On Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominees for the 2022 Golden Globes. The 79th annual awards show is set to take place on January 9th, 2022, and Snoop Dogg was on hand to help reveal the nominated TV and film projects.
The nominations come amidst a year of controversy for the Globes. In February, an LA Times article revealed the 87-person voting body of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) lacked a single member of color. With the press body historically criticized for racially insensitive, sexist, and homophobic lines of questioning during press conferences, the report sparked a mass protest across Hollywood. Tom Cruise actually returned his Globes, and major studios like WarnerMedia, Netflix, and Amazon have been boycotting HFPA events since May.
NBC has joined in the boycott, announcing it would not be airing the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022. While the HFPA has promised a commitment to reform (including introducing new bylaws, a new board of directors, and new voting members) NBC stated that “change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”
Despite all the backlash, the HFPA has forged ahead for the 2022 Golden Globes. Belfast and The Power of the Dog were the most nominated films with seven each, including Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director (Kenneth Branagh and Jane Campion, respectively); and Best Screenplay (again for Branagh and Campion, respectively).
Jamie Doran and Ciarán Hinds from Belfast will face off for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, against The Power of the Dog’s Kody Smit-McPhee. Caitriona Balfe (Belfast) and Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog) are competing in the Best Supporting Actress, category, while Benedict Cumberbatch is vying for Best Actor, Drama for his star turn in The Power of the Dog.
Rounding out the nominees for Best Motion Picture, Drama are CODA, Dune, and King Richard. Meanwhile, the nominees for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical include Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Licorice Pizza, Tick, Tick… Boom!, Don’t Look Up, and Cyrano.
Other notable individual nominees include Will Smith, whose performance in King Richard earned him a Best Actor nod; Kristen Stewart, whose portrayal as Princess Diana in Spencer was recognized with a nomination for Best Actress; and Denis Villeneuve, whose ambitious adaptation of Dune finds him in contention for Best Director opposite Branagh, Campion, Spielberg, and Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter). Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up), and Aaron Sorkin (Being the Ricardos) are all up for Best Screenplay,
Meanwhile, two beloved musicians were honored for their acting prowess: Lady Gaga is up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her role in House of Gucci, and HAIM’s Alana Haim is gunning for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for her breakthrough role in Licorice Pizza.
Jonny Greenwood picked up his second Golden Globe nomination to date thanks to his score for The Power of the Dog. He’ll be competing against Hans Zimmer (Dune), Alexandre Desplat (The French Dispatch), Germaine Franco (Encato), and Alberto Iglesia (Parallel Mothers).
Billie Eilish and Beyoncé are both nominated for Best Original Song, the former for the No Time to Die theme and the later for “Be Alive” from King Richard. They’re up against Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto); Van Morrison (“Down to Joy” from Belfast); and Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, and Carole King (“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect).
On the TV side of things, Succession garnered five nominations (Best TV Series, Drama; two Best Actor noms for Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong; Best Supporting Actor for Kieran Culkin; and Best Supporting Actress for Sarah Snook). The Morning Show and Ted Lasso each received four nominations, with both vying for Best TV Series in their respective categories.
As for distributors, HBO/HBO Max stuck out well ahead of the crowd with 15 nominations, followed by Hulu and Netflix with 10 each. That latter platform jumped way ahead in the Motion Picture field, though, with Netflix earning a whopping 17 nominations. The next closest was MGM/United Artists with nine and Warner Bros. with eight.