Although celebrities, educators, and NBC boycotted the 79th annual Golden Globes, the show will go on—although it’s unclear in what form.
On Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press went ahead with its nominations for the January 9 dinner, which currently does not have a broadcast partner due to scrutiny of the apparent lack of diversity among its constituents. The organization’s interim president, Helen Hoen, told viewers on YouTube, where about 10,000 people were watching, that the HFPA had made changes to reform its outdated practices, including adding 21 new members. Last winter, a surprising investigation in the Los Angeles Times revealed that the group had previously not had a single black member.
Then Hoehne made a surprising presenter – Snoop Dogg – to kick-start the nominations. Wearing dark sunglasses after 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, Doug struggled with the teleprompter, slaying so many nominees that it was hard to tell who was actually nominated. In the end, “Belfast” and “The Power of the Dog” for Focus Features and Netflix all topped with seven nominations each. On the TV side, HBO’s “Succession” has earned five nominations, more than any other show.
After a year of constant controversy, “the HFPA has absorbed filmmakers/studios who have requested that their content be considered for specific categories only,” the organization declared in their live broadcast description. While many studios seemed to stand idly by and see if the HFPA was really reforming itself, they were making requests and campaigning in a new and more subtle way.
This likely influenced voters’ decisions, as there were a few surprises in the mix.
Maggie Gyllenhaal wins Best Director
As of this morning, only eight women have been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for directing, with three of them – Regina King, Chloe Chao and Emerald Fennell – acting last year. Now there is a ninth person to join this club: Maggie Gyllenhaal for directing “The Lost Daughter”. Jane Campion, who made The Power of the Dog, was also nominated in this category (this was her second Globes nomination for directing; her last was for 1993’s The Piano). With “The Lost Daughter’s” sweeping the Gotham Awards, the movie could continue to gain momentum as the Oscars vote begins in January. Look for her to be vulnerable.
Mahershala Ali nominated for Swan Song
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor made it to Best Competitive Actor in the Drama category alongside Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”), Will Smith (“King Richard”) and Denzel Washington (” The Tragedy of Macbeth”). In “Swan Song”, Ali plays a terminally ill man who secretly decides to clone him. But the Apple Studios drama hasn’t garnered much attention in the awards season race just yet.
The Globes loved “West Side Story” – but didn’t like it
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves the musical (just ask the producers of “Comic”). So it’s surprising that Steven Spielberg’s revival of “West Side Story,” which had a lukewarm opening weekend at the box office, had only four nominations. Most notable: Rita Moreno did not join co-star Ariana Debus in the Best Supporting Actress category. Ansel Elgort did not receive a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
Where is Nightmare Alley?
Noir drama Guillermo del Toro, starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, did not receive a single nomination. While the studios did not show films specifically to HFPA voters, voters were still able to enter press screenings as journalists from international outlets. But “Nightmare Alley” was one of the last movies shown this awards season, and that’s probably why it’s been overlooked. Searchlight Pictures begins December 17th.
Kristen Baransky is nominated for The Good Fight
“The Good Fight” aired its fifth season this year, but this is the first time this Electoral College has celebrated its leading lady. While Baransky should always be considered a top contender, her familiarity with the HFPA may have propelled her over the top here. (She was previously nominated by the group in 1996 and 1997 for her comedy work in “Cybill.”) It also likely helped that this season’s storyline delves into diversity in subtle ways rarely seen on television, at a time when the organization was considering So much about this issue.
Taher Rahim finally gets the ‘Al Hayah’ award
Rahim is now a running candidate after seeing love from HFPA in 2021 for his role in the feature film “The Mauritanian”. The French actor has stolen viewers for years (remember Ali Soufan’s role in The Looming Tower?
‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ is nominated – but none of its actors are.
The limited FX series is the third in the “American Crime Story” anthology by Ryan Murphy. With the first and second installments (“The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) winning the Limited Series/TV Movie category in 2017 and 2019, respectively, some people might have assumed that this would be a lock-up for a studio. But because it’s not much discussed during its run (and because it’s not been added to the network’s Hulu hub for catching up or binge-watching), it seems invisible. Additionally, this is the only year the series has been nominated by the HFPA when none of the cast has been nominated, making it more than just a head scratcher. Sarah Paulson in particular has done some notable work as Linda Tripp, a former HFPA favorite (four nominations, one win).
Oh Yeong-su was nominated for “Squid Game”
Global phenomenon “Squid Game” received three nominations, including Best Drama Series. While it’s certainly no surprise that this K-drama continues to garner awards, Yeong-su hasn’t made the campaign tours for other accolades that his co-stars have received, including fellow Globe nominee Lee Jung-jae. The Globes have been known for celebrating performers that other voting bodies overlook, so chalk this one up as one of the best surprises.