78th Annual Golden Globes Nominations: A Promising Day for Women

It’s an exciting morning for fans of Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, The Trial of the Chicago 7, One Night in Miami, and more as the Hollywood Foreign Press unveiled their nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globes. Honoring both film and television, there is a lot to process as we take a closer look at the day’s big announcements.

Three women were nominated for Best Director, as Chloé Zhao, Regina King, and Emerald Fennell continue their march through an unprecedented awards season. Their films, Nomadland, One Night in Miami, and Promising Young Woman, have cast their spells on Hollywood and hope to be able to take their success all the way to the Oscars. Similar to AMPAS, the HFPA has only nominated five female directors in their history. It was in 2018 that presenter Natalie Portman drew attention for calling out the glaring omission of women when she announced, “Here are the all male nominees,” during the live broadcast.

As exciting as that news is, David Fincher is having a big celebration today as Mank was the most recognized film with six nominations including Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Score. Mank also earned a posthumous nomination for screenwriter Jack Fincher, who passed away in 2003.

Sacha Baron Cohen and his sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, had a good morning with multiple nominations. Cohen won a Golden Globe for his first Borat film in 2006 and translated that win into an Oscar nomination. The film was nominated for three Golden Globes, in Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Lead Actor, and Lead Actress Maria Bakalova. Cohen is a double nominee today as he was also recognized for his performance in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, which earned nods in Picture, Director, and Screenplay.

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a double nominee, for both Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and writing the original song, “Speak Now,” in Regina King’s One Night in Miami. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were also double nominees as their scores for “Mank” and “Soul” both made the cut for Original Score. Jon Batiste joined them in the nomination for “Soul.”

For every celebration there is a twinge of disappointment and maybe a bit of surprise. Lee Isaac Chung’s beautiful family drama, Minari, made headlines in December when the HFPA announced it would be considered in the Foreign Language category rather than in Drama. The film is now an official Golden Globe nominee, but none of its stars were recognized for their work.

There is also an odd juxtaposition between the inclusions in some categories and the exclusions in others. For example, Regina King scored a directing nomination, as did Leslie Odom, Jr. — twice. But their film, One Night in Miami, didn’t make it into the lineup of Best Pictures. Neither did Ma Rainey’s Black BottomJudas and the Black Messiah, or The United States vs. Billie Holiday, all of which showed up elsewhere. Spike Lee and Da 5 Bloods were ignored altogether.

In the Comedy/Musical realm, Ryan Murphy’s The Prom was cited for Best Motion Picture, and so was lead actor James Corden. With such a star-studded cast, it’s exciting for Corden but may seem a bit surprising, unless you remember the one rule of the HFPA: they love their Brits.

There is plenty more to examine, analyze, and ponder, and with tomorrow’s SAG nomination announcement the race is clearly taking shape. But, as we have repeatedly been reminding everyone, there is still a month to go before the eligibility period even ends. Many of these nominations align with the narrative a lot of awards prognosticators have been building, but now more than ever, nothing is guaranteed. There are still no “locks” five weeks before Oscar nomination voting opens.

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards:

Best Motion Picture – Drama 

  • “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Mank” (Netflix)
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

  • “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon)
  • “Hamilton” (Disney)
  • “Music” (Vertical Entertainment)
  • “Palm Springs” (Hulu)
  • “The Prom” (Netflix)

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
  • David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix)
  • Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
  • Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

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 – 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 – 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 Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

  • Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma.”)
  • Kate Hudson (“Music”)
  • Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”)

Best Supporting Actor – 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 Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

  • Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
  • Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
  • Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)
  • Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
  • Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
  • Jack Fincher (“Mank”)
  • Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
  • Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller (“The Father”)
  • Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • “The Croods: A New Age”
  • “Onward”
  • “Over the Moon”
  • “Soul”
  • “Wolfwalkers”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • “Another Round” (Denmark)
  • “La Llorona” (France, Guatamala)
  • “The Life Ahead” (Italy)
  • “Minari” (USA)
  • “Two of Us” (France)

Best Score – Motion Picture

  • Alexandre Desplat (“The Midnight Sky”)
  • Ludwig Göransson (“Tenet”)
  • James Newton Howard (“News of the World”)
  • Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor (“Mank”)
  • Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Jon Batiste (“Soul”)

Best Song – Motion Picture

  • “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
  • “Io Sì” from “The Life Ahead”
  • “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”
  • “Tigress and Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

Best Drama Series

  • “The Crown” (Netflix)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max)
  • “The Mandalorian” (Disney+)
  • “Ozark” (Netflix)
  • “Ratched” (Netflix)

Best Musical or Comedy Series

  • “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)
  • “The Great” (Hulu)
  • “Schitt’s Creek” (CBC)
  • “Emily in Paris” (Netflix)
  • “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture

  • “Normal People” (Hulu)
  • “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
  • “Small Axe” (Amazon)
  • “The Undoing” (HBO Max)
  • “Unorthodox” (Netflix)

Best Actor – Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture

  • Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)
  • Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
  • Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
  • Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
  • Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”)

Best Actress – Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture

  • Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”)
  • Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)
  • Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”)
  • Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)

Best Television Actor – Drama

  • Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
  • Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
  • Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
  • Al Pacino (“Hunters”)
  • Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)

Best Television Actress – Drama

  • Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
  • Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
  • Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
  • Laura Linney (“Ozark”)
  • Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

Best Television Actor – Comedy or Musical

  • Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)
  • Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
  • Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
  • Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
  • Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

Best Television Actress – Comedy or Musical

  • Lily Colins (“Emily in Paris”)
  • Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
  • Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
  • Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
  • Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)

Best Supporting Actor – Television

  • John Boyega (“Small Axe”)
  • Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”)
  • Daniel Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
  • Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)
  • Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”)

Best Supporting Actress – Television

  • Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
  • Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
  • Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
  • Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

What were some of your favorites among the 78th Annual Golden Globes Nominations?

Written by
Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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