Everything You Need To Know About The 76th Golden Globe Awards
The Golden Globes happening today, January 6, 2019 with Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosting the 2019 awards show that is the highest profile awards show prior to the Oscars. It’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honoring the best of 2018 in Motion Pictures & Television, and the nominations were announced last December 6.
If last year we saw Time’s Up become the theme of the night with women (and a number of men) dressed in all-black, it doesn’t look like that kind of seismic occurrence will be replicated. If anything, scanning the nominations in the Motion Picture categories, this one will be more about "race;" highlighting equal representation and ethnic diversity—Sandra Oh is the first Asian to host the awards show. And if we recall Natalie Portman griping last year about how there were no women directors nominated; sadly, that is still the case.
The Golden Globe nominations list has always been a net flung far and wide. Trending wise, it’s often been about films with some European or foreign connection—a lead star or director. They love movie musicals, satirical films about America, and British actors for some reason; and they always favor big name stars to hopefully boost star power attendance. This can been seen especially in the television choices this year, where popular stars of the past shift to TV and have recognizable faces that look great when panning the crowd in attendance - even if some of the shows they’re involved in aren’t the ground breaking or critically-acclaimed ones.
Here’s a rundown of the major categories, and the list of the winners:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Bohemian Rhapsody - WINNER
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born
In this main category, we see how the HFPA is out to honor race-centric films, as BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, and If Beale Street Could Talk are all centered on race relations. Black Panther was hard for them to ignore given it’s box office success, but it’s a rare occurrence for the HFPA to pick a comic superhero film; so we think BlacKkKlansman might actually steal the win, and give the HFPA a chance to honor Spike Lee. Our second bet would be A Star Is Born.
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy:
Crazy Rich Asians
Green Book - WINNER
Mary Poppins Returns
In this category, it’s only natural that they would include what really is a minor work, but grows in significance given the all-Asian cast, Crazy Rich Asians. And there’s another race-centric selection with Green Book. But given the subject matter, we'd expect Vice (a political satire about former US Vice-President Dick Cheney), or The Favourite (a black comedy about English royalty set in the 18th century) to romp off with the prize.
Best TV Series - Drama
The Americans - WINNER
Having ignored Julia Roberts in her film Ben Is Back, here’s them finding a way to get her to attend via Homecoming. But we could say Bodyguard and Killing Eve are the frontrunners for this category.
Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical:
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method - WINNER
The Mavelous Mrs. Maisel
Kominsky allows them to tempt Michael Douglas and Alan Atkin to attend, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is clearly their favorite.
Best TV Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace - WINNER
Escape at Dannemora
A Very English Scandal
Bruhl and Luke Evans in The Alienist, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in Scandal (see the pattern?); but look to The Assassination of Gianni Versace to snag the win.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama:
Glenn Close for The Wife - WINNER
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War
This one is real toss up. Popular choice would be Lady Gaga; but for sheer acting, Close, Kidman, McCarthy and Pike leave her in the dust. If the voting goes sentimental, we'd say Glenn Close will emerge the winner.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, A Boy Erased
Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody - WINNER
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Dafoe was brilliant as Van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate but it was such an obscure film, while it’s great that they’re noticing the work of young guns like Hedges, Malek and Denzel Jr.; but look for Malek or Cooper to steal this one.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman for The Favourite - WINNER
Elsie Fisher for Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron for Tully
Constance Wu for Crazy Rich Asians
It’s nice to see Wu make it to this list (Asia rules!), and Fisher in Eighth Grade is this year’s Lady Bird; but I’d put my bet on Colman for romping off with the prize. It’s HFPA saying ‘This may not have made a lot of money, but we recognize really great acting’.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy:
Christian Bale for Vice - WINNER
Lin Manuel-Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen for Green Book, Robert Redford for The Old Man and the Gun
John C. Reilly for Stan & Ollie
That Reilly even made the list is a feat unto itself; but I’d wager the fight to be between Bale and Mortensen - unless they again go sentimental and want to snag the ‘big story’ by giving this to Redford in what he has announced as his last acting role.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams for Vice
Claire Foy for First Man
Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk - WINNER
Emma Stone for The Favourite
Rachel Weisz for The Favourite
Unfortunately, Stone and Weisz will most likely cancel out each other, and King could go for the steal.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali for Green Book - WINNER
Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell for Vice
Ali was bypassed for Moonlight (and he won the Oscar); so is this Golden Globe-time to make up for the omission? Or will Rockwell make it two years in a row - this time playing George W. Bush in Vice?
Best Television Performance by an Actor (Drama)
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephen James, Homecoming
Richard Madden, Bodyguard - WINNER
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Best Television Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora - WINNER
Connie Britton, Dirty John
Laura Dern, The Tale
Regina King, 7 Seconds
Best Television Performance by an Actor (Limited Series)
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Best Director - Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma - WINNER
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
While Cuaron is a favorite, I think this will go to either Lee or McKay.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - WINNER
Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse for a late surge and the win!
Best Foreign Language Film
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico) - WINNER
Here’s where Roma notches a win.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Green Book - WINNER
And here’s where Roma notches a second win; unless Vice shows it’s muscle.
Vice with six nominations leads the pack; while The Favourite, A Star Is Born, and Green Book follow with five. So that gives us a clue as to which are their favorite films. As in every year, there are surprising snubs; and I’m surprised Widows of Steve McQueen is shut out, and that Cold War didn’t make it to Foreign Language Film. Or that Atlanta didn’t make it on the TV front.
A number of these titles - like Roma, Kominsky Method, Bodyguard, Alienist, etc are on Netflix, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is on Amazon Prime. So before January 6th rolls around, It's not too late to catch up on these acclaimed films and TV series/specials. Happy viewing!
Lead images from @goldenglobes