In the ban of Hollywood, the organization plays its reputation of maker of kings on the road to the Oscars. His choices confirm in any case the esteem given to the western of Jane Campion and the childhood memories of Kenneth Branagh.
Will the lucky ones named uncork the champagne or, on the contrary, will they slip the invitation into the trash? Deprived of a televised ceremony, banished from Hollywood, the Golden Globes still delivered their nominations on Monday, which offer an expected pole position to Power Of The Dog and to Belfast. Jane Campion’s Netflix western, which racked up awards from local critical circles, and Kenneth Branagh’s childhood memories of community unrest-torn Belfast garnered seven nominations apiece.
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Adam McKay’s satire follows with four quotes Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial on mistrust of science, the initiatory story Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson, the remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg and the portrait of the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, The Williams method.
A ceremony with blurred outlines
Covered with opprobrium because of their patronage and the absence of African-American journalists revealed by an investigation by the Los Angeles Times, the Golden Globes, which bring together a hundred or so foreign reporters working in California, are working hard on the reforms: co-opting 21 new members making more room for diversity, prohibiting studio gifts … By deciding to maintain the 2022 ceremony even without retransmission, the disgraced organization, whose members now find their way alone, and sometimes with difficulty, a place in the screenings and press conference, wants to save its reputation as a kingmaker on the road to the Oscars. The organization gave no details on the form and manner of following its gala, scheduled for January 9.
As such, their nominations do not take any risk and confirm the status of favorite of The Power Of The Dog, The Williams Method, Dune, Belfast and CODA (Apple’s remake of The Aries family). These films are in the running for the best drama statuette. On the musical side, two heavyweights West Side Story by Spielberg and Don’t Look Up by Adam McKay. Duel that the singing adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac by Joe Wright with Peter Dinklage, in praise of the artistic turpitudes of Tick tick boom and Licorice Pizza which marks the return of Paul Thomas Anderson.
In the traditional boy club of the best director, the Golden Globes select two directors: a confirmed and a debutante. Jane Campion (The Power Of The Dog) and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal who debuts with The Lost Daughter compete against sacred monsters Denis Villeneuve (Dune), Steven Spielberg (West Side Story) and Kenneth Branagh (Belfast).
The hegemony of these films can be found in the actor categories (except for Dune). The statuette for best dramatic actor will be played between Benedict Cumberbatch (Power Of The Dog) and Will Smith (The Williams method). Denzel Washington (Macbeth) Mahershala Ali (Swan Song) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos) will probably only be there as an observer.
On the comedy side, it will probably be a shock Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up) and Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom) with Peter Dinklage, Cooper Hoffman (Licorice Pizza and son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Anthony Ramos (Where we come from) will be in ambush.
Some French in the running
Among the women are Golden Globes darlings: Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos), Jessica Chastain (Tammy Fayes eyes) and the spectacular Kristen Stewart, astonishing Lady Diana in Spencer.
In musical comedy, slip two remarkable young shoots Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) and Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza) facing veterans and best friends Jennifer Lawrence (Don’t Look Up) and Emma Stone (Cruella).
Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard closes row for rock opera Annette by Leos Carax. Two other tricolor talents are cited the composer Alexandre Desplat who gives to The French Dispatch his only chance for a trophy. Tahar Rahim competes him in the series sections for the title of best actor for his killer performance in The snake.
On the supporting role, the team of Belfast hold the rope. Jamie Dorman and Ciaran Hinds on the men’s side facing the dreaded Kodi Smit McPhee with Ben Affleck (The Tender Bar) and hard of hearing actor Troy Kotsur (Coda) as an arbitrator. Their partner Caitriona Balfe will have a tougher job against Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Ruth Negga (Chiaroscuro), Aunjanue Ellis (The Williams method) and Kirsten Dunst (Power Of The Dog).
In the aisle of the great forgotten figures the tricolor palm of gold by Julia Ducournau Titanium excluded contenders for the statuette of the best foreign film. the Nightmare alley of Guillermo del Toro does not seduce despite the presence of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. The black western convicts and wrongdoers The Harder They Fall also remain on the floor. As well as the road trip Our childish souls with Joaquin Phoenix. Expected on their performances Frances McDormand (Macbeth), Penelope Cruz (Parallel mothers) look cute like Simon Rex, Adam Driver or the filmmaker Ridley Scott with whom the actor has teamed up on House of Gucci and The last duel.