Hollywood award season kicked off with the reveal of the 2019 Golden Globes nominations on Thursday morning.
The yet to be released Vice, the untold story of Dick Cheney’s rise to power at George W Bush’s side, received the most nominations of all motion pictures – six total – with a nod in the Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy category and one for Christian Bale in the Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category. The film will hit theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day.
It wasn’t the only flick to dominate, with A Star Is Born receiving five nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Lady Gaga’s performance and both a best actor and best director nod for Bradley Cooper.
In television categories, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story received the most nominations with four total, followed closely behind by The Americans, Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Sharp Objects with three nominations each.
Following the modern trend of established film stars turning to TV, Hollywood A-listers Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Jim Carrey and Michael Douglas were among those to be recognized for their work on the small-screen.
Not every film actor made the cut, with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill out of the running for Netflix’s Maniac.
Also snubbed was This Is Us, one of the few broadcast network shows that has garnered awards respect amid an onslaught of cable and streaming shows. It failed to earn a best drama series bid or recognition for last year’s Globes (and previous Emmy Award) winner Sterling K Brown or the twice-nominated Chrissy Metz.
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale the defending best drama series winner, was overlooked this time, a sting that follows its loss in this year’s Emmys to Game of Thrones. But Handmaid’s star Elisabeth Moss and co-star Yvonne Strahovski were nominated.
HBO’s Game missed out on 2019 Globes consideration because new episodes didn’t air within the eligibility window. Instead, Globe voters tipped their hats to the last season of FX’s The Americans and newcomers including Netflix’s Bodyguard, a British series about a politician’s protector, and FX’s Pose, set in 1980s New York and with a groundbreaking number of transgender cast members.
Donald Glover’s Atlanta was ignored again as best drama comedy series while star Glover, who won for his role in 2017, was nominated. His competitors include Carrey for Showtime’s Kidding, Douglas for Netflix’s The Kominsky Method and Bill Hader, fresh off an Emmy win for Barry.
Henry Winkler, who claimed an Emmy for his supporting role in HBO’s Barry, is also up for a Globe. The series itself is competing for top comedy honors against defending Globes champ and Emmy winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Issa Rae, a two-time nominee for Insecure, didn’t earn a best comedy actress bid, but Candice Bergen got a welcome-back hug for CBS’ revived sitcom Murphy Brown. She was a Globes favorite when the original series aired, earning nine nominations and winning a trophy in 1989.
Bergen is part of an all-white field of nominees, including Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan for Mrs. Maisel. Glover is the only actor of color in his category, with black actors Billy Porter (Pose) and Stephan James (Homecoming) earning best drama series acting bids.
Nominations for FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story included best limited series or TV movie, and nominations for stars Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez.
Their nominations boosted the nominations’ inclusiveness, as did bids for Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Regina King (Seven Seconds) and Thandie Newton (Westworld).
Oh will host the January 6 Globes ceremony on NBC along with Andy Samberg. Earlier this year she became the first actress of Asian descent to receive a lead drama actress Emmy nod for the spy thriller.
At the Globes, she’ll compete with the Oscar-winning Roberts, who earned a bid for Amazon’s nominated Homecoming, a psychological thriller based on the podcast of the same name.
Keri Russell was nominated for The Americans, as was her co-star (and real-life partner) Matthew Rhys, who earned an Emmy this year for his role.
The Globes, which honor both TV and movies, made the satirical “Vice,” about former Vice President Dick Cheney, the top-nominated film. “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Green Book” and “The Favourite” were all close behind with five nominations apiece.
Adams earned acting bids for both the limited TV series Sharp Objects and for Vice.
Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater took turns listing this year’s nominees during a live broadcast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel early on Thursday morning. They were accompanied by Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna and Golden Globe Ambassador Isan Elba.