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Golden Globes 2019: Who might be nominated for the film and TV awards?

Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk and The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos all expected to be recognised

Joe Sommerlad
Thursday 06 December 2018 09:16
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Golden Globes 2018 highlights

Nominations for the 76th Golden Globe Awards will be announced on 6 December 2018.

The ceremony itself will be held in Hollywood on 7 January 2019, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg and kick off cinema’s awards season in earnest, establishing the early front runners ahead of the BAFTAs and Academy Awards.

Here’s how you can follow Thursday’s event in Los Angeles and our best guesses as to who might be in contention.

How can I follow the Golden Globe nominations?

The Independent‘s Culture team will be liveblogging the big reveal on our site from 1pm.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which runs the Golden Globes, will also stream the nominations announcement live on the awards’ Facebook page.

Which films and TV shows might receive the nod?

There are 25 categories in play for the redesigned trophies, with the nominations coming from the HFPA’s members.

Best Film, Drama

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born, Damien Chazelle’s biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong First Man and Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk all look like sure things.

Marvel could score a rare blockbuster nod for the hugely admired Black Panther while recognition for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman would surprise few.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexico-set Roma, regarded by many as one of the year’s best, will not feature, however, as it has been consigned to the foreign language category.

Best Actor, Drama

Cooper and Ryan Gosling seem probable nominees for A Star is Born and First Man but other than that the field is open.

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman, Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate, Ethan Hawke in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and Steve Carell in addiction drama Beautiful Boy would all be good shouts.

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Best Actress, Drama

Lady Gaga is widely expected to sweep the board this season for her first lead role in A Star is Born.

Her competition is strong, however: Nicole Kidman for the gritty detective thriller Destroyer, Glenn Close for The Wife, Viola Davis for Steve McQueen’s Widows and Natalie Portman for Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux could all be named.

Best Film, Comedy

The Favourite from Yorgos Lanthimos and Adam McKay’s Vice are probable nominees, as are Crazy Rich Asians from Jon M Chu, Disney’s belated sequel Mary Poppins Returns and Peter Farrelly’s Green Book.

Both A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody could have competed in the Comedy/Musical category but the studios’ decision to pitch them as dramas helpfully clears the field for the above.

Best Actor, Comedy

Christian Bale’s transformation into Dick Cheney for Vice has been much admired, but Hollywood legend Robert Redford, soon to retire, could also receive a sentimental nod for his role in David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun.

Other strong contenders include Paul Giamatti for Private Life, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda for Mary Poppins.

Best Actress, Comedy

Emily Blunt is tipped to be a frontrunner by the likes of Variety and Vanity Fair for the tough assignment of following on from Julie Andrews as the magical nanny.

Olivia Colman and Charlize Theron could provide some serious competition for The Favourite and Tully respectively, while Constance Wu for Crazy Rich Asians and Elsie Fisher for Eighth Grade might also feature.

Best Supporting Actor

An incredibly competitive category – picking from both the Drama and Comedy/Musical pools - that could see such hugely popular performers as Mahershala Ali, Timothee Chalamet and Adam Driver up against each other.

Neither Sam Elliott in A Star is Born nor Richard E Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? should be discounted.

Best Supporting Actress

The voters are equally spoilt for choice here, with Amy Adams (Vice), Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz (both in The Favourite) and Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) all admired for their respective performances.

Don’t overlook Regina King, however, who makes a big impression in Beale Street.

Best Director

Cooper, Cuaron and Peter Farrelly are all tipped while Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins are widely expected to repeat the rivalry that came to define the 2017 awards season.

Ryan Coogler, Spike Lee and Adam McKay would all be popular victors.

Best TV Series, Drama

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve from BBC America and Netflix’s Ozark are all expected to be nominated, as is Amazon’s Homecoming starring Julia Roberts.

In the TV drama acting categories, the Best Actress race is particularly strong, with Elisabeth Moss, Eve‘s Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and House of Cards‘ Robin Wright expected to join Roberts in the running.

Best TV Series, Comedy

Atlanta, GLOW, Barry, Camping and The Good Place are likely to be among what promises to be a strong group.

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Donald Glover, Ted Danson, Michael Douglas, Jim Carrey, Bill Hader, Alison Brie and Jennifer Garner are among the actors who could be rewarded for their performances in those shows.

These two categories are separate from the Best Limited Series/TV Movie category, incidentally, in which Sharp Objects, Maniac and A Very English Scandal are expected to make an appearance.

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