Aussies sweep Golden Globe nominations
Australian star power will dominate the Golden Globes next month after Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Russell Crowe all picked up nominations.
Crowe, who was a regular nominee at the Golden Globes and Oscars in the early 2000s, has been on the outer for more than a decade.
He was welcomed back when he picked up a Globe nomination, unveiled at a Beverly Hills ceremony, for portraying controversial Fox News boss Roger Ailes in the TV miniseries The Loudest Voice.
Crowe will compete against Sacha Baron Cohen (The Spy), Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon), Christopher Abbott (Catch-22) and Jared Harris (Chernobyl) in the limited series or TV movie best actor category.
Kidman cleaned up on the awards show circuit two years ago for her complex and challenging performance as Celeste Wright in the first season of Big Little Lies, and she was rewarded again for season two of the TV series based on Sydney author Liane Moriarty's novel.
Kidman has plenty of competition in the lead actress in a TV drama race with her Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon nominated for her the #MeToo-inspired The Morning Show, along with her co-star Jennifer Aniston, Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve).
Rising Australian star Sarah Snook was a surprise snub in the category for her scene-stealing role in the TV drama Succession.
Robbie's pursuit of an Oscar remains on track with her nod for best supporting actress in the movie Bombshell, also about Ailes' reign of workplace sexual harassment at Fox News.
Robbie's category is also stacked with A-listers; Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Annette Bening (The Report) and Laura Dern (Marriage Story) are also nominated.
Blanchett, nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy movie for Where'd You Go, Bernadette, is up against Emma Thompson (Late Night), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart), Awkwafina (The Farewell) and Ana De Armas (Knives Out).
Collette, nominated in the supporting actress in a TV series or movie category for Unbelievable, also faces star-studded competition from Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies), Patricia Arquette (The Act), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) and Emily Watson (Chernobyl) receiving nods.
Another surprise snub was New Zealand's Taika Waititi who missed out on directing kudos for his comedy/drama Jojo Rabbit, but the film did score a nod in the best comedy/musical picture category.
But he wasn't the only one; Greta Gerwig's much-touted Little Women largely missed out, aside from one nomination for star, Saoirse Ronan.
The biggest shocker came with the snub of Ava DuVernay's Emmy-winning juggernaut, When They See Us, which failed to score a nomination for miniseries or television film.
The final season of Game of Thrones, which won at the Emmys earlier this year, was also shut out of best television series Another final season of a popular series, Veep, also came up shockingly short, with star Julia Louis-Dreyfus failing to score a nomination for her last episodes in the series, and no nod for best television series - comedy.
The Handmaid's Tale, once a Globes favourite, was also completely shut out in its third season, despite winning multiple gongs in its first year.
STREAMING GIANT DOMINATES
Meanwhile, Netflix dominated the nominations, as its heart-wrenching divorce saga Marriage Story grabbed six nods including best drama, kicking off the race for the Oscars.
The streaming giant secured a whopping 17 film nominations, trouncing the competition from Hollywood studios among whom Sony finished second with just eight.
"I'm not surprised by the dominance - I'm surprised by how massive the dominance is," Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said.
"The announcements this morning are sort of like a coming of age of the streaming services." The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's three-and-a-half-hour gangster epic also from Netflix, secured five nominations, ending tied for second with Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's nostalgic love letter to 1960s Tinseltown.
The nominations traditionally see the stars and movies destined for awards success start to break away from the competition - the Globes are seen as a key indicator for February's Academy Awards.
Marriage Story earned nominations for its stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and for its screenplay, but director Noah Baumbach missed out.
The film portrays how a seemingly stable love can be ripped apart after Johansson's actress moves from New York to Los Angeles, calling in the lawyers as she separates from a narcissistic theatre director played by Driver.
Scorsese was nominated for best director for Irishman but there was no best actor nod for his leading man Robert De Niro. Instead, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were both selected for supporting roles.
For Once Upon a Time in Hollywood there were acting nods for A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Netflix's Vatican drama The Two Popes also performed well for the streamer, while dark comic book tale Joker received recognition in best drama, best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and best director.
Underlining its supremacy, Netflix also secured the most television nominations. The latest series of royal family drama The Crown, which features an all-new cast led by Olivia Colman, secured a joint-top four nominations, as did the streaming giant's limited series Unbelievable. Netflix managed 17 television nominations, to its rival HBO's 15. Apple's new batch of television shows for its streaming platform Apple TV+, launched last month, secured their first three nominations, all for flagship launch program The Morning Show.
Lead actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who also executive-produced the series about a morning news program hit by a #MeToo scandal, were both nominated.
The nominations were announced at an early-morning Beverly Hills ceremony by actor Tim Allen (Toy Story) and actresses Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) and Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us).
The 77th Golden Globes will take place in Los Angeles on January 5, two days before voting for Oscars nominees ends.
Nods for Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez across best original song (The Lion King, Cats) and best supporting actress (Hustlers) will lend further star power to the gala hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The show will be hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, returning for a record fifth time.
FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS
Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Two Popes
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari)
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Dolemite Is My Name
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Ana de Armas (Knives Out)
Awkwafina (The Farewell)
Cate Blanchett (Where'd You Go, Bernadette)
Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart)
Emma Thompson (Late Night)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (Knives Out)
Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood)
Taron Egerton (Rocketman)
Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)
Best Motion Picture - Animated
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Toy Story 4
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
Annette Bening (The Report)
Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood)
Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)
Al Pacino (The Irishman)
Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood)
Best Director - Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood)
Best Television Series - Drama
Big Little Lies
The Morning Show
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)
Olivia Colman (The Crown)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Brian Cox (Succession)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The Kominsky Method
The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kirsten Dunst (On Becoming a God in Central Florida)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Ben Platt (The Politician)
Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself)
Ramy Youssef (Ramy)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Loudest Voice
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable)
Joey King (The Act)
Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great)
Merritt Wever (Unbelievable)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (Catch-22)
Sacha Baron Cohen (The Spy)
Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice)
Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette (The Act)
Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)
Toni Collette (Unbelievable)
Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies)
Emily Watson (Chernobyl)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Kieran Culkin (Succession)
Andrew Scott (Fleabag)
Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl)
Henry Winkler (Barry)