The film Mank, TV collection The Crown bag six nominations for the Golden Globe Awards 2021

The pandemic has forced a big change in the way award shows are being held, but this doesn’t make the functions less of a starry affair. As the nomination list for Golden Globe Awards 2021 was released on Wednesday, it also came to light that the first major award show in the lead up to the Oscars will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on February 28. We bring you the highlights from the nominations and nominees’ reactions.

A still from The Crown

It’s a tie

The movie Mank and TV series The Crown each got six nominations, the maximum for any project this year. Critically acclaimed movie M ank, in addition to David Fincher’s Best Director nod, secured nominations for Best Film, Best Actor for Gary Oldman, Best Supporting Actress for Amanda Seyfried, Best Score and Best Screenplay for Jack Fincher.

Chadwick Boseman

Celebrating legends

This year a special honour will be given to late actor Chadwick Boseman, who died last August after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He has been posthumously nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Hollywood legends Norman Lear and Jane Fonda will also be honoured at the ceremony. Lear will receive the Carol Burnett Award, while Fonda will get the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

A bi-coastal event

The Golden Globes ceremony will take place from both Los Angeles and New York, and those nominated for their work will take part from locations around the world. Comedian Tina Fey will broadcast live on NBC television from the Rainbow Room in New York, while co-host Amy Poehler will be inside the Beverly Hilton. — Reuters

Unity in diversity

From the movie version of rap-infused musical Hamilton to LGBTQ musical The Prom and director nods for three women, the nominations recognised social justice issues and performers of ‘colour’.

Variety calculated that a record 30 per cent of the acting nominees in the film categories were non-white. They included Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, in his last film role, the jazz period piece Black Bottom; British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed as a drummer going deaf in Sound of Metal; Andra Day for her role in The United States vs. Billie Holiday; and Dev Patel for his modern twist on Charles Dickens’ The Personal History of David Copperfield.

That’s what they said…

“Thank you, thank you! I am truly honoured to be named amongst a group of such talented and inspirational women…” — Emma Corrin, Best Actress nominee in TV Drama Series for The Crown.

“Despite being a pandemic year, there is a comfort of sorts in embracing traditions,” — Gary Oldman nominated for Mank.

“I’m very grateful. Just to be nominated is a massive honour…I’m am happy for Nicole (Kidman) and Donald (Sutherland) for their nominations.” — Hugh Grant, Best Actor for TV Movie Limited Series, Undoing. — Reuters

Best from OTT

When it comes to OTT platforms, Netflix got the most nominations; both film, with 22 nominations, and television, with 20 – totalling up to 42. Twenty of those nods came for television shows like The Queen’s Gambit, Ozark, The Crown and Unorthodox. The rest came from films like Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7. On the other hand, Amazon Prime Video has fetched nine nominations. Other titles of Amazon include Best Television Limited Series — Small Axe; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series –Al Pacino, Hunters. Meanwhile, Disney+ Hotstar scored a best drama series nod for The Mandalorian.

Indian connect

Meanwhile, British-Indian actor Dev Patel has been nominated for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in A Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy’ award for his role in The Personal History of David Copperfield. Soorarai Pottru, directed by Sudha Kongara, had made headlines a couple of days ago by making it to the third round of Golden Globes Awards, but could not make the final cut. Let us not lose hope, this Suriya Sivakumar-starrer is still in the race for Oscars!

Woman power

This is for the first time that three women directors have got nominations in the same year. These include Regina King for One Night in Miami, Chloe Zhao for Nomadland and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman.


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