With more and more box office hits and record-breaking numbers for movies through streaming services, it was a bit of a toss-up which movies and TV shows would receive the coveted Golden Globe nominations. While there were definitely some givens — Joaquin Phoenix’s role in “Joker” and Quentin Tarantino’s direction of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – the competition for receiving a nomination was fiercer than ever. Especially for female directors, who were again entirely left out of the Best Directing category and were slighted in many others as well.
Nevertheless, the nominations mark the unofficial start of the unpredictably exciting award show season. Set to air on January 5th with Ricky Gervais hosting for the fifth time, it’s sure to be a night of unforgettable performances, fashion, big wins and potentially upsetting losses (yes, I’m referring to sweet Kit Harrington if he doesn’t win in his category). Here are the key takeaways from the nominations.
First, we start with television. “The Crown,” “Big Little Lies,” “Chernobyl,” and “Unbelievable” each received four nominations across categories, including Best Performance by and Actor and Actress, Best Limited Series, and Best Television Series-Drama. “The Kominsky Method,” “Barry,” “Fleabag,” all received three, and in a shocking twist “Game of Thrones” received only one nod for Kit Harrington as Best Actor in a Drama.
As for movies, Netflix’s “Marriage Story” and “The Irish Man” dominated with six and five nominations respectively. Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was nominated six times as well in many of the same categories as the Netflix hits. Movies yet to hit theatres like “1917” and “Bombshell” fared nicely as well, and are sure to be successes at the box office. Tom Hanks received a nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Rodgers in “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and Taylor Swift’s original song for “Cats” received a nod for best original song.
The most coveted category, Best Director, consisted entirely of men yet again, further driving the wedge between the Academy and many of Hollywood’s brightest.