The award season has started with a large number of nominees.
Golden Globe nominees dragged David Fincher’s sleepy “Mank” and vengeful “Promising Young Woman” deeper into the Oscar race on Wednesday while hugging female directors, reacting coolly to films by the black cast and, as always, the honor wide front sprinkled array of stars, from beginners to living legends.
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”, “The Father” and surprisingly against “Promising Young Woman”.
The Netflix favorite “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was excluded from the best drama race, although Globes voters recognized the main appearances of Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. In general, films with mostly black cast didn’t get as many nominations as handicappers expected, and Spike Lee’s war drama “Da 5 Bloods” was rejected outright. (His children, Satchel and Jackson, will serve as Golden Globe Ambassadors, a job that has traditionally been about politely shooing winners off the stage.)
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 video-on-demand Sia’s film about a young woman on the autism spectrum. Sia’s film, which has been controversial among proponents of people with autism, focuses on a malfunctioning teen who is cared for by her newly sober, drug-dealing sister (played by Kate Hudson, nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical) ).
Notable nominees were 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-acting contestant recognized for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, two opposite roles. He took on a third mention as a “borate” producer.
“Wawaweewah!” Cohen wrote on Twitter. “We feel very honored – and in case we don’t win, I’ve already hired Rudy Giuliani to contest the results.”
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, this time broadcasting two coasts, with Fey staying in New York while Poehler from Los Angeles will host. The ceremony is scheduled for February 28th and will air on NBC.
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.) Globes voters, for example, gave Glenn Close a lift by recognizing their scene-eating mamaw from Hillbilly Elegy.
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”.
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, “Ratched,” a melodramatic prequel by Ryan Murphy “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s 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. “Small Ax,” Steve McQueen’s five-film anthology, added two nominations.
“I’m thrilled with what it says about our film strategy – a board that has grown tremendously and truly encompasses different stories that the global audience is asking,” said Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios, over the phone.
On the television side of the ledger, Amazon didn’t fare as well, although Al Pacino received a somewhat surprising nomination for “Hunters”.
Hulu also put together 10 nominations. “The Great,” a season one series starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, set in 18th-century Russia, received three nominations, including one for best television comedy in which you face Emily in Paris (Netflix) becomes. The Flight Attendant ”(HBO Max),“ Ted Lasso ”(Apple TV +) and“ Schitt’s Creek ”(Pop TV).
Three women, including Regina King, are nominated for best female director.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been attacked in recent years for neglecting inclusion and diversity. At the most recent ceremony, for example, the group again presented an all-male list of directors.
This year it was very different. King, Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) were all recognized. For the first time, most of the nominees were women. The recognition was a special boost for first-time filmmaker Fennell, who, in addition to her respected revenge film, also played Camilla Parker Bowles in “The Crown”. They were joined by Fincher (“Mank”) and Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”).
The best actor in a drama category reflects a wide range of talents, including 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”.
The actresses categories were full of surprises. The group stepped past eight-time winner and 25-time nominee Meryl Streep, who could have been selected for either “The Prom” or for her role as the acclaimed writer on “Let Them All Talk”. Instead, the voters chose Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova as the best actress in a musical or comedy category for her ultra-raw but surprisingly sweet twist in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”. Michelle Pfeiffer has secured a spot for her role as the aging Manhattan celebrity on “French Exit” and will face Taylor-Joy (“Emma”), Hudson (“Music”) and Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”) . ).
In the Drama category, Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) wins against Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Vanessa Kirby ( “Pieces of a Woman”).
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 it to be part of 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.