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Host of film and TV productions with ties to state land Golden Globe nods

Nick Nolte was nominated as a lead actor in a comedy for his role in the EPIX series Graves, which was filmed in and around Santa Fe.

Host of film and TV productions with ties to state land Golden Globe nods

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul. Courtesy photo

Host of film and TV productions with ties to state land Golden Globe nods

Viggo Mortensen, left, earned a Golden Globe nomination for Captain Fantastic, which was partly filmed in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Mesilla in 2014. Courtesy photo

Host of film and TV productions with ties to state land Golden Globe nods

Jeff Bridges, left, earned a Golden Globe nomination for Hell or High Water, which was filmed in New Mexico and earned a nomination for best drama. Courtesy photo

Host of film and TV productions with ties to state land Golden Globe nods

Tom Ford. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

As Hollywood’s annual awards season kicks into high gear, New Mexico is playing a prominent supporting role.

The 2017 Golden Globe nominations, announced Monday in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are peppered with titles and performers with connections to New Mexico. Among them are a best dramatic picture nominee, several high-profile lead and supporting actor nominations from New Mexico-based productions, and an unexpected nod for the lead actor in a political satire shot in and around Santa Fe.

It’s a good showing for New Mexico overall, obviously,” said Eric Witt, director of the Santa Fe Film Office. “It’s good to see us back on the ascendant track.”

Hell or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine on opposite sides of the law, was nominated for best drama. The atmospheric neo-Western was filmed in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas, as well as eastern parts of the state, namely Clovis and Portales. Bridges, for his part, received a nomination for best supporting actor. 

Captain Fantastic was partly filmed in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Mesilla in 2014. Star Viggo Mortensen was nominated for best lead performance in a drama, a category stacked with Academy Award aspirants Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Joel Edgerton (Loving), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Denzel Washington (Fences).

Nick Nolte was nominated as a lead actor in a comedy for his role in Graves, the dramedy centered on a fictional U.S. president who, some two decades after leaving office, seeks to right the wrongs his administration wrought. Nolte’s growling turn as Richard Graves was the first Golden Globe nomination for the premium cable network EPIX, which premiered Graves in October. The season finale will air Sunday.

Graves was undeniably prescient in its reflection of issues that surfaced on the debate floors of this year’s election,” EPIX President Mark S. Greenberg said in a statement.

Neither Nolte nor Graves was nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards in September. Witt said that, although the series was somewhat under the radar, its 10-episode first season earned industry insiders’ respect.

“I had heard that even before this nomination came out,” Witt said. “People were happy to see [Nolte] back, doing something with some import.”

Witt added he was “very optimistic” Graves, which EPIX renewed for a second season in November, would return to Northern New Mexico in the spring.

Tom Ford, the fashion designer-turned-filmmaker, earned nominations for best director and screenplay for the thriller Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ford, 55, is a 1979 Santa Fe Prep graduate and has been a part-time Santa Fe resident. During the summer, he put his lavish 20,000-acre Galisteo ranch on the market, asking $75 million, according to one real estate insider. In both categories, Ford was nominated opposite Damien Chazelle, whose musical La La Land led the field with seven total nominations.

Nocturnal Animals is only Ford’s second film project, following A Single Man (2009), for which Colin Firth won a BAFTA as best leading actor. Animals is screening at the UA DeVargas cinema, 562 N. Guadalupe St.

Better Call Saul, the critically acclaimed prequel to Breaking Bad, was recognized with a best dramatic actor nomination for Bob Odenkirk, who plays ethically disinclined lawyer Jimmy McGill. Odenkirk was nominated in the same category at last year’s Globes and lost to Jon Hamm (Mad Men). The third season of Saul is filming in Albuquerque.

Another repeat nominee is Game of Thrones, the HBO fantasy epic based on the series of novels by Santa Fe author George R.R. Martin. Thrones was nominated for best dramatic television series for the fourth time; it has never won the category, losing most recently last year to Mr. Robot.

In previous years, Martin penned one episode of the show per season. He has since relinquished those screenwriting duties to focus on the completion of his forthcoming novel, The Winds of Winter. He remains a co-executive producer of the series, which will premiere its penultimate seventh season next summer

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