The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today and Black Panther made history by joining the select club of films to received a Best Picture nomination from one of the mainstream award bodies, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in this case. Of course, the Golden Globes work a little differently, so Black Panther joins Deadpool as a comic book movie recognized by the HFPA. Deadpool was nominated in the Best Picture — Comedy or Musical category last year.
Curiously, the film only received two other nominations, one to Ludwig Goransson for Best Original Score, and a Best Original Song nod for “All The Stars.” Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe, and Al Shuckburgh will share that award should they win. Notably absent from the nominations is Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. Typically, directors are nominated in that category alongside their Best Picture nods, so the absence of Coogler may rise some eyebrows.
Nonetheless, the Best Picture — Drama race is diverse with films like BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born joining Black Panther. Beyond culture diversity, each film is also very distinct in tone and character. Hopefully, a similar list will appear when the Academy Award nominations come out early next year.
Continuing with the superhero theme, Incredibles 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse both nabbed Best Picture — Animated nominations, suggesting the race at the Oscars will be between them. But outside of these films and their respective nominations, the Golden Globes is light on genre representation this year with the HFPA honoring more down-to-earth titles and, of course, Mary Poppins Returns in several Comedy or Musical categories.
Over on the television side, The Good Place was nominated for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, while The Americans grabbed a nod for Best Television Series — Drama. The two are arguably genre shows in the absence of Game of Thrones and Westworld (other than Thandie Newton’s nomination, of course).
The full list of nominees can be found at the HFPA’s Golden Globes website.