78th Golden Globe Nominations

  • Publish Date: February 3, 2021
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Movie nominations

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2020 Films with Most Golden Globe Nominations
1 Mank 6 noms
2 The Trial of the Chicago 7 5 noms
3 The Father 4 noms
  Nomadland 4 noms
  Promising Young Woman 4 noms

Whatever the ultimate outcome, Netflix appears to be the big winner at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, as the streaming service picked up 22 nominations on Wednesday morning—in film alone. Two of Netflix's high-profile 2020 releases led all film nominees in total nominations this year: David Fincher's making-of Citizen Kane drama Mank, and Aaron Sorkin's '60s courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7.

But it wouldn't be a Golden Globes nominations announcement without some oddball selections. Falling into that category this year is Ryan Murphy's Netflix musical The Prom, which was a best picture nominee despite mediocre reviews. Also potentially falling into this category is surprise best picture nominee Music. That Sia-directed film doesn't come out until next week and has not been fully reviewed yet, but the first few reviews are certainly not what anyone would call positive.

Several actors received multiple nominations this year, including Sacha Baron Cohen (who actually earned three, including as a producer of best picture nominee Borat), Anya Taylor-Joy (one in TV), Olivia Colman (also one in TV), and Leslie Odom Jr. (one for acting and one for co-writing a nominated song, "Speak Now"). Aaron Sorkin, Emerald Fennell, and Chloé Zhao were also nominated in two categories (writing and directing), while the team of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross received a pair of original score nominations.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, the HFPA has tweaked eligibility rules on a temporary basis (that is likely to continue for at least one more year) to eliminate the usual requirement that films play in a Los Angeles theater for at least one week. And, as is the case with the upcoming Academy Awards, the eligibility window has been extended by two months and includes films released (virtually or otherwise) through February 2021.

Some additional quirks: Note that Amazon has opted to enter Steve McQueen's Small Axe films as a TV miniseries, so the individual films and their stars are not eligible in any film categories. Also, while Disney+'s filmed version of Hamilton was completely disqualified for Oscar consideration (and is being treated as a TV movie by other award groups), it was eligible for Golden Globe film honors. Finally, and controversially: the critically acclaimed Minari was deemed ineligible for Golden Globe best picture consideration because it is eligible for foreign-language honors, and the HFPA does not permit films to compete in both categories. (The Oscars do not have a similar rule.)

The complete list of film nominations is below.

Best Picture Nominations, 78th Annual Golden Globes
Best Drama   Best Comedy or Musical
The Father   Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Mank   Hamilton
Nomadland   Music
Promising Young Woman   Palm Springs
The Trial of the Chicago 7   The Prom
Other Film Nominations, 78th Annual Golden Globes
Director
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
Lead Actor - Drama   Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical
Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal   Sacha Baron Cohen Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey's Black Bottom   James Corden The Prom
Anthony Hopkins The Father   Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton
Gary Oldman Mank   Dev Patel The Personal History of David Copperfield
Tahar Rahim The Mauritanian   Andy Samberg Palm Springs
Lead Actress - Drama   Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom   Maria Bakalova Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Andra Day The United States vs. Billie Holliday   Kate Hudson Music
Vanessa Kirby Pieces of a Woman   Michelle Pfeiffer French Exit
Frances McDormand Nomadland   Rosamund Pike I Care a Lot
Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman   Anya Taylor-Joy Emma
Supporting Actor
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
Supporting Actress
Glenn Close Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman The Father
Jodie Foster The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried Mank
Helena Zengel News of the World
Screenplay
Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher Mank
Aaron Sorkin The Trial of the Chicago 7
Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller The Father
Chloé Zhao Nomadland
Foreign Language Film
Another Round
La Llorona
The Life Ahead
Minari
Two of Us
Animated Film
The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul
Wolfwalkers
Original Score   Original Song
Alexandre Desplat The Midnight Sky   "Fight for You" Judas and the Black Messiah
Ludwig Goransson Tenet   "Hear My Voice" The Trial of the Chicago 7
James Newton Howard News of the World   "Io Si (Seen)" The Life Ahead
Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor Mank   "Speak Now" One Night in Miami
Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross & Trent Reznor Soul   "Tigress & Tweed" The United States vs. Billie Holliday

