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Golden Globes 2019: rounding up this year's nominations

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This year's Golden Globe nominations are in, and indicate the movies that may potentially be in line for Oscars. Scroll down for details on the frontrunners in the race for this year's top trophies.

What movie is leading the Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama?

In a delightful surprise, Marvel's Black Panther has been nominated – a sure sign of how the movie has transcended its blockbuster trappings to emerge as a cultural talking point. Ryan Coogler's movie was lauded for opening up the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of diversity of representation, introducing us to secretive African kingdom Wakanda and fashioning an action epic with its finger firmly on the pulse.


Whether it'll win or not is another matter – the rest of the competition is relatively more traditional awards fare and likely to put up a fight. Queen musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is in there, despite generating mixed reviews for its take on the life of tortured frontman Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek). Also featuring, as expected, are Bradley Cooper's lauded directorial debut A Star is Born and Barry Jenkins' tender racial drama If Beale Street Could Talk, his follow-up to 2016's Moonlight.


Kudos to the Globes voters however for recognising an altogether spikier, more confrontational film in the form of BlacKkKlansman. Spike Lee's critical hit uses the colourful, big-haired framework of 1970s Blaxploitation movies to bring us the horrifying and funny true story of an African-American police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. This or Black Panther would be the boldest choices for the prize, but maybe the Globes will stick with something 'safer'.




What movie is leading the Golden Globe nominations for Best Musical or Comedy?

The Globes split the Best Film category into two, and away from the dramatic field, the Best Musical or Comedy category is just as diverse. Bawdy historical comedy The Favourite is, well, the favourite in this category, buoyed by enthusiastic reviews that have praised all aspects of the production from the direction to the cast, the production design to the costumes.

Gleefully tearing up the stuffy historical drama template with a bracing dose of bad behaviour and a central power struggle between three women, it's a movie with its foot in the past that tells us a lot about the present.

More of a crowd-pleasing choice is charming rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, this year's breakout romantic hit that's based on author Kevin Kwan's biographical bestseller. Mixing up a sweet romance with a piercing insight into Asian dynastic wealth, it's got a massive canvas of characters, plus an appealing blend of laughs and tears, to make it a strong proposition. It also grabbed the headlines for featuring Hollywood's first all-Asian cast in 25 years, so bears the kind of significance that awards voters enjoy.


Green Book has proved to be another audience favourite (discover the Unlimited screening responses), telling the story of Italian-American Tony Lip and black musician Dr. Don Shirley who embarked on a life-changing road-trip together. The movie sneaks in a heart-warming message of equality beneath its bickering buddy movie exterior, and may play well to the Globes voters.


If it's a study of the American political system that the Globes committee are looking for, then director Adam McKay's slyly funny Vice fits the bill. Christian Bale stars as Vice President Dick Cheney in this look at the influential politician's rise to power.


Finally, there's a showing for Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns, whose blend of nostalgia, songs and Disney magic clearly won over the Golden Globes voters. The movie has the weight of history on its side, drawing on the legacy of one of Disney's most beloved masterpieces, not to mention charming performances from Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Who is the Golden Globe favourite for Best Director?

There are perhaps few surprises in this category, although it's terrific to note the presence of Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman. Lee is a firebrand filmmaker who isn't usually courted in awards circles (although early movies Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X were Oscar nominated), so it seems the angry message and exuberant delivery of his latest movie have gone down a storm.


Of course, Bradley Cooper features for A Star is Born – it's been hailed as one of the most assured and confident directorial debuts in recent memory, a near-perfect merging of visuals, story and acting. One of the reasons the film works so well is the authenticity of the live musical sequences, shot incognito at some of the world's biggest festivals, and lending more authenticity to the on-screen romance between Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Alfonso Cuaron is also nominated for his gorgeous black and white Netflix drama Roma - hardly surprising given his standing with awards voters. (He won the Oscars for Best Picture and Director in 2014 for gripping outer-space thriller Gravity.) And Adam McKay is also a nominee for the aforementioned Vice, further cementing his transition from wacky Will Ferrell comedies like Anchorman to amusing and informative movies about contemporary American life.


The most surprising entry is Peter Farrelly for Green Book - not on the basis of the movie, but simply because Farrelly has never warranted such attention before. He's most famous for collaborating with his brother Bobby on gross-out comedies like There's Something About Mary, so could he be about to enjoy a career progression like Adam McKay?




Who are the Golden Globe nominees for Best Actor Drama?

This is one of the most versatile categories in this year's Golden Globe nominations, mixing up shoo-ins with a breakout star and at least one person who hasn't really been on our radar.

The latter is Willem Dafoe, who has been nominated for playing Vincent van Gogh in a drama that looks at the final years of the esteemed painter's life. The aforementioned breakout star is BlacKkKlansman's John David Washington (son of Denzel), whose charismatic performance as undercover black police detective Ron Stallworth is one of the movie's most entertaining.


As expected, Bradley Cooper is in there for his lead performance in A Star is Born, in which he plays ailing musician Jackson Maine. Another predictable choice is Rami Malek who electrifies as tortured Queen singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.


