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The Beverly Hilton's main lobby was decked out in red and gold with a tall green artificial tree, hallways on each side with white and silver holiday decorations. Yet the only thing remotely like a Christmas tree in the Beverly Hilton ballroom was a display of Moët & Chandon champagne bottles. Is 4 a.m. too early for a bit of bubbly? Because Hollywood's award season has begun.
At 5 a.m., the ballroom doors closed and Hollywood Foreign Press Association's president, Meher Tatna, teased the crowd with the announcement of a new annual award to recognize contributions to television, but declined to tell who would be the first recipient. Why miss an opportunity to spark wild speculation on Twitter?
Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater took turns announcing the nominees for this year's Golden Globes. When Constance Wu's nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy was announced there was a murmur of approval and then applause. Some seemed puzzled by John C. Reilly's nomination for "Stan & Ollie" for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and the exact spelling of "Mirai," the foreign language Best Motion Picture - Animated nominee.
I, as did others, suspected there was a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" conspiracy with Crews at the nominations press conference and Andy Samberg recently announced as the co-host with Sandra Oh. In 2014, Samberg won Best Actor (comedy) Golden Globe and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" received a Golden Globe as well. After the announcements, Crews explained that he was totally unaware that Samberg had landed the gig until it was announced on social media. "I was just so happy" but he also added that if Samberg needs him for anything, "I'm there." He'd be willing to pop a peck, and displayed an impressive popping despite being fully dressed in black tie attire. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will have its NBC premiere (after five seasons on Fox) just four days after the Golden Globe Awards.
With the nomination of "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," and "If Beale Street Could Talk" for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Kevin Hart being recently announced as the host for the Oscars, Crews commented that "diversity is happening right before your eyes" and it's "a really cool time in Hollywood."
Tatna also noted that Sandra Oh and Samberg were paired together because they both had won Golden Globes (Oh for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for "Grey's Anatomy" in 2006) and showed that they could play off each other well during an awards ceremony. She also added that while everyone knows about Samberg's comedy background, not everyone is aware of Oh's.
According to Wikipedia, the Golden Globes were first awarded in 1944 and in 1995 was hosted by Janine Turner and John Larroquette. Before that, the ceremony did not invite a celebrity to host and didn't again until 2010 (Ricky Gervais hosted for three consecutive years, 2010-2012 and then again in 2016). Oh, who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for "Killing Eve," is the first person of color to host this awards show.
Tatna also stated that she was pleased with the diversity demonstrated in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category, specifically relaying how happy she was that "Beale Street" made the cut. She also loved that "Black Panther" was nominated because, she explained, "I adore Stan Lee. I'm sorry that he won't be able to come."
After the talent was gone (Slater lingered the longest) and some journalists finished taking selfies at the champagne Christmas tree or next to the Golden Globe decorations, the ballroom cleared and people departed under grey skies and a steady rain, with a list of must-see films, movies and TV shows before the January ceremony. On a more typical sunny SoCal morning, one might be tempted to take that mini Moët and have a champagne breakfast at Tiffany's, just down the street on Rodeo Drive.
A complete list of nominations below:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
"Revelation" (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
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