Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever {image via Disney}

It’s that time of year again: here are the Golden Globe nominations.

Were any of your favorites honored? USA Today reported that the Golden Globe nominations were more racially inclusive this year, unlike the #HollywoodSoWhite scandal of a year or two ago. Notably Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Viola Davis were all nominated. Yeoh for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Everything Everywhere All At Once, Bassett for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Davis (Amanda Waller in the DCEU) was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for starring in The Woman King.

Since 1944, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has awarded the Golden Globes to the best of American films. In 1961, they added awards for television. Being foreigners, they tend to nominate Art films rather than popular entertainment.

Although Avatar:the Way of Water isn’t scheduled to be released until December 16, it has already been nominated for Best Drama.

Movies

Best Drama (Movies)

  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick.

Best Actress in a Drama

  • Cate Blanchett, Tár
  • Olivia Colman, Empire of Light
  • Viola Davis, The Woman King
  • Ana de Armas, Blonde
  • Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans
  • Actor in a drama
  • Austin Butler, Elvis
  • Brendan Fraser, The Whale
  • Hugh Jackman, The Son
  • Bill Nighy, Living
  • Jeremy Pope, The Inspection

Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical

Best Comedy or Musical

  • Babylon
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Triangle of Sadness

Actor in a Comedy or Musical

  • Diego Calva, Babylon
  • Daniel Craig, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Adam Driver, White Noise
  • Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Ralph Fiennes, The Menu

Actress in a Comedy or Musical

I confess I am curious how The Banshees of Inisherin was nominated for both Best Drama and Best Comedy, but I haven’t seen it yet. Hugo-nominated science fiction and horror writer Adam-Troy Castro recommends it highly, and I’m inclined to trust his judgment.

Other than the Animated Category, the as-yet-unreleased Avatar: The Way of Water, Everything, Everywhere All at Once, and House of the Dragon, very few science fiction or fantasy films were nominated. The Fabelmans, being a semi-autobiographical film by Steven Spielberg, might be considered sci-fi-adjacent. However, many actors with substantial geek-cred were nominated for mundane projects: Michelle Yeoh (Ying Nan in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek: iscovery, Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies, etc.); Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise, Hades in Clash of the Titans, M in Spectre and No Time to Die); Angela Bassett (Queen Ramonda in Black Panther, Amanda Waller in Green Lantern, Marie Laveau in American Horror Story: Apocalypse); Viola Davis (Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad, Black Adam, and Peacemaker), Daniel Craig (Jake Lonergan in Cowboys and Aliens, Alex West in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, James Bond in Casino Royale, No Time to Die,Quantum of Solace, and Sir Kane in A Kid in King Arthur’s Court), Sebastian Stan (Dr. Chris Beck in The Martian, the Winter Soldier in the MCU), and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn in the DCEU).

Best Screenplay

  • Todd Field, Tár
  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Sarah Polley, Women Talking
  • Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, The Fabelmans


Best Animated Film

  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Inu-Oh
  • Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • Turning Red
  • “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing (music by Taylor Swift)
  • “Ciao Papa” from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (music by Alexandre Desplat)
  • “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick (music by Lady Gaga, BloodPop, Benjamin Rice)
  • “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson)
  • “Naatu Naatu” from RRR (music by by M.M. Keeravani)

Best Original score

{image via Netflix}
  • Carter Burwell, The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Alexandre Desplat, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir, Women Talking
  • Justin Hurwitz, Babylon
  • John Williams, The Fabelmans

Television

Since 1961, the Golden Globes have included television shows. The HFPA tends to prefer streaming shows to shows from the three main networks. Here are the nominees.

Best Drama

  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown
  • House of the Dragon
  • Ozark
  • Severance

Best Comedy

  • Abbott Elementary
  • The Bear
  • Hacks
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Wednesday

Best Actress in a Limited Series

  • Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy
  • Julia Garner, Inventing Anna
  • Lily James, Pam & Tommy
  • Julia Roberts, Gaslit
  • Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout

Actor in a Limited Series

  • Taron Egerton, Black Bird
  • Colin Firth, The Staircase
  • Andrew Garfield, Under the Banner of Heaven
  • Evan Peters, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Sebastian Stan, Pam & Tommy

Supporting actress in a limited series

  • Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
  • Claire Danes, Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Daisy Edgar-Jones, Under the Banner of Heaven
  • Niecy Nash, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus

Were any of your favorite movies or TV shows nominated? Whom are you rooting for to win in January?

Watch this space.

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.