Finally, young Lucas Hedges adds another awards-recognised performance to his resume (he received an Oscar nomination for 2016's Manchester By the Sea) with his role in Boy Erased. This poignant drama from actor/writer/director Joel Edgerton focuses on a young man (Hedges) who is sent to a gay conversion camp - and the actor's performance has been universally lauded.


Who are the Golden Globe nominees for Best Actor Musical or Comedy?

Chalk up another nomination for movie icon Robert Redford, who makes what is said to be his final on-screen appearance in bank robbery comedy-drama The Old Man & The Gun. Another satisfying inclusion is Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for his energetic turn as lamplighter Jack in Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns.


John C. Reilly also features for his uncanny impersonation of comedy legend Oliver Hardy in biographical drama Stan & Ollie, Christian Bale lands one for Vice and Viggo Mortensen is in there for Green Book.




Who are the Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress Drama?

This is another competitive field. Glenn Close certainly has generated a lot of acclaim, in addition to her nomination, for her role as a sidelined spouse in The Wife, while Lady Gaga would appear to be the popular choice for her rousing turn as aspiring singer-songwriter Ally in A Star is Born.


Melissa McCarthy is one of the relatively few showings for fact-based drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?, in which she plays a fraudulent biographer. Rosamund Pike has also emerged as something of an unexpected choice for her stirring role as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin in A Private War, and Nicole Kidman features for her role as an anguished, emotionally bruised police detective in thriller Destroyer.


Who are the Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress Musical or Comedy?

Emily Blunt's ascent to the role of Mary Poppins appears to have more than a touch of magic sprinkled on it. She's been Golden Globe nominated for her sparkling turn as cinema's most magical nanny, although she faces stiff competition from critical favourite Olivia Colman, nominated, appropriately enough, for her brilliant dyspeptic turn as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Constance Wu has also been recognised for her likeable lead performance as Rachel in Crazy Rich Asians, and screen newcomer Elsie Fisher has also been nominated for her role in indie drama Eighth Grade (yet to be released in the UK). Finally, Charlize Theron is a deserved inclusion for her moving role as a put-upon mother in Jason Reitman drama Tully.



Who has been recognised in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories?

Chalk up another nomination for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, as Richard E. Grant gets a nomination. Vice's Sam Rockwell, BlacKkKlansman's Adam Driver and Green Book's Mahershala Ali are also included, although, perhaps controversially, Beautiful Boy's Timothee Chalamet is included in this field, rather than Best Actor. (Odd given he is the dramatic spine of this powerful drug addiction drama, and gets more than enough screen-time to warrant a Best Actor nomination.)

In the Best Supporting Actress field, Amy Adams is recognised for her role as Lynne Cheney in Vice and Claire Foy is one of First Man's two nominations (the other being Justin Hurwitz for Best Original Score). Finally, If Beale Street Could Talk's Regina King prepares to battle The Favourite's double-act of Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.


Which animated movies have been Golden Globe nominated?

If you checked out our Oscars coverage on the Best Animated Feature category, you'll be aware that six of our Oscar predictions – Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Mirai, Incredibles 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – have been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.

Determining which one will win is a trickier proposition. Disney-Pixar would appear to lead this field on the back of their Golden Globes success in the past, and their movies usually turn out to be Oscars favourites too. On that basis, Incredibles 2 is the favourite, but don't rule out Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which won over a huge audience through its idiosyncratic and gorgeous stop-motion animation.


That said, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has recently emerged as the most critically acclaimed of all the movies in this category. It's riding a wave of popular buzz in terms of how it champions and cheekily sends up the Spider-Man mythology, so it shouldn't be ruled out as a dark horse in this race.


What movies are competing for the Golden Globe screenplay awards?

This has got to be one of the most open fields in this year's Golden Globes, one that cherry picks from a range of original and adapted screenplays.

In terms of critical response, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara's ribald and satirical script for historical black comedy The Favourite would appear to reign over the competition. Their work has been lauded for how it skewers the 18th century court of Queen Anne while somehow transmitting the grungy realities of Britain at the time far more effectively than a straightforward costume drama.


However, they've got strong competition from Alfonso Cuaron's wistful, nostalgic screenplay for Roma, quite possibly the most personal of any in this category. (The acclaimed black and white Netflix movie is set in Mexico City in 1970, and based on the director's own experiences.) 

Additionally, Vice filmmaker Adam McKay looks to repeat the strategy of his 2015 drama The Big Short, mixing up fact and humorous speculation in its examination of Vice President Dick Cheney's (Christian Bale) rise to power.


Then there's Barry Jenkins's sensitive adaptation of James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk, the story of a young pregnant Harlem woman attempting to get her partner freed from jail. The fusion of celebrated source material and director who has already won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (for Moonlight) could tip the scales in its favour.

The fact-based script for Green Book, detailing an affectionate and life-changing road trip between an Italian-American and affluent black musician, is also drawing acclaim for writers Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga (on whose father the film is based) and Brian Currie.

Who are your Golden Globes favourites? Let us know @Cineworld.