‘Marriage Story,’ ‘Morning Show,’ ‘Chernobyl’ Among Nominees for 77th Golden Globe Awards

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Announced with due ceremony Dec. 9 by Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning, Susan Kelechi Watson, and more at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards singled out 2019’s best filmmaking of both the big and small screens. Known for recognizing well-known contenders and up-and-coming talent alike, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shook up plenty of award prognostication lists with their nominations.

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In film categories, the Golden Globes separate top prizes into drama and musical or comedy; 2020 contenders for the former are “1917,” “The Irishman,” “Joker,” “Marriage Story,” and “The Two Popes,” while the musical or comedy category includes “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Knives Out,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “Rocketman.” Overall, it was Netflix’s bittersweet tale of divorce from Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story,” that netted the most film nominations with six, including for actors Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern, plus original score and best screenplay.

The streaming giant dominated the list between film and television; Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” earned five including nods for supporters Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, although lead actor Robert De Niro was left out. Among the leading film actors recognized were Eddie Murphy for “Dolemite,” Taron Egerton for “Rocketman,” Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas for “Knives Out,” Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker,” Renée Zellweger for “Judy,” and recent Gotham Award winner Awkwafina for “The Farewell.”

Also scoring five film nods, including for stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, was Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to the film industry “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”; supporter Margot Robbie was nominated instead for her work in “Bombshell,” alongside Charlize Theron. The nominated supporting performers, their categories not separated by genre, include Kathy Bates in “Richard Jewell,” Annette Bening in “The Report,” Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers,” and Anthony Hopkins in “Two Popes.”

Bong Joon-ho’s Korean hit “Parasite” appeared on more than just the foreign language film shortlist; the writer-director scored nods for directing, alongside Sam Mendes for “1917,” Todd Phillips for “Joker,” Scorsese, and Tarantino, as well as for screenplay alongside Baumbach, Anthony McCarten for “The Two Popes,” Steven Zaillian for “The Irishman,” and Tarantino again. As in years past, conspicuously missing from the writing and directing shortlists were female filmmakers.

Continuing their trend of singling out new TV programming in addition to favorites often seen at recent Emmys ceremonies, the HFPA anointed new hits: in the drama race, Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” plus its leading ladies Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and in comedy, Netflix’s “The Politician” and its leading man Ben Platt. Big winners at this year’s Emmys, including Billy Porter for “Pose,” Michelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon,” Patricia Arquette for “The Act,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her comedy “Fleabag,” and Bill Hader and his comedy “Barry,” were recognized; the latter two had entries in the supporting TV category for Andrew Scott and Henry Winkler, respectively.

Limited series “Chernobyl” of HBO continued its Emmys success with four overall Globe nods, tying with newer mini “Unbelievable” (which saw nods for stars Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, and Merritt Wever) and Season 3 of Peter Morgan’s drama “The Crown” (including stars Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, and Helena Bonham Carter), both from Netflix. Also nominated were Globe winners from last year’s Globes ceremony: Rachel Brosnahan of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Michael Douglas of comedy winner “The Kominsky Method.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s glitzy Globes ceremony, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be held Jan. 5, 2020. As was previously announced, this year’s recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for film career achievement and the Carol Burnett Award for TV career achievement are Tom Hanks (also nominated for his work as Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Ellen DeGeneres, respectively. 

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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