There’s still no clear-cut front-runner in this year’s Awards Season race, but the Golden Globes seem to have clarified who the main contenders are…mostly.
By and large, the motion picture nominees for the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards have fallen in line with this fall’s Awards Season buzz as well as with some of the choices by Critics Group that have begun citing their year-end honors this month.
Netflix’s Marriage Story leads all films with 6 nominations, and right behind it is fellow Netflix title The Irishman, the mob epic from Martin Scorsese. It has 5 nominations, the same number as Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. Those three films are the ones that seem like locks at this point for Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards.
Others likely to join them: Joker, which garnered 4 Golden Globe nominations (third most, including Picture, Director, and Actor for Joaquin Phoenix) and Parasite, the South Korean thriller that received 3 Globe nods in the wake of being a favorite within a diverse offering from critics groups thus far.
Parasite failed to land in the Globes Drama Picture category but Foreign language films rarely do. It was cited in the Foreign Film category, plus nods for director Bong Joon-ho and the film’s Screenplay.
The biggest snubs were easily Little Women and Robert De Niro. Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel only eked out two nominations: Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan and Alexadre Desplats’ score. This movie will likely play better for the Academy’s U.S.-majority membership than it apparently did for the foreign voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; it will likely be a box office holiday crowd pleaser as well, further boosting its Oscar chances.
Meanwhile, Robert De Niro was somehow denied a Best Actor – Drama nomination for his late career peak work in The Irishman, and that’s an oversight that the Academy is unlikely to duplicate.
The biggest beneficiaries of those surprise denials is Netflix’s The Two Popes, a fictionalization of the relationship between Popes Benedict and Francis during Benedict’s papacy. Its four nominations included Picture – Drama, Actor Jonathan Pryce (who plays Francis), Supporting Actor Anthony Hopkins (Benedict), and the film’s Screenplay. This drama will have a tougher time landing nods in those categories with the Academy, but don’t count them out. They’re still contenders in each one (perhaps especially Hopkins in Supporting).
While the Drama / Musical or Comedy split can often lead to category theft (Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood is a comedy?), it also allows for worthy nominations that likely won’t get a shot elsewhere. Among those are acting nominations for Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas for their splendid work in Knives Out; de Armas in particular is the breakthrough. I would love to see her steal an upset win here, and I wouldn’t put it past the HFPA to go through with that shocker.
Rian Johnson‘s whodunit also received a Best Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination, and I hope that boosts its Oscar chances (which seem like a long-shot at this point). Indeed, while Globe Picture – Drama nominee 1917 seems like its destined for a top Academy nomination as well (especially as the WWI mission will be fueled by tech nominations), the lack of actor support may just cause all-star ensemble pictures like Knives Out and Little Women to sneak past it (or, at least, join it).
Then there’s Emma Thompson in Late Night, as a talk show host legend in late career crisis. It’s one of the year’s better films that got completely overlooked by audiences due to a horrible marketing and distribution strategy this past June. Catch the dramedy on Amazon Prime right now (written by and co-starring Mindy Kaling, in one of the year’s best screenplays) to see just how worthy Thompson is.
If there’s one thing that the Globes didn’t have any space for it was the more ambitious art house entries like Uncut Gems from New York’s Safdie Brothers (and starring Adam Sandler in a rare dramatic role) and the trippy black-and-white psychological thriller The Lighthouse from The Witch director Robert Eggers. The same could be said for the philosophical sci-fi of Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt.
The 77th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out live on Sunday January 5, 2018 at 8pm EST/7pm CST on NBC, with host Ricky Gervais.
For a full list of the Television Nominees, click here.
77th GOLDEN GLOBE MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS
Films of 2019
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
– Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
– Adam Driver, Marriage Story
– Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
– Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Daniel Craig, Knives Out
– Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
– Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
– Taron Egerton, Rocketman
– Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Ana de Armas, Knives Out
– Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
– Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
– Emma Thompson, Late Night
– Awkwafina , The Farewell
Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
– Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
– Al Pacino, The Irishman
– Joe Pesci, The Irishman
– Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
– Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
– Parasite, Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won
– The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
– Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
– The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
Best Original Song
– “Beautiful Ghosts” / Cats – Taylor Swift & Andrew Lloyd Webber
– “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” / Rocketman – Elton John & Bernie Taupin
– “Into the Unknown” / Frozen II – Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
– “Spirit” / The Lion King – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh
– “Stand Up” / Harriet – Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo
Best Foreign Language Film
– The Farewell (China)
– Pain and Glory (Spain)
– Parasite (South Korea)
– Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France)
– Les Misérables (France)
The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
– Tom Hanks
The Carol Burnett Career Achievement in Television Award
– Ellen DeGeneres
For a full list of the Television Nominees, click here.
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