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Here are the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards

L to R: The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix), Minari (A24), and Ratched (Netflix)
L to R: The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix), Minari (A24), and Ratched (Netflix)
Graphic: The A.V. Club

We have to admit that it’s just a touch disorienting to only now begin discussing the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globes, which is usually an early January staple. There really isn’t much that COVID-19 hasn’t shuffled around at the point. What does remain consistent, thankfully, is the steady stream of decent film and television. Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson took on the task of speedily announcing this year’s nominees on behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and just like most years, 2021’s roster of potential statuette recipients includes some expected favorites (One Night In Miami...! Nomadland!), some puzzling additions (like HFPA’s inexplicable love for Emily In Paris and James Corden in The Prom), and at least one glaring omission (like this really phenomenal HBO series called I May Destroy You, in case you haven’t heard of it).

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Netflix leads the pack across TV and film for another year with The Crown and Mank as frontrunners within their respective industries. (Both scored six nominations a piece.) The Trial Of The Chicago 7 followed with five nominations, including a Supporting Actor nod for Sacha Baron Cohen. The comedy side of also showed love to Cohen and his efforts in Amazon Prime’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. As expected, the Golden Globes marks the beginning of what will likely amount in robust, posthumous awards season love for the late Chadwick Boseman, who died prior to the premiere of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Also expected was the love for Regina King’s feature directorial debut for the beloved One Night In Miami. Speaking of directors: For the first time in the show’s history, three women in the typically male-dominated category—King, Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). That’s quite a step forward. If only we could say that same about HFPA approach to Minari, Lee Isaac Chung’s American film about a distinctly American experience that was sequestered to the Foreign Language category, disqualifying it from competing in the other major categories. The A.V. Club’s TV Editor Danette Chavez and Senior Writer Katie Rife will dig into this years surprises and snubs later today.

For the first time, the Golden Globes are going bicoastal this year as returning duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler virtually host from opposite sides of the country. After being pushed back almost two months from its usual January timeslot, the ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 28, at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET on NBC. Check out the list of nominees below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

The Father
Mank
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces Of A Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Women

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

Riz Ahmed, Sound Of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank 
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

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BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Music
The Prom
Palm Springs

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot
Anna Taylor-Joy, Emma.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History Of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

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BEST MOTION PICTURE, ANIMATED

The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over The Moon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

BEST MOTION PICTURE, FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Another Round, Denmark
La Llorona, Guatamela/France
The Life Ahead, Italy
Minari, USA
Two Of Us, France/USA

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helana Zengel, News Of The World

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas And The Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Bill Murray, On The Rocks
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night In Miami

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BEST DIRECTOR, MOTION PICTURE

Emerald Fennel, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Regina King, One Night In Miami…
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

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BEST SCREENPLAY, MOTION PICTURE

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, MOTION PICTURE

Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
Ludwig Göransson, Tenet
James Newton Howard, News Of The World
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG, MOTION PICTURE

“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Here My Voice,” The Trial Of The Chicago 7
“IO SI (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night In Miami
“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

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BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

The Crown
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Ratched

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunter
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

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BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Emily In Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Great
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Lily Collins, Emily In Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudekis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

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BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Normal People
The Queen’s Gambit
Small Axe
The Undoing
Unorthodox

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

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