Golden Globe nominations 2021 list: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Emily in Paris’ among notable nominees

Both films made a splash on the streaming service — which earned 20 nominations overall — especially given that most audiences were stuck at home during the pandemic. Netflix’s TV series also thrived: “The Crown,” the popular historical drama about Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, topped the TV nominations with six; family crime drama “Ozark” earned four. Perennial critical and fan favorite “Schitt’s Creek,” which got a new life when it started streaming on Netflix after airing on Pop TV, landed five.

The HFPA’s love of Netflix also led to some of the strangest nominations: “Emily in Paris,” one of the most mocked shows of the year, was nominated for best TV series, comedy or musical; its lead, Lily Collins, earned a best lead actress nod. Critics were also unimpressed with the star-studded musical “The Prom” and slammed James Corden for playing a stereotypical gay character, but both the film and actor earned nominations in the best comedy or musical and lead acting categories, respectively.

But that’s the Golden Globes for you — you truly never know what you’re going to get. The show is famous for nominating a mix of acclaimed and seriously flawed programming, prompting many eye rolls on social media and around the entertainment industry. This year appears to be no different.

However, there is one bright spot: For the first time in seven years, the show actually nominated female directors. Regina King (“One Night in Miami”), Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) were nominated alongside Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and Fincher for “Mank.”

Other top movie contenders include “The Father,” “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” which all earned four nominations. “One Night in Miami” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — one of the most controversial movies of 2020 — landed three.

As for TV, HBO also had a strong showing, with multiple nominations for “The Undoing” and all its lead actors, as well as HBO Max’s buzzy thriller “The Flight Attendant.”

The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

NOMINATIONS BY MOTION PICTURE: “Mank” — 6; “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — 5; “The Father” — 4; “Nomadland” — 4; “Promising Young Woman” — 4; “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — 3; “One Night in Miami” — 3

NOMINATIONS BY TV SERIES or PROGRAM: “The Crown” — 6; “Schitt’s Creek” — 5; “Ozark” — 4; “The Undoing” — 4; “The Great” — 3; “Ratched” — 3

The list of nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes:

Best motion picture, drama

“Promising Young Woman”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: It’s been a difficult year for movie releases due to pandemic theater closures, and this category offers a glimpse at the strange mix of award contenders that has emerged. We have two Netflix releases from notable directors, David Fincher’s “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” as well as “Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell’s debut widely seen via video on-demand. Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” and Florian Zeller’s “The Father” haven’t yet been released but, as far as the Globes go, offer a strong indication of two films and performances — Frances McDormand and Anthony Hopkins, respectively — that’ll continue to pop up in award show nominations to come.

Frances McDormand stars as Fern, who sets off on the road as a modern-day nomad following the collapse of a company town in rural Nevada. (Searchlight Pictures)

Best actress in a motion picture, drama

Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”

Andra Day, “The United States v. Billie Holiday”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Critical darling Carey Mulligan earned praise for pulling off the tricky tone of “Promising Young Woman,” a candy-colored revenge thriller, and stands a fair chance at winning this category even with heavyweights Viola Davis and Frances McDormand in competition. Vanessa Kirby’s performance was singled out for carrying “Pieces of a Woman,” a harrowing drama about a home birth. Andra Day’s anticipated take on Billie Holiday arrives later this month.

In “Promising Young Woman,” Carey Mulligan plays Cassandra, a former medical student living in Ohio with her parents. (Focus Features)

Best actor in a motion picture, drama

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Chadwick Boseman has been a front-runner for best actor awards since “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the August Wilson adaptation released to Netflix after Boseman’s death, first screened for critics. Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman are both favorites among voting bodies, so the more notable additions here are Riz Ahmed, whose weighty turn in “Sound of Metal” seems likely to land him in the Oscars race as well, and French actor Tahar Rahim of political thriller “The Mauritanian,” out later this month.

Riz Ahmed plays punk-metal drummer Ruben, whose life begins to unravel when he develops intermittent hearing loss. (Amazon Studios)

Best motion picture, comedy or musical

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: We expected to see “Hamilton” and “Borat” here, but the category includes some notably low-hanging fruit: Ryan Murphy’s star-studded Netflix comedy, “The Prom,” and Sia’s “Music,” which has drawn controversy over Maddie Ziegler’s portrayal of a young woman with autism.

Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his role as Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. (Amazon Prime Video)

Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical

Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Anya Taylor-Joy, “Emma”

Michelle Pfeiffer, “French Exit”

Rosamund Pike, “I Care a Lot”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Critics will be pleased to see Maria Bakalova here, given the accolades she earned for holding her own in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” alongside comedy pro Sacha Baron Cohen. Anya Taylor-Joy was an indie darling long before the success of “The Queen’s Gambit,” represented here by her leading role in “Emma.” Audiences haven’t yet met Michelle Pfeiffer’s widowed socialite in “French Exit,” a nomination still more predictable than Kate Hudson in “Music,” the singer Sia’s controversial directorial debut, or Rosamund Pike in “I Care a Lot,” a dark comedy that hits Netflix later this month.

A court-appointed legal guardian who tricks her older clients lands in hot water when she tries to swindle a woman who has gangster ties. (Netflix)

Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical

Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

Dev Patel, “The Personal History of David Copperfield”

Andy Samberg, “Palm Springs”

James Corden, “The Prom”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This is a great year for Sacha Baron Cohen, recognized for his supporting role as Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7” but more widely for the pointed commentary and characteristically outlandish stunts of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Dev Patel’s turn in “The Personal History of David Copperfield” might have been somewhat overlooked by viewers at home due to the film being released amid pandemic chaos, but Andy Samberg certainly caught their attention with Hulu’s “Palm Springs.” Samberg’s nomination might not lead to Oscar buzz, but that tends to be true of a few nominees in this category each year — especially James Corden, whose performance in “The Prom” was widely described as the worst part of the Netflix musical. Were he excluded from this list, we might have found more energy to focus on the HFPA nominating Lin-Manuel Miranda but overlooking “Hamilton” co-stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs.

Dev Patel stars in Armando Iannucci’s reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic story of an impoverished orphan’s journey to becoming a burgeoning writer. (Searchlight Pictures)

Best director, motion picture

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Regina King, “One Night in Miami”

David Fincher, “Mank”

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Three female directors would be notable any year, but is especially surprising given that the Globes haven’t nominated a woman in this category since Ava DuVernay in 2014. Chloé Zhao won the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Lion for “Nomadland” following the critical success of her second film, “The Rider.” Regina King has earned both acting Emmys and an Oscar in the past few years, dipping into television directing from time to time before making her feature debut with “One Night in Miami.” Emerald Fennell is also an actress who made her way behind the scenes in television first, and eventually with the film “Promising Young Woman.”

It was almost inevitable for David Fincher to appear in the best director category, especially given that “Mank” explores the making of the iconic “Citizen Kane.” Critics would agree that Aaron Sorkin’s writing tends to be much stronger than his directing, but the Globes are gonna Globe.

This film, set in the ’60s, imagines Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown talking about their part in the civil rights movement. (Amazon Studios)

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”

Olivia Colman, “The Father”

Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”

Helena Zengel, “News of the World”

Jodie Foster, “The Mauritanian”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: “News of the World” appears to be a Globe favorite, landing a nod not for Tom Hanks, the acting veteran who tends to be overlooked by voting bodies, but for his 12-year-old co-star, Helena Zengel. Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Colman were expected, while Jodie Foster is a bit of a surprise, given that her co-star, Tahar Rahim, seemed to earn more praise for “The Mauritanian” than she did. Glenn Close would be a welcome addition in most years, but that she landed a nomination for the widely panned “Hillbilly Elegy” adaptation is laughable.

Best supporting actor in a motion picture

Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”

Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Bill Murray, “On the Rocks”

Jared Leto, “The Little Things”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Regina King directed four strong performances in “One Night in Miami,” including Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke (the only actor from the film nominated in any category, despite the buzz around Kingsley Ben-Adir’s Malcolm X). Sacha Baron Cohen practically snatched scenes away from Eddie Redmayne in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and Daniel Kaluuya commands the screen with his magnetic turn as Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Bill Murray is Bill Murray — the best possible explanation for why he was nominated for “On the Rocks,” but not co-star Rashida Jones. Jared Leto in “The Little Things,” which earned middling reviews, is a real head-scratcher.

