Marriage Story tops Golden Globe Award nominations

Noah Baumbach's divorce portrait Marriage Story leads nominations for the 77th Golden Globes with six, including for best dramatic film.

Comedian Ricky Gervais will host the Globes, for the 5th time, on Jan. 5.

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up, Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, leads the Golden Globe nominations. (TIFF)

With four films up for best picture, four series nominated for the top television awards and 34 total nominations, Netflix dominated the 77th Golden Globe nominations announced Monday.

Noah Baumbach's divorce portrait Marriage Story led all films with six nominations, including for best picture, drama and acting nods for its two leads, Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, as announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Marriage Story, which landed on Netflix on Friday after a three-week run in cinemas, also earned nods for Baumbach's script, Laura Dern's supporting performance and Randy Newman's score. The only notable category it missed was Baumbach for best director.

Three other Netflix films landed best picture nods, chief among them Martin Scorsese's mob epic The Irishman, which landed five nominations, including for best drama picture, best director for Scorsese, and supporting acting nods for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Surprisingly left out was its lead, Robert De Niro.

Best motion picture, musical or comedy:

  • Dolemite is My Name.
  • Jojo Rabbit.
  • Knives Out.
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
  • Rocketman.

Best motion picture, drama:

  • 1917
  • The Irishman.
  • Joker.
  • Marriage Story.
  • The Two Popes.

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    Best foreign language film:

    • The Farewell.
    • Les Misérables.
    • Pain and Glory.
    • Parasite.
    • Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

    Best motion picture, animated:

    • Frozen 2.
    • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
    • The Lion King.
    • Missing Link.
    • Toy Story 4.

    Canadian filmmaker Dean DeBlois of Aylmer, Que., wrote and directed How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final instalment in the Oscar-nominated animated film trilogy. Montreal-raised actor Jay Baruchel voices the lead character, a young Viking named Hiccup.

    Streaming projects on top

    Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Los Angeles fable Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood also scored five nominations, including for best film comedy or musical, and nods for actors Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Tarantino is also up for best director.

    Best director, motion picture

    • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite.
    • Sam Mendes, 1917.
    • Tod Phillips, Joker.
    • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman.
    • Quentin Taratino, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

    But Netflix flexed its muscles across all categories, just as it is girding for battle with a host of new streaming services.

    Netflix productions, both series and movies (such as Eddie Murphy's Dolemite Is My Name), dominated the Globe nominations. (NETFLIX)

    Two other films garnered best picture nods: the Vatican bromance The Two Popes in the drama category (along with nominations for stars, Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins), and the Eddie Murphy-led Dolemite Is My Name in the comedy category (along with an acting nod for Murphy).

    Two Netflix series tied HBO's Chernobyl with the most nominations on the TV side: The Crown and Unbelievable. All scored four nods. Netflix's The Kominsky Method and The Politician also landed best series, comedy or musical, nominations alongside Emmy favourites Fleabag, from Amazon, and HBO's Barry.

    Led by ChernobylSuccession and Big Little Lies, HBO still had a strong showing with 15 nods overall, second to Netflix's 17 television nominations, even if the final season of Game of Thrones missed a best drama series nod.

    Streamer newcomer The Morning Show earned several nominations, including for Jennifer Aniston, at left with co-star Steve Carell. (Hilary B. Gayle/Apple TV Plus via The Associated Press)

    Best TV series, drama:

    • Big Little Lies
    • The Crown.
    • Killing Eve.
    • The Morning Show.
    • Succession.

    Best TV series, comedy: 

    • Barry.
    • Fleabag.
    • The Kominsky Method.
    • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
    • The Politician.

    Best TV movie or limited-series:

    • Catch 22.
    • Chernobyl.
    • Fosse/Verdon.
    • The Loudest Voice.
    • Unbelievable.
    HBO's mini-series Chernobyl was among the leading TV nominees, with four nominations. (HBO)

    But streaming services made greater inroads to one of Hollywood's biggest parties than ever before. Amazon had 8 nominations in total, boosted by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Fleabag

    The recently launched Apple TV Plus scored its first Globes nominations with The Morning Show, including nods for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

    Acting nominees include: 

    Best actress in a motion picture, drama:

    • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet.
    • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story.
    • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women.
    • Charlize Theron, Bombshell.
    • Renée Zellweger, Judy.

    Best actor in a motion picture, drama:

    • Christian Bale, Ford v. Ferrari.
    • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory.
    • Adam Driver, Marriage Story.
    • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker.
    • Jonathan Price, The Two Popes.

