Golden Globe nominations 2021: British stars lead the way


The Golden Globes have kicked off a delayed awards season, with British stars leading the way in some of the biggest categories.

Revenge thriller Promising Young Woman earned its leading lady Carey Mulligan an acting nod, while filmmaker Emerald Fennel picked up two nominations, both for best director and best screenplay.

The Crown’s Josh O’Connor and Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones both received TV acting nods, Riz Ahmed was recognised for his portrayal of a punk drummer battling hearing loss in Sound Of Metal and Vanessa Kirby for playing a grieving mother in Pieces Of A Woman.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer and Emma Corrin also scored nominations in the acting categories.

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in first-look pic from upcoming new series of The Crown. Pic: Netflix
The Crown’s Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin as Prince Charles and Princess Diana in The Crown. Pic: Netflix
Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in Normal People. Pic: BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu
Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in Normal People. Pic: BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu

Versatile British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen got nods for both his dramatic performance in The Trial Of The Chicago 7 and his comedy turn in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, due to the fact that cinemas across the world were closed throughout the majority of 2020 due to coronavirus, streaming services have come into their own over the last 10 months and provided the lion’s share of the nods.

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Netflix led the studios with 20 Golden Globe nominations, following up their impressive showing last year, where they received a whopping 34 nods.

Borat. Pic: RepresentUs
Sacha Baron Cohen got Golden Globe nods for both his comedy and dramatic performances. Pic: RepresentUs

Although the streaming giant is gaining credibility at ceremonies year-on-year, they are still yet to take home the top prize – best picture at the Oscars.

Competing streaming platform Amazon Studios took three of the nominations, while Apple TV+ took two and Disney + claimed one.

Proving that Hollywood loves nothing better than a story about Hollywood, David Fincher’s Citizen Kane homage Mank led the film nominations with five nods.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 – based on the infamous 1969 court case – followed closely behind with four nominations.

The Golden Globe ceremony usually takes place in January but was delayed this year after the Academy Awards – the biggest event in Hollywood’s calendar – was pushed back to April.

All eyes will now be on the Golden Globe contenders, which are likely to point towards films that will make the cut for Oscars nominations.

Chadwick Boseman as Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix
Chadwick Boseman got a posthumous nod for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix

Unlike the Academy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes celebrates TV as well as film, and further widens its categories by splitting the comedy/musical and drama genres.

Last year’s Golden Globe ceremony was hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, with his usual mix of controversial humour and bum-clenching celebrity put downs.

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This year’s awards will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who have fronted the event twice before.

However, this time they will present separately – Poehler from The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and Fey from Rainbow Room in New York.

Nominees are expected to appear remotely from locations around the world.

The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 28 February, and air on NBC.

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