Golden Globes 2021: Netflix and directors get their hands on the nominations


DECRYPTION – Mank and Chicago Seven are ahead of studio films in a year marked by theatrical closures and the breakthrough of a trio of female filmmakers: Chloe Zhao, Emerald Fennell and Regina King. Unheard of for this ceremony to be held on February 28!

In a year of pandemic marked by long months of movie theater closures, spirits are not necessarily at the party. But with the announcement this Wednesday of the Golden Globe nominations, the 2021 awards season has indeed started and, as expected, enshrines the power of streaming platforms. For the first time, they are ahead of the traditional film studios which have continued to postpone their film releases.

Carried by the six quotes of the very serious Mank, homage of David Fincher to the genesis of Citizen Kane and the five of Chicago Seven Aaron Sorkin, Netflix leads the race with 22 selections. The Los Gatos firm is followed by Amazon which harvests between One Night in Miami, Borat 2 and The Sound Of Metal seven nominations. Hulu and Apple are also distinguished.

Representatives of the Old Hollywood Order, Sony, Searchlight and Focus follow with five nominations each, thanks in particular to The Father, the adaptation of Florian Zeller’s play with Anthony Hopkins, Nomadland, award-winning twilight road trip to Venice and feminist comedy Promising Young Woman. These three feature films will attempt to snatch the King’s Trophy for Best Drama on February 28 Mank and very political Chicago Seven.

In the comedy and musical section oppose each other Hamilton (Disney +), Borat 2 (Amazon), The Prom (Netflix), Palm Springs (Hulu) and Music.

Another revolution in this post-MeToo era, the Golden Globes nominated a majority of women in the best achievement category. In eight decades, only Barbara Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay and Kathryn Bigelow had broken that glass ceiling. In 2021, there are three: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), the two actresses and directors Regina King (One Night In Miami), star of Watchmen and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) who plays Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown. They will face the directors, outnumbered, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin.

Surprise nomination for French Tahar Rahim

This openness of the 90 international journalists based in California who make up the Golden Globes was astonishing. Last year, their reluctance had exasperated Greta Gerwig (Daughters of Doctor March) and Lulu Wang (The farewell). Paradoxically, notes the specialist magazine The Hollywood Reporter, it is therefore this category of the best realization which is also the one which advocates diversity with an African-American (King) and a filmmaker of Asian origin (Zhao). On the other hand, Spike Lee remains at the foot of the steps. His Da 5 Blood one of the big favorites of the critics, will have been snubbed in all categories. Just like the most controversial Tenet by Christopher Nolan who saves the honor with his soundtrack.

The situation is more contrasted in the categories that take precedence over interpretations. For best dramatic actor, the hero of Black panther Chadwick Boseman collects posthumous citation for Ma Rainey’s blues and finds himself alongside the British of Pakistani origin Riz Ahmed, a musician (also) becoming deaf in Sound Of Metal, French of Algerian origin Tahar Rahim (Designated guilty) which surprised and veterans Gary Oldman (Mank) and Anthony Hopkins (The Father).

Zendaya, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman forgotten

In women, African-American actresses Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s blues) and Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) alongside Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and the English Carey Mulligan, a young woman on her way to revenge in Promising Young Woman and Vanessa Kirby mother of a stillborn child in Pieces of a Woman. Yet approached as a serious contender, Zendaya did not convince voters with the intense and angry Malcolm & Marie.

On the other hand, no colored interpreter was selected in the categories best comedy actress where Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman (The Prom) are conspicuous by their absence. Same thing for best supporting actress where Jodie Foster, partner of Tahar Rahim, and Glenn Close (An American ode) burst in. In the best comedy actor section, Dev Patel (David Copperfield) and Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) percent. Among the best supporting roles slip Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami).

Double ration

Presented as one of the barometers of the Oscars even if the composition of their electoral bodies has nothing to do with it, the Golden Globes offer the nominees crucial media exposure to hope to win an invitation to the supreme ceremony.

Mocked for her favoritism towards superstars (this year the most unlikely nomination goes to Kate Hudson in Sia’s Music controversy on autism), the Golden Globes have the particularity of distinguishing between comedy and drama, as well as between television and cinema.

This price inflation allows certain elected officials to collect the nominations. Heroes of Borat 2 and Chicago Seven, Sacha Baron Coen has two nominations. Ditto for Olivia Colman honored The Father and the series The Crown and Anya Taylor-Joy for the cheerful adaptation ofEmma and the chess saga The lady’s game. As on the big screen, Netflix reigns supreme, with 20 quotes, on the categories of the small screen thanks to the hegemony of The Crown, Ozark, Ratched and Emily in Paris.

Due to the pandemic, it is not yet clear what form the Golden Globes ceremony will take on February 28. Will there be winners on stage? Will they show up by videoconference? Hosted by accomplices Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, they will take place for the first time in a long time on two sets: one on the East Coast in New York, the other in California in Los Angeles.

In addition to Tahar Rahim, French moviegoers will be on the lookout for a possible trophy for playwright Florian Zeller and composer Alexandre Desplat, the only survivor of George Clooney’s apocalyptic film, Midnight in the universe. The love thriller Of them by Filippo Meneghetti, France’s Oscar candidate, is also in the running for the Golden Globe for best foreign film.

List of main appointments

Best drama
The Father
Mank
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Dramatic Actress
Viola Davis, My Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Dramatic Actor
Ahmed Rice, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, My Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, Tea Mauritanian

Best comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Music
Palm springs
The Prom

Best Actress in a Comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Actor in a Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm springs

Best Supporting Actress
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best 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

Best director
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Original Screenplay
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best animated film
The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over the moon
Drunk
Wolfwalkers

Best Foreign Film
Drunk
La Llorona
The Life Ahead
Minari
Of them


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