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Christmas is edging ever closer and there are plenty of film treats hitting cinemas over the festive period, from the long-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Sisters. As we look ahead to 2016, there’s plenty more to look forward to. This week saw the release of the first trailer for Stephen Spielberg’s The BFG and X:Men Apocalypse, not to mention the announcement of the 2016 Golden Globe nominees. Join us as we round up the latest movie news you need to know about.

Carol Leads Golden Globe Nomineescarol-03Thursday morning saw the big reveal of the nominees for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. Romantic drama Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, lead the way with four nominations, including two for its leads for Best Actress in a Drama and for Best Motion Picture – Drama. Carol has been winning rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and looks set to make a splash during awards season.

Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston, Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio all received a Best Actor in a Drama nomination for bringing true real life characters to the big screen. Redmayne’s nomination is for his role as Lili Elbe, born Elinar Wedgenar, a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. After a string of Best Actor wins in 2015 for The Theory of Everything, it seems Redmayne may be set to repeat his success once again.

Redmayne’s co-star Alicia Vikander received nominations in two categories: Best Actress in a Drama for The Danish Girl and Best Supporting Actress for Ex Machina. In a statement, Vikander said of her success:

“I am truly thrilled and grateful to the HFPA for both of these wonderful nominations! To be considered amongst all these brilliant actresses and their outstanding performances is such an honour. Working on The Danish Girl and Ex Machina were such gifts in themselves, and for this to happen is all so exciting. Thank you.”

The Golden Globes Awards Ceremony will take place on 10 January 2016. See the full list of nominees here.

In other movie news: 

First Look At Disney’s The BFG

This week film fans got their first peak at Steven Spielberg’s latest family treat: an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG. In this upcoming movie, young newcomer Ruby Barnhill will play protagonist Sophie, who goes on an adventure with the titular Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) and discovers the mysterious Giant Country.

The trailer begins with atmospheric shots of London streets, with a voice over from young orphan Sophie, who talks of the witching hour when you should: “Never get out of bed. Never go to the window. Never look behind the curtain.”

Both Dahl’s novels and Spielberg’s films are not afraid to explore the darker side of humanity and the trailer is suitably scary, but also captivatingly magical.

Thanks to the combination of Dahl, Spielberg, Rylance and the script by ET writer Melissa Mathieson, who sadly died last month, The BFG promises to capture the imagination of adults and children across the globe.

The BFG is due for release on 22 July 2016.

First Trailer For X-Men: Apocalypse

The first trailer has dropped for X-Men: Apocalypse, the third movie in the X-Men prequel trilogy.

The follow-up to smash hit X:Men: Days of Future Past catches up with the characters in 1983. The trailer begins with Jean Grey (played by Games of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) who wakes up from a terrible vision of the world’s end. Professor X is on hand to reassure her that it was just a dream, but as the trailer progresses, the X-Men are faced with a major threat: the titular Apocalypse, played by soon-to-be Star Wars hero Oscar Isaac.

X-Men fans will be particularly thrilled to see the final seconds of the trailer, in which James McAvoy’s Professor X finally resembles the Patrick Stewart version of the character, with his iconic bald head, three-piece suit and wheelchair.

X-Men: Apocalypse is released on 19 May 2016.

Read the original trailer chat article here.

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