'Vice' and 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 6, 2018

By Max Godnick and Carlo Versano

"Vice," the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic, and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," the true-crime series, led the Golden Globe nominations with six and four, respectively.

The nominations were announced in Los Angeles Thursday morning. "Vice," which is slated for release on Christmas Day and has benefited from strong buzz despite reviews still under embargo, was followed by "A Star Is Born," "Green Book," and "The Favourite" with five nominations a piece. One of those went to Lady Gaga, her first acting nomination for her inaugural film role. For television, "Versace" was followed by "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "A Very English Scandal," "Homecoming," "The Kominsky Method," and "Barry," which all received three nominations.

One of the biggest surprises for this year's award was the choice of presenters. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will host the NBC telecast on Jan. 6. The duo were lauded for their chemistry when they presented the directing award at this year's Emmys. Oh is also nominated for her starring role in "Killing Eve." If she wins, she would be the first Asian actor to win multiple Globes. Samberg has previously won for his work on the show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

As is often the case, the snubs were more interesting than the nominations. Steve McQueen's well-received "Widows" didn't get a single nod. And zero female directors were nominated, despite intense scrutiny over the past year about the insidious presence of sexism in Hollywood. Natalie Portman called attention to the absence of women in the Best Director category at last year's awards, saying,"Here are the male nominees," before she presented the award.

"Roma," the Netflix film directed by auteur Alfonso Cuarón, got director and screenplay nominations, but foreign films are not eligible for the best picture categories at the Globes ー even though the voting body is the Hollywood Foreign Press.

And some of TV's fan favorites ー Netflix's "Ozark," NBC's "This Us Us," FX's "Atlanta," Hulu's "Handmaid's Tale," and HBO's "Insecure" ー were largely shut out.

FX was the most nominated network ー good news for Disney ($DIS), which will control its programming as soon as the Fox deal closes. Disney's "Black Panther" was also nominated for best dramatic film, which may bode well for its chances at an Oscar nomination.

The Golden Globes have always been the colorful cousin to the more polished Oscar ceremony, and its nominations are known for sometimes coming out of left field. But the award show is much preferred by Hollywood in terms of actual attendance (you can drink, for one). And TV audiences have increasingly flocked to its off-kilter personality, especially as the Oscars have grown tired (and long).

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