Marriage Story and Irishman lead Golden Globes nominations for Netflix

The Golden Globes have fired the starting pistol for the 2020 Oscar race, as the first of the major film awards of the season to announce their nominations.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story

Leading the field is Noah Baumbach’s Netflix drama Marriage Story, with 6 of the streaming giant’s 17 nominations across the film categories. The film’s stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are nominated for their lead roles, Laura Dern is up for the supporting actress award, Baumbach’s screenplay, the score and the film itself are also in the running for awards, although Baumbach himself has missed out in the contest for the Best Director category.

Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in The Irishman

Another Netflix drama, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, is close behind on five nominations, including Best Dramatic Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director and supporting actor nods for Al Pacion and Joe Pesci, but there’s nothing for Robert De Niro.

A third Netflix film is in the running for Best Drama Film – The Two Popes has a total of four nominations, including Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Drama for Jonathan Pryce and Best Supporting Actor for Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Pryce’s competition includes another British actor, Christian Bale in Ford vs Ferrari – or Le Mans ’66, as it was called in the UK. In the musical-or-comedy category, three of the five nominees are British; Daniel Craig for Knives Out, Taron Egerton for Rocketman and the young star of Jojo Rabbit, Roman Griffin Davis.

The only British actress up for a film award is Emma Thompson, for her starring role as a chat-show host in Late Night.

The non-Netflix productions up for the most prestigious award of the night, the coveted Best Drama Film prize, are the First World War epic 1917 and the comicbook origins film Joker. Both directors, Sam Mendes and Todd Phillips are up for the Best Director award, alongside Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho, whose film Parasite won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Netflix also collected 17 nominations in the TV categories – again, more than any other network.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the heart of the multi-Emmy Award winning Fleabag

Six British actresses are among the nominees in the TV categories, with last year’s Best Actress Oscar-winner Olivia Colman in the running for her role as the Queen in the Netflix drama The Crown. Jodie Comer and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be hoping to repeat their Emmy successes for Killing Eve and Fleabag, respectively. Dame Helen Mirren is nominated for playinng Catherine the Great in the Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Film category, while Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson are up against each other in the Best Supporting Actress contest.

British men in contention include Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, who’ll be up against Brian Cox for Succession.

The irreverent British comedian Ricky Gervais will return to host the awards ceremony on 5th January next year, two days before voting closes to choose the Oscar nominations.

With its awards split between two genre categories – one for dramas and the other for musicals and comedies – the Golden Globes are seen less as a predictor of who might win Oscars than to highlight the range of films from which Oscar voters might want to select their own nominees.

By kicking off the awards season, the ninety, or so, international journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lay the groundwork for an Academy of more than 9000 industry professionals to narrow down their choices for their own ceremony, five weeks later.

But as well as setting out films that are likely to appear on the Academy’s own shortlist, the Globes also have a habit of nominating films that have been critically panned, in order to get big names on the red carpet to boost the TV ratings for the awards show. And some in the industry are critical of the power wielded in Hollywood by such a small group of commentators. The respected British critic Mark Kermode responded to this year’s Golden Globe nominations list by tweeting, “Just a quick reminder to everyone that the Golden Globes are an embarrassment – an unofficial first round of the Oscars run by a bunch of unaccountable bozos whose favours are bought and sold in shameless fashion and whose influence is as inexplicable as it is irrelevant.”

The HFPA, which runs the Globes, has made efforts in recent years to improve its image, including banning members from attending parties hosted by nominees while voting is open and suspending members who are guilty of corruption, but it’s understood that it has – in the past – also suspended whistle-blowers.

And the full list of this year’s Golden Globe nominees are:


Best film – drama

Best actress in a film – drama

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best actor in a film – drama

Best film – musical or comedy

Best actress in a film – musical or comedy

  • Ana De Armas, Knives Out
  • Awkwafina, The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson, Late Night

Best actor in a film – musical or comedy

  • Daniel Craig, Knives Out
  • Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Taron Egerton, Rocketman
  • Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name

Best supporting actress in a film

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening, The Report
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best supporting actor in a film

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best director – film

  • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
  • Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best film – animated

  • Frozen II
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Best film – foreign language

  • The Farewell
  • Les Misérables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best screenplay – film

  • Marriage Story
  • Parasite
  • The Two Popes
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • The Irishman

Best score – film

  • Little Women
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Motherless Brooklyn

Best song – film

  • Beautiful Ghosts, Cats
  • I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman
  • Into the Unknown, Frozen II
  • Spirit, The Lion King
  • Stand Up, Harriet


Best TV series – drama

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Crown
  • Killing Eve
  • The Morning Show
  • Succession

Best actress in a TV series – drama

  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Best actor in a TV series – drama

  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Rami Malek, Mr Robot
  • Tobias Menzies, The Crown
  • Billy Porter, Pose

Best TV series – musical or comedy

  • Barry
  • Fleabag
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • The Politician

Best actress in a TV series – musical or comedy

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedy

  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Ben Platt, The Politician
  • Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best limited series or TV film

  • Catch-22
  • Chernobyl
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • The Loudest Voice
  • Unbelievable

Best actress in a limited series or TV film

  • Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
  • Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
  • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Best actor in a limited series or TV film

  • Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
  • Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Best supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or TV film

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Toni Collette, Unbelievable
  • Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or TV film

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Andrew Scott, Fleabag
  • Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
  • Henry Winkler, Barry