May 27, 2019

Golden Globes Briefing: ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Vice’ Lead the 2019 Golden Globes Nominations

Because the press association’s nominations arrive as Oscar voters are gearing up for their own selection process, the movie-related Globe categories receive most of the attention. But the truth is that the Globes ceremony draws much of its power from TV stars — and the desire by voters to be tastemakers by throwing their weight behind fledgling series. In recent years, the Globes have helped put streaming-service shows like “Transparent” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on the map.

In the best television drama category, newcomers dominated, with nominations going to the thriller “Killing Eve,” starring Sandra Oh as a security services operative; the boisterous “Pose,” the latest hit from Ryan Murphy; “Homecoming,” a cerebral thriller starring Julia Roberts; and the pulpy British thriller “Bodyguard.” The remaining slot went to “The Americans,” for its final season.

One reminder: Two stalwarts, “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things,” were not eligible this time around because no new episodes of either series aired in 2018.

Among comedies, awards handicappers predict that it’s going to be hard to unseat the reigning winner, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Newcomers among the nominees were “Barry,” the off-kilter HBO series starring the also-nominated Bill Hader and Henry Winkler; Jim Carrey’s grief dramedy “Kidding” on Showtime; and “The Kominsky Method” from Netflix, which also snagged nominations for its stars, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, who play showbiz war horses. “The Good Place” was also nominated for best comedy.

The FX limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” led all shows with four nominations, including for best TV movie or mini-series. Among television snubs, the twisty HBO sci-fi western “Westworld” received just one nod, for Thandie Newton’s acting, and the creators of NBC’s sentimental hit “This Is Us,” known for inspiring buckets of tears, might be shedding a few of their own: It was totally shut out.

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