Golden Globes 2021: The Nominations

Perhaps the most popular awards ceremony only following the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes cover both the best of film and television, and will be hosted this year by the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Whether it be cracking down on category fraud (Moving Promising Young Woman to drama and shifting the actor placements for films such as One Night In Miami and Supernova), making controversial decisions (with Hamilton eligible for Comedy/Musical and Minari only for Foreign Language), or nominating a strange mix of established frontrunners and long shots beloved by the industry… the Globes are known to be quite a strange beast when it comes to how closely they align with the consensus of other awards bodies.

This year had many welcome surprises such as Promising Young Woman (which nabbed 4 nominations after many thought it would completely miss out), Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster being nominated for The Mauritanian, and more. There were also some more displeasing ones (Jared Leto sneaking in for The Little Things and the ableist film Music nabbing a few nominations despite no one knowing it was eligible). While there were a few unpleasant snubs as well (no sign of Da 5 Bloods here), the director category seems to be one that left many surprisingly happy! Chloe Zhao, Regina King, and Emerald Fennell are now the sixth, seventh, and eighth women to be nominated for directing in all of this award show’s history. They join Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, and Kathryn Bigelow

The Globes help guide the films that will eventually become Academy Award winners and nominees. With the ever unpredictable nominations having been announced this morning, read on to find out just how many snubs and surprises took place in the final lineup for The 2021 Golden Globes! You can also find the full list of nominations for the 2021 Critics Choice Awards and SAG Awards on DiscussingFilm.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)
“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)
“The Great” (Hulu) 
“Schitt’s Creek” (CBC) 
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) 
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”) 
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Al Pacino (“Hunters”) 
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”) 
Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)
Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”) 
Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”) 
Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) 

Best Director – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix) 
Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) 
Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or 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 Motion Picture – Drama

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) 
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) 
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) 
Gary Oldman (“Mank”) 
Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”)

Best Television Series – Drama 

“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max) 
“The Mandalorian” (Disney+) 
“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Ratched” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama 

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) 
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”) 
Laura Linney (“Ozark”) 
Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”) 
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”) 
Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”) 
Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”) 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or 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 Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Viola Davis (“Ma 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 Motion Picture – Drama 

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) 
“Mank” (Netflix) 
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 
“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) 
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

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 Original Score – Motion Picture 

“The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat 
“Tenet” (Warner Bros.) – Ludwig Göransson 
“News of the World” (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard 
“Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross 
“Soul” (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”) 
Elle Fanning (“The Great”) 
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) 
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) 

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

“Normal People” (Hulu/BBC) 
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) 
“Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC) 
“The Undoing” (HBO) 
“Unorthodox” (Netflix) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

John Boyega (“Small Axe”) 
Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”) 
Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 
Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)
Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”) 

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios) 
“Hamilton” (Walt Disney Pictures) 
“Palm Springs” (Neon) 
“Music” (Vertical Entertainment)
“The Prom” (Netflix) 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture 

Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”) 
Olivia Colman (“The Father”) 
Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) 
Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language 

“Another Round” (Samuel Goldwyn Films) 
“La Llorona” (Shudder) 
“The Life Ahead” (Netflix) 
“Minari” (A24) 
“Two of Us”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture 

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) 
“Mank” (Netflix) 
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) 
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) 
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy 

Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”) 
Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) 
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”) 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”) 
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”) 
Julia Garner (“Ozark”) 
Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”) 
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas 
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste
“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi 
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth 
“Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” (Hulu) – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

Best Motion Picture – Animated 

“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal Pictures) 
“Onward” (Walt Disney Pictures) 
“Over the Moon” (Netflix) 
“Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures) 
“Wolfwalkers” (Cartoon Saloon)

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