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The Golden Globe Nominations!

by Nathaniel R

HFPA president Meher Tatna introduced Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater to announce the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. We didn't quite get the shakeups we wanted for players that needed the high profile boost of the Globes (like Toni Collette or Carey Mulligan) to boost their dark horse Oscar prospects but the Globes gonna Globe and there's as much to praise (Charlize Theron!) as their is to shake your fists at (Bohemian Rhapsody in Best Picture, wtf?).

In not so great news (unless you love it of course) Vice led the nominations with 6 honors, with The Favourite, Green Book, and A Star is Born tied as runner-up to most nominations with 5 each. UPDATE: We've shared Team Experience reactions to the snubs and nominated directors, and talked the fate of First Man and Widows, but here was our first quick take on the nomination after the jump along with some commentary...

(links go to reviews)

A STAR IS BORN was expected to lead the nominations. It didn't quite but still did really well


The nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody annoys -- even if you enjoy that movie because of its music (no judgment, Queen is an awesome band), it is a messy film, clearly showing it's turmoil with 3 different directors during production and troubles on set and band interference with the narrative. All the seams show. 

Stupid trivia: "B" was the letter of the day apparently with all four titles having a prominent B in the title.

Musical or Comedy 

A very expected list... though it's a smidgeon odd if you think about it that they gave the original Mamma Mia! (2008) a Best Picture nomination in this category even though it was wildly inept as a motion picture and skipped the far superior sequel this year! Vice led the nominations... which is something.

Actress, Drama

The Globes gonna globe so they went with big stars even if their Oscar prospects are a bit wobbly right now (Kidman and McCarthy)... the sole shock is Rosamund Pike's highly praised performance in an underperforming film. But this is sad news for the awards season prospects of Toni Colette (Hereditary) and Carey Mulligan (Wildlife) who seemed to have a better shot here than they did with Oscar given the two different lead actress categories.

Actress, Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

A gorgeous list, don't you think? Happy to see Elsie Fisher included and THRILLED for the Charlize Theron surprise for Tully, one of the year's best but most misunderstood films. 

Actor, 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

 Lucas Hedges surprises with a nomination for Boy Erased and John David Washington's nomination for BlacKkKlansman also suggests that the film is strong heading probably headed toward SAG Ensemble and Oscar Best Picture nominations.

This is the first major speedbump for Ethan Hawke, though, for his rapturously praised work in First Reformed  and an even bigger blow to Ryan Gosling's Oscar prospects for First Man;  Gosling is a big enough star for immediate Globe interest. That they passed him by is not a good sign even though he's terrific in the movie.

Actor, Musical or Comedy

Sad that they didn't find room for LaKeith Stanfield for Sorry to Bother You. Reilly is good in Stan & Ollie but it's such a Globe choice since it's a low profile British movie that is barely seen and coming out for New Year's essentially, so it will use this Globe nod for all its worth, promotion wise. 

Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

Lots of Category Fraud happening here with Ali and Chalamet both taking up spots that should've gone to suppporting actors but what can you do. Does the exclusion of Sam Elliott spell trouble for his Oscar prospects or is that merely a slight slip as oddities do happen in awards season. For the record, Rockwell isn't in very much of Vice but I knew people would love his work as George W Bush. He's fun in his couple (few?) scenes... even if a nomination is generous.

Supporting Actress 

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

 It's our exact Oscar prediction list. But alas, two category frauds with Stone & Weisz taking up spots. They're great in The Favourite dont get me wrong but it's supposed to be a category for character actresses, not leading ladies.


  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Sometimes the Globes surprise with better directors list than Oscar comes up with. Not this year... unless Oscar really fudges up. We really don't need Farrelly and McKay BOTH nominated this year when you've got people like Yorgos Lanthimos, Damien Chazelle, Marielle Heller, Ryan Coogler, Pawel Pawlikowski, Steve McQueen, Ari Aster, Hirokazu Koreeda, Bo Burnham, Paul Schrader, and Debra Granik all rightthere and available with stronger work.


  • Roma
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Vice 

They combine adapted and original which is why we see great screenplays like Eighth Grade and First Reformed and Can You Ever Forgive Me? shut out. Well that reason plus bad taste! 

Foreign Film

All high profile contenders soperhaps this spells trouble for Poland's Cold War. That said Oscar and Globe foreign film lineups never go 5/5 so beware if you're predicting this exact list for Oscar. In fact, they never even go 4/5... Here's how this century has gone so far and you'll see that 2 of 5 is most common. Part of the difference is that the Globes work from a different eligibility list but it's also just different taste.

