Golden Globes 2021 Film Nominations: Mank And Trial Of The Chicago 7 Lead The Way – Full List


by Ben Travis |
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A little belatedly, the 2021 awards season is officially underway. With everything (still) going on in the world, it’s destined to be something of a different awards race this year – not only in the fact that it’s taking place a little later than it typically would (last year’s Golden Globes happened on 5 January, and at this point in 2020 we were one week away from Oscar night), but also in that cinemas would typically be packing in punters to see the buzziest awards titles right around now, and for the moment most of them remain closed. Still, kicking it all off is the Golden Globes – the ever-unpredictable, confusingly-categorised ceremony that never fails to offer up a few surprises – and it’s just revealed its list of nominees.

Leading the way in the film categories is David Fincher’s Mank, bagging six nominations – Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director for Fincher himself, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Gary Oldman, Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Amanda Seyfried, and Best Original Score. Hot on its heels is Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7, with nominations in Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor In A Supporting Role for Sacha Baron Cohen, and Best Original Song for Celeste’s ‘Hear My Voice’. Netflix undoubtedly will be pleased with that haul – now, will Oscar follow suit and play nice with the streaming service?

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Elsewhere, Baron Cohen was also nominated in Best Actor (Musical Or Comedy) for his reprisal of Borat in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – and the film also received a nod in Best Picture (Musical Or Comedy), and a rightful Best Actress (Musical Or Comedy) nomination for the fearless Maria Bakalova. Timely revenge thriller Promising Young Woman proved a hit too, with four nominations overall – Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Screenplay and Best Director nominations for Emerald Fennell, and Best Actress (Drama) for Carey Mulligan. Also receiving four nominations were dementia drama The Father, and Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.

With this being the Golden Globes, there is, of course, some unusual stuff in here too. Few were likely counting on James Corden’s controversially flamboyant turn as a gay Broadway star in Ryan Murphy’s movie musical The Prom to garner any awards recognition, but he is indeed up for Best Actor (Musical Or Comedy). Plus, there are two nominations for Sia’s directorial debut Music, which has drawn criticism for its casting of dancer Maddie Ziegler as a young girl with non-verbal autism.

On a brighter note, the Best Director category is – for once – not completely male-dominated, with Regina King, Emerald Fennell and Chloé Zhao being recognised alongside Fincher and Sorkin. Chadwick Boseman has received a posthumous nomination for his incredible turn in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Plus, there’s some love for Andy Samberg’s time-loop rom-com Palm Springs in there, a bit of recognition for The Personal History Of David Copperfield (which came out much later in the US than it did over here), and a nomination for Guatemalan horror La Llorona (no, not the Conjuring universe one). Oh, and they’re clearly treating Hamilton as a film-film, since there’s a nomination for Lin-Manuel Miranda in there too.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

As ever, there are snubs – with no mention at all of Da 5 Bloods and its stellar ensemble (Delroy Lindo, robbed!), very little for Judas And The Black Messiah, no Best Motion Picture for One Night In Miami, and nothing for Steven Yeun in Minari. Take a look at the full list of film nominees here, and prepare yourself – the discourse is about to begin.

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

The Father



Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm



Palm Springs

The Prom

Best Actor (Drama)

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Riz Ahmed – The Sound of Metal

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

Best Actress (Drama)

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Actress (Musical Or Comedy)

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson – Music

Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit

Rosamund Pike – I Care A Lot

Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma

Best Actor (Musical Or Comedy)

Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden – The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg – Palm Springs

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto – The Little Things

Bill Murray – On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Helana Zengel – News of the World

Best Director - Motion Picture

David Fincher – Mank

Regina King – One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher – Mank

Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – The Father

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

Another Round, Denmark

La Llorona, Guatamela/France

The Life Ahead, Italy

Minari, USA

Two of Us, France/USA

Best Motion Picture - Animated

The Croods: A New Age


Over the Moon



Best Original Score

The Midnight Sky


News of the World


Best Original Song – Motion Picture

H.E.R. – ‘Fight for You’ – Judas and the Black Messiah

Celeste – ‘Hear My Voice’ – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Diane Warren – ‘IO SI (Seen)’ – The Life Ahead

Leslie Odom Jr. – ‘Speak Now’ – One Night in Miami

Andra Day – ‘Tigers & Tweed’ – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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