Golden Globes Nominations 2021: Netflix Dominates in Film and TV

Netflix Dominates Golden Globes: ‘Mank’ and ‘The Crown’ Each Leads With Six Nominations

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Streaming services dominated nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, signaling a power shift in Hollywood away from traditional movie studios and cable and broadcast television players towards digital upstarts.

The move has been accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, when viewers have been confined at home and theaters have remained closed.

One of the key beneficiaries of that change, Netflix, towered over the competition, with a staggering 42 nominations across the film and television categories, including nods for the likes of “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” and “The Crown.”

But it wasn’t the only representative of a new order. Amazon Studios snagged 10 nominations, including nods for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and its “Small Axe” anthology series, while Hulu netted 10 nods as well, which included nominations for “Palm Springs” and “Ramy.”

“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a Netflix political drama that was acquired from Paramount Pictures when COVID-19 disrupted a planned theatrical rollout, was the second most nominated film with five nods. “Schitt’s Creek,” fresh off its Emmy sweep, picked up five nominations, one short of the high-water mark set by “The Crown.”

“Mank” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” will face off in the drama category against “Promising Young Woman,” “The Father,” and “Nomadland.

The Globes recognizes comedies and musicals in a different category, allowing them to better spread the wealth more broadly. Nominees for the best musical or comedy include “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Music,” “The Prom,” “Palm Springs,” and “Hamilton,” a filmed version of the Broadway smash that became a streaming sensation when it hit Disney Plus last summer.

In the best TV drama race, “The Crown” will face off against “The Mandalorian,” “Ozark,” “Ratched,” and “Lovecraft Country.”

“Schitt’s Creek” will vie for best TV comedy honors with “The Great,” “Emily in Paris,” “The Flight Attendant” and “Ted Lasso.”

On the film front, Globes voters nominated a record three female directors, Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”), Regina King (“One Night in Miami”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”). They become the sixth, seventh and eighth women to be nominated for a Golden Globe for directing — joining Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay and Kathryn Bigelow. Zhao is also the first Asian woman nominated for the directing prize.

The group usually recognizes emerging talent and new and buzzy shows.

HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” earned two nods after wrapping up its inaugural season this winter.

Acting newcomer Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”) scored a top nomination, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who made a splash in “The Queen’s Gambit,” was nominated for her turn as a chess prodigy in that series and for her work in “Emma.”

Taylor-Joy wasn’t the only multiple acting nominee. Sacha Baron Cohen was singled out for his work in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and for his chameleonic turn as Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Olivia Colman earned a nod for “The Father” along with her nomination for “The Crown.”

Notable Snubs

Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Vietnam epic, “Da 5 Bloods,” failed to score a best drama nod and its star Delroy Lindo was shut out.

Water cooler favorites “Dead to Me” and “Bridgerton” missed out on nominations; and awards darling Meryl Streep didn’t land a nomination for her comedic turn in “The Prom.”

Their exclusion paved the way for upsets. Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”), Kate Hudson (“Music”) and Jared Leto (“The Little Things”) landed nominations, while Netflix’s “Ratched” squeaked into the TV drama race after getting mixed reviews.

Whereas the Oscars are voted on by filmmakers, craftsmen, performers and other Hollywood players, the Globes are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a close-knit group of journalists who boast 89 members.

The Globes aren’t always a good gauge for how the Academy Awards will unfold. Last year, the Globes awarded top honors to  “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” only to see them fall short of capturing best picture at the Oscars, where Parasite emerged winner.

When the HFPA revealed that “Minari,” the story of a family of South Korean immigrants in rural America, would contend in the best foreign language film race. A24, the film’s producer, submitted the film in that category due to HFPA rules. The group stipulates that at least half of the dialogue in contenders in the best drama or comedy/musical categories must be in English, a barrier that “Minari” failed to clear even though it is produced by an American company, features many American actors, and is directed by Lee Isaac Chung, an American filmmaker. “Minari” did manage to snag a best foreign language nomination, but it was shut out in every other category.

The Globes will air on NBC on Feb. 28.