2000 - 2/5
2001 - 2/5
2002 - 3/5
2003 - 1/5
2004 - 2/5
2005 - 3/5
2006 - 2/5
2007 - 0/5
2008 - 2/5
2009 - 2/5
2010 - 2/5
2011 - 1/5
2012 - 3/5
2013 - 2/5
2014 - 3/5
2015 - 2/5
2016 - 2/5
2017 - 3/5


  • Black Panther, Goransson
  • First Man, Hurwitz
  • Isle of Dogs, Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns, Shaiman
  • A Quiet Place, Beltrami

Good list! Well done, HFPA.


Troye Sivan and Annie Lennox and Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton!!! The Globes love having celebrities in the house and they're all way more famous than Marc Shaiman who wrote those Mary Poppins songs (he's nominated in score, so he's fine)! That said this is another category that doesn't correlate with Oscar's tastes all that well. 

You have to wonder, though, given the Globes obsesssion with nominating pop stars in this category, why they dont have performances on their show?

Animated Feature

This might easily be the Oscar list, too, though Mirai obviously isn't safe as the outside America contender with lots of other overseas possibilities. 

(links go to reviews)

Drama Series 

  • The Americans (FX) season 6 *first nomination for series*
  • Bodyguard (Netflix) season 1
  • Homecoming (Amazon Prime) season 1
  • Killing Eve (BBC America) season 1
  • Pose (FX) season 1

Including the seasons here because it's always fun to note how obsessed the Globes are with new shows. Notice how quick they dumped The Handmaid's Tale which won last year.

Comedy Series 

  • Barry (HBO) season 1
  • The Good Place (NBC) season 3
  • Kidding (SHO) season 1
  • The Kominsky Method (Netflix) season 1
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime) season 2 *won last year*

The Good Place is the sole big 3 network to make it in to the series nominations. I'm so behind on TV since movies are my life but I've just started watching it and it's so wonderful.

Limited Series 

I've been meaning to watch A Very English Scandal for the longest. Do you like this lineup?

Comedy Actress

  • Kristen Bell, The Good Place (S3)
  • Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (S11)
  • Alison Brie, GLOW (S2)
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (S2) *won last year*
  • Debra Messing, Will & Grace (S10) 

Did this category need TWO women reprising their most famous roles though?

Comedy Series, Actor

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Who is America? (S1)
  • Jim Carrey, Kidding (S1)
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (S1)
  • Donald Glover, Atlanta (S2) *won two years ago*
  • Bill Hader, Barry (S1)

Last year's winner Aziz Ansari was not eligible this year

Drama Series, Actress

  • Caitronia Balfe, Outlander (S4)
  • Moss, The Handmaid's Tale (S2) *won last year*
  • Oh, Killing Eve (S1)
  • Roberts, Homecoming (S1)
  • Keri Russell, The Americans (S6)  

Drama Series, Actor

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark (S1)
  • Stephan James, Homecoming (S1)
  • Richard Madden, Bodyguard (S1)
  • Billy Porter, Pose (S1)
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans (S6)

Last year's winner Sterling K Brown(This Is Us) was not nominated this year

Actress in a Limited Series

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Connie Britton, Dirty John
  • Laura Dern, The Tale
  • Regina King, Seven Seconds

Adams and King are nominated together in two categories! (also supporting actress, movies)

 Actor in a Limited Series

Supporting Actress TV  

  • Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (S2)
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld (S2)
  • Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale (S2)

It's so frustrating that the Golden Globes are so stingy with supporting players, only one category for all kinds of television while the leads have three different categories. Nevertheless this is a good list, isn't it?

Supporting Actor TV 

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method (S1)
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession (S1)
  • Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Henry Winkler, Barry (S1)


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Reader Comments (109)

Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody were nominated for Drama and Roma wasn't? What the hell? Was it ineligible or something?

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterWarren

I hate that they condone category fraud. I hope that reporters on the red carpet will ask Ali, Chalamet, Stone and Weisz why exactly their roles are supporting roles and not leading. Let's see them spin that on live TV.

Also, Bohemian Rhapsody a best picture dominee?

And exactly how many people does it take to write one song?

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNnnnvg

Rosamund Pike made it! So unexpected, but so happy for her.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbb

This BP-Drama lineup is...something.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

N, you nearly gave me a heart attack. You left Gaga out of Actress. Xox

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Ugh - Fully half the supporting performances are lead performances. Later, Globes.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

No Lanthimos in Best Director? No Roma in Best Picture Drama? No TONI COLLETTE???

