Music and Politics lead the way in the 76th Golden Globes Nominations

The Golden Globe Awards is an event that occurs once every year to acknowledge and bestow recognition to people working in the film and television world, both domestic and foreign. The event began in 1944, started by the Hollywood Foreign Press Organisation. The first ever Golden Globes ceremony commenced on January 20, 1944, where trophies were bestowed upon persons in the film and television world for their talents.

Nominations for the 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremony were announced on the 6th of December, live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Meher Tatna, HFPA president, also announced that this year, for the first time, a new award would be given in recognition of major contributions to television; an award to complement the annual Cecil B. DeMille trophy, which generally focuses on a film career.

The 2019 awards ceremony will air in Australia on the 7th of January, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and will be hosted by Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) – which may prove unsurprising to anyone who watched them on the Emmys.

Some surprising nomination picks were Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born. Both films tried their luck in the drama category rather than music and, with a surprising twist of luck, that decision paid off big time. The films are currently placed as nominations for Best Drama and Best Actor, while A Star is Born has earned a nomination for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Song.

Of the Aussie nominations, Nicole Kidman has picked up a nod for her role in Destroyer, where she played LAPD detective Erin Bell. The film premiered at Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, though doesn’t have a confirmed release date locally yet; so don’t be surprised that you haven’t heard about it. This is her 13th Golden Globe nomination, with the actress picking up her fourth win earlier this year for Big Little Lies.

Two other Aussies enjoyed nominations: Actor/Singer Troye Sivan for his original song “Revelation”, for Joel Edgerton’s largely overlooked film Boy Erased, which was co-written with Jonsi from Icelandic group Sigur Ros. And Sydney’s Yvonne Strahovski also scored an acting nod for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Elsewhere, Vice sits as one of the biggest nominees of the night – Adam McKay’s film about US Vice President Dick Cheney (played by an unrecognisable and nominated Christian Bale) – with six nominations in the Comedy category.

And February’s box office sensation Black Panther was not forgotten, with a surprising nomination for Best Motion Picture – a rare feat for a Super Hero Film – as well as Best Original Song and Score. Also from the Marvel camp, this week’s new Spider-Man animated film (which our receiver gave Five Stars) is competing against the likes of Incredibles 2 and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs for Best Animated Feature.

As for the television categories, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Killing Eve, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Barry are among the favourites this year. Interestingly, for the first time in 42 years, the “Best Drama Series” Category is filled entirely with first time nominees – which is surprising considering The Americans is nominated for its sixth and final series.

Without further ado, here is the full listing for this year’s Golden Globes nominations!

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

A Star Is Born

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns


Best Director (Motion Picture)

Adam McKay – Vice

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance – Actress (Motion Picture, Drama)

Glenn Close – The Wife

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Nicole Kidman – Destroyer

Rosamund Pike – A Private War

Best Performance – Actress (Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy)

Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

Charlize Theron – Tully

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Performance – Actress (Supporting Role, Motion Picture)

Amy Adams – Vice

Claire Foy – First Man

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Performance – Actor (Motion Picture, Drama)

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Best Performance – Actor (Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy)

Christian Bale – Vice

John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns

Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best Performance – Actor (Supporting Role, Motion Picture)

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell – Vice

Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Best Screenplay (Motion Picture)

Adam McKay – Vice

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Best Original Score (Motion Picture)

Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther

Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place

Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song (Motion Picture)

“All the Stars” – Black Panther

“Girl in the Movies” – Dumplin’

“Requiem for a Private War” – A Private War

“Revelation” – Boy Erased

“Shallow” – A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture (Animated)

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language)



Never Look Away



Best Television Series (Drama)

The Americans – FX

Bodyguard – Netflix

Homecoming – Amazon

Killing Eve – BBC America

Pose – FX

Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy)

Barry – HBO

The Good Place – NBC

Kidding – Showtime

The Kominsky Method – Netflix

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon

Best Television (Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television)

A Very English Scandal – Amazon

The Alienist – TNT

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – FX

Escape at Dannemora – Showtime

Sharp Objects – HBO

Best Performance – Actress (Television Series, Drama)

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Julia Roberts – Homecoming

Keri Russell – The Americans

Sandra Oh – Killing Eve

Best Performance – Actress (Television Series, Musical or Comedy)

Alison Brie – GLOW

Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown

Debra Messing – Will & Grace

Kristen Bell – The Good Place

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance – Actress (Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television)

Amy Adams – Sharp Objects

Connie Britton – Dirty John

Laura Dern – The Tale

Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora

Regina King – Seven Seconds

Best Performance – Actor (Television Series, Drama)

Billy Porter – Pose

Jason Bateman – Ozark

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Richard Madden – Bodyguard

Stephan James – Homecoming

Best Performance – Actor (Television Series, Musical or Comedy)

Bill Hader – Barry

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Jim Carrey – Kidding

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method

Sacha Baron Cohen – Who Is America?

Best Performance – Actor (Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television)

Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso

Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose

Daniel Brühl – The Alienist

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal

Best Performance – Actor, Supporting Role (Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television)

Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method

Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal

Édgar Ramírez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Henry Winkler – Barry

Kieran Culkin – Succession

The Globes will air in Australia on FOX8 on the 7th of January, from 11AM.

Contibutions to this article by Larry Heath.