Golden Globes 2021: And the nominees are…

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The nominations are finally out for the 78th annual Golden Globes. This years ceremony will take place on Sunday the 28th of February after being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year made history as the first time more than one woman was nominated for Best Director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Emerald Fennel (Promising Young Woman) and Regina King (One Night in Miami). King is only the second Black woman to ever be nominated in the category.

Netflix once again dominated as Mank and The Crown lead with six nominations each. In total, the streaming giant received a whopping 42 nominations, eight more than in 2020.

Lily Collins and Ashley Park in Emily in Paris. Credit: Vulture.com

The best actor nominees caused a little bit of a stir on Twitter as fan favourite Steven Yeun was snubbed for his role in Minari while James Cordon snaffled a nomination for The Prom. Minari has been creating award buzz since its release on the festival circuit and is Certified Fresh on Rotton Tomatoes. The Prom, on the other hand, only has a 55% rating on the review site and was blasted on Twitter.

Other controversial decisions include two nominations for Emily in Paris, the Sex and The City-esque Netflix show starring Lily Collins, no nomination for Paul Mescal for Normal people and Kate Hudson’s nomination for Music.

Music made news late last year after it was called out for its misrepresentation of autism. Popstar Sia, the director of the film, responded to criticism on Twitter angrily. In one case she told an autistic actor, who had commented on the casting of Maddie Zeigler as the autistic lead, “maybe you’re just a bad actor”.

The most surprising snub was Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You. The show wowed critics and audiences alike and made the top of many 2020 best-of lists. The Guardian even called it “a thing of intangible beauty”.

The late Chadwick Boseman was nominated for his role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The actor also appeared in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Blood‘s which was, surprisingly, not nominated in a single category.

Viewers from the UK will be able to watch the awards on the Golden Globes Facebook page or via their website. However, anyone wanting to tune in over here will be in for a late one as it doesn’t start until 1:00 am on the 29th.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the awards once again. They previously hosted the show from 2013-2015 and are replacing Ricky Gervais who hosted it for the 5th time last year.

Full List of Nominations:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Father


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Bill Murray, On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher, Mank

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden, The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best TV Series, Drama

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian



Best Limited Series or TV Movie

Normal People

Small Axe

The Queen’s Gambit

The Undoing


Best Actor, TV Series, Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Al Pacino, Hunters

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Actress, TV Series, Comedy

Lily Collins, Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning, The Great

Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Supporting Actress, TV

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Julia Garner, Ozrark

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Another Round

La Llarona

The Life Ahead


Two of Us

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7

“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead

“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…

“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Featured image credit: BBC.com

Best Director, Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Regina King, One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm



Palm Springs

The Prom

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson, Music

Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit

Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot

Tessa Thompson, Sylvie’s Love

Best TV Series, Comedy

Emily in Paris

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek

Ted Lasso

Best Actress, TV Series, Drama

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Actor, TV Series, Comedy

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Bryan Cranston, Your Honor

Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Supporting Actor, TV

John Boyega, Small Axe

Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Motion Picture, Animated

The Croods: A New Age


Over the Moon



Best Original Score, Motion Picture


The Midnight Sky

News of the World



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