TV nominations

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1 The Crown 6 noms
2 Schitt's Creek 5 noms
3 Ozark 4 noms
  The Undoing 4 noms
2020 TV Shows with Most Golden Globe Nominations

Due to timing, the HFPA is often the first group to recognize new shows that debut in the summer and fall. That was true this year as well, as best series Golden Globe nominations were given out to such newcomers as HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hulu's The Great, HBO's Lovecraft Country, and Apple's popular comedy Ted Lasso. Those shows all received positive reviews from critics, but two other first-time Globe nominees did not: Netflix's much-derided comedy Emily in Paris, and Ryan Murphy's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel Ratched (also on Netflix). One first-year show that was surprisingly shut out of the Globes field: Bridgerton, the recent Netflix hit.

The Crown's fourth season topped all 2020 TV programs with six total Globe nominations. The departed Schitt's Creek also has an opportunity to build on last year's Emmy success by scoring nominations in five Golden Globes categories after being ignored by the HFPA in the five previous years. In fact, this year's TV races are more wide open than normal because only two of the 11 categories—Best Actress (Drama) and Best Actor (Comedy)—have the potential for repeat winners (Olivia Colman and Ramy Youssef, respectively). Fleabag and Succession were big winners a year ago, but neither one aired in 2020.

Note that there is one slight rule change this year which adds anthology series to the pre-existing TV movie/miniseries categories. (Anthology series actors are eligible in their respective categories if they appear in at least 50% of the anthology series—thus excluding actors from episodic anthologies like Black Mirror or Twilight Zone, except in the supporting categories, where everyone is eligible.) Also note that the eligbility window for TV was not extended as it was for films, so the cutoff for TV debuts was December 31st as in any other year.

Netflix led all networks with 20 total TV nominations (to go with its 22 film nominations), followed by HBO in a distant second place with seven. The full list of television nominations is below.

Best TV Series Nominations, 78th Annual Golden Globes
Best Drama   Best Comedy or Musical
The Crown (Netflix)   Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)   The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)   The Great (Hulu)
Ozark (Netflix)   Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Ratched (Netflix)   Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Other TV Nominations, 78th Annual Golden Globes
Lead Actor - Drama   Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical
Jason Bateman Ozark   Don Cheadle Black Monday
Josh O'Connor The Crown   Nicolas Hoult The Great
Bob Odenkirk Better Call Saul   Eugene Levy Schitt's Creek
Al Pacino Hunters   Jason Sudeikis Ted Lasso
Matthew Rhys Perry Mason   Ramy Youssef Ramy
Lead Actress - Drama   Lead Actress - Comedy or Musical
Olivia Colman The Crown   Lily Collins Emily in Paris
Jodie Comer Killing Eve   Kaley Cuoco The Flight Attendant
Emma Corrin The Crown   Elle Fanning The Great
Laura Linney Ozark   Jane Levy Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Sarah Paulson Ratched   Catherine O'Hara Schitt's Creek
Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Normal People (Hulu)
The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
Small Axe (Prime Video)
The Undoing (HBO)
Unorthodox (Netflix)
Actor - Miniseries/Anthology/TV Movie
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
Actress - Miniseries/Anthology/TV Movie
Cate Blanchett Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones Normal People
Shira Haas Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy The Queen's Gambit
Supporting Actor
John Boyega Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson The Comey Rule
Daniel Levy Schitt's Creek
Jim Parsons Hollywood
Donald Sutherland The Undoing
Supporting Actress
Gillian Anderson The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter The Crown
Julia Garner Ozark
Annie Murphy Schitt's Creek
Cynthia Nixon Ratched

More to come

The delayed 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast on NBC at 8p ET / 5p PT the evening of February 28, 2021 (rescheduled from the show's usual early January date). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will handle hosting duties for the first time since 2015 in an unprecedented bi-coastal ceremony that will find Fey in New York and Poehler in the usual Golden Globes venue, the Beverly Hilton.

Before then, keep track of all of this year's film awards and nominations with our 2020 Film Awards Scorecard.

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