Golden Globes 2021 Nominations: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘The Crown’ Reign Supreme as Female Directors Finally Get Their Due
Fresh off its historic Emmy wins last year, Canadian comedy 'Schitt's Creek' landed multiple nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes, including acting honours for stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
If reading about Golden Globes nominees in early February seems a bit strange, that’s because by early February the Globes are usually behind us, and we’re already in the thick of Oscar talk.
Thanks, however, to the COVID-19 pandemic, award season shifted a few months later this year in the hope of possibly pulling off in-person events — a reminder of before-times, with glittering A-listers walking red carpets and gushing thanks on the award show stage.
So instead of holding the 2021 Golden Globes in early January, as per usual, they’re taking place on Feb. 28. There is one tinge of familiarity to them, however, in these uncertain times — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to host the show, but will appear separately, socially-distanced on different coasts due to COVID-19.
And as for those stars who received Golden Globe nominations this year, the British Royal Family as well as the foursome you might call Canada’s royal family (of television at least) received multiple nods, with The Crown leading all television shows with six and Schitt’s Creek coming in second with five.
The Crown and Schitt’s Creek Rule the TV Landscape
The Crown — which contributed to Netflix’s 42 total nominations (which leads the overall pack this year) — nabbed a nomination for Best Television Series – Drama for its fourth season. As well, the Globes is pitting Queen Elizabeth against Diana, Princess of Wales, as Olivia Colman, 47, and Emma Corrin both vie for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama award. Meanwhile, Prince Charles actor Josh O’Connor is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. Helena Bonham Carter, 54, as Princess Margaret, and Gillian Anderson, 52, who delivered a celebrated turn as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, are both contending for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Meanwhile, fresh off their historic Emmy’s sweep last year, the CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek continues its award season roll with nominations for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy; Catherine O’Hara, 66, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy; Eugene Levy, 74, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy; Dan Levy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; and Annie Murphy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
As well, a pair of big-screen octogenarian legends are in the running for small-screen honours, with Canuck Donald Sutherland, 85 — this year’s oldest contending nominee — receiving a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Undoing. As well, Al Pacino, 80, earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for Hunters.
Two other Hollywood heavyweights — Nicole Kidman, 53, and Cate Blanchett, 51 — will duke it out in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, with Kidman being nominated for The Undoing and Blanchett for Mrs. America, while the men’s side of the same category is stacked with boomer stars including Bryan Cranston, 64 (Your Honor), Jeff Daniels, 65 (The Comey Rule), Hugh Grant, 60 (The Undoing), Mark Ruffalo, 53 (I Know This Much Is True) and Ethan Hawke, 50 (The Good Lord Bird).
And this year, legendary television producer Norman Lear, 98, will receive the Carol Burnett Award for “outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen” and “the lasting impact that their television career achievements have had on both the industry and audiences.”
Netflix Reigns Supreme As Female Directors Finally Get Their Due
Just as it did in the television category, the streaming service Netflix continues to shake up the award show landscape, outdoing its traditional studio rivals by producing some of the most recognized films of the year.
That list includes Mank — the black-and-white David Fincher-directed Old Hollywood look at the life of legendary Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Though the film didn’t fully galvanize audiences — review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows the audience score for Mank at only 61 per cent favourable — it received 83 per cent favourability with critics. And given the Golden Globe Awards are voted on by journalists with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it’s no surprise it did well in the nominations.
The tally for Mank includes nods for Best Motion Picture — Drama; Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama (Gary Oldman, 62, as Mank); Best Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Amanda Seyfried); Best Director (Fincher, 58); Best Original Score (Trent Reznor, 55, and Atticus Ross, 53); and a Best Screenplay nod for Fincher’s father, Jack Fincher, a screenwriter and former Life magazine San Francisco bureau chief who originally penned the script in the 1990s. The elder Fincher died in 2003 at age 72.
The Golden Globes also broke new ground in the Best Director category, with women outnumbering men for the first time in the award’s history.
Actress Regina King, 50, earned a nomination for her directorial debut One Night in Miami, about a fictional 1964 meeting between boxing champ Muhammad Ali, legendary civil rights activist Malcolm X, the “King of Soul” Sam Cooke and football great Jim Brown, based on the play by Kemp Powers.