Best Picture Drama lineup is... quite horrible.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFerdi

Mike in Canada - I hope Diane Ladd goes on a rampage about this.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNnnnvg

My understanding is that there is some rule that a Foreign Language movie can't be nominated in the main film categories.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterth_bx

Weakest Best Motion Picture Drama category in years

No love for Cold War.

Not a good day for First Reformed

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Wow, no Sam Elliott. I was wary about his chances of winning, but not even being nominated is a surprise. I’m pretty sure he’s a lock for SAG, though, which probably means he’s still safe for an Oscar nod.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

Super sad for Carey Mulligan who gives one of the performances of the year.

Also sad for Ryan Gosling, who I thought was just great in First Man.

I was also hoping that they would pull a Carol and nominate Emma Stone in lead, but it's hard to deny any of the lead nominees.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

No Toni Collette?!?!? Bye Golden globes!

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Also I love Sandra Oh but Jodie Comer is incredible as an almost impossible character in Killing Eve.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

Looking at the Best drana film category, that’s a lot of B’s!

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStrunk

Guy Lodge just tweeted:

"The Globes should just drop the antiquated 'musical' designation, and simply have Drama and Comedy - which are already hard enough to distinguish. Some musicals are comic, others dramatic. Let them fall where they may."

Agree? I think I do.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Chalamet and Weiss in supporting? Fabulous category fraud. Guess they figure it'll help their Oscar chances.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlfred

I've just realised no Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

Movies aside, a few TV thoughts -

1) How can anyone nominate Sandra Oh while ignoring Jodie Comer?
2) How can anyone nominate Richard Madden while ignoring Keeley Hawes?
3) How can anyone nominate Ben Whishaw while ignoring Hugh Grant?

I'm baffled by this (especially because at next year's BAFTA awards I expect the missing people to be the nailed-on nominees, give or take eligibility for Killing Eve - UK production but screened in USA first)

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

I'm wonderfully shocked at the love for Blackkklansman. I thought it was a prime candidate to get snubbed across the board.

The only big losers in all this was First Man, Sam Elliott and Ethan Hawke. Best Actor is all up in the air.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBen

yay for 'the good place' & kristen bell love

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

The fact that HFPA has bought the submission of a genuine musical like 'A star is born' in the drama category because, apparently, the comedy/musical category is not prestigious enough for that film campaigners is even worse than any supporting category fraud.

To me, this, together with the absence of Barry Jenkins in direction, Ethan Hawke and any of the three best drama film actresses of the year (Toni Collete, Viola Davis and Julia Roberts) makes this year one of the worst GG line-ups ever.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbonobo

Wow, just realized Widows got completely shut out.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Bonobo - I'm low-key hoping for A Star Is Born to lose all of its "Drama" nominations, simply to punish the studio...

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

Yaaay for “The Favourite” and ALL THREE actresses making the cut! I am pretty sure this will be repeated at the Oscars! Sad that Lanthimos didn’t make the cut for Best Director! Colman is winning and will provide some stiff competition to either Gaga or Glenn Close (whoever wins Drama category) Colman will also likely pick up the BAFTA, and given BIFA’s enthusiastic response to “The Favourite”, am almost certain Rachel Weisz too will win the BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress!

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterParjanya

Pretty dire overall. Bohemian Rhapsody nominated for ANYTHING!!!??? No Ryan Gosling. No Widows. No Cold War or Burning.

I guess the only crumb I can gather is Lucas Hedges getting in for Best Actor. Yeah, that's about it.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

Hooray for Pike and Kidman, boo for Collette missing.

John C. Reilly is a great pick in Actor - Comedy.

Happy for The Good Place!

I think those are the Supporting Actress five.

S Actor - I have to imagine Elliott and Jordan aren't done yet.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

I wasn't expecting the love for BlacKkKlansman

At least they got Best Comedy Actress right, right?

This best Supporting Actress line-up is the Oscar line-up.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Rumor has it The Hollywood foreign press loved bohemian rhapsody and a lot of people saw this coming. I am surprised by no Sam Elliott especially since they obviously loved a Star is born. When the globes pass on a performance that scores at the Oscars it’s usually because they didn’t really notice the film, so no Elliott could be a bad sign for his chance at Oscar.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike Troutman

3 movies out of 5 in the Best Drama category are black stories. But the actor/actress lineup is so white

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBoyGaga

Most of the "snubs" are for movies/performances/people that really aren't in HFPA's wheelhouse, but I can't believe Lily James didn't get in for the Mamma Mia sequel. And Mary Poppins Returns missing in song is just WEIRD.

SO HAPPY for Charlize Theron and Elsie Fisher AND Constance Wu in Comedy Actress, though.

