(See the full list of film nominees below.)
That statement is usually reserved for the Television categories. In the year of the pandemic, however, the top streamer also led all studios in the 78th Annual Golden Globe Film Nominations.
Netflix landed 3 of the 10 Best Picture nominees (that are split evenly between Drama and Musical/Comedy categories) with Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and The Prom.
Four other Best Picture nominees are also from streaming platforms: Nomadland (Hulu), Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon), Hamilton (Disney Plus), and Palm Springs (Hulu).
Mank — the “writing of” Citizen Kane drama from nominated director David Fincher, which he stylized in the black-and-white aesthetic of the 1940s — leads all movies with 6 nominations. (Netflix’s The Crown, incidentally, leads all TV nominees with 6 as well.)
Even so, expect the Best Picture – Drama race to come down to Nomadland (4 nominations) vs. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (5 Nominations). The former, starring Female Performance – Drama nominee Frances McDormand, has been the Awards Season leader with critics groups, while Aaron Sorkin‘s The Trial of the Chicago 7 has emerged as the go-to traditional Oscar-bait option.
Women also dominated the film slate. For the first time ever, three females were nominated for Best Director: Regina King (One Night in Miami…), Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), and first-time filmmaker Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). In fact, it’s even the first time that more than one woman has been nominated in the category. Sorkin joins them and Fincher for The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Zhao and Fennell were also nominated in the Screenplay category, and both films are up for Best Picture. Music, the directorial debut of pop singer Sia, is also up for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy).
Sacha Baron Cohen cleaned up with three nominations, which ties a previous single-year record set by two other actors. Cohen received a Best Picture nomination as a producer for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. He also received acting nominations for Borat 2 (Lead, in the Musical or Comedy category) and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (for Supporting Role).
Previously, Helen Mirren logged 3 nominations in 2007 for The Queen (Best Actress – Drama), HBO’s Elizabeth I (Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie), and PBS’s Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Best Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie). Mirren went 2-for-3 with wins for The Queen and Elizabeth I. Jamie Foxx also scored three nominations in 2005 for Ray (Best Actor – Drama), Collateral (Best Supporting Actor) and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (Best Actor – Miniseries-TV Movie). Foxx won for Ray.
Leading in the “snubbed” category is Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods. One of the more celebrated films of the year — from Delroy Lindo‘s possible Oscar-winning lead turn to one of Chadwick Boseman‘s final performances — the Netflix Vietnam Vet drama was completely shut out.
Other surprising Best Picture snubs included Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom plus Amazon’s One Night In Miami… and Sound of Metal. That trio of contenders were repped in the Acting categories, however. Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman garnered Lead Performance (Drama) nominations for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Riz Ahmed is up for Best Actor in Sound of Metal, and Leslie Odom Jr. up in Supporting for One Night in Miami.
Warner Bros./HBO Max upcoming drama Judas and the Black Messiah — which just premiered to raves at the Sundance Film Festival — was also largely snubbed, securing just one nomination for Daniel Kaluuya in the Supporting Actor category for his riveting turn as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.
Minari, another indie Oscar contender and critic favorite about an immigrant Korean family to Arkansas in the 1980s, was relegated to one nod in the Foreign-Language category.
Unsurprisingly, director Kelly Reichardt‘s slow-burn indie Western First Cow was completely shut out, despite being an awards season favorite with critics groups.
The Tom Hanks Western News of the World was also denied major nominations, including Hanks, but still snagged two: Female Actor in a Supporting Role for newcomer Helena Zengel, and Original Score for James Newton Howard.
Even perennial nominee Meryl Streep was passed over despite two lauded December releases: Netflix’s The Prom and HBO Max’s Let Them All Talk.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise (from my vantage point) was the 4 nominations for The Father, the dementia drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. The two actors were sure things in the acting categories, but to see writer/director Florian Zeller‘s superbly structured and observed film also secure nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Screenplay was heartening.
On the flip side of that — and perhaps the biggest reach in Golden Globes history (which is really saying something) — the obscure voting body gave two nominations to Hamilton. Up for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Lin-Manuel Miranda, it streamed on Disney Plus.
The nominations are a reach because it’s not a film. This version of Hamilton is simply a taped presentation of a live theatre production, the kind that have been airing on PBS for decades.
(Interestingly, Leslie Odom Jr. won the acting Tony Award for Hamilton as Aaron Burr, not Miranda, but Odom was ignored for his Hamilton turn here, instead “settling” for acting and song nods in One Night in Miami.)
Where could those Musical nominations have gone instead? Netflix’s Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, for one, a legit filmed pop musical that ended up being one of the biggest and best surprises of 2020. But it doesn’t have enough “star power” so it’s completely ignored, quality and merit be damned. Not even one of the spectacular tunes co-produced by John Legend was cited in the Original Song category.
Suffice it to say, the nominations for Hamilton are a desperate attempt at garnering eyeballs on the broadcast, something the Globes are notorious for with a long, infamous tradition of nominating marquee talent for less-than-deserving work (which would also include Jared Leto this year for Supporting Actor in The Little Things over someone like Paul Raci in Sound of Metal who’s been dominating critics awards).
The 78th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out live on Sunday February 28, 2021 — the original pre-pandemic date for the Oscars — at 8pm EST / 7pm CST on NBC. It will be hosted by the popular Globe pairing of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who will split hosting duties on opposite coasts — Tina in New York City’s Rainbow Room and Amy in L.A.’s Beverly Hilton (the traditional Globes venue).
For a full list of the Television Nominees, click here.
78th GOLDEN GLOBE MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS
Films of 2020
Best Motion Picture – Drama
– The Father
– Promising Young Woman
– The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
– Palm Springs
– The Prom
Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
– Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
– Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
– Frances McDormand, Nomadland
– Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
– Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
– Anthony Hopkins, The Father
– Gary Oldman, Mank
– Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian
Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
– Kate Hudson, Music
– Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
– Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot
– Anya Taylor-Joy , Emma.
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
– James Corden, The Prom
– Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
– Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
– Andy Samberg, Palm Springs
Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
– Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
– Jared Leto, The Little Things
– Bill Murray, On the Rocks
– Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami…
– Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
– David Fincher, Mank
– Regina King, One Night in Miami…
– Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
– Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
– Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell
– Mank, Jack Fincher
– The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin
– The Father, Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
– Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
Best Original Score
– The Midnight Sky, Alexandre Desplat
– Tenet, Ludwig Goransson
– News of the World, James Newton Howard
– Mank, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor
– Soul, Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor
Best Original Song
– “Fight for You” / Judas and the Black Messiah – H.E.R.
– “Hear My Voice” / The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Celeste
– “lo Si (Seen)” / The Life Ahead – Laura Pausini
– “Speak Now” / One Night in Miami… – Leslie Odom Jr.
– “Tigress & Tweed” / The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Andra Day
Best Foreign Language Film
– Another Round (Denmark)
– La Llorona (Guatemala)
– The Life Ahead (Italy)
– Minari (USA)
– Two of Us (France)
The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
– Jane Fonda
The Carol Burnett Career Achievement in Television Award
– Norman Lear
For a full list of the Television Nominees, click here.
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2020 / 21 season:
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
New York Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics