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  • by Jeff Beck

Nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Earlier this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and as usual, there were one or two surprises to be found.

Leading the pack was David Fincher's "Mank" with six nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Drama), Director, Screenplay, and Actor (Gary Oldman). Following right on its heels was Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" with five, including Best Motion Pictrue (Drama), Director, and Screenplay.

Over on the Musical or Comedy side, a very interesting thing occurred: All five nominees failed to get nominations for Director or Screenplay. This is not entirely surprising, as aside from the magnificent filmed stageshow of "Hamilton," there isn't a whole lot to see among the other nominees. The biggest surprise here is the film "Music," which apparently no one has ever even heard of, popping up out of nowhere.

As for other surprises, it was rather shocking to see Jared Leto pop up in Supporting Actor for the much-maligned "The Little Things." He gives an ok performance, but certainly nothing to nominate him for. Even more surprising though is the complete shut-out of Spike Lee's acclaimed "Da 5 Bloods," which is expected to make a good showing at tomorrow's SAG nominations and elsewhere later in the season. It's also interesting to note that "The Father," directed by Florian Zeller, was the only Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee not to get nominated for Director, having been replaced with Regina King for "One Night in Miami".

Should we expect "Nomadland" to continue its dominate reign over awards season? Probably, but you never know with the HFPA. "Promising Young Woman" has been a popular pick as well, and there are still many saying that "The Trial of the Chicago 7" will be the ultimate winner on Oscar night, so it could very well start its streak here. It should also be noted that, for the last 15 years, the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner has been nominated for Best Screenplay at the Globes, so the field has likely been reduced to these five (which just happened to be the same five nominees for Best Motion Picture (Drama)).

We'll just have to wait until the ceremony on February 28th to see how it all plays out. In the meantime, please see below for a list of the nominees in the film categories:

Best Motion Picture – Drama The Father Mank Nomadland Promising Young Woman The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Hamilton

Music Palm Springs The Prom

Best Director – Motion Picture Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman David Fincher, Mank Regina King, One Night in Miami Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of Chicago 7 Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Anthony Hopkins, The Father Gary Oldman, Mank Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman Frances McDormand, Nomadland Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm James Corden. The Prom Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Kate Hudson, Music Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot Anya Taylor Joy

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah Jared Leto, The Little Things Bill Murray, On the Rocks Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy Olivia Colman, The Father Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian Amanda Seyfried, Mank Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell Mank, Jack Fincher The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin The Father, Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Nomadland, Chloé Zhao

Best Original Score – Motion Picture The Midnight Sky, Alexandre Desplat Tenet, Ludwig Göransson News of the World, James Newton Howard Mank, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Soul, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language Another Round La Llorona The Life Ahead Minari Two of Us

Best Motion Picture – Animated The Croods: A New Age Onward Over the Moon Soul Wolfwalkers

Best Song Fight For You, Judas and the Black Messiah Hear My Voice, Trial of the Chicago 7, The To Si, The Life Ahead Speak Now, One Night in Miami Tigress & Tweed, The United States vs. Billie Holliday

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