The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations Are Out. Here’s What You Need to Know

Netflix’s domination continues, women directors receive rare recognition, and more

Normally, they’re in early January. Normally they come with a stellar red carpet, a tsunami of champagne, and an embarrassment of riches in terms of parties all over town. In fact, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual Golden Globe Awards, voted on by about 90 foreign journalists based in L.A., is always billed as Hollywood’s Biggest Party for good reason.

But, we know, these aren’t normal times. On Sunday, February 28, there’ll be no red carpet or rocks glass-littered tables at the Beverly Hilton. Instead, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host bicoastally, Amy on stage at the Beverly Hilton, Tina on stage from New York’s Rainbow Room. Much like the Emmys, the rest of the show will be remote, with nominees from all over the world having cameras installed wherever they are. And with hosts in two different cities, it’s going to be quite a feat for producers from Dick Clark Productions and for NBC.

Nominations were announced early this morning, and one thing hasn’t changed all that much from recent years: Netflix was unstoppable. The network’s royals drama The Crown scored the most television nods, with six, and its Hollywood period piece Mank also got six nods. In fact, Netflix got even more nominations than last year: 20 in the television categories (as opposed to 17 last year) and with 22 in the film categories (17 last year). Other streamers fared very well, too: HBO Max got its very first nominations with The Flight Attendant (two), Disney+ picked up one for The Mandalorian, and Apple TV+ got two for its charmer of a comedy Ted Lasso.

The biggest Globes news: for the first time ever, women dominate the Best Director category. In fact, in a rare twist, the film director category is more diverse than in the actor categories. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao became the first Asian American woman to be nominated for best director. She’s joined by Regina King for One Night in Miami and British actress/writer/director Emerald Fennell—who played Camilla Parker Bowles on The Crown—who got a nomination for her very first film, Promising Young Woman. 

As The Hollywood Reporter observes, a woman hasn’t been nominated for Best Director since Ava DuVernay was nominated in 2015 for Selma; Barbra Streisand is still the only woman to ever win the award, which she did way back in 1984 for Yentl.

A number of actors received multiple noms, some across TV and film categories, including Anya Taylor-Joy for The Queen’s Gambit and for the costume comedy Emma. Sacha Baron Cohen was nominated for his starring role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and for Best Supporting Actor for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Olivia Colman was called out for her lead role on The Crown and for her supporting role in the drama The Father.

Notable unexpected snubs: Meryl Streep was recognized for neither The Prom nor Let Them All Talk; Delroy Lindo, who was expected to be nominated for Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, was not; and Zendaya didn’t get a nod for Malcolm and Marie. Weirdest of all: Netflix’s Bridgerton—it’s most popular show of all time—didn’t get a single nomination. Shonda Rhimes and team must be scratching their heads like mad this morning—but they can still make the SAG Award nominations, which are out tomorrow.

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Great
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

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 Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Performance by an Actor in a 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 Television Series, Drama
The Crown
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television
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 Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or 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 Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Father
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

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 Original Score, Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
Ludwig Göransson, Tenet
James Newton Howard, News of the World
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mank
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste, Soul

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or 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 Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Normal People
The Queen’s Gambit
Small Axe
The Undoing

Best Supporting Actor, Television
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Palm Springs
The Prom

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 Picture, Foreign Language
Another Round
The Life Ahead
La Llorona
Two of Us

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, The Father
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Television Actor, Musical / Comedy Series
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Supporting Actress, Television
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Is Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami
“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Motion Picture, Animated
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon

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