British stars rake in Golden Globe nods before controversial awards’ TV return

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Some of Britain’s finest actors have earned nominations for the 80th Golden Globes, ahead of the ceremony’s return to television next year.

Dame Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Bill Nighy and Daniel Craig all received nods for top awards, with winners due to be revealed at a star-studded event in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, in January.

Normally one of the highest profile showbiz events of the calendar, this year’s Golden Globes ceremony was held in private after controversy over the diversity of the organising body’s membership and allegations that votes had been influenced by “freebies”.

Mayan Lopez, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Helen Hoehne and Selenis Leyva pose during the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations announcement in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. December 12, 2022. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Mayan Lopez (L) and Selenis Leyva (R) announced the nominations, pictured with HFPA President Helen Hoehne

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has since been attempting to rebuild the awards’ reputation, and has added more than 100 new voters to its voting body, which it says “is now 52% female, 51.5% racially and ethnically diverse”.

Leading this year’s film nominations is The Banshees of Inisherin – which reunites In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson – with eight.

Sci-fi comedy Everything Everywhere All at Once has six nominations, while Hollywood period movie Babylon and Steven Spielberg’s life story The Fablemans both have five.

In the TV categories, mocumentary sitcom Abbott Elementary leads the field with five nods, royal Netflix drama The Crown has four as does Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Only Murders in the Building, Pam & Tommy and The White Lotus: Sicily.

Movies Elvis, Tar and Pinocchio got three nods each.

Blockbuster Avatar: The Way Of Water, which is out in the UK this week, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick and Daniel Craig’s Glass Onion also got nominations.

After an investigation by the Los Angeles Times found the HFPA had no black members voting for the awards in 2021, Cruise reportedly handed back the three awards he had won over the years in protest.

Colman was among the nominees for best performance by an actress in a motion picture: drama for her turn in Empire Of Light.

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell reunite in The Banshees of Inisherinin. Pic: 20th Century Studios
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Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell reunite in The Banshees of Inisherin. Pic: 20th Century Studios

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She’s up against Cate Blanchett for Tar, Viola Davis for The Woman King, Ana de Armas for Blonde and Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans.

In the parallel category of best performance by an actor in a motion picture: drama, Brendan Fraser earned a nomination for his performance in The Whale.

Widely praised for his performance in the film, which tells the story of an obese and reclusive English teacher, Fraser has previously said he will not attend the ceremony in January if he is nominated, following an alleged incident in 2003.

Brendan Fraser stars in The Whale. Pic: A24
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Brendan Fraser stars in The Whale. Pic: A24

Against Fraser in the category is Bill Nighy for Living, Hugh Jackman for The Son, Austin Butler for Elvis and Jeremy Pope for The Inspection.

Dame Emma Thompson was nominated for best performance by an actress in a motion picture: musical or comedy, for her role in Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.

She plays Nancy Stokes in the comedy drama, a retired schoolteacher searching for adventure and good sex.

She is up against Anya Taylor Joy, Margot Robbie, Lesley Manville and Michelle Yeoh in the category.

Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell were nominated in the parallel category of best performance by an actor in a motion picture: musical or comedy.

It follows the recent releases of their films Glass Onion, The Menu and The Banshees Of Inisherin, in which all three have starring roles.

No women were nominated in the category for best director at this year’s awards.

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In the 80-year history of the Golden Globes, nine women have been nominated for directing, with just three winners.

James Cameron was nominated for his highly anticipated Avatar sequel, alongside Martin McDonagh for The Banshees Of Inisherin, and Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner for The Fabelmans.

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert received a nod for Everything Everywhere All At Once, as did Baz Luhrmann for Elvis.

Popstars Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Lady Gaga will go up against each other in the category for best original song, each receiving a nomination for Carolina, Lift Me Up, and Hold My Hand, respectively.

Other nominees include Naatu Naatu, from the film RRR and Ciao Papa, from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.

While the 2023 Golden Globes will be televised, the awards ceremony’s future is by no means guaranteed, with 2023 marking the end of the HFPA’s agreement with network NBC.

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Ricky Gervais, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, comedian Jerrod Carmichael will host the awards.

The 2023 Golden Globes will be held on Tuesday 10 January and broadcast on NBC and streaming service Peacock.

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