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Golden Globes 2021: Netflix’s ‘Mank’ and ‘The Crown’ Lead With 6 Nominations Each

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The Golden Globes’ list of nominations, announced on Wednesday, saw Netflix garner 42 nominations; with Mank and The Crown leading the way at six nominations each. While Disney followed second with 25 nominations, Amazon Prime Video came next with 10 nominations.

The winners will be announced on February 28.

Netflix original films like David Fincher’s Mank, and the ones that the streaming giant bought, like Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of Chicago 7, made it to the Best Picture category along with Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman,  Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, and Florian Zeller’s The Father. Fincher, Sorkin, Fennell, and Zhao are sharing the Best Director in the Motion Picture category nomination with Regina King of One Night in Miami.

For the first time, three women have been nominated in the best director category in the Globes.

However, representation in other terms remains scant. Out of all the major categories, only four Black individuals have been nominated- late actor Chadwick Boseman, Regina King, and actors Don Cheadle, John Boyega, and Daniel Kaluuya.

The Best Picture category has skipped Netflix’s Oscar bids Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. Although Boseman and Viola Davis have been nominated for the Best Actor and Best Actress in the Motion Picture Drama category, Lee’s film has been left out entirely.

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Globes will be held virtually and bio-coastally, from the east and west ends of the USA, the association announced on Tuesday. According to a statement released by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the curator of Golden Globes, the children of Spike Lee, the three-time Golden Globe nominee, Satchel and Jackson Lee will serve as the 2021 Golden Globe ambassadors.

Netflix’s homegrown series such as The Crown, and The Prom, Ratched, and The Queen’s Gambit have also been nominated.

The Crown actor Olivia Colman and Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer, have garnered a second nomination in the Best Actress award in a television series (drama). Colman had won the award in 2020. Anya Taylor-Joy has a direct nomination with the Best Actress in a musical or comedy motion picture for Emma, along with her series on the life of a chess prodigy in the run for the Best Television Motion Picture category.

Amazon Prime Video’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is in the best comedy or musical picture category. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has been nominated for the Best Actor in the same category for Borat.

The foreign-language film category saw Denmark’s Another Round, France and Guatemala collaborative La Llorona, Italy’s The Life Ahead, USA’s Minari, and France and USA’s collaborative Two of Us. The contenders in this category cannot be nominated in the other categories.

In December 2020, Globes had announced that the American film Minari was shifted from the Best Picture category on the grounds that the film had allegedly failed to meet the language criteria of having over 50% of its dialogue in English. The story revolves around a Korean family that relocates to America to pursue the ‘American dream’.

The HFPA also announced that veteran actor Jane Fonda will be felicitated with the Cecil B deMille Award, Norman Lear will be presented the Carol Burnett Award for his contribution to television, both on and off-screen.

The nominations for the 78th edition were announced virtually by Sex and the City actor Sarah Jessica Parker and filmmaker Taraji P Henson.

While Tina Fey will go live from New York’s Rainbow Room inside NBC’s corporate headquarters, Amy Poehler will be at the Globes’ usual home, Beverly Hilton. Fey and Poehler will be hosting the award ceremony together for the fourth time this year.

India had sent 10 submissions, nine independent films and one in collaboration with the USA, none of which saw a nomination.

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