Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Awards Season well and truly cranking up in Hollywood. We’re still a short while away from this year’s Oscar nominations, but as ever they’re preceded by the shortlists for the Golden Globes – and the 2020 list perhaps gives a hint of where the Academy might cast its eye this year.
In short, it’s looking like good news for Joker – and it could be a top year for Netflix.
Leading the way with the most nominations is Noah Baumbach’s Netflix movie Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple in the midst of a divorce. Its six nominations are for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Actor (Drama) for Driver, Best Actress (Drama) for Johansson, Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern, Best Screenplay for Baumbach, and Best Score for Randy Newman.
The streaming service is also providing its own stiff competition, with Martin Scorsese’s mobster opus The Irishman receiving five nominations – including Best Motion Picture (Drama), Supporting Actor nods for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Best Director for Scorsese, and Best Screenplay for Steven Zaillian. Curiously, there’s no nomination for Robert De Niro.
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Also receiving five nominations was Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – a Tinseltown tale that clearly proved resonant with the, er, Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In a typical Golden Globes category quirk, this one is up for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) despite not being a musical or a comedy.
t’s also nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay, with Leonardo DiCaprio nominated for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), and Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actor (Musical or Comedy). Despite all the controversy, Joker has also fared well – and possibly hinted at more awards recognition to come – with four nominations. Todd Phillips is up for Best Director, Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor, and it’s got a coveted Best Motion Picture (Drama) nod. It’s also been nominated for Hildur Gudnadóttir’s score.
Elsewhere, The Two Popes bagged four nominations, and the likes of Parasite, 1917, Knives Out and Rocketman each received three. Away from the usual awards contenders, it’s great to see Beanie Feldstein nominated for her performance in Booksmart, young actor Roman Griffin Davis recognised for his lead role in Jojo Rabbit, and Jennifer Lopez gain traction for her much-lauded turn in Hustlers.
Plus, Eddie Murphy’s comeback in Dolemite Is My Name has also broken through to the Globes. It is, however, another all-male list of Directors (no Greta Gerwig, Lulu Wang or Lorene Scafaria here).
Of course, the total number of nominations for a film doesn’t necessarily equate to overall awards success – so stay tuned to the campaigns ahead of next year’s ceremony on 5 January to see which ones soar and which start to flag. Read the full list of movie nominations below.