Live Updates: Golden Globes 2021 Nominations


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The Golden Globes have always been a strange ritual. The statues are awarded by a secret group of foreign journalists, of whom only 89 vote. The grand prizes are divided into dramatic and comedic categories, often in a confusing way. Oddly enough, foreign language films are not allowed to compete for the most prestigious awards.

That year, however, the surreal nature of the affair was heightened by a question from the pandemic era: Are the globes actually happening?

Almost every controversial film has been released online or is still waiting to be released. Many cinemas have now been closed for 11 months.

The black and white “Mank”, a story from Old Hollywood, led the nominations with six, including one for best drama. It will compete against “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, “Nomadland”, “Promising Young Woman” and “The Father”. The recording of “Promising Young Woman” about a traumatized revenge seeker was a surprise. Out of the best drama race was critical Netflix favorite “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” although Globes voters recognized him as an actor, including starring Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis.

In the competition for the best comedy or the best musical of the year are “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”, “Hamilton”, “Palm Springs”, “The Prom” and – out of nowhere – “Music”, an upcoming film from Sia about a boy Woman’s autism spectrum. Sia’s film, which has been controversial in the autism community, focuses on a malfunctioning autistic teen being cared for by her new sober, drug-dealing sister (played by Kate Hudson, nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical) . .

Notable nominees included the fast-rising Anya Taylor-Joy, who won awards in the film categories for “Emma” and on the TV side for “The Queen’s Gambit”. Sacha Baron Cohen was also a double contestant, recognized for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, two opposite roles.

Small golden trophies are difficult to care for for many people, including some in Hollywood, when the coronavirus is still killing more than 1,000 Americans a day. Others will no doubt hail the Golden Globes as a goofy distraction – a dependable balm of celebrity deductibles and the malicious glee you’ve seen.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will return as hostesses. The ceremony is scheduled for February 28th and will air on NBC.

The globes supposedly exist to honor outstanding achievements in film and television. But the real reason this show has to go on is money. NBC pays the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its production partner Dick Clark Productions an estimated $ 65 million per year for broadcast rights. About 18 million people turned up last year.

Globe nominations are sought-after marketing tools. Studios and streaming services will quickly launch expensive advertising campaigns based on the numbers. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, moviedom will have a national platform that can be used as a lift-up rally: “I’m still here!”

The globes can also help steer a driving Oscar race on some kind of course. (The Oscars are slated for April 25.)

In truth the globes do not predict much. Over the past 20 years, the Globes and the Oscars have agreed on the best picture winners 50 percent of the time. Last year, Globe voters voted “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood” and the war drama “1917” as best in class. Neither won the Academy Awards, which recognized the genre busting “Parasite”.

In accordance with their rules, the group did not nominate Parasite, a foreign language film, for Best Picture Globe.

Netflix, only a competitor on the film side of the Globes since 2016, dominated to a breathtaking extent with 42 combined nominations – and that without the latest episodic hit “Bridgerton”, which was only mentioned once. Among the companies, WarnerMedia took second place with 13 nominations, including seven for HBO and two for HBO Max.

Netflix has domestic films competing (“Mank”, “The Prom”) as well as films it has bought from pandemic-hit traditional studios, notably Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7”. The streaming service has established crowd-pullers (“The Crown”, “Ozark”) and brilliant new hits (“The Queen’s Gambit”) among the television categories. Surprisingly, Ryan Murphy’s “Ratched,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s,” The Prequel Series Nest, “received three nominations, including one for Best Television Drama.

Amazon received 10 nominations, including Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” a fact-based drama about a meeting of four black luminaries in which best director, song, and supporting actor (for Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Sam Cooke) nods ). And the Globe voters paid tribute to the “Borat Subsequent Movie”, which appeared on Amazon Prime Video in October, among others in the “Best Comedy” or “Music” category.

Hulu also put together 10 nominations. “The Great,” a Hulu first-season series starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, set in 18th century Russia, received three nominations, including one for best television comedy in which she played against “Emily in Paris” (Netflix ) will compete. “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max), “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV +) and “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been attacked in recent years for neglecting inclusion and diversity. At the latest ceremony, for example, the group once again presented an all-male list of directors who did not nominate women like Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Olivia Wilde (“Bookmaker”).

This year it was very different. King, Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) were recognized. They were joined by David Fincher (“Mank”) and Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”). Spike Lee was left out for “Da 5 Bloods”. The war drama sparked a strong critical reaction, and Lee has been nominated three times by the group (most recently for directing “BlacKkKlansman”).

And this year, his children Satchel and Jackson will serve as Golden Globe Ambassadors, a job that traditionally takes winners off the stage.

Chadwick Boseman, Riz Ahmed, Maria Bakalova and Kate Hudson will compete in the acting categories.

The best actor in a drama category reflects a wide range of talents, including Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”), Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) and Anthony Hopkins (” The Father “)”) All nominated. Surprisingly, Tahar Rahim, best known for his role in the French film “A Prophet” and the Hulu series “The Looming Tower”, grabbed a seat for his performance as an inmate in Guantánamo Bay in “The Mauretanian”.

Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova was nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy category for her ultra-raw but surprisingly sweet twist in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”. Also nominated were Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”), Kate Hudson (“Music”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”) and Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”). Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Butt”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman.” ”) Were nominated for best actress in a drama.

The TV Supporting Actresses category, as usual, had a multitude of candidates, which added a bit of tension. Voters made way for Gillian Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter of “The Crown”. Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”), Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”) and Julia Garner (“Ozark”) are also competing. Garner won an Emmy for her performance last year.

Olivia Colman proved once again that there is no longer any dividing line between film and television actors, and was nominated for both media together with Taylor-Joy. Colman, a three-time Golden Globe winner, nodded for both “The Crown” and her supporting role in the feature film “The Father”.

‘Minari’ is nominated for the best film in a foreign language.

Without a foreign-language film kerfuffle, the globes would not be. This time the group has an egg in the face because Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” has to run as a foreign language candidate – even though Mr. Chung is an American director, the film was shot in the US and funded by American companies and it focuses on an immigrant family, who pursues the American dream.

But the characters in “Minari” mostly speak Korean. As a result, the Globe rules require that they be relegated to the best foreign language film race. It cannot be considered for the grand prize. The cast of “Minari” was eligible for actor nominations, but received none.

“Hamilton”, however, benefited from the group’s rules. As a recorded stage performance, “Hamilton” does not qualify for the Oscars. But the HFPA has no such hang-up. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical received an award for Best Musical or Comedy Nominee, while Miranda was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Nomination.



Robert Dunfee