Thursday morning's Golden Globe nominations had plenty of surprises for critics, given some very obvious snubs and omissions.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association held its nomination announcement Thursday morning, and among the movies with the most nominations are "A Star is Born," "Green Book, "BlacKkKlansman," "The Favourite" and "If Beale Street Could Talk."
The yet-to-be-released "Vice" about former vice president Dick Cheney got quite a few nominations, as well, with its placement in the comedy category instead of drama. It seems like an odd placement for the film, just as "A Star is Born" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" took drama placements instead of being in the musical/comedy category - which seems like the perfect time to drop "musical" from the category listing.
The placement of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is almost as surprising as it is that it made the Best Picture list at all, considering the rather extensive dramatic competition. The movie was a sure-fire nomination for lead actor Rami Malek (who did indeed get a best actor nomination), but the movie was not embraced by many critics.
With "First Reformed" and "Hereditary" nowhere in sight among the nominees - despite both films earning acclaim and their leads other awards so far this season - it's a peculiar addition to a category limited to five movies.
"Black Panther" did get a dramatic film nomination, which could mean its Oscar chances are higher - especially after the academy decided to drop its "popular film" category that drew heavy criticism.
One of the most talked about Globes categories among critics is Best Foreign Language Film. Even though "Roma" is a shoe-in for the win (the film wasn't eligible for a best picture nomination, which it will likely receive at the Oscars), one if its major competitors was "Cold War," which has already won other awards.
"Cold War," however, wasn't nominated by the Globes, and instead, Belgium's "Girl" took a nomination. "Girl," which is about a transgender girl, has come under heavy fire recently for its focus on the physical body of the lead character, which has angered the transgender community. Though the film was screened at Cannes, it wasn't until recently that the film became a concern with more people becoming aware of the film.
Proponents of women in film also voiced their displeasure at none of the best picture nominees in either category having a female director - as well as a female director not receiving a Globe nomination - despite the popularity of "The Rider" among critics. The film also received the Gotham award for best film.
Other movies that were shut out from the Globes include Steve McQueen's "Widows" with a powerhouse performance from Viola Davis; the darling "Paddington 2," which delighted critics who hoped for a best picture nomination, as well as a possible supporting actor nomination for Hugh Grant; and "Annihilation," which was one of my favorite films of the year.
Here are the movie nominees for the Golden Globes:
- Best Picture - Drama: "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "A Star is Born"
- Best Picture - Comedy/Musical: "Crazy Rich Asians," "The Favourite," "Green Book," "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Vice"
- Best Actress - Drama: Glenn Close in "The Wife," Lady Gaga in "A Star is Born," Nicole Kidman in "Destroyer," Melissa McCarthy in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and Rosamund Pike in "A Private War"
- Best Actor - Drama: Bradley Cooper in "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe in "At Eternity's Gate," Lucas Hedges in "Boy Erased," Rami Malek in "Bohemian Rhapsody" and John David Washington in "BlacKkKlansman"
- Best Actress - Comedy/Musical: Emily Blunt in "Mary Poppins Returns," Olivia Colman in "The Favourite," Elsie Fisher in "Eighth Grade," Charlize Theron in "Tully" and Constance Wu in "Crazy Rich Asians"
- Best Actor - Comedy/Musical: Christian Bale in "Vice," Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Mary Poppins Returns," Viggo Mortensen in "Green Book," Robert Redford in "The Old Man & The Gun" and John C. Reilly in "Stan & Ollie"
- Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in "Vice," Claire Foy in "First Man," Regina King in "If Beale Street Could Talk," Emma Stone in "The Favourite" and Rachel Weisz in "The Favourite"
- Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in "Green Book," Timothee Chalamet in "Beautiful Boy," Adam Driver in "BlacKkKlansman," Richard E. Grant in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and Sam Rockwell in "Vice"
- Best Director: Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Alfonso Cuaron for "Roma," Peter Farrelly for "Green Book," Spike Lee for "BlacKkKlansman" and Adam McKay for "Vice"
- Best Animated Film: "The Incredibles 2," "Isle of Dogs," "Mirai," "Wreck-It-Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"
- Best Foreign Language Film: "Capernaum," "Girl," "Never Look Away," "Roma" and "Shoplifters"
- Best Screenplay: "Roma," "The Favourite," "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Vice" and "Green Book"
- Best Original Score: Marco Beltrami for "A Quiet Place," Alexandre Desplat for "Isle of Dogs," Ludwig Goransson for "Black Panther," Justin Hurwitz for "First Man" and March Shaiman for "Mary Poppins Returns"
- Best Original Song: "All the Stars" from "Black Panther," "Girl in the Movies" from "Dumplin'," "Requiem for a Private War" from "A Private War," "Revelation from "Boy Erased" and "Shallow" from "A Star is Born"
For a full list of nominees, including television nominees, click here.