2021 Golden Globes Film nominations: who got nominated & who got snubbed?

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I’m breaking up the Golden Globe nominations into two posts, one for film and one for television. If I’m being honest, I haven’t missed the awards season so far this year – any other year, and we would have spent January in a blitz of awards shows and Oscar campaigns, and it’s been nice timing to see everything get delayed. This year’s Golden Globes are happening February 28th, on NBC, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting remotely. Here are the film nominations:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Father
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
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 the Chicago 7”
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

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

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

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, “Emma”

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

First thoughts: it’s great to see THREE female directors get nominations. Do I think the HFPA will still find a way to give the Globe to a dude? For sure. But it’s great to see three worthy women get nominated. I was expecting the big nominations for Nomadland, the reviews of that were great, across the board, and I think Frances McDormand will definitely win another Oscar for it. Awards prognosticators also think that the late Chadwick Boseman is a shoo-in for Best Actor, which… will probably happen. I also think that Amanda Seyfried might be the one to beat in the supporting category, that is unless they decide to give it to Glenn Close because she barely wins anything. Notable snub: many thought Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods would be nominated for Best Drama and Director. Does the HFPA hate Spike?



The Trial of the Chicago 7

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  1. Chris says:

    I hope Promising Young Woman wins awards. It was the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I also am rooting for Leslie Odom jr for his One Night in Miami performance. That movie was also a good film.

    • local russian hill says:

      if you haven’t seen ‘sound of metal’, please do. one of my favorite movies ever now for the way it discusses love, loss and acceptance. the acting is amazing and the cinematography excellent.

      • Becks says:

        Sound of Metal was so good👏
        I’m hoping Riz Ahmed wins in the best actor category, his performance was amazing!

      • lucy2 says:

        That one has been on my list too!

      • Chris says:

        I’ll check it out, but the way Promising Young Woman deals with rape culture is going to be hard to beat in my personal favorite movie category. The music, the costuming, the casting of all of the “nice guy” actors. The director nailed it. Riz Ahmed is so so good and I don’t doubt his performance is phenomenal so I’m on board for watching that as well.

  2. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Lmao, I’ve seen nothing. 😱

  3. Tiffany says:

    No Delroy Lindo???

    Blasphamy, I tell you. Blasphamy.

    And how the hell you gonna nominate Regina for best director and not nominate the film for best picture.

  4. Nic919 says:

    At first glance there is no reason for Sorkin’s film to be included, not if you exclude Spike Lee or more noms for Ma Rainey. I have seen the Father with Anthony Hopkins and he is excellent, Nomadland is great, as well as One Night in Miami. Promising Young Woman is subversive but a good film so I am glad to see it’s included as well.

    • chimes@midnight says:

      Why is there no reason for it to be included?

      • Nic919 says:

        Because it’s not good and the HFPA needs to stop being obsessed with Sorkin. He’s also in the directing category which excludes many other better options.

  5. Gold ladder says:

    I mean, this is an odd year because outside of Borat, One Night in Miami and the Trial of the Chicago 7, I have not seen any of these or much of what would be considered award worthy. I’ve only been watching series at home.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I have pretty much only seen promising young woman, Palm Springs, and Hamilton. Really liked all three. Going to have to add others to my list.

    Very happy for Regina King! I haven’t had time to sit down and watch her film that I hear great things about it, and it’s definitely on my list.

  7. Darla says:

    I have to see a lot of these, and I will, but I did see Promising Young Woman and man, that one stays with you. And I rewatched it with a close friend because she was over and wanted to see it, and it brought up A LOT of stuff, since we go back to high school together.

  8. Amelie says:

    I really didn’t pay attention to any popular movies this year because I barely remember any of these. I do want to see Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom now on Netflix but the only movies I saw nominated were Hamilton (didn’t realize a recording of a Broadway show would count!), Palm Springs, and The Prom. Apart from Ma Rainey’s and a few other titles that sound vaguely familiar, I haven’t heard of the rest of these movies. I rarely see any movies nominated anyways but with just streaming for entertainment since 2020, it goes to show how to me “awards season” is something I can easily ignore completely.

  9. Line says:

    I’m disappointed that Miss Juneteethen was be snob . Nicole Beharie is amazing actress.

