How Many Golden Globe Nominations Did ‘Vice’ Receive?

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The Golden Globe nominations produced significant surprises, as Vice appeared to cannibalize several nomination categories. The film appeared in many areas, with Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born almost matching Vice‘s numbers, according to The Press Democrat.

Vice is a bio-dramady, written by Adam McKay. The film follows the life of former vice president Dick Cheney, played by actor Christian Bale. Bale literally transforms into Cheney as actor Sam Rockwell is equally as transformative as former president George W. Bush. The film documents how Cheney’s grit and power restructured how American politics plays today. So how many awards could Vice receive and for which categories?

‘Vice’ nailed down six nominations

The film, released on Christmas 2018, locked down the most Golden Globe nominations overall, The Press Democrat reports. Vice received six nominations in a number of major categories. This included a best director nomination for Adam McKay. “What we tried to do was reflect the times that we are living in, which can be pretty absurd and pretty dramatic and tragic at the same time,” McKay told Reuters. He was also nominated for best screenplay.

Also, Vice was nominated for best comedy or musical and best actor for Christian Bale as Cheney, USA Today reports. Additionally, Amy Adams, who played wife Lynne Cheney was nominated for best actress and Sam Rockwell’s portrayal of former president George W. Bush earned him a supporting actor nod.

McKay says he owes his life to Bale (or Cheney)

After filming Vice, McKay suffered a heart attack, like Cheney, Deadline reports. McKay talked about trying to get in shape but mentioned he kept feeling nauseous and his hands became tingly. “I always thought when you get a heart attack, it’s pain in the chest or the arm,” he said. “But then I remembered. When we shot one of the heart attack scenes, Christian Bale asked me, ‘how do you want me to do it,’ and I go, ‘what do you mean? It’s a heart attack. Your arm hurts, right?’ He says, ‘no, no. One of the more common ways is that you get really queasy and your stomach hurts.’ I said, ‘really? I’d never heard that before.”

That memory prompted McKay to act quickly. “And right in that moment [when McKay doubled over] I went, ‘oh s*it, and I ran upstairs and downed a bunch of baby aspirin, and I called my wife who immediately called 911,” he recalls. “Got to the hospital really fast, and the doctor said, because you did that, no damage was done, your heart is still really strong. That’s because I remembered Christian Bale telling me that. The doctor said, you got to quit smoking, that’s what’s doing this to you. You need to lose weight, but the smoking’s making it four times worse.”

McKay had a small blockage in his artery which was repaired with a stent. “I called Christian a week later and said, either you or Dick Cheney just saved my life,” McKay said. “After asking again and again for 10 minutes if I was really alright, we just started laughing.”

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