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“Lovecraft Country” (HBO)

“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Last year’s winner, “Succession,” wasn’t eligible for consideration this time around, but the HFPA stacked this category with similarly prestige titles in lieu of any surprises (sorry, “The Boys” fans!). “The Crown” could be the one to beat here as the HFPA clearly loves Netflix’s take on the British royal family. But we wouldn’t rule out a win from any of the other contenders.

Best actress in a TV series, drama

Olivia Colman, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Laura Linney, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Emma Corrin, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Sarah Paulson, “Ratched” (Netflix)

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (BBC America)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Emma Corrin, who earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Diana Spencer in “The Crown,” is an exciting newcomer in this category. And she’s in great company: Her co-star, Olivia Colman, took the prize last year. It’s also worth noting that this is the first year the HFPA has nominated Linney for her work — twice nominated for an Emmy — in “Ozark.”

Best actor in a TV series, drama

Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason” (HBO)

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Al Pacino, “Hunters” (Amazon)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: You may not like the surly, cheating Prince Charles that Josh O’Connor portrays in “The Crown,” but few could argue the actor doesn’t deserve this nomination. This category has shaped up to be one of this year’s most prestigious, with a slew of veteran actors receiving nods. But many TV lovers will no doubt take issue with the omission of “Lovecraft Country’s” Jonathan Majors, especially since the HBO sci-fi drama landed in the best drama category.

Best TV series, musical or comedy

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

“Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Looks like Globe voters were in the mood for feel-good shows this year: It’s difficult to find more warm and fuzzy (if not quirky) programming than “Ted Lasso,” the heartwarming series that earned raves from critics, or “Schitt’s Creek,” which just wrapped up its final season by sweeping the Emmy Awards. And while “Emily in Paris” was ridiculous, at least it gave the world something to join together and mock during these challenging times. Meanwhile, the HFPA stuck to its usual suspects for the last two nominees: a historical series with “The Great” and “it involves very dark themes but is still technically a comedy” with “The Flight Attendant.”

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

Elle Fanning, “The Great” (Hulu)

Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)

Jane Levy, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC)

Lily Collins, “Emily in Paris” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This category will shape up to be one of the most interesting races at this year’s Globes ceremony. Catherine O’Hara is a clear front-runner for her turn as Moira Rose on “Schitt’s Creek” (the beloved sitcom swept the comedy categories at last year’s Emmys). Levy, meanwhile, is the lone broadcast nominee. This marks an especially exciting turn for Cuoco, whose work on the long-running “Big Bang Theory” went overlooked by the HFPA. And while Collins is a gifted actor, we’re still puzzled over all of the love for the delightfully ridiculous “Emily in Paris.”

Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

Ramy Youssef, “Ramy” (Hulu)

Nicholas Hoult, “The Great” (Hulu)

Don Cheadle, “Black Monday” (Showtime)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: Critics are so obsessed with “Ted Lasso” that it’s hard to imagine anyone except Jason Sudeikis taking home this prize, although Ramy Youssef is a strong contender after earning the trophy in the same category last year. There’s also a chance voters might get a bit nostalgic for the end of “Schitt’s Creek” (who isn’t?!) and feel the need to award Eugene Levy.

Best limited series or TV movie

“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

“Unorthodox” (Netflix)

“Normal People” (Hulu)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This category unsurprisingly includes four of the most critically acclaimed series from 2020. And then there’s HBO’s mediocre-at-best whodunit, “The Undoing,” which we can only assume landed in the category because it stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, two veteran actors who have long been recognized by the HFPA. Michaela Coel’s powerful, semi-autobiographical HBO series “I May Destroy You,” which critics loved, would have been a far worthier choice.

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

Shira Haas, “Unorthodox” (Netflix)

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

Cate Blanchett, “Mrs. America” (FX on Hulu)

Nicole Kidman, “The Undoing” (HBO)

Daisy Edgar-Jones, “Normal People” (Hulu)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This category features some of the most exciting television performances from last year, with two notable omissions: Uzo Aduba, who deserves recognition for her Emmy-winning turn as Shirley Chisholm in FX’s “Mrs. America,” and Michaela Coel, who delivered an unforgettable performance in “I May Destroy You” — which she also created, wrote and co-directed. There’s no clear winner here. Unless we’re honoring best eyeball performance.

