Canadian Scribe & Two Contenders for Oldest Winner Ever Lead Golden Globe Nominees

Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue .

Canuck writer Emma Donoghue and composer Ennio Morricone and actress Dame Maggie Smith in line for Golden Globe honours.

A Canadian nominee, a who’s who of Hollywood legends and two contenders for the title of oldest winner ever rank among the 2016 Golden Globe nominees announced earlier today.

Emma Donoghue, 46, the Irish-born Canadian novelist who penned the film version of her novel, Room, about a mother and young son who escape captivity, picked up a nomination for Best Screenplay.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press for nominating me for Best Screenplay,” Donoghue said in a statement. “To be named in such honorable company – especially since Room is my first feature film – is a startling delight.”

The film, which won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is up against tough competition, including Tom McCarthy, 49 and Josh Singer (Spotlight), Aaron Sorkin, 54, (Steve Jobs), Quentin Tarantino, 52, (The Hateful Eight) and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, 47, (The Big Short).

Meanwhile, 87-year-old Italian composer Ennio Morricone (Best Score, The Hateful Eight) and 80-year-old former Zoomer cover subject Dame Maggie Smith (Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy, The Lady in the Van) both have the opportunity to break Jessica Tandy’s record for oldest Golden Globe winner ever. Tandy was 80 when she won in 1990 for Best Actress in Driving Miss Daisy. Smith will be 81 by the time the awards show takes place on Jan. 10, 2016. As well, Ridley Scott, 78, (Best Director, The Martian) could eclipse Henry Fonda as the oldest male Golden Globe winner. Fonda took home the Best Actor statue in 1982 at age 76 for On Golden Pond.

Other boomer nominees include Cate Blanchett, 46, for her starring turn in the 1950s-era romantic drama Carol, about a woman’s same-sex love affair and its repercussions on her custody battle for her daughter. The film picked up the most nominations of any film or show with five – including best drama, director, score and another best actress nod for Blanchett’s co-star Rooney Mara.

Lily Tomlin, 76, nabbed nominations in both film and television categories, for her starring role in the big screen comedy Grandma as well as the TV series Grace and Frankie. The competition is tough in both categories, including Jamie Lee Curtis, 57, (Scream Queens) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 54 (Veep) on the television side.

Al Pacino, 75 (Danny Collins), Steve Carell, 53 (The Big Short) and Mark Ruffalo, 48 (Infinitely Polar Bear) are among the nominees for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy while Bryan Cranston, 59 (Trumbo), who has already received Oscar buzz, and Will Smith, 47 (Concussion) battle it out among the nominees on the Drama side.

Other notable nominees include two former Zoomer cover subjects Jane Fonda, 77 (Youth) and Helen Mirren, 70 (Trumbo) vying for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film, alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, 58 (The Hateful Eight); Viola Davis, 50 (How To Get Away With Murder), Taraji P. Henson, 45 (Empire) and Robin Wright, 49 (House of Cards) for Best Actress in a TV Drama; Bob Odenkirk, 53 (Better Call Saul) and Liev Schreiber, 48 (Ray Donovan) for Best Actor in a TV Drama; Rob Lowe, 51 (The Grinder), Patrick Stewart, 75 (Blunt Talk) and last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor, 71 (Transparent) for Best Actor in a TV Comedy; Mark Rylance, 55 (Bridge of Spies) and Sylvester Stallone, 69 (Creed) for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film; Queen Latifah, 45 (Bessie) and Felicity Huffman, 53 (American Crime) for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series; Mark Rylance, 55 (Wolf Hall) with his second nomination, this time for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series; Judith Light, 66 (Transparent) and Maura Tierney, 50 (The Affair) for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie; Alan Cumming, 50 (The Good Wife) and Christian Slater, 46 (Mr. Robot) for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie; Carter Burwell, 60 (Carol), Alexandre Desplat, 54 (The Danish Girl), Morricone, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, 63, and Alva Noto, 50 (The Revenant).

One category is completely dominated by boomers – Best Director – with nominees Todd Haynes, 54 (Carol – his second nomination for the film), Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 52, (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy, 49 (Spotlight), George Miller, 70 (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Ridley Scott, 78 (The Martian).

CarolMad Max: Fury Road (a big surprise), The RevenantRoom and Spotlight are up for Best Motion Picture, Drama, while The Big Short, which landed the second most nominations overall with four, JoyThe Martian (which is somehow a comedy), Spy and Trainwreck will face off for Best Motion Picture, Comedy.

On the television side, EmpireGame of ThronesMr. RobotNarcos and Outlander received Best TV Series, Drama nods while CasualMozart in the JungleOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyTransparent and Veep compete in perhaps the toughest category of all, Best TV Series, Comedy.

For the full list of 2016 Golden Globe nominees, click here. The 73rd Golden Globes take place on Jan. 10, 2016.