Kinda surprised that BlacKkKlansman did so well but somehow missed in Screenplay, and.... A Quiet Place for SCORE?!? LOL OKAY, HFPA.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

Very sad for not having Michelle Yeoh and Sissy Spacek nominated. They nominated lead performances as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz instead.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRod

Parjanya -- I fear Emily Blunt is going to win.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue


Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman - COMEDY
Bohemian Rhapsody - MUSICAL
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born - MUSICAL


December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Oh

I'm starting to think that Elsie Fisher could come through and snag that fifth slot at the Oscars. She'll need SAG support to do it, but it seems possible... certainly moreso than a week ago.

And I don't think I agree with Guy Lodge re: dropping musical and just having comedy and drama. Yes, musicals can be serious or comic. But most years (not exactly this year where there were a good number of excellent comedies and 2 of the 3 musicals were diegetic and therefore listed as "drama"), having musicals on the comedy side helps to balance the number of contenders in each category.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Film nominees are all over the place as expected. The Globes love what they love.

But happy for Sharp Objects. Might be the best thing I've seen all year.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

@kermit_the_frog - Hugh Grant is there. And yes, Nathaniel, you should watch A Very English Scandal. Hugh is one of the best actors working right now, and it is great to see!

Anyone who enjoyed Succession knows that Matthew MacFayden gave the standout performance in that series (and maybe on tv this year, bar Russell and Rhys). Their nomination for Keiran Culkin is sheer star-thirst.

Lots of disappointing snubs. I am just glad Melissa McCarthy made it. With Elliott's omission, it feels like her costar Richard E. Grant is the frontrunner for the Oscar now.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Amy Adams & Regina King both double nominees competing against each other in bothe categories? Has this ever happened before?

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChoog

The only surprise that made me scream "yeah!" was BR in BP (I think I'm alone).

As usual Globes do perfect only towards nominees for score and song.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterP

@Choog—almost happened in 1993 but Holly Hunter wasn't Globe-nominated for The Firm. She and Emma Thompson were both double nominees at the Oscars that year, though.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

Incredible performances by women of color this year and only 2/15 of the nominees aren't white. Viola, Regina, Yalitza, Kiki deserve better. BURNING, WIDOWS, WILDLIFE, ignored...tragique. So bummed about LaKeith as well. Very interested to see if ASIB's gamble in drama pays off.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Good news for Robert Redford... maybe he'll get a "swan song Oscar nomination" after all...!
And "ISLE OF DOGS" appearing in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score is such a joy to me!

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Don't expect DGA or Oscar to fix this Directors list. I think Farrelly and Lanthimos are fighting for the 5th spot, the other 4 are in.

Very excited to see the broad recognition for BlacKkKlansman. I'm pulling for it all the way. As far as Lee's filmography goes I think this is a middle entry - certainly not as good as DTRT, Malcolm X or The 25th Hour - but it is time Academy. Lee is one of the most important directors of the last 40 years and to think he doesn't even have a directing nomination is a travesty.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Queen amy adams has 3 nomination! She should win for sharp objects!

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLouisebanks

I also was certain Julia Roberts would show up here. Kidman and Pike over Roberts is a surprise.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

I tink the most surprising tink is Vice n not ASiB is the one who leads the nom.

Yes it's a major slight but Hawke, Collette n Elliot can still be the passion picks among the voters .

However, I guess it's the end o the road for Chazelle, Gosling, Ronan n Mulligan. Viola still has a gd chance at SAG as they luv her!!

On the TV side, am shocked at the omission o Maniac n Emma Stone. I'd thot it'll be a three way battle btw Amy, Emma n Regina at both supp actress n limited series categories.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

I'm OK if Glenn Close wins. We all know A Star is Born is at the wrong category. But I am so happy for CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Rosamund freaking Pike!
Here's hoping for a double win for Amy Adams!!
Why are they excluding Roma from the big prize anyway?

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFR

Happy to see Charlize Theron and Elsie Fisher make it into a category that had much Globesier options.

I'm not surprised that Chalamet was able to make his way in but am surprised that it was at the expense of Elliott and not Driver or Rockwell.

Boo to the snubs for Toni Collette, Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Lakeith Standfield, Ethan Hawke in their respective categories and the screenplays for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and BlackKklansman.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I wish the Globes hadn't been so nice to Amy Adams (back-to-back Best Actress wins for American Hustle and Big Eyes) so they'd have some justification to go overboard this year a la Winslet in 08.

Unfortunately for her, King is eminently rewardable in both categories. Maybe they'll split the wins?

I'm very much team Adams/Close.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

FYI: I'm pretty sure these nominations are for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's second season (is it even out yet?), because Brosnahan already won a Globe for season 1.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCash

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