Blanchett, Miller eye Golden Globes

Australian duo Cate Blanchett and George Miller will continue their hunt for Oscars glory when they compete for Golden Globes.

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The Globes, set to begin at midday on Monday (AEDT) in Beverly Hills, are traditionally one of the big tests for Oscar campaigns and Blanchett and Miller need wins to give them a boost.

Another Australian, Ben Mendelsohn, is nominated for a TV supporting actor Globe for his role in the US drama series Bloodline.

Blanchett, a nine-time Globe nominee, and Miller, who surprisingly has been nominated for a Globe just once before, are not favourites for this year’s ceremony.

Blanchett is nominated for the dramatic actress trophy for her performance in Carol.

Bookmakers have her pegged as second favourite, with Brie Larson for Room the top pick to win the Globe and the Oscar on February 28.

Blanchett does have some backers, with her odds shortening, while one-time second pick Saoirse Ronan’s (Brooklyn) odds have drifted to third.

Prolific Australian filmmaker Miller has two nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road – directing and best dramatic picture.

Miller, despite a resume of award-winning films including Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe, Dead Calm, The Year My Voice Broke and Flirting, has failed to excite Globes’ voters, with his 2011 animated hit Happy Feet his only past Globe nomination.

This year Miller, along with Mad Max producing partners Doug Mitchell and PJ Vouten, is nominated for best dramatic picture, although Fury Road is considered a longshot, with Spotlight – based on the real story of how Boston Globe reporters uncovered a Catholic child abuse scandal – the favourite.

The Revenant and Carol are also considered stronger candidates.

Miller was the second favourite for directing behind Ridley Scott for The Martian, but the Australian’s odds have drifted with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant) moving into second place.

Competing with Mendelsohn for the Globe supporting actor in a TV series, movie or mini-series are: Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall); Christian Slater (Mr Robot); Alan Cumming (The Good Wife); and Tobias Menzies (Outlander).

The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday.