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Three women are nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards – the first time there has been more than one in a single year.
Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell are up for the award, which had previously nominated just five women in the 77-year history of the Golden Globes.
Mank leads the film awards race with six nominations, while The Crown tops the TV categories, also with six nominations.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Olivia Colman are among the British contenders for the acting awards.
The nominations belatedly kicked off this year’s Hollywood Awards season, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Aaron Sorkin’s film The Trial of the Chicago 7 and the television comedy Schitt’s Creek also performed well, with five nominations each.
Doubles nominations for the stars of Borat and The Crown
Baron Cohen, Colman and Anya Taylor-Joy were each nominated for two roles.
Baron Cohen said he was “moved and honored” to be recognized for the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and The Trial of the Chicago 7 films.
“These two films are different, but they share a common theme,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sometimes we have to protest injustice with our own farce.”
He then joked that he had already hired Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer for former President Trump, to challenge the results. The star also has a third nomination, as the producer of the Borat sequel.
Taylor-Joy, meanwhile, was shortlisted for Netflix’s chess drama The Queen’s Gambit, and Jane Austen’s film adaptation Emma.
Colman, who won Best Actress in a TV Drama for playing the Queen in Netflix’s The Crown last year, could repeat that this year, and is also shortlisted for her upcoming film The Father.
The crown reigns
Four of Colman’s The Crown co-stars were also nominated: Emma Corrin (Princess Diana), Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) and Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret).
The bookies made the fourth season of the series the favorite to win the award for best TV series ahead of Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Ozark and Ratched. And this despite an argument over how the series portrays the royal family.
Series creator Peter Morgan said everyone involved in the Netflix series was “delighted to be recognized in this way.”
“This season really seems to have resonated with audiences of all generations around the world,” he said. “We couldn’t be more grateful or more proud.”
Women behind the camera
Emerald Fennell will be familiar to viewers of The Crown for playing Camilla Parker-Bowles. The Brit was not nominated for her acting – but she was nominated for Promising Young Woman, her first feature film as a director.
She was also nominated for best screenplay for writing this dark comedic thriller, and was previously chief writer for the second series of Killing Eve.
Film and TV fans will also know Regina King, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for starring in If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018, and who is now behind the camera with One Night in Miami.
And Chinese director Chloe Zhao became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes, for Nomadland.
The last female director to be nominated for the Best Director award was Ava DuVernay for Selma in 2014, and the only woman to win the award was Barbra Streisand for Yentl in 1984.
Nomadland and Promising Young Woman are also nominated for Best Dramatic Film alongside Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and The Father.
The best films
- Mank – 6 nominations
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 – 5
- The Father – 4
- Nomadland – 4
- Promising Young Woman – 4
The Globes split most of the prizes between dramas and musicals. Among the nominees for Best Musical / Comedy Film is Music, the first film by pop star Sia.
But her film has sparked controversy due to its casting of dancer Maddie Ziegler as a young girl with autism.
Actress Ruth Madeley, who suffers from spina bifida, has expressed solidarity with “anyone with autism who is rightly devastated to see Music by Sia nominated.”
“People with disabilities are needed more than ever in the industry to help change the narrative we are all so sick of,” she wrote on Twitter.
Music faces off on the Borat sequel, the Disney + recording of the Broadway hit Hamilton, the time-loop comedy Palm Springs, and the Netflix film The Prom.
James Corden was nominated, to everyone’s surprise, for best actor in a musical or comedy for The Prom, after being criticized for taking on a character who, by his own admission, is “as gay as he is. a bucket of wigs “.
More Britons in the running
British stars Riz Ahmed, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman will compete for the award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Film for Sound of Metal, The Father and Mank.
They are joined by the late Chadwick Boseman, posthumously awarded for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and by Franco-Algerian actor Tahar Rahim, nominated for The Mauritanian.
Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan are both shortlisted for Best Actress in a Dramatic Film for Pieces of a Woman and Promising Young Woman, respectively.
Other British stars are on the shortlists including John Boyega, Rosamund Pike, Dev Patel, Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Comer, Matthew Rhys and Nicholas Hoult.
Hugh Grant was nominated for Best Actor in a Limited TV Series for The Undoing, the same award he won in 2019 for A Very English Scandal. Her co-star Nicole Kidman pits Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones for the female equivalent.
Lily Collins was nominated for Netflix hit Emily In Paris – but there was no room for Michaela Coel or her acclaimed BBC drama I May Destroy You.
The best TV series
- The Crown – 6 nominations
- Schitt’s Creek – 5
- Ozark – 4
- The Undoing – 4
- The Great – 3
- Ratched – 3
Netflix dominates (but not Bridgerton)
With movie theaters shutting down and many films being delayed, streaming has taken over over the past year. As a result, Netflix tops the Golden Globes with 22 of 70 nominated films and 20 of 54 nominated films, giving the streaming giant a third of all nominations in total.
Still, there was no room for its drama Bridgerton, although the series became the “greatest series ever to air” by the service.
What do the nominations tell us about the Oscar race?
Presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the Golden Globes are the most prestigious film awards behind the Oscars.
This year’s winners will be announced later this month at a bi-annual ceremony hosted by Tina Fey in New York City and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles.
In a normal year, one would expect many nominees to be among the Oscar nominees. But it’s not a normal year. The Oscars will take place two months later than usual, as they have been postponed from February 28, which is currently the Globes ceremony.
The eligibility period for this year’s Oscars has been extended by two months, meaning films that hit theaters or online before the end of February could be in the running.
It might not make a big difference, although it could mean that the Globes’ traditional role as an indicator of awards season isn’t as reliable as it has sometimes been.