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie

Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime)

Hugh Grant, “The Undoing” (HBO)

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True” (HBO)

Jeff Daniels, “The Comey Rule” (Showtime)

Bryan Cranston, “Your Honor” (Showtime)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This category is made for pay-cable networks, and the Globes love Bryan Cranston (this is his ninth nomination), as well as Hugh Grant (this is his sixth). But Jeff Daniels made a lot of headlines for playing controversial former FBI director James B. Comey — and can you imagine that acceptance speech?

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Julia Garner, “Ozark” (Netflix)

Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Cynthia Nixon, “Ratched” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: The wild card in this category is Cynthia Nixon, who plays the titular Nurse Ratched’s love interest on Ryan Murphy’s latest dark thriller. Otherwise, expect a battle between the two stars of “The Crown,” although Annie Murphy could swoop in thanks to her quotable character on “Schitt’s Creek.”

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie

Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)

Brendan Gleeson, “The Comey Rule” (Showtime)

John Boyega, “Small Axe” (Amazon)

Donald Sutherland, “The Undoing” (HBO)

Jim Parsons, “Hollywood” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: The limited series category is a wild card, thanks to its mix of genres. It’s especially odd to see Levy, who won an Emmy for playing the saucy son on “Schitt’s Creek,” go up against Boyega, who plays the founder of London’s reform-seeking Black Police Association in McQueen’s well-reviewed anthology. Ultimately, the category could go to an acting veteran — the HFPA’s favorite — like Sutherland or Gleeson.

Best original score, motion picture

James Newton Howard, “News of the World”

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, “Soul”

Ludwig Goransson, “Tenet”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Midnight Sky”

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “Mank”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: The odds are stacked toward Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the Nine Inch Nails duo who won an Emmy last year for their work on HBO’s “Watchmen.” But we won’t discount fellow Oscar winners Alexandre Desplat and Ludwig Goransson, the latter of whom pulled from the inverted time narrative while composing the score for “Tenet.” James Newton Howard is a celebrated composer as well, but the omission of Terence Blanchard, who worked on both “Da 5 Bloods” and “One Night in Miami” last year, is notable.

Best screenplay, motion picture

Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, “The Father”

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This lineup puts Zhao and Fennell (who, fun fact, plays Camilla Parker Bowles in the most recent season of “The Crown”) in the running for both best director and best screenplay, two historically male-dominated categories. At the same time, there are some stunning omissions we can’t overlook, including “Da 5 Bloods,” written by director Spike Lee, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo and Kevin Willmott. We’re also surprised “Minari,” written by director Lee Isaac Chung, didn’t make the cut. Otherwise, this category looks about how we expect the Oscars screenplay race to shape up.

Best animated feature film

“The Croods: A New Age”

Best foreign language film

“Another Round” (Denmark)

“Minari” (United States)

“The Life Ahead” (Italy)

“La Llorona” (Guatemala)

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: “Another Round” features a buzzy Mads Mikkelsen performance, but the head-turning addition here is “Minari.” The film tells the story of a Korean American family and was both produced and distributed by A24, an American company, but landed in the foreign language category due to the controversial HFPA rule barring films with more than 50 percent non-English dialogue from competing in the other best picture categories.

Best original song, motion picture

“Speak Now,” from “One Night in Miami”

“Is Si (Seen),” from “The Life Ahead”

“Fight for You,” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”

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

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

IMMEDIATE ANALYSIS: This stacked category caught some prognosticators — who expected songs from “The Prom” and “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” —by surprise. But Leslie Odom Jr.’s “Speak Now” looks like the one to beat.

Correction

An earlier version of this article included “The Father” in the best director category at the exclusion of David Fincher, who was nominated for “Mank.” Dan Levy was also referred to as the family patriarch in “Schitt’s Creek”; he is the son on the series, while his real-life father, Eugene Levy — also nominated — plays the dad.

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