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LOS ANGELES: Vice, a biopic about Dick Cheney starring Christian Bale as the former US vice president, on Thursday picked up the most Golden Globe nominations with six including best comedy film, as the race to the Oscars ramps up.

The nominations, announced in the pre-dawn hours in California, are the first major bellwether of momentum going into the Academy Awards, which take place in February.

Vice bucked some predictions, earning one more nod than popular music romance reboot A Star Is Born, but both are now well placed for Tinseltown awards glory.

Tied with A Star Is Born — a hit with both critics and at the box office, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — at five nominations were bawdy royal tale The Favourite and offbeat civil rights dramedy Green Book.

Right behind them were Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white partner, and hotly-anticipated Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

The 76th Golden Globes take place on Jan 6 in Beverly Hills. Hosting the Globes gala will be actress Sandra Oh and comedian Andy Samberg.

Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2018