts making some odd requests. In this scene: Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), Llewelyn (Josh Brolin), Anton (Javier Bardem)
Frears and Dench, together again. In 2005, he made the feature film Mrs. Henderson Presents with Dame Judi Dench. She received an Oscar nomination. In 2006, he directed Dame Helen Mirren in The Queen. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. Frears was nominated for Best Director for his film The Grifters and his film Dirty Pretty Things was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
- In the wake of Princess Diana’s death, the very private and tradition-bound Queen Elizabeth II and her family remain stoic and hidden behind the castle walls. While the heartbroken public becomes disillusioned with the Queen’s absence, the increasingly popular new Prime Minister, Tony Blair battles to convince the monarchy that its desire for privacy could lead to its ultimate downfall. Starring, in alphabetical order: Alex Jennings, Helen McCrory, Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Michael Sheen
- Upon their first official meeting, newly-elected Blair and the queen engage in a playful power struggle. In this scene: Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren), Tony Blair (Michael Sheen)
- Bowing to public pressure, the queen and the Royal Family decide to make public appearances in the wake of Diana's death. In this scene: Prince Philip (James Cromwell), Prince Charles (Alex Jennings), Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren), Tony Blair (Michael Sheen)
- In the wake of Diana's death, the people of England question the Royal Family's stoic response. In this scene: Tony Blair (Michael Sheen), Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren), Prince Philip (James Cromwell)
- When small-time cheat Roy Dillon winds up in the hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly and sexy girlfriend Myra. Both Lilly and Myra are ruthless con-artists playing the game in a league far above Roy…and always looking for their next victim. The question soon becomes who’s conning who as Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust. Starring, in alphabetical order: Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe, John Cusack, Robert Weems
- Somewhat begrudgingly, Mintz gives Roy his first official lesson in grifting. In this scene: Roy Dillon (John Cusack), Mintz (Eddie Jones)
- Roy comes home to find Lilly burglarizing him...and wearing Mayra's clothes. In this scene: Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston), Roy Dillon (John Cusack)
- While sitting at the bar, Roy manages to pull off two scams in just a matter of seconds. In this scene: Roy Dillon (John Cusack)
- Okwe can't shake off his recent discovery and goes back to the hotel room to invesigate. In this scene: Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Juliette (Sophie Okonedo)
- Awkward coworkers and roommates Okwe and Senay get to know each other a little better at the apartment. In this scene: Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Senay Gelik (Audrey Tautou)
- A corrupt co-worker discovers Okwe's true identity and attempts to use it to his advantage. In this scene: Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Sneaky/Juan (Sergi Lopez)
- Okwe visits his friend and confidante Guo Yi to get advice on his recent find. In this scene: Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Guo Yi (Benedict Wong)
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite again for The Wolf of Wall Street after first working together on Gangs of New York in 2002 and 2004′s The Aviator. At the National Board of Review Gala on Tuesday, Leo and Marty talked about working with each other. Here’s a bit of what Marty had to say about working with Leo multiple times.
Movies are work. They’re a daily battle, and, you know, if you’re going to go into battle, you’d better go with somebody you respect, somebody you trust, and hopefully somebody you like. And Leo has all the qualities I’m looking for in a great actor.
DiCaprio added to the admiration.
It has been an incredible honor for me to have worked alongside a director of Marty’s caliber. Marty and I have made five films together, and ours is like any other long-term relationship. On Gangs of New York we courted each other. On Aviator, Departed, and Shutter Island, our kinship and trust expanded and deepened. Now on Wolf of Wall Street, we’re like any old married couple.
Watch clips from Gangs and The Aviator.
- During a visit with the Butcher, Amsterdam finds himself in a war of words. In this scene: The Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio), Johnny (Henry Thomas), Killoran (Eddie Marsan)
- Johnny shows Amsterdam around town, pointing out everything from the occupying gangs to a vivacious redhead named Jenny. In this scene: Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio), Johnny (Henry Thomas), Jenny Everdeane (Cameron Diaz)
- An evening at the theater takes a bloody turn. In this scene: The Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio), Johnny (Henry Thomas), Killoran (Eddie Marsan), Lincoln (John Sessions), Monk (Brendan Gleeson)
- The Irish lose their leader and the Five Points. In this scene: Priest (Liam Neeson), The Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), Young Amsterdam (Cain McCormack), Monk (Brendan Gleeson)
- Ava is immune to Howard's expensive gifts. In this scene: Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio)
- Howard imagines how a plane that flies in the substratosphere would change the industry. In this scene: Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), Glenn Odekirk (Matt Ross), Jack Frye (Danny Huston)
- Nothing will stop Howard from innovating the fastest plane ever built. In this scene: Glenn Odekirk (Matt Ross), Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio)
- Howard laments his lack of success in obtaining two additional cameras to his flamboyant press agent Johnny Meyer. In this scene: Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), Johnny Meyer (Adam Scott)
Cheer on all the directors and their films this Sunday on NBC at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT and find a full list of the nominees here.