Today the nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced, with the film categories dominated by Netflix duo Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Due to COVID restrictions, the announcement was a much more low-key event, with Taraji P. Henson and Sarah Jessica Parker reading out the list of nominees virtually from home. It was a morning full of both surprises and obvious picks, and many of this year’s contenders will be hoping that today kick-starts their Oscar campaign.
Mank performed outstandingly, hitting everything it needed to get with an impressive six nominations in total. Those included nods for Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried as well as both Jack and David Fincher in Screenplay and Director respectively.
Oldman will be relieved to have made the cut in an incredibly competitive Best Actor Drama category which also includes heavy frontrunners Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Hopkins, and Riz Ahmed. One of the morning’s biggest surprises also came in this category, with Tahar Rehim receiving an unexpected nod for his performance in The Mauritanian. Jodie Foster also stars in the film and too received a Golden Globe nomination, which could bode well for her Oscar chances considering there’s no consensus five in the category as of yet.
The Supporting Actress category also saw a surprise (but well deserved) nod for News of the World star Helena Zengel, with Paul Greengrass’s tremendous Western also up for Best Original Score. Ellen Burstyn was one of the morning’s biggest snubs in the supporting actress category, but her Pieces of a Woman co-star Vanessa Kirby did make the cut in Best Actress Drama.
Other surprises included Jared Leto’s supporting actor nomination for The Little Things, and Rosamund Pike’s Best Actress in a comedy nomination for I Care A Lot the overall performance of the film Music, which landed a Best Comedy/Musical nomination.
While the Golden Globes must always be taken with a pinch of salt in regards to the Oscar race (especially in a year where they are a couple of months apart), the outstanding performances of a film like Promising Young Woman cannot be ignored. Emerald Fennell’s director nomination is a show of strong support, and I can quite easily envision a scenario where Carey Mulligan defeats both Frances McDormand and Viola Davis.
Films that vastly underperformed considering their critic’s dominance include Sound of Metal – where Paul Raci unexpectedly missed Supporting Actor – and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which was absent entirely from the nominations list. Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks also underperformed despite Bill Murray’s supporting nod.
Despite Mank’s dominance, I expect the Drama category to ultimately come down to Nomadland or The Trial of the Chicago 7, especially with Minari (somewhat controversially) included in the International Film category instead of Drama.
Over on the Musical/Comedy side, none of them are expected to be Oscar players so expect a Borat Subsequent Moviefilm win so that we can get the brilliant Cohen on stage as much as possible throughout the night.
Below is the full list of nominees in all of the announced Golden Globe film categories. Let us know who you think will triumph come Feb. 28.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Actress 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 Actor 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 Actress 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 Actor 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 Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any 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
Best Director – Motion Picture
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
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead
“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami
“Tigress & Tweed” from The United States vs. Billie Holliday
Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Life Ahead
Two of Us