  10. Lamgirls3 says:

    Pieces of a Woman was heartbreaking, but Vanessa Kirby was phenomenal.
    I just knew she would be nominated.
    A terrific performance.

  11. tcbc says:

    Part of me thinks that there would be no way so many women and people of color (and women of color) would have gotten nominated if not for the pandemic. That sucks because the majority of those nominations are well-deserved, and that level of work should be rewarded every year.

    Campaigning is hugely curtailed and people will have to judge on the merit of the work more than the affability or connections of the candidate. Hopefully this will inspire new rules about awards campaigning that will reduce the influence of money and cronyism on nominations and wins.

  12. Penguin says:

    My friend and I watched Promising young woman the other night-What.an.absolute.letdown. Maybe I’m missing something but woah awful film w too much hype surrounding it.

    • souperkay says:

      I agree it’s awful messaging to put out there that misconstrues rape. I have a longer comment on it below but it is pure fantasy that doesn’t actually understand rape but instead furthers the idea that date rapists are people who can be tricked or bullied into behaving which is absolutely not true.

  13. GreenBunny says:

    I’ve barely watched any of them, but I did see Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and loved it. Chadwick Boseman was really good in it and I hope he wins all the awards.

  14. Juju says:

    I’m shocked that Sia’s film Music was nominated… it hasn’t had the best press.

  15. Kaya says:

    I LOVED Promising Young Woman, and hope it and Carey Mulligan get some love for it.

  16. Mia4s says:

    I see the HFPA remains bat***t insane and easily bought. Woof at some of these nominations.

    The thing the sucks though (leaving aside the Globes which are always bizarre) is that this year there are some very very diverse films and performances getting attention and a very probably female favourite for best director….and no one really cares. The attention is just not there and won’t be because of the pandemic and closed theatres. The wins will still be wins, but it’s going to be very muted.

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  18. Case says:

    I’ve seen a lot of these that have been released already (still waiting on Nomadland, The Father, and Judas and the Black Messiah). So far, I don’t find this year’s Best Picture race to be particularly compelling. I’m disappointed that Da Five Bloods was snubbed because I adored it in all its Spike Lee weirdness, but I’m THRILLED Riz Ahmed was nominated for Sound of Metal. It’s on Prime and I highly recommend it. Beautiful movie and a stunning performance from him.

    Promising Young Woman was…interesting. It had so much hype and I was super excited to see it (paid $20 to rent it, lol), and it just didn’t reach the heights it should’ve for me. It came close but ultimately felt underdeveloped, and the direction was nothing special. There were things in it that just didn’t make sense. Not an award-worthy film, IMO.

    Mank was literally one of the worst films I’ve ever seen, and I love “movies about the movies” and Old Hollywood.

    • Darla says:

      I fell asleep 20 minutes into Mank and never went back to it. It seems like this year’s The Irishman to me. Huge bores that garner a lot of confusing accolades.

      • Case says:

        @Darla I felt like I needed a study guide and to have just watched Citizen Kane to understand Mank. I’ve seen Citizen Kane, but it was still SO inaccessible and didn’t trouble itself at all with trying to explain things to the viewer. I don’t know if a movie that can’t stand on its own is worth nominating.

    • Nic919 says:

      Nomadland and The Father are excellent. I saw them at TIFF (virtually) and they remain two of the top movies I have seen.

      Mank is overrated. It’s one of those movies about Hollywood that the industry loves.

      Also if you can watch Minari. It is a beautiful story about an immigrant Korean family growing up in Arkansas in the 80s.

      • Case says:

        I’m eagerly awaiting the time I can watch Minari! I’m really excited for that one. I love Steven Yeun (my Glenn!) and it sounds like the kind of movie I’d enjoy.

  19. Katherine Hughes says:

    Sound of Metal was the best movie I’ve seen all year! Glad Riz Ahmed was nominated, but I think it should have been nominated for best movie as well!

  20. Sorella says:

    I too fell asleep at Mank and did not bother to go back and watch it. Didn’t like it. I also switched off PROM – and I love musicals, but I just couldn’t get into and found it painful. No doubt Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep thought they were shoe-ins for that musical, but I cringed on both their behalf for the little I did see, so glad they were not nominated (think they could both use a let down once in a while).

  21. Upsanddowns says:

    What a shame they nominated that Music movie. I am in a large Facebook group for autism awareness and people are absolutely appalled by it.