Golden Globe 2020 Nominations: Netflix Takes the Fight to the Cinemas

Is the streaming giant ready to step up to the big field?
Tuesday 10 December 2019
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Netflix led the Golden Globe 2020 nominations on Monday, 9 December 2019, with its films The Irishman and Marriage Story contributing to the streaming giant earning a massive 34 nominations for next year’s awards, including 17  for films.

Marriage Story topped the list with six nods, including nominations for Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver and Laura Dern, while Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman followed up with five. Scorsese’s stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both nominated for the Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category, alongside Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

Additionally, the Netflix film’s screenplay by Steven Zaillian is also up for an award, however, they will have to beat Tarantino to end up with the top prize. Eddie Murphy’s comeback movie Dolemite Is My Name added a further two nominations for Netflix on the comedy side.

The streaming service, which has spent billions to lure the industry’s top filmmaking talent has finally arrived to challenge traditional cinema powerhouses. The Golden Globe 2020 nominations speak for themselves, as the streamer only managed a mere three film nods three film nods last year, for Mexican black-and-white drama Roma.

“I’m not surprised by the dominance, I’m surprised by how massive the dominance is,” Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, told AFP at the Beverly Hills ceremony. “The announcements are sort of like a coming-of-age of the streaming services” added Soria.

Underlining its supremacy, Netflix also received 17 nominations for television series, once again, topping the category. The Crown, which features an all-new cast led by Olivia Colman, secured four nominations alone.

Rival HBO managed 15 in total, although highly controversial final season of Game of Thrones earned just a single nod, for lead actor Kit Harington. New streaming platform Apple TV+, launched last month, secured its first nominations, for flagship launch program The Morning Show.

The 77th Golden Globes will take place in Los Angeles on 5 January 2020, two days before voting for Oscars nominees ends. The night will be hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, returning for a record fifth time.

Source: AFP

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