Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced by special guests Leslie Mann and Christian Slater on a Thursday morning broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The most nominations went to Vice, Adam McKay‘s scathing, satirical biopic about Dick Cheney, with six nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Globes, also gave five nominations each to A Star Is Born, The Favourite, and Green Book with five nods apiece. In the television categories, Ryan Murphy‘s The Assassination Of Gianni Versace received four nominations. LGBTQ faves Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and A Very English Scandal each received three noms.
For LGBTQ fans, there was plenty to celebrate; some very cool prominent LGBTQ projects and actors made the cut.
The Favourite features three queer women with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone out-gaying each other as Lady Sarah Churchill and Abigail Hill, respectively. Lady Churchill is Queen Anne’s (Olivia Coleman) longtime friend, constant companion, trusted advisor, nurse, riding companion, ruler-by-proxy, and secret lover.
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with a nomination for “honorary gay” straight actor Darris Criss‘ portrayal of gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Edgar Ramirez is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for portraying gay designer Gianni Versace.
Ryan Murphy’s other television series Pose, which made history for its record number of transgender actors, was nominated for Best Series – Drama, with the extraordinary Billy Porter receiving a Best Actor nomination in a Television Series – Drama.
Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Rami Malek was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
Openly queer Lucas Hedges has a Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nomination for the lead role in gay conversion drama Boy Erased and openly gay Troye Sivan, who also has a role in the film, was nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for the film’s song Revelation.
Melissa McCarthy received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, playing lesbian author Lee Israel, plus Richard E. Grant is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for playing a gay character in the film. The famed gay bar Julius‘ plays a major in this story.
If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaption of gay writer James Baldwin‘s novel, was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Regina King.
Girl, a Belgian film inspired by the true story of a Belgian transgender person who became a successful professional dancer in the modern dance world in up for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language.
Debra Messing received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Will & Grace.
A Star Is Born continues to gather huge box-office critics awards and now Golden Globe nods for for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Lady Gaga, plus her song Shallow is nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
Amazon’s A Very English Scandal, a miniseries about Jeremy Thorpe a British politician who tried to have his gay lover, Norman Scott killed, received three nominations: Best Limited Series, and Best Actor for Hugh Grant and Best Supporting Actor for queer actor Ben Whishaw.
Sandra Oh, who will host the Golden Globes with Andy Samberg, is nominated for Best Actress for the BBC-America drama Killing Eve, where she plays an MI5 officer who becomes obsessed with a female assassin.
Charlize Theron is nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her performance as a bisexual mom, in Tully. Theron won an Oscar in 2003 for her role in Monster playing a lesbian serial killer.
Alex Borstein is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance as Susie, the lesbian manager of Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, also nominated) in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Earlier this year she won an Emmy Award for the role.
Green Book, nominated for Best Film – Drama, is a about a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by gay African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley played by last year’s Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. The film has a scene about a real-life incident in which Shirley just barely escaped being arrested for a same-sex encounter at a YMCA.
Openly gay songwriter Marc Shaiman receives a nomination for Best Score for Mary Poppins Returns.
Benedict Cumberbatch in nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for playing a hedonistic bisexual in the Showtime series Patrick Melrose.
I still can’t get over the fact that the Golden Globes nominated three African-American films and an Asian film for four of their 10 Best Picture positions. It seems to be a rather good year for diversity for the Hollywood Foreign Press. It’s a start anyway.