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Golden Globes 2020: running down this year's nominations


The 2020 Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and may well point to future success at the Academy Awards.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood scored well with five nominations, including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. Tinseltown loves a movie that reflects on the history of the cinema industry, and Tarantino's slyly reflexive yet outrageously violent fantasia more than ticks that box.

A more imminent release is Sam Mendes' World War I drama 1917. It's not out in the UK until the 10th of January 2020, but the film's formidable technical expertise (it's filmed in one shot by master cinematographer Roger Deakins) has landed it a Best Picture - Drama nomination. The movie has an advantage on its side in that war movies tend to track well with awards bodies, something that's born out with 1917's additional nominations for Mendes himself and composer Thomas Newman for Best Original Score.

There's a lack of acting nominations, but the big names in 1917 (Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong et al) generally play second fiddle to the technical expertise, although we might have expected recognition for brilliant young leads George McKay and Dean-Charles Chapman. They carry the movie as two young soldiers sent behind enemy lines on an especially dangerous mission.

Rian Johnson's devious whodunit Knives Out also scored well, nominated for Best Film - Musical or Comedy, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for Daniel Craig and Best Actress - Musical or Comedy for Ana de Armas. Given the level of acclaim that's greeted the film's intricate script, it's no surprise to see Johnson's writing getting some recognition. What is delightful is Craig being recognised for his wry performance as investigator Benoit Blanc, and Ana de Armas for rising above the star-studded ensemble to land her own nomination.

Talking of pleasant surprises, Jojo Rabbit newcomer Roman Griffin Davis has, at the mere age of 12, become one of the youngest ever Golden Globe nominees for Best Actor. (For the record, the youngest recipient of any Golden Globe award is Ricky Schroeder, who won the now discontinued Best Newcomer prize at the age of 9 for 1979 drama The Champ.) Jojo Rabbit is directed by Taika Waititi, and stars Davis as a Hitler Youth kid who imagines Adolf Hitler as his best friend. It's released on the 3rd of January 2020.

Several Netflix contenders have amassed multiple nominations. The lauded Marriage Story is directed by Noah Baumbach and is based on his real-life split from Jennifer Jason Leigh. The movie is up against fellow streaming movies The Irishman and The Two Popes in the Best Film - Drama category, while stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson have also been nominated.

The aforementioned The Irishman, a four-hour gangster epic from maestro Martin Scorsese, has also received two nods for Best Supporting Actor for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. They'll be competing against Tom Hanks who, despite his high profile role as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, has been positioned in the same category. The film is released on the 31st of January 2020.

DC comic book thriller Joker adds to its record-breaking box office haul (upwards of $1 billion worldwide, the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time) with three Golden Globe nominations. The most important of these is a nod for Best Drama, a clear sign of how the movie has broken down the usual snobbery towards genre fare and resonated on an emotional level with critics and audiences. Director Todd Phillips has also been nominated, making his graduation from the crass Hangover movies into more serious fare official.

Unsurprisingly, Joaquin Phoenix is recognised for Best Actor, validation for a ferocious and disturbing lead performance that transforms the movie from a villain's origin story into a gritty story of mental illness. Adding to that power is the score from Hildur Gudnadottir, which has been nominated for Best Original Score. She goes up against the likes of Daniel Pemberton for Motherless Brooklyn, recently released in Cineworld.

Other deserving contenders include Best Actress frontrunner Awkwafina for moving drama The Farewell, which has also been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Writer-director Lulu Wang's tender film is based on her own experiences, focusing on a Chinese-American woman who is compelled by her close-knit family to lie to her terminally ill grandmother. Still, Awkwafina faces stiff competition from Judy's Renee Zellweger, a frontrunner with her performance as Hollywood legend Judy Garland.

Controversially, Disney reboot The Lion King has indeed emerged as a contender in the Best Animated Film category. Arguments still rage about the exact nature of the movie, which is technically animated but astonishingly photo-realistic in a manner that would make David Attenborough blush. The category's other choices, including Disney's very own Frozen 2 and Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 4, are somewhat less contentious.

Surprisingly, the highly touted Little Women, from writer-director Greta Gerwig, has translated its critical acclaim into just two nominations. Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for Best Actress and Alexandre Desplat is recognised in the Best Original Score category. The movie is released on Boxing Day.

Check out the full list of Golden Globe nominations below.

Best film – drama

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

Best actress in a film – drama

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best actor in a film - drama

  • Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best film – musical or comedy

  • Dolemite is My Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Rocketman

Best actress in a film - musical or comedy

  • Ana De Armas, Knives Out
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson, Late Night

Best actor in a film - musical or comedy

  • Daniel Craig, Knives Out
  • Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  • Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name

Best film – animated

  • Frozen II
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Best film – foreign language

  • The Farewell
  • Les Misérables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best supporting actress in a film

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening, The Report
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best supporting actor in a film

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best director – film

  • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
  • Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best screenplay – film

  • Marriage Story
  • Parasite
  • The Two Popes
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • The Irishman

Best score – film

  • Little Women
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Motherless Brooklyn

Best song – film

  • Beautiful Ghosts, Cats
  • I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman
  • Into the Unknown, Frozen II
  • Spirit, The Lion King
  • Stand Up, Harriet

Which movie do you think will triumph at the Golden Globes? You've got until the 5th of January 2020 to let us know your thoughts @Cineworld.