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The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations Are Here And Making History

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BY April 16, 2022

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)

The Father



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



Palm Springs

The Prom

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)

Another Round

La Llorona

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

The Great

Schitt’s Creek

Ted Lasso

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)

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian



Could The Mandalorian take it this year? We think so.

Best Limited Series or TV Movie

Normal People

Small Aze

The Queen’s Gambit

The Undoing


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!

Featured image via Netflix.

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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.


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