‘Vice,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ And ‘Gianni Versace’ Lead The 76th Golden Globe Nominations

Whelp, the 76th Golden Globe nominations are in, and these are somehow the Globe-iest Globes I have ever seen. There’s a lot to unpack here, some good and some bad, so I’m not going to waste any time. Let’s get right into this year’s Golden Globe nominations.

The big story of today is how much the Hollywood Foreign Press Association clearly loves Vice. Adam McKay’s scathing political satire has racked up six nominations, the most of any film, including Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and acting nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams (a double nominee for Sharp Objects, as expected), and last year’s winner of Best Supporting Actor Sam Rockwell. This has to be your frontrunner in most of these categories, and it should bode well for the film’s Oscar chances. Meanwhile, three major contenders came close to matching Vice’s number, albeit each with their own stumbling blocks. Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born earned five nominations, for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama for Cooper and Lady Gaga, Best Director for Cooper, and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” Surprisingly, it did not earn a Screenplay nomination, a major hurdle the film will be confronting going forward in the Oscar race (no film in fifteen years has won Best Picture without a nomination). The Favourite also received five nominations, for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Screenplay, and three acting nominations for its actresses (Olivia Colman for Best Actress, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in Best Supporting Actress). Similarly, the film faces a hurdle in the lack of nomination for Yorgos Lanthimos as director – you’d have to go back to 1989 to find a year where the Best Picture winner didn’t receive a directing nomination. And faring best of the five-nommers is Green Book, which received nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Best Actor – Musical/Comedy for Viggo Mortensen, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and most vital (and most strange), Best Screenplay and Best Director, both for Peter Farrelly. Also having a great morning were Mary Poppins Returns (Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Actor and Actress for Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, and Best Original Score – although, surprisingly, not Original Song) and If Beale Street Could Talk (while Barry Jenkins was not nominated for Best Director, the film was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, and Regina King in Best Supporting Actress, one of her two nominations). P the biggest news of the day is that Black Panther became the first superhero film to receive a Best Picture nomination, alongside nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. This pretty much confirms that Panther is on a Mad Max-esque trajectory, and should receive an Oscar nomination next month. And while Roma was ineligible for Best Motion Picture – Drama, it did manage to earn nominations for Best Director and Screenplay for Alfonso Cuarón, as well as Best Foreign Language Film.

Of course, the film awards still had their fair share of shocks and snubs. I’ll start with the good surprises first, because let’s be happy for a minute. First, deserving performances that have been overlooked all year received love in the comedy categories, specifically Robert Redford in The Old Man and the Gun and Charlize Theron in Tully. A Quiet Place received a nomination for Best Original Score. And while I didn’t love the film, the Boy Erased nominations for Lucas Hedges and Best Original Song are incredibly deserved. But then we’ve got…the Globe-iest nominations around. The Best Original Score nominations are insane, even if I love the nominations for Quiet Place and PantherBeale Street should absolutely be here. The mostly-unheard of A Private War bafflingly earned two nominations, for Rosamund Pike and Best Original Song. The critically-reviled (and pretty bad) Bohemian Rhapsody somehow got nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama (as well as a mostly deserved nomination for Best Actor for Rami Malek). Girl, a Belgian film about a transgender teen that failed to cast any trans individuals and has received criticism for being insulting, baity torture porn from most critics (especially those in the trans community), received a nomination in Best Foreign Language Film despite the criticisms and issues being out there (even stranger considering it is mostly considered a not-very-good film). And even more egregious, Cold War, considered by many to be one of the best films of the year, failed to receive a Best Foreign Language Film nomination. This will certainly serve as an egg on their face for years to come. And finally, we come to the two films that have suffered the most this awards season, whose narratives have diverged in two different directions. First Man desperately needed to earn a Motion Picture nomination to stay alive in the race, but it was mostly ignored across the board – no Best Drama, no Best Director for Globe favorite Damien Chazelle, and no Best Actor for Ryan Gosling. It did manage to earn Best Original Score and Best Supporting Actress for Claire Foy, but that’s it. I suppose it is possible that the film rallies with the SAG awards and the PGA awards, but for now, I must admit that one of my favorite films of the year is DOA, and my upcoming Oscar predictions will reflect this. Meanwhile, BlacKkKlansman also needed to have a big day with the Globes, but unlike Chazelle’s historical epic, Spike Lee’s historical satire got the shot in the arm it desperately needed to stay alive. The film managed to earn nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Lee, Best Supporting Actor for Adam Driver, and Best Actor – Drama for John David Washington (a nomination I was predicting until the very last minute, which is what I get for doubting my gut). Klansman needed these nominations, and I welcome it back to the Oscar race with open arms.

