The 2019 Golden Globes Nominees

This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association welcomes superheroes but neglects women directors.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the Golden Globes nominations honoring the best in movies and TV from 2018, and as always their selection is destined to split opinions. There’s nothing out of the ordinary here as far as these prestigious awards things go. As always there were some awful snubs and surprise inclusions, and for all the steps taken towards a more even playing field, there were just as many steps backward.

Let’s start with the big contenders, though. Adam McKay must be thrilled, as his Dick Cheney biopic Vice leads the charge with six nominations. Bradley Cooper will be a happy camper, as his debut feature-length, A Star Is Born, earned five, as did The Favourite and Green Book. The latter is arguably the least exciting movie to be included, as it’s been criticized for the way it deals with racism. I’m still just surprised that a Farrelly brother made a movie that isn’t a gross-out comedy.

On the television front, The Assassination of Gianni Versace leads with four nominations. Elsewhere, Barry, The Kominsky Method, Homecoming, Sharp Objects, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and A Very English Scandal also performed well, scoring three nominations apiece.

One of the most controversial categories is Best Director – Motion Picture, which is all-male. I’m thrilled to see Spike Lee there, and the buzz for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma suggests that it’s going to be a scorcher. However, in a year that gave us Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really There and Karyn Kusamas Destroyer, to not have any women on the list is a huge misfire on the voters’ part.

But there were some welcome surprises. too. I’m really happy to see some appreciation for this year’s excellent superhero releases. Black Panther is up for three awards (Score, Original Song, and Best Picture – Drama) and rightfully so. Not only is Ryan Coogler’s Marvel epic one of the best movies of 2018, but it’s also one of the most important films ever made. To ignore it would have been a travesty. Another welcome inclusion is Crazy Rich Asians, which was nominated for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy and saw Constance Wu receive a nod for Best Actress in that category.

Of course, much of the conversation will revolve around the movies and TV shows that didn’t make the cut. I suspect movies like Sorry to Bother You, Eighth Grade, and Widows being excluded from their applicable Best Picture categories won’t sit too well with some film fans. And since voters were open to rom-coms this year as evidenced by Crazy Rich Asians receiving nods, I’m disappointed that Love, Simon is nowhere to be found. Furthermore, in a year that’s given us plenty of critic-approved “elevated horror” movies, they couldn’t even find room for Hereditary. A Quiet Place was nominated for Best Score at least…

Still, I’m choosing to focus on the positives. In addition to Black Panther scoring big, Elsie Fisher has been recognized for her outstanding breakout turn in Eighth Grade, and Barry could grab some TV prizes. The nominations were also kind to streaming services this time around, which will no doubt irk some folks and please others.

The full list of nominees is below. Winners will be announced on January 6, 2019.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Streat Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Spike Lee – BlackKklansman
Adam McKay – Vice

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay – Vice
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie – Green Book

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington – BlackKklansman

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close – The Wife
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike – A Quiet War?

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale – Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun
John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eight Grade
Charlize Theron – Tully
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver – BlackKklansman
Richard E. Grant – Can You Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“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 Television Series – Drama
The Americans
Bodyguard
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Barry (HBO)
The Good Place (NBC)
Kidding (Showtime)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist (TNT)
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
Sharp Objects (HBO)
A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Elisabeth Moss – Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Julia Roberts – Homecoming
Keri Russell –The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Stephan James – Homecoming
Richard Madden – Bodyguard
Billy Porter – Pose
Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell – The Good Place
Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown
Alison Brie – GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing – Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen – Who Is America?
Jim Carrey – Kidding
Michael Douglas –The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton – Dirty John
Laura Dern – The Tale
Regina King – Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl – The Alienist
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin – The Kominski Method
Kieran Culkin – Succession
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal
Henry Winkler – Barry

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