by Chris Connor
While surrounded by the controversy of late the Golden Globes have often been seen as a precursor to the Awards season setting the scene for scenarios that might unfold at the likes of the BAFTA’s and Oscars. The nominations for next month’s ceremony, taking place on January 9th have been announced. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast and Jane Campion’s long-awaited return The Power Of The Dog lead the way with seven nominations apiece. Don’t Look Up, West Side Story, Licorice Pizza and King Richard follow with four noms each.
In the Best Picture categories perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion of CODA which has earned rave reviews but not been heavily featured in awards talk. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune also makes up the Best Picture Drama line-up with King Richard, Belfast, and The Power Of The Dog while Licorice Pizza finds itself in the mix for the Comedy or Musical category alongside tick, tick BOOM!, Don’t Look Up, West Side Story and Cyrano.
In terms of acting nominees, there aren’t too many surprises with Kristen Stewart at the front of the Best Actress race with competition from Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman. Will Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch lead the Best Actor Drama category with the surprise inclusion of Denzel Washington for Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. The Best Actress Musical or Comedy field has two newcomers in Alana Haim and Rachel Zegler for Licorice Pizza and West Side Story respectively.
In Best Actor in a Comedy/Drama Andrew Garfield features alongside Leonardo Dicaprio and Cooper Hoffman. Supporting Actress which is one of the most wide-open races of this year’s awards season is intriguing with Catriona Balfe featuring for Belfast alongside Ariana DeBose for West Side Story, Kirsten Dunst for The Power of The Dog, Ruth Negga for Passing, and Aunjanue Ellis for King Richard.
Supporting actor sees Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds face off for Belfast while Ben Affleck features for George Clooney’s The Tender Bar, this is another category to feature CODA further boosting the credibility of its award with Troy Kotsur. The category is rounded out by Kodi Smit- McPhee for The Power of The Dog.
For Best Director, it is refreshing to see two women included with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jane Campion alongside Steven Spielberg, Denis Villeneuve and Kenneth Branagh. Perhaps the surprise omission here is Paul Thomas Anderson although he has received an Original Screenplay nomination. Also nominated for Screenplay are Jane Campion, Branagh, Aaron Sorkin for Being the Ricardos and Adam Mckay.
The foreign-language category is notable for omitting Titane which is France’s entry for the Oscars and took the festival circuit by storm, here we get the acclaimed Drive My Car, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand Of God and Almodovar’s latest Parallel Mothers.
With the Critics Choice awards also announced the Golden Globes give us an early glimpse at how awards season might unfold and while there are some positive signs it is perhaps a shame foreign-language cinema is being neglected in some of the major categories especially with the breadth of quality on display over the past twelve months.
Find the full list of winners here.
Golden Globe Winners are announced on Sunday, 9 January 2022