As for television, if you thought the film nominations were crazy, you should look here. The Globes have entirely scrapped everything in order to nominate an entirely new field – and not necessarily the best of the best. Things like Atlanta, black-ish, and GLOW were ignored in order to make room for critical and commercial flops like Kidding and The Kominsky Method. The former earned nominations for for both Best Show – Comedy/Musical and Best Actor for Jim Carrey, while the latter was nominated for Best Show, Best Actor for Michael Douglas and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin. The also rewarded the mostly-ignored miniseries The Alienist for two awards, while they also tried to get ahead of the curve with two shows that literally just started a week ago: Welcome to Dannemora and Dirty John. When it comes to the most rewarded shows, we have a mix of Limited Series, Comedies, and Dramas. The Assassination of Gianni Versace earned the most with four nominations, including Best Limited Series, Best Actor for Darren Criss, Best Supporting Actor for Edgar Ramirez, and Best Supporting Actress for Penelope Cruz, and it will be competing against A Very English Scandal in Best Limited Series, Best Actor (Hugh Grant), and Best Supporting Actor (Ben Whishaw). The Americans has finally broken into Best Drama, as well as Best Actor – Drama for Matthew Rhys and Best Actress – Drama for Keri Russell, and it will compete against Homecoming in all three categories (with Stephan James and Julia Roberts earning those nominations, respectively). And The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel severs as the only returning show to Best Comedy, earning nominations for Best TV Show – Comedy/Musical, Best Actress for Rachel Brosnahan, and Best Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein, and will be competing against Barry in Best Series (it is also nominated for Bill Hader and Henry Winkler). Of the new shows nominated, we also see the rise of POSE and The Good Place, nominated in Best Drama and Actor – Drama and Comedy and Comedy – Actress, respectively. Bodyguard earned nominations for Best Drama and Best Actor for Richard Madden. And in a major shock (especially due to his nomination over Ted Danson and Anthony Anderson), Sacha Baron Cohen has earned a nomination for his social satire/prank show Who Is America? While this nomination rubs lots of people the wrong way (and I don’t agree with it), I won’t blame anyone who nominates a man who is willing to look Roy Moore in the face and set off a “Pervert Detector.” And of the snubs, I will say it’s funny that The Handmaid’s Tale, last year’s Best Drama winner, earned nominations in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and yet didn’t receive a nomination in Best Drama, while critical and audience favorite Succession was snubbed in most categories, but found success in a nomination for scene-stealer Kieran Culkin.

Well, those are your nominees for the 76th Golden Globes. You can see the full list below, and you can watch the ceremony on January 6th, 2019. The ceremony will be hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg (an inspired choice, especially after their hilarious bit presenting Best Director of a Comedy Series at the Emmys this fall). Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to summon the Voice of the Proletariat. It’s time for the tiebreaker of the century…


Best Drama

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born

Best Musical or Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice 

Best Actor in a Drama

  • Willem Dafoe-At Eternity’s Gate
  • Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  • Lucas Hedges-Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek-Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington-BlacKkKlansman

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale-Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda-Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen-Green Book
  • Robert Redford-The Old Man and the Gun
  • John C. Reilly-Stan and Ollie 

Best Actress in a Drama

  • Glenn Close-The Wife
  • Lady Gaga-A Star Is Born
  • Nicole Kidman-Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy-Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike-A Private War

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt-Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman-The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher-Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron-Tully
  • Constance Wu-Crazy Rich Asians

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali-Green Book
  • Adam Driver-BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant-Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell-Vice
  • Timothée Chalamet-Beautiful Boy

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams-Vice
  • Claire Foy-First Man
  • Regina King-If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone-The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz-The Favourite

Best Director

  • Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón-Roma
  • Peter Farrelly-Green Book
  • Spike Lee-BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay-Vice

Best Screenplay

  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Roma
  • Vice

Best Original Score

  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • A Quiet Place

Best Original Song

  • “All the Stars”-Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies”-Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for a Private War”-A Private War
  • “Revelation”-Boy Erased
  • “Shallow”-A Star Is Born

Best Animated Film

  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • The Grinch
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Roma
  • Never Look Away
  • Cold War
  • Capernaum
  • Girl


Best Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Bodyguard
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • POSE

Best Comedy Series

  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • Kidding
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman-Ozark
  • Stephan James-Homecoming
  • Richard Madden-Bodyguard
  • Billy Porter-POSE
  • Matthew Rhys-The Americans

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Caitriona Balfe-Outlander
  • Elisabeth Moss-The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Keri Russell-The Americans
  • Sandra Oh-Killing Eve
  • Julia Roberts-Homecoming

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Sacha Baron Cohen-Who Is America?
  • Donald Glover-Atlanta
  • Bill Hader-Barry
  • Michael Douglas-The Kominsky Method
  • Jim Carrey-Kidding

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Kristen Bell-The Good Place
  • Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown
  • Alison Brie-GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Debra Messing-Will and Grace

Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Antonio Banderas-Genius: Picasso
  • Daniel Brühl-The Alienist
  • Darren Criss-The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Benedict Cumberbatch-Patrick Melrose
  • Hugh Grant-A Very English Scandal

Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Amy Adams-Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette-Welcome to Dannemora
  • Connie Britton-Sharp Objects
  • Laura Dern-The Tale
  • Regina King-Seven Seconds

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin-The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin-Succession
  • Edgar Ramírez-The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Ben Whishaw-A Very English Scandal
  • Henry Winkler-Barry

Best Supporting Actress

  • Alex Borstein-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Patricia Clarkson-Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz-The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Yvonne Strahovski-The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Thandie Newton-Westworld

Best Miniseries/TV Movie

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Escape to Dannemora
  • Sharp Objects
  • A Very English Scandal

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