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2020 Golden Globe Nominations: ‘Joker’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Challenge Stiff Netflix Competition

2020 Golden Globe Nominations: ‘Joker’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Challenge Stiff Netflix Competition


The nominees for the 77th Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and for the second year in a row a comic book movie has been recognized in the top category. Joker, a gritty drama based on the titular DC Comics villain, is nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director (Todd Phillips), Best Actor - Drama (Joaquin Phoenix), and Best Original Score.

For Best Motion Picture - Drama, the movie joins 1917 as the only two nominees not produced by Netflix — The Irishman, Marriage Story and The Two Popes rounds out the category. In the Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical side, another Netflix title, Dolemite Is My Name, faces Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out, Rocketman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Jojo Rabbit also garnered one of the most surprising nods of the morning with young actor Roman Griffin Davis showing upon in the Best Actor - Comedy/Musical category, opposite such big names as Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eddie Murphy. Craig is there for Knives Out, which also did surprisingly well, including a Best Actress - Comedy/Musical nomination for breakout lead Ana de Armas.

Armas’ competition in that category include some delightfully unanticipated names, most notably Beanie Feldstein, who received her first Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Booksmart, which was otherwise shut out. Also up for Best Actress - Comedy/Musical are Emma Thompson for Amazon’s Late Night, Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Awkwafina for The Farewell, which is not up for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical but is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Another one of the most interesting categories this year has to be Best Supporting Actress. Laura Dern is there, of course, for Marriage Story, along with Margot Robbie for Bombshell. Then there’s the popular choice of Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers followed by two somewhat unexpected picks: Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell and Annette Bening for Amazon Studios’ The Report.

In non-acting categories, fans should be excited for the Taylor Swift vs. Beyoncé Knowles feline-film showdown for the Best Original Song award. Swift is nominated for co-writing “Beautiful Ghosts” for the upcoming musical Cats (the movie’s first and so far only awards nomination), while Beyoncé is up for her song “Spirit” from The Lion King. Also, The Lion King, which is a “live-action-style” reimagining of the 1994 feature of the same name, is nominated for Best Animated Feature.

As for shocking snubs, Robert De Niro being left out of the race for Best Actor - Drama for his very lengthy performance in The Irishman is a glaring omission. Also, Uncut Gems was completely shut out by the Golden Globes, most notably excluding Adam Sandler from the Best Actor - Drama category. That may have been due to a late decision made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that Uncut Gems would be labeled a drama rather than a comedy, as which it was submitted.

Other movies missing from the pack include Jordan Peele’s Us, for which lead actress Lupita Nyong’o was a possible nominee, and The Lighthouse, whose Willem Dafoe had seemed a lock for a Best Supporting Actor nod. Fans of Little Women are surprised that not only were the movie and Greta Gerwig left out of Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Director categories, respectively, but so was Florence Pugh missing from the Best Supporting Actress race.

Gerwig’s husband, Noah Baumbach, was also surprisingly excluded from the Best Director category despite Marriage Story being one of the dramas believed to be a frontrunner for the top award. Unlike Gerwig, Baumbach was at least recognized with a Best Screenplay nomination. Interestingly enough, while Netflix has four titles up for Best Picture between the two top categories, only one of them, The Irishman, is matched up in the Best Director category, with Martin Scorsese nominated.


Winners of this year’s Golden Globes will be announced live on January 5, 2020, in a televised ceremony hosted by Ricky Gervais.


Here is the full list of nominees, including TV categories:


Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Irishman
Marriage Story
The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Foreign Language Film
The Farewell
Pain and Glory
Les Miserables
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Animated Feature
Frozen 2
How to Train You Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Director
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor - Drama
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actor - Musical/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 - Drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Rene Zellweger, Judy

Best Actress - Musical/Comedy
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Cate Blanchett, Where'd You Go Bernadette?
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Screenplay
Marriage Story
The Two Popes
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman

Best Original Score
Motherless Brooklyn
Little Women
Marriage Story

Best Original Song
“Beautiful Ghosts,” Cats
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
“Spirit,” The Lion King
“Stand Up,” Harriet


Best TV Series - Drama
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Killing Eve
The Morning Show

Best TV Series - Musical/Comedy
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician

Best Miniseries or TV Film
The Loudest Voice

Best Actor - Drama
Brian Cox, Succession
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose

Best Actor - Musical/Comedy
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living With You
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Actor - Miniseries or Film
Chris Abbott, Catch 22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Best Actress - Drama
Jennifer Ansiton, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best Actress - Musical/Comedy
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actress - Miniseries or Film
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl


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