The list of the Golden Globe nominations was released yesterday and it was clearly exciting. This is the moment I wait for all year and while this isn’t a definitive idea of what to expect for the Oscars it’s very clear that this award season is going to be stacked to the rafters with talent and arguments for each actor and actress to win the awards this season. So, with no further delay, here’s the list of Golden Globe nominations.
(I will stick to listing the movies and not the television shows.)
Best Animated Feature Film
Three animated Disney movies in the run for Best Animated Film at the Golden Globes. Which one will win? I’m guessing that Toy Story 4 will probably take home the title, considering that it was a legitimately good story with plenty of heart, as expected. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, if better, would probably be the home run favorite for the recipient of this prize. And Frozen II, while smashing box-office expectations, was said to feel a bit derivative and not unique enough to stand out.
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
The five movies to be nominated for this category are musical scores for darker and more serious films; 1917, Joker, Motherless Brooklyn, Little Women, and Marriage Story. I haven’t seen these five movies but I am confident in knowing that the musical scores are probably sublime and, just guessing here, I feel that Joker will probably win.
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
Original songs created for movies can make a film stand out in your memory and the five songs nominated for this category are powerful songs made for powerful movies. Here they are.
- “Beautiful Ghost” from Cats
- “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman
- “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II
- “Stand Up” from Harriet
- “Spirit” from The Lion King
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Good movies stick with you because of the film’s storytelling. The five movies nominated for this category epitomized great writing and story building. Here are the nominees.
- Marriage Story
- Once Upon in a Time in Hollywood
- The Irishman
- Two Popes
Of these five films, the movie that stood out the most to me was Parasite. The soaring reviews I’ve read about the film have depicted a truly genius story that features the ugliness of humanity in a way that shocked viewers into loving this movie. And, with an 8.6 out of 10 star rating on IMDb, listing it as the 34th best film of all time, it’s very clear that this movie should win this award.
The five directors nominated this year at the Golden Globes are:
- Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
- Sam Mendes for 1917
- Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Todd Phillips for Joker
- Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite
I would like to see Todd Phillips for his work on Joker which looked visually incredible. The directorial angles presented to showcase Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker in a truly haunting and disturbing way is one of the reasons why I wanted to see this movie. I think it would be fantastic for him to be rewarded for bringing this terrifying comic-book movie villain to life.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Rocketman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Knives Out, Jojo Rabbit, and Dolemite is My Name. Of these five films which one will be the winner? I would give the award to Knives Out, which some critics are saying is the best murder mystery movie ever made. Jojo Rabbit has plenty of approving reviews but in a time when racism is such a strong topic, I think heralding a comedy that has something to do with the Nazis wouldn’t be a great idea.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
First off, it’s so nice to see that Eddie Murphy is part of this list. Does this mean he’ll get an Oscar nomination? Not likely. But the fact that he’s back in the spotlight like this is truly exciting. Two, eleven-year-old Roman Griffith Davis’s movie debut has earned him a Golden Globe nomination! Wow! Good for you kid.
I’m thinking, of these five actors, that the winner of this award could be between Taron Egerton, who famously portrayed the iconic Elton John in this year’s Rocketman, and Eddie Murphy for his critically-acclaimed role in Dolemite Is My Name. We’ll see what happens.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Here are the five actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
- Awkwafina for The Farewell
- Beanie Feldstein for Booksmart
- Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette
- Ana de Armas for Knives Out
- Emma Thompson for Late Night
This category has me completely at a loss for words. I have no idea who’s going to win. In fact, I was shocked to see Cate Blanchett get his nomination for her role as Bernadette Fox in Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I’m thinking Awkwafina will probably win, considering that she’s been getting so much critical acclaim for her recent roles.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
This is a stacked list of nominees; Brad Pitt, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, and Anthony Hopkins! Wow. Who is going to win? Tom Hanks portrayed Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were the two shining lights in the ultimately boring Netflix film, The Irishman. And Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt managed to steal the show in their respective films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Two Popes.
Like I said before, this is a stacked list and I have absolutely no idea who is going to win.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers? Hmm. Laura Dern for Marriage Story. Interesting. Margot Robbie for Bombshell. Understandable. Annette Benning for The Report. Expected. And Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell. Exciting. This is another category whose winner I can’t determine but I’m sure the winner will be a satisfying pick.
Best Actor for a Motion Picture – Drama
It’s no surprise that Adam Driver has been nominated (yay!) for his searing role in Marriage Story. I was a bit shocked that Christian Bale was nominated for his role in Ford vs. Ferrari but I’m happy for him. He’s a great actor. I, however, believe that this is a runaway for Joaquin Phoenix. He brought The Joker to life in a way that deserves a Golden Globe (and eventual Oscar) win.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Scarlet Johansson sheds the tight black suit and red hair to play a grief-stricken, heartbroken mother preparing for divorce, reminding us why she is one of the best actresses around. Her performance alongside Driver has been the talk of the town since the movie’s film festival premiere earlier this year. Charlize Theron’s nomination for Bombshell is entirely expected. Cynthia Erivo brings a legend to life in Harriet. And Saoirse Ronan and Renee Zelwegger, for their roles in Little Women and Judy, have definitely got critics talking.
Who will win? I’m thinking maybe Johansson could snag a win, which would be incredible. I’m so happy to see her putting her acting chops on full display.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
This is incredible. Netflix has three! movies in the running for this category. And deservedly so. But can these films beat out Joker, the film that has had people talking since August when the movie received an eight-minute standing ovation at its film festival premiere? I’m not sure. I do know one thing though. It’s very clear that we may be looking at at least five movies in the running for Best Pictures at the Oscars this year.
The Golden Globes, hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, will take place on January 5. I can’t wait to see what happens!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.