'Marriage Story' tops Golden Globes 2020 nominations
LOS ANGELES, USA (UPDATED) – Hollywood disruptor Netflix dominated the Golden Globe nominations Monday, December 9 as its heart-wrenching divorce saga Marriage Story grabbed 6 nods including best drama, kicking off the race for the Oscars.
The streaming giant, which has spent billions to lure the industry's top filmmaking talent and fund lavish awards season campaigns, trounced the traditional Tinseltown studios with a whopping 17 film nominations.
"I'm not surprised by the dominance – I'm surprised by how massive the dominance is," Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, told AFP at the Beverly Hills ceremony.
"The announcements this morning are sort of like a coming-of-age of the streaming services."
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's three-and-a-half-hour gangster epic also from Netflix, secured 5 nominations, ending tied for second with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's nostalgic love letter to 1960s Tinseltown.
The nominations traditionally see the stars and movies destined for awards success start to break away from the competition – the Globes are seen as a major bellwether for February's Academy Awards.
Marriage Story earned nominations for its stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and for its screenplay, but Noah Baumbach missed out as director.
The film portrays how a seemingly stable love can be ripped apart after Johansson's actress moves from New York to Los Angeles, calling in the lawyers as she separates from a self-absorbed theater director played by Driver.
Scorsese was nominated for best director for Irishman but there was no best actor nod for his leading man Robert De Niro. Instead, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were selected for supporting roles.
For Once Upon a Time... stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt made the acting shortlists, along with Tarantino for directing. The film helped Sony to reach eight nominations and finish second overall.
'Not our people'
Netflix's The Two Popes, which imagines a series of debates between the strict, conservative Pope Benedict and his charismatic successor Francis, also performed well for the streamer, picking up acting nominations for Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins.
And Eddie Murphy's comeback vehicle Dolemite Is My Name added a further two nominations for Netflix on the comedy side.
The streamer managed three film nods last year, for Mexican black-and-white drama Roma.
The Golden Globes, which feature separate awards for dramas and musicals/comedies, are known for favoring star-studded movies that perform well at the box office, often with scant regard for critics' reviews.
Dark comic book tale Joker, which has grossed over $1 billion worldwide despite polarizing critics, was nominated for best drama, best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and best director (Todd Phillips).
But the HFPA's 90-odd members once again did not select any female directors, with Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig notably absent.
"These are not our people and they do not represent us," tweeted Alma Har'el, director of the snubbed childhood drama Honey Boy.
"Do not look for justice in the awards system. We are building a new world."
Underlining its supremacy, Netflix also secured the most television nominations, with 17.
The latest series of royal family drama The Crown, which features an all-new cast led by Olivia Colman, secured a joint-top four nominations.
Rival HBO managed 15, although the much-maligned final season of Game of Thrones earned just a single nod, for lead actor Kit Harington.
New streaming platform Apple TV+, launched last month, secured its first nominations, for flagship launch program The Morning Show.
Lead actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who also executive-produced the series about a morning news program hit by a #MeToo scandal, were both nominated.
And Meryl Streep broke her own record to bag a 34th Globe nomination for HBO's Big Little Lies.
Monday's nominations were announced at an early-morning ceremony by actor Tim Allen (Toy Story) and actresses Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam), and Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us).
The 77th Golden Globes will take place in Los Angeles on January 5, two days before voting for Oscars nominees ends.
Nods for Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez across best original song (The Lion King, Cats) and best supporting actress (Hustlers) categories will lend further star power to the gala.
The show will be hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, returning for a record fifth time.
Best film, dram
- The Irishman
- The Two Popes
- Marriage Story
Best film, musical or comedy
- Dolemite Is My Name
- Knives Out
- Jojo Rabbit
- Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Best actor, drama
- Adam Driver, Marriage Story
- Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
- Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
- Christian Bale, Ford v. Ferrari
- Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Best actress, drama
- Renee Zellweger, Judy
- Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
- Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
- Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
- Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Best actor, musical or comedy
- Daniel Craig, Knives Out
- Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
- Taron Egerton, Rocketman
- Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Best actress, musical or comedy
- Awkwafina, The Farewell
- Ana de Armas, Knives Out
- Cate Blanchett, Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
- Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
- Emma Thompson, Late Night
Best supporting actor
- Al Pacino, The Irishman
- Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
- Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Joe Pesci, The Irishman
- Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Best supporting actress
- Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
- Annette Bening, The Report
- Laura Dern, Marriage Story
- Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
- Margot Robbie, Bombshell
- Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
- Sam Mendes, 1917
- Todd Phillips, Joker
- Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
- Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Best foreign language film
- The Farewell
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire
- Les Miserables
- Pain and Glory
Best animated feature
- Toy Story 4
- Frozen II
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- Missing Link
- The Lion King
Best drama series
- Big Little Lies
- The Crown
- Killing Eve
- The Morning Show
Best drama actor
- Brian Cox, Succession
- Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
- Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
- Tobias Menzies, The Crown
- Billy Porter, Pose
Best drama actress
- Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
- Olivia Colman, The Crown
- Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
- Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
- Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Best musical or comedy series
- The Kominsky Method
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- The Politician
Best musical or comedy actor
- Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
- Bill Hader, Barry
- Ben Platt, The Politician
- Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
- Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Best musical or comedy actress
- Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
- Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
- Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best limited series or TV movie
- Catch 22
- The Loudest Voice
Best limited series or TV movie actor
- Christopher Abbott, Catch 22
- Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
- Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
- Jared Harris, Chernobyl
- Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Best limited series or TV movie actress
- Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
- Joey King, The Act
- Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
- Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
- Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon