Snubs And Surprises - The 2019 Golden Globe Nominations

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Nominations For The 2019 Golden Globe Awards

Awards season kicked off today with the nominations for 2019’s Golden Globes. As is ever the case, the event was full of snubs and surprises. 


Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney comedy/bio pic, Vice, came away with the most nods - scooping a total of six nominations. Meanwhile, A Star Is Born got five nominations including best picture (drama), actress (Lady Gaga), director and actor (Bradley Cooper) and best original song (for Shallow).


Here are the film nominations for the ceremony on 7 January 2019 - along with some of my initial thoughts.

The Nominees

Best Motion Picture - Drama

I was happy with (because I love them all) four of the five nominated films in this category. Interestingly, this is the first time a Marvel movie has been nominated (and it has three noms). However, including Bohemian Rhapsody at the expense of such incredible (and, in my opinion, far superior) films as Leave No Trace, Widows and First Man just seems ridiculous.


Best Motion Picture - Comedy

While four out of the five nominees for best motion picture - comedy have not yet been released in the UK, this category looks like a big vote for crowd pleasers. 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Glenn Close - The Wife
  • Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born
  • Nicole Kidman - Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike - A Private War

In a competitive category, Rosamund Pike’s nomination for A Private War (about journalist, Marie Colvin) came as a surprise. I was disappointed that Toni Collette did not get a nomination for her incredible performance in Hereditary (which failed to receive any nominations).


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

  • Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe - At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges - Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington - BlacKkKlansman

Another strong category. While I am not sure who I would remove, it is a shame that Ryan Gosling could not also be recognised for his powerful performance in First Man. Likewise, Ethan Hawke for First Reformed.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt - Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Coleman - The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher - Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron - Tully
  • Constance Wu - Crazy Rich Asians

It is lovely to see Elsie Fisher nominated for her performance in Eighth Grade and also Charlize Theron for Tully (not sure how much of a musical or comedy Tully is, however). 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale - Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda - Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen - Green Book
  • Robert Redford - The Old Man & The Gun
  • John C. Reilly - Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

I have yet to see Vice or The Favourite. I really enjoyed Claire Foy’s performance in First Man. However, I thought Regina King's performance was stunning in If Beale Street Could Talk. Absolutely stunning. 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Sam Rockwell’s nomination came as a surprise - particularly as Sam Elliott was not recognised for his incredible performance in A Star Is Born.


Best Director - Motion Picture

  • Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
  • Peter Farrelly - Green Book
  • Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McCay - Vice

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

  • Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
  • Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara - The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins - If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Adam McCay - Vice
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly - Green Book

Best Motion Picture - Animated

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

A fantastic selection of films here but I am both surprised and saddened that the superb Cold War did not make the list.


Best Original Score - Motion Picture

  • Marco Beltrami - A Quiet Place
  • Alexandre Desplat - Isle Of Dogs
  • Ludwig Göransson - Black Panther
  • Justin Hurwitz - First Man
  • Marc Shaiman - Mary Poppins Returns

Many people were surprised at Marco Beltrami’s nomination for A Quiet Place. I was sad that If Beale Street Could Talk didn’t get a nod.


Best Original Song - Motion Picture

  • All The Stars - Black Panther
  • Girl In The Movies - Dumplin’
  • Requiem For A Private War - A Private War
  • Revelation - Boy Erased
  • Shallow - A Star Is Born

Is Shallow a shoe-in? We’ll see on the night!


What Do You Think?

What do you think of these nominations? Let me know in the comments section below or over on Twitter. You can find me @500DaysOfFilm.

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