NEW YORK (AP) – With four films up for best picture, four series nominated for the top television awards and 34 total nominations, Netflix dominated the 77th Golden Globe nominations on Monday.
Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama â€œMarriage Storyâ€ led all films with six nominations including best picture, drama, and acting nods for its two leads, Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, in nominations announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, California. â€œMarriage Story,” which landed on Netflix on Friday after a three-week run in theaters, also earned nods for Baumbach’s script, Laura Dern’s supporting performance and Randy Newman’s score. The only notable category it missed on was Baumbach for best director.
Three other Netflix films landed best picture nods, chief among them Martin Scorsese’s mob epic â€œThe Irishman,â€ which landed five nominations including best drama picture, best director for Scorsese and supporting acting nods for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Surprisingly left out was its lead, Robert De Niro.
Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fable â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” a Sony Pictures release, also scored five nominations, including best film comedy or musical and nods for Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Tarantino is also up for best director.
But Netflix flexed its muscles across all categories, just as it’s girding for battle with a host of new streaming services. Two other films garnered best picture nods: the Vatican bromance â€œThe Two Popes” in the drama category (along with nominations for its stars, Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins), and the Eddie Murphy-led â€œDolemite Is My Nameâ€ in the comedy category (along with an acting nod for Murphy).
Two Netflix series tied HBO’s â€œChernobylâ€ with the most nominations on the TV side: â€œThe Crownâ€ and â€œUnbelievable.” All scored four nods. Netflix’s â€œThe Kominsky Methodâ€ and â€œThe Politician” also landed best series, comedy or musical, nominations alongside Emmy favorites â€œFleabag,” from Amazon, and HBO’s â€œBarry.â€
Led by â€œSuccession,” â€œBig Little Lies” and â€œChernobyl,” HBO still had a strong showing with 15 nods overall, second to Netflix’s 17 television nominations – even if the final season of â€œGame of Thronesâ€ missed a best drama series nod.
But streaming services made greater inroads to one of Hollywood’s premier parties than ever before. Amazon had eight nominations in total, boosted by â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselâ€ and â€œFleabag.” The recently launched Apple TV Plus scored its first Globes nominations with â€œThe Morning Show,” including nods for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. But shed a tear for Baby Yoda, Disney Plus’ â€œThe Mandalorian” didn’t make the cut.
Yet if the Globes nominations gave a snapshot of the changing media landscape, some saw a notable lack of progress in other areas. The press association again fielded an all-male directing category, nominating Scorsese, Tarantino, Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (whose World War I thriller “1917” was also nominated for best picture, drama) and Todd Phillips (“Joker”).
Among those let out were Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) and Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”). The Globes have only ever nominated five women for best director. At the 2017 awards, Natalie Portman pointedly introduced the category’s â€œall-male nominees.”
None of this year’s 10 nominees for best picture were directed by women, either. Most notably overlooked was Gerwig’s upcoming Louisa May Alcott adaptation â€œLittle Women,” which was nominated for Saoirse Ronan’s lead performance and Alexandre Desplat’s score. Adding to the trend was the omission, on the TV side, of Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed Central Park Five miniseries â€œWhen They See Us.â€
Alma Ha’rel, director of the acclaimed â€œHoney Boy,” on Monday listed nine female filmmakers whose movies touched audiences, including Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”) and Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”). She wrote: â€œThat’s our awards. No one can take that away.â€
But the awards campaign of â€œJoker” got a lift Monday, also landing nods for best film, drama, and for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance. With more than $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, it’s easily the biggest blockbuster to crash the Globes.
But some of the year’s other popular titles celebrated Monday, including Rian Johnson’s star-studded whodunit â€œKnives Out” (best picture, comedy or musical; acting nods for Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas), the Elton John biopic â€œRocketmanâ€ (best picture, comedy or musical; best actor for Taron Egerton); and the madcap Nazi Germany coming-of-age tale â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ (best picture, comedy or musical; best actor for its young star, Roman Griffin Davis). James Mangold’s crowd-pleasing racing drama â€œFord v Ferrari” could have used some help from the press association; it landed a sole nomination for Christian Bale.
The nominees for best foreign language film are: â€œThe Farewell,â€ which also earned a best actress earned for Awkwafina; Pedro Almodovar’s â€œPain and Glory,â€ for which Antonio Banderas was also nominated for best actor; Bong’s â€œParasiteâ€; Ladj Ly’s French police thriller â€œLes Miserables”; and Celine Sciamma’s period romance â€œPortrait of a Lady on Fire.”
Several possible Academy Awards favorites werenâ€™t even eligible in the Globesâ€™ top categories. Even though the press association is a group of foreign journalists based in Los Angeles, they donâ€™t nominate international films for best drama or best comedy/musical. That ruled out Bong’s social satire â€œParasiteâ€ (which the Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted the yearâ€™s best on Sunday) and Wangâ€™s family drama â€œThe Farewell.â€ Both are expected to be in the Oscar mix.
The films vying for best animated feature are: â€œFrozen 2â€; â€œHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldâ€; â€œThe Lion Kingâ€; â€œMissing Linkâ€; â€œToy Story 4.â€
The Globes, with 87 voting members, differ wildly from the Academy Awards, which are decided by 9,000 industry professionals. But the press associationâ€™s choices sometimes line up with the academyâ€™s, like last year when â€œGreen Bookâ€ (entered as a comedy at the Globes) triumphed at both.
This year could give the Globes slightly more sway because the awards season is especially truncated. The Academy Awards are being held several weeks early, on Feb. 9, giving Oscar campaigns less time to find momentum.
Coming into Monday, Netflix had dominated the early going of awards season. â€œThe Irishmanâ€ last week won best film from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. â€œMarriage Storyâ€ virtually swept the IFP Gotham Awards.
Ricky Gervais will host the Globes, broadcast on NBC, for the fifth time on January 5. Tom Hanks, a nominee also for his Mister Rogers in â€œA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The Carol Burnett Award will go to Ellen DeGeneres.
One movie that didn’t scratch out much love Monday: â€œCats.â€ Press association members screened Tom Hooper’s upcoming, much-memed adaptation of the Broadway musical, but rewarded it with only a nod for the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Taylor Swift song â€œBeautiful Ghosts.â€
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