The nomination makes King only the second African-American woman nominated for Best Director, after Ava DuVernay received a nod for Selma in 2014. She is joined this year in the Best Director category by Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and British actress, author and director Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman).
Before 2021, however, only five women had ever been nominated for a directing Golden Globe — DuVernay, Barbra Streisand for Yentl (1983), Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow twice, for The Hurt Locker (2009) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Of that group, Streisand is the only woman to win the award.
This year, King, Zhao and Fennell also face competition in the Best Director category from Fincher for Mank and Aaron Sorkin, 59, for The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Meanwhile, Viola Davis, 55, is the first and only African-American to win the “Triple Crown of Acting” — an Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award. And in 2016 she won her first Golden Globe, for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Fences. This year she’s aiming for her second Globe, this time in the Best Actress category, for playing the eponymous character in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The film also stars late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, who died last August at the age of 43. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was released after his death, and Boseman received a nomination in the Best Actor category for it. And even if he doesn’t win, look for him to be honoured with other talents we’ve lost in the last year, including, most recently, Cicely Tyson and Cloris Leachman.
Early Oscar favourites also landed Golden Globe nominations, including Frances McDormand, 63, who plays a woman who lives in her van and travels across the American West working various jobs along the way in Nomadland. In fact, in 2020 Nomadland won both the Toronto International Film Festival’s coveted People’s Choice Award and Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion, becoming the first film to ever accomplish the feat.
Aside from its nominations for McDormand and Zhao, it also picked up nods for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay (Zhao).
As well, The Father — based on the play by Florian Zeller about a man who suffers hallucinations while confined to his apartment and battles dementia — also earned four nominations, including for Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Anthony Hopkins, 83; a second nomination for Olivia Colman, for Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture; and Best Screenplay for Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, 75.
In addition, Jane Fonda, 83, will be honoured for her body of work with the Cecil B. deMille Award.
As with every award show nominations, the list of those who were “snubbed” proves almost as intriguing as those who got nominated. This year’s Golden Globes, however, includes a list of major older stars who many felt deserved nominations but failed to get them.
That list starts with perhaps the safest award show bet most years, Meryl Streep. Many expected the 71-year-old to land an acting nomination for either/both the Ryan Murphy musical comedy The Prom or the Steven Soderbergh comedy-drama Let Them All Talk, but neither came to fruition. In fact, Let Them All Talk was completely shut out while The Prom received nods for Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for James Corden.
Then there’s screen legend Sophia Loren, 86, who starred in the Italian drama The Life Ahead, which nabbed a Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language nom but nothing for the actress, which would have marked her first Golden Globe acting nomination since 1994.
Meanwhile, Ellen Burstyn, 88, was favoured for a nod for her much talked about role in the Netflix film Pieces of a Woman, but the only nom the film got went to actress Vanessa Kirby in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
And actor Delroy Lindo, 68, was also shut out for his performance in the Spike Lee film Da 5 Bloods — which is the subject of an even bigger snub considering the film, a huge critical hit, didn’t receive one nomination. Chadwick Boseman also appeared in this film, as it was the last of his movies to be released in his lifetime.
Speaking of productions that didn’t receive nominations, period drama Bridgerton, which became a viral hit following its premiere in December, got zero nominations as well.
The Full List of 2021 Golden Globes Nominees
Read on for the entire list of 2021 Golden Globe nominees:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Promising Young Woman
The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Best Performance by an Actress in a 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
Best Performance by an Actor in a 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
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or 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
Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Another Round (Denmark)
La Llorona (Guatemala / France)
The Life Ahead (Italy)
Two of Us (France/U.S.A.)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any 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
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
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
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
Ludwig Göransson, Tenet
James Newton Howard, News of the World
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mank
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste, Soul
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Fight for You” — Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by: H.E.R., Dernst Emile Ii
Lyrics by: H.E.R., Tiara Thomas
“Hear My Voice” — The Trial of the Chicago 7
Music by: Daniel Pemberton
Lyrics by: Daniel Pemberton, Celeste Waite
“Io Sì (Seen)” — The Life Ahead
Music by: Diane Warren
Lyrics by: Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi
“Speak Now” — One Night in Miami
Music by: Leslie Odom Jr., Sam Ashworth
Lyrics by: Leslie Odom Jr., Sam Ashworth
“Tigress & Tweed” — The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
Music by: Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq
Lyrics by: Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Lev, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Queen’s Gambit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
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
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing