Streaming services dominated nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, signaling a power shift in Hollywood from traditional movie studios and TV broadcasters to digital upstarts. It’s a move that’s accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic when much of the world has been stuck at home and theaters have remained closed.
Netflix towered over the competition, with a staggering 42 nominations across the film and television categories, including nods for the likes of “”The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” and “The Crown.” Amazon Studios snagged 10 nominations, including for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and its “Small Axe” anthology series, while Hulu netted 9 nods, which included nominations for “Palm Springs” and “Normal People.”
“Mank,” a black-and-white ode to old Hollywood that was released by Netflix, one of the company’s that is upending the movie business, nabbed a leading six nominations. That includes nods for best drama, as well as for its director David Fincher and for Gary Oldman’s performance as “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. “The Crown,” another Netflix production, led the television category with six nominations. The lavish historical drama, which chronicles the private life of Queen Elizabeth II, scored nominations for best TV drama, as well as for the performances of several of its cast members, including Olivia Colman who plays the monarch and Emma Corrin, the actress tasked with channeling Princess Diana.
On the film front, Globes voters nominated a record five female directors, Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”), Regina King (“One Night in Miami”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”). They become the sixth, seventh and eighth women to be nominated for a Golden Globe for directing—joining Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay and Kathryn Bigelow.
The Globes are like the Oscars boozier, louder and often more fun cousin — champagne flows freely, the awards are largely focused on acting and directing and less on below-the-line categories like sound editing or cinematography, which means the ball room of the Beverly Hilton is A-list only, and viewers tune partly on the chance they’ll see their favorite stars loosen their inhibitions ever so slightly. This year’s broadcast will be a very different affair even though it brings back veteran hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Due to coronavirus the Globes will unfold virtually.
The awards show has a habit of recognizing emerging talent and new and buzzy shows, and the 2021 edition didn’t disappoint in that regard. HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” earned tk nods after wrapping up its inaugural season this winter, newcomer Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) scored top acting nominations, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who made a splash in “The Queen’s Gambit,” was nominated for her turn as a chess prodigy in that series and for her work as romantic meddler in “Emma.”
There were some notable snubs. Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Vietnam epic, “Da 5 Bloods,” failed to score a best drama nod and its star Delroy Lindo was shut out; watercooler favorite “The Mandalorian” missed out on the chance of scoring a best TV drama prize; and awards darling Meryl Streep didn’t land a nomination for her comedic turn in “The Prom.” Their exclusion paved the way for upsets. Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”), Kate Hudson (“Music”) and Jared Leto (“The Little Things”) landed nominations despite failing to make many prognosticators short lists, while Netflix’s “Ratched” squeaked into the TV drama race after enduring mediocre reviews.
Whereas the Oscars are voted on by filmmakers, craftsmen, performers and other Hollywood players, the Globes are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a close-knit group of journalists who boast roughly 100 members. Consequently, the Globes aren’t always a good gauge for how the Academy Awards will unfold. Last year, the Globes awarded top honors to “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” only to see them fall short of capturing best picture at the Oscars, where they lost to “Parasite.”
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The HFPA had a brush with controversy last winter when it revealed that “Minari,” the story of a family of South Korean immigrants making a life for themselves in rural America, would contend in the best foreign language film race. A24, the film’s producer, submitted the film in that category due to HFPA rules. The group stipulates that at least half of the dialogue in contenders in the Golden Globes’ best drama or comedy/musical categories must be in English, a barrier that “Minari” failed to clear even though it is produced by an American company, features many American actors, and is directed by Lee Isaac Chung, an American filmmaker.
The Globes will air on NBC on Feb. 28.