    Best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy:

    • Ana de Armas, Knives Out.
    • Akwafina, The Farewell.
    • Cate Blanchett, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
    • Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart.
    • Emma Thompson, Late Night.
    Young Roman Griffin Davis, left, earned an acting nomination for his role in the Second World War satire Jojo Rabbit. (Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox)

    Best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy:

    • Daniel Craig, Knives Out.
    • Roman Griffin Davis,  Jojo Rabbit.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
    • Taron Egerton, Rocketman.
    • Eddie Murphy, Dolomite Is My Name.

    Best supporting actor in a motion picture:

    • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
    • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes.
    • Al Pacino, The Irishman.
    • Joe Pesci, The Irishman.
    • Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

     Best supporting actress in a motion picture:

    • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell.
    • Annette Bening, The Report.
    • Laura Dern, Marriage Story.
    • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers.
    • Margot Robbie, Bombshell.
    Jennifer Lopez, in Hustlers with co-star Constance Wu, earned a supporting actress nomination for her role in the inspired-by-real-life stripper tale. (STXfilms/Elevation Pictures)

    Best actress, TV musical or comedy:

    • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me.
    • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
    • Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
    • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll.
    • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag.

    Best actor, TV musical or comedy:

    • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method.
    • Bill Hader, Barry.
    • Ben Platt, The Politician.
    • Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself.
    • Ramy Youssef, Rami.

    Best actress in a TV series, drama:

    • Jennifer Aniston,  The Morning Show.
    • Olivia Coleman, The Crown.
    • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve.
    • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies.
    • Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show.

    Best actor in a TV series, drama:

    • Brian Cox, Succession.
    • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
    • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot.
    • Tobias Menzies, The Crown.
    • Billy Porter, Pose.
    Billy Porter, in a scene from Pose, is among the TV acting nominees. (Jojo Whilden/FX/Associated Press)

    Best actor, limited-series or TV movie:

    • Christopher Abbott, Catch 22.
    • Sasha Baron Cohen, The Spy.
    • Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice.
    • Jared Harris, Chernobyl.
    • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon.

     Best actress, limited-series or TV movie:

    • Kaitlyn Dever , Unbelievable.
    • Joey King, The Act.
    • Helen Mirren, Catherine The Great.
    • Merritt Dever, Unbelievable.
    • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon.
    Michelle Williams earned an acting nod forthe limited series Fosse/Verdon, as did her co-star Sam Rockwell. (Eric Liebowitz/FX via Associated Press)

    In the early going, Netflix has dominated awards season. The Irishman last week won best film from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. Marriage Story virtually swept the IFP Gotham Awards.

    The Globes, with 87 voting members, differ wildly from the Academy Awards, which are decided by 9,000 industry professionals. But the press association's choices sometimes line up with the academy's, like last year when Green Book (entered as a comedy at the Globes) triumphed at both.

    This year could give the Globes slightly more sway because the awards season is especially truncated. The Academy Awards are being held several weeks early, on Feb. 9, giving Oscar campaigns less time to find momentum. But several possible Academy Awards favourites weren't even eligible in the Globes' top categories.

    Even though the press association is a group of foreign journalists based in Los Angeles, they don't nominate international films for best drama or best comedy/musical. That ruled out Bong Joon Ho's social satire Parasite (which the Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted the year's best on Sunday) and Lulu Wang's family drama The Farewell, both of which are expected to be in the Oscar mix.

    Family-centred Mandarin and English-language dramedy The Farewell earned an acting nod for Awkwafina, seen at centre, and for best foreign-language film. (VVS Films)

    Ricky Gervais will host the Globes for the fifth time, on Jan. 5.

    Hanks will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The Carol Burnett Award will go to Ellen DeGeneres.

    Best supporting actress, series, limited-series or TV movie:

    • Patricia Arquette, The Act.
    • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown.
    • Toni Colette, Unbelievable.
    • Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies.
    • Emily Watson, Chernobyl.

    Best supporting actor, series, limited-series, or TV movie:

    • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method.
    • Kieran Culkin, Succession.
    • Andrew Scott, Fleabag.
    • Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl.
    • Henry Winkler, Barry.
    South Korean class-struggle tale Parasite, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, has nabbed a number of Globe nominations. (TIFF)

    Best motion picture screenplay: 

    • Marriage Story.
    • Parasite.
    • The Two Popes.
    • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
    • The Irishman.

     Best original score, motion picture

    • Alexandre Desplat, Little Women.
    • Hildur Ingveldar Guðnadóttir , Joker.
    • Randy Newman, Marriage Story.
    • Thomas Newman, 1917.
    • Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn. 

    Best original song, motion picture

    • Beautiful Ghosts (Cats), Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift.
    • I'm Gonna Love Me Again (Rocketman), Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
    • Into the Unknown (Frozen 2), Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Robert Lopez.
    • Spirit (The Lion King), Beyoncé, IIya Salmanzadeh and Timothy McKenzie.
    • Stand Up (Harriet), Cynthia Erivo and Joshuah Brian Campbell.


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