Awards season is unofficially underway in Hollywood. The Golden Globe 2020 nominations – that star-studded gala/dinner hosted each year by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association — were announced this morning. There were a few surprises, mainly for who was snubbed, but more on that below.
First, let’s get to the movies, shows, and stars who are nominated in some of the big categories. The online streaming service Netflix came out the big winner today. It led total nominations with “Marriage Story,” which was nominated for six awards, and “The Irishman,” which is up for five, including Martin Scorsese for best picture.
The three-and-a-half hour epic is up for awards in five categories. Joe Pesci was nominated for best supporting actor and so was co-star Pacino. (We’ll get to Robert De Niro in the snubbed section of this piece in just a bit.) “The Two Popes,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce is up for four awards.
Universal’s World War I drama “1917” and rival Warner Bros. “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix are also up for best picture. And it comes as no surprise to anyone who watched the flick that Pheonix is nominated for best lead actor in a drama — and so is “Joker” director Todd Phillips.
Netflix – which made history with four Best Picture nods this time around, also garnered nominations in the TV category with the British series “The Crown” and “Unbelievable,” about a Washington teen raped in her apartment. They each received four nominations. In all, Netflix cleaned up with 34 nominations.
The grand daddy of cable TV, HBO, also received a nomination for “Chernobyl.” It received 15 nominations in all. But here, too, Netflix squeaked past the “not TV” station with 17 nominations.
Whether or not its shows and movies win in their respective categories, there’s one thing we know for sure. The streaming service is coming out on top for bragging rights just as it’s about to face more competition from other big players on the block. Rivals Disney, Apple TV, and HBO are all spending billions of dollars to become the top dog in the world of streaming content.
But the Golden Globes aren’t just about dramas. Eddie Murphy’s “Dolemite Is My Name” got the nod for the best picture in comedy category. The movie about “blaxaploitation” and cult film legend Rudy Ray Moore is competing against “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” Other films up for comedy Golden Globes are “Jojo Rabbit, “Knives Out,” and “Rocketman.”
In animation, “Frozen 2” led the way for Disney, along with “The Lion King” remake. But the Golden Globes didn’t forget about some of the smaller producers. Indie distributor Neon is up for four nominations. They include the Korean thriller “Parasite,” in the best foreign-language film category. That could be a big hint into what we’ll see at the Oscars. Neon also got a nomination for France’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”
Now, about the snubs. Female film directors didn’t make the cut. That’s telling about how slow Hollywood is to change. Only 10 women have received director nominations in film over the past 70 years.
And probably the biggest snub of all – Robert De Niro. He was on screen for a large part of Scorses’s “The Irishman.” But unlike co-stars Pesci and Pacino, he wasn’t nominated in any acting category. The big traditional networks were also virtually shutout. NBC, which will air the Awards show came up empty in the major categories. So did, ABC, CBS, and Fox.
Comedian Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for a record fifth time on January 5 at the Beverly Hilton. That will make for an entertaining evening if he roasts Hollywood’s lead celebrities like he we’ve seen him do when he hosted the awards show the last four times.