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OTHER GREAT PERFORMANCES FROM THIS YEAR’S GOLDEN GLOBE-NOMINATED ACTORS

The time to study for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards is running out. The show is Sunday night, but eager movie fans who want to be in the know before the trophies are handed out can get familiar with this year’s nominees by watching their best performances from the past.

Listed below are the actors and actresses nominated for Golden Globes this year — and where to see their best work right now from the comfort of your home.

Category: Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Drama

SAOIRSE RONAN

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What she’s nominated for: “Brooklyn”

What to watch: “Hanna” (2011) — When this Irish actress was only a teenager she had already had sizable parts in major films including “The Lovely Bones” and “Atonement.” In 2011, she starred in “Hanna” at the age of 17 and showed she could kick butt and play a mysterious character.

 

CATE BLANCHETT

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What she’s nominated for: “Carol”

What to watch:Blue Jasmine” (2013) — Take your pick of any of Blanchett’s performances; she’s been nominated for nine Golden Globes and five Oscars, winning two of each. But her performance in “Blue Jasmine” might be the best work of her stunning career.

ROONEY MARA

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What she’s nominated for: “Carol”

What to watch:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) — Mara’s breakout role came in the American movie version of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel. She was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her brooding work in that film.

 

BRIE LARSON

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What she’s nominated for: “Room”

What to watch:Short Term 12” (2013) — Before her emotional performance in “Room,” Larson was mostly known as a comedic actress thanks to her work in “21 Jump Street,” TV’s “Community” and “Trainwreck.” Her best dramatic work was in “Short Term 12,” where she played an employee at a foster care center.

 

ALICIA VIKANDER

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What she’s nominated for: “The Danish Girl”

What to watch:Ex Machina” (2015) — Vikander has arguably been the breakout actress of 2015 thanks to her work in “Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” Her intense turn as a robot in “Ex Machina” can be seen now for free with an Amazon Prime subscription.

 

Category: Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Drama

WILL SMITH

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What he’s nominated for: “Concussion”

What to watch:Ali” (2001) — Smith hasn’t always been thought of as a serious dramatic actor but 2016 represents his fifth Golden Globe nomination in a long career. His performance as Muhammad Ali in this 2001 movie also earned him an Oscar nomination.

 

MICHAEL FASSBENDER

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What he’s nominated for: “Steve Jobs”

What to watch:Shame” (2011) — Fassbender is likely most well known for his performance as Magneto in the most recent “X-Men” movies but his pedigree as a dramatic actor is already legendary. His dark performance as a sex addict in “Shame” earned him his first Golden Globe nomination in 2012.

 

EDDIE REDMAYNE

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What he’s nominated for: “The Danish Girl”

What to watch: “The Theory of Everything” (2014) — Redmayne has been acting on screen since the late nineties but his Oscar-winning performance as Dr. Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” put him on the map as an A-list star.

 

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

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What he’s nominated for: “The Revenant”

What to watch:The Aviator” (2004) — Take your pick of movies in DiCaprio’s outstanding career but his performance as the reclusive Howard Hughes in 2004’s “The Aviator” was what started him down the path to being one of Hollywood’s dramatic heavyweights. Leo is dialed in for every scene of this nearly three-hour epic.

 

BRYAN CRANSTON

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What he’s nominated for: “Trumbo”

What to watch:Breaking Bad” (2008-2013) — Until the last few years, Cranston’s long career had consisted mostly of TV work. He was hilarious in “Seinfeld” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” but his powerhouse performance as a meth-producing chemistry teacher in “Breaking Bad” will likely always be his legacy. Watch any episode to see what he’s capable of as a performer.

Category: Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Musical or Comedy

LILY TOMLIN

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What she’s nominated for: “Grandma”

What to watch:The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” (1991) — Choose any of Tomlin’s 1970s TV specials to see why she’s considered a comedic genius, but this 1991 film is regarded by many fans as her best work. She’s also nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for her work in Netflix’s series “Grace and Frankie.”

 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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What she’s nominated for: “Joy”

What to watch: “Winter’s Bone” (2010) — Two years before Lawrence’s star-making role in “The Hunger Games,” she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her performance in this indie drama. In it, she plays a backwoods girl who tries to track down her drug-dealing father.

 

MELISSA MCCARTHY

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What she’s nominated for: “Spy”

What to watch: “Bridesmaids” (2011) — McCarthy’s role in “Spy” might be the funniest of her career but watching her steal scenes in “Bridesmaids” is still a blast. This was the movie that launched her to Hollywood stardom, earning her a rare Oscar nomination for a strictly comedic role.

 

MAGGIE SMITH

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What she’s nominated for: “The Lady in the Van”

What to watch:Gosford Park” (2002) — Dame Maggie Smith is a living legend of stage and screen so you can pick nearly any role from her career but “Gosford Park” is now free to watch with a subscription to Amazon Prime. In the film, Smith plays a wealthy countess at the center of a murder mystery.

 

AMY SCHUMER

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What she’s nominated for: “Trainwreck”

What to watch:Inside Amy Schumer” (2013-2015) — “Trainwreck” marks Schumer’s first Golden Globe nomination but she’s been nominated for five Emmys for her work in Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” For the best look at her acting and writing talents, check out the season three episode “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer.”

 

Category: Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Musical or Comedy

AL PACINO

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What he’s nominated for: “Danny Collins”

What to watch:Dog Day Afternoon” (1975) — Obviously you could watch “The Godfather” or any of Pacino’s work in the 1970s to truly see what makes him a great actor but it’s his role in 1975’s “Dog Day Afternoon” that shows his heart.

 

MARK RUFFALO

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What he’s nominated for: “Infinitely Polar Bear”

What to watch: “The Normal Heart” (2014) — Ruffalo has been acclaimed for many of his performances but his starring role in HBO’s miniseries “The Normal Heart” might be his best work. He plays an openly gay writer who becomes a prominent advocate for HIV patients.

 

CHRISTIAN BALE

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What he’s nominated for: “The Big Short”

What to watch:American Psycho” (2000) — Bale has become a respected Hollywood star by playing a wide variety of parts ranging from a sickly, sleep-deprived machinist to Batman himself. Perhaps his most darkly comic performance came in “American Psycho,” where he played a materialistic 1980s yuppie who’s also a serial killer.

 

STEVE CARELL

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What he’s nominated for: “The Big Short”

What to watch:Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) — Evidence of Carell’s comedic skills is easy to find but his Golden Globe-nominated role in “The Big Short” is more dramatic than funny. To see early evidence of his talent for playing a straight-faced part, check him out in “Little Miss Sunshine.”

 

MATT DAMON

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What he’s nominated for: “The Martian”

What to watch:Good Will Hunting” (1998) — Damon’s first wave of critical acclaim came for his star-making role in this film as a tough-talking Boston kid who happens to be a mathematical genius. “Good Will Hunting” is available to watch now for free with a subscription to Amazon Prime.

 

For a full list of 2016 Golden Globe nominees, click here.

 

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