Wednesday, February 3, 2021



When COVID-19 shuttered cinemas and forced blockbuster films to either delay release or go streaming, one question in mind would be: Is there anything or anyone to give awards to by early next year? Of course; and it would be silly not to. For instance, the Golden Globes not only gives awards to films but also to TV content, and already the definition of the former already rule out the necessity of having to release in a movie theater. Speculations on which films and series will get a chance to win a Golden Globe have been intense the past few days. Now, we know them.

Vanity Fair tells us that the nominees for the 78th Golden Globe Awards later this month have finally been revealed as of this past Wednesday, February 3. Taraji P. Henson and Sarah Jessica Parker announced the lucky movies and shows, a solid portion of which hail from streaming platforms. Speaking of which, this is certainly another coup for Netflix, in that it has several films and series in the list and with multiple nominations too.

For instance, not only did Netflix get great reception for their movie “Mank” (about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and the development of “Citizen Kane”), but also from “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which Paramount Pictures made available to them after a 2020 cinema premiere became impossible. Between these two, 11 nominations already belong to Netflix. Other streaming services would not let that go unchallenged however. Hulu has “Nomadland” while Amazon’s Prime Video got Sascha Baron Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent MovieFilm” sequel to his 2006 blockbuster. And Disney+ has got two nominations for its stage recording of hit musical “Hamilton,” one for the film itself and another for Lin-Manuel Miranda as Best Actor, Motion Picture – Drama.

Netflix domination is still in effect over at the TV nominee list. Be it Drama or Musical/Comedy, the streaming giant and its content are up for contention. “The Crown” is still going strong with six nominations total for Drama, while “Emily in Paris” represents Netflix in Comedy Series. Here though the battlefield is more contentious with rivals in “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max), “The Great” (Hulu), Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) and lone TV network entry “Schitt’s Creek.” It is not surprising to find Disney+ in this side too, but only for a lone nomination with “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian.”

There is a sort of real-life parallel in the TV acting nomination for drama, in that “The Crown” stars Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin are both nominated for Best Actress. That would be Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, respectively. Meanwhile for the supporting actress category, Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher and Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret go head to head. Finally, Josh O’Connor rounds up the Netflix nominations for “The Crown,” being nominated for Best Actor, Drama as Prince Charles.

The 78th Golden Globes, having been delayed two months from its usual awarding period, will be held February 28 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and The Rainbow Room at Manhattan, New York. It will be aired on NBC.

Image courtesy of The Ringer


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