The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations Are Here And Making History
Almost every award ceremony taking place in 2021 has been pushed back. So, when the nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes were released today, it felt like a breath of fresh air. We may not be getting as many films as anticipated, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate the ones that we have received! Here is a complete list of the 2021 Golden Globe nominations. Find out all of the snubs, surprises, and absolute thrills, along with our predictions!
2021 Golden Globe Nominations (Movies)
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Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The Father has yet to release in most countries (and it did make it on our most anticipated movies of 2021 podcast episode!), so its appearance here, while exciting, doesn’t give us too much to predict. Based on the other films on this list, we think that it’ll be a race between Mank and Nomadland, though we can see chances of a win for any of them. You know that a list is well-deserved when you would be happy with any of the choices!
Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Unlike the list for Best Drama, this race seems a bit more indicative of the wild year of film that we have had. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, while intriguing, doesn’t scream “Awards Season.” So, we have to give our prediction to Hamilton.
Best Actor, 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
Seeing Chadwick Boseman’s name on this list for his fantastic performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was something that our fingers were crossed for as the nominees were read out. A posthumous win could very well be in the cards, though Riz Ahmed’s stellar performance in Sound of Metal might just squeak by.
Best Actress, 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
Viola Davis’ role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom felt more like a supporting role than a lead role, and so we don’t expect a win for the beloved actress. Kirby, McDormand, and Mulligan are all the front runners for this race, as well as at the Oscars later this year, and we can see any of them pulling it off.
Best Actor, Motion Picture (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
One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong… Corden’s unexpected nomination might be one of the biggest surprises of this year, and we don’t have high hopes for the talk show host. While a Dev Patel or Andy Samberg win would be a delight, we think that Lin-Manuel Miranda might just be taking this one home.
Best Actress, Motion Picture (Comedy)
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamond Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma
None of the films nominated in this category were considered critical and commercial acclaims, so we aren’t too certain which direction the Globes could take. Though, Rosamond Pike’s performance in I Care a Lot was just strong enough to give her the edge.
Best Supporting Actor, 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
Sacha Baron Cohen has been nominated in both the lead and supporting categories this year and for films that couldn’t be more different. His performance in The Trial of the Chicago 7 was one of the strongest in a film filled with phenomenal actors, and we would be happy to see him take it home. Daniel Kaluuya is right behind him in our predictions.
Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Glenn Close, Hillbily Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World
If Mank is to take any award home, we suspect that it might just be for Amanda Seyfried.
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
And there you have it, folks. A list of director nominations that is truly representative of gender equality! We truly could not be more pleased with this equal balance of men and women, all of whom deserve their nominations. Our money is on Chloé Zhao, but this is going to be a tight race.
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton, The Father
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell’s killer script for Promising Young Woman is one of the smartest and to-the-point scripts of the year. However, Mank has a script built on years of history. Meanwhile, Sorkin is Sorkin, and always pens a beautiful script. We aren’t putting any money on this category!
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
While all of these films are strong contenders, Soul‘s integration of music throughout the plot might just help it surpass the rest.
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami
“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Was anybody else hoping that they would see a song from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on this list? Play Jaja Ding Dong!
Best Motion Picture (Animated)
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Onward was a truly fabulous film that was released at a pretty terrible time, right at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. If it weren’t for Soul, we would expect it to shoot to the front of the list. Though, we’re almost positive that Soul has this one in the bag.
Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language)
The Life Ahead
Two of Us
Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen, has been seen as one of the strongest contenders in this category.
2021 Golden Globe Nominations (Television)
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Best TV Series (Comedy)
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
Yes, you read right. Emily in Paris has been nominated for Best TV Series. And yes, we did a double-take on that one, too! The show was largely popular due to its perfect job at providing us with some cheesy escapism, which is exactly what everyone has needed with the state of the world. Though, it doesn’t go far beyond your basic romantic comedy. Plus, after the Schitt’s Sweep with the 2020 Emmy winners, we don’t expect anything less than the same thing.
Best TV Series (Drama)
Could The Mandalorian take it this year? We think so.
Best Limited Series or TV Movie
The Queen’s Gambit
After the massive success of The Queen’s Gambit, we would be shocked if it didn’t take home the prize this year.
Best Actress, TV Series (Drama)
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched
Emma Corrin had the difficult task of taking on the role of one of the most famous celebrity figures of all time – Diana, Princess of Wales. Her ability to nail it makes her a clear front-runner.
Best Actor, TV Series (Drama)
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Al Pacino in Hunters went mostly unnoticed when it hit the small screen last year. We think that Bob Odenkirk might be taking it home this year. This is his fourth year earning a nom for the show, and it’s about time that he wins for once!
Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Another category where every nominee is more than deserving, we’re happy to see any of these fine actors take the win.
Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit would not have reached the level of success that it did without a flawless performance by Taylor-Joy, and our fingers are crossed for her win.
Best Actor, TV Series (Comedy)
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Another Schitt’s Sweep means another win for Eugene Levy.
Best Actress, TV Series (Comedy)
Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Sweep? Schitt’s Sweep.
Best Supporting Actor, TV
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing
Now, I have pretty strong faith that Schitt’s Creek will take home most (if not all) of the awards at the Globes. Though, Dan Levy’s potential for winning is the only one that I would be shocked to see the show lose. This is almost a lock!
Best Supporting Actress, TV
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched
Julia Garner and Annie Murphy have both won Emmys for their nominated roles here. So, it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of them took it home. Gillian Anderson’s role on The Crown might just edge in, but we aren’t so certain.
Looking Forward To Seeing the 2021 Golden Globe Nominations Live
As with most ceremonies, the 2021 Golden Globes will be a virtual event. You can tune in to watch Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler host on February 28th!
Do you agree with the list of 2021 Golden Globe Awards nominations? Let us know your thoughts, and who you think missed out on being nominated!
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Meghan Hale is the kind of movie lover that has a "must watch" that is a mile long... and growing. When she isn't talking about the latest film and television news she is writing one of her many in-process novels, screaming film trivia at anybody who will listen, and working as a mental health care professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for some fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.