The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations Are A Big Win For Female Directors

Controversially, Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' was noticeably missing from the nominees

Award season is no stranger to controversy, and it seems the 2021 lineup is following tradition. Overnight, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the full list of nominees for the 78th Annual Golden Globes—and while it was a historical year for female directors, many have called into question the groundbreaking performances and productions that were noticeably snubbed from its list. 

This year three female directors were nominated in the Best Director category—the first time in the show’s history. Chloe Zhao for her work on Nomadland, Regina King for Night in Miami and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman. Notably, Zhao became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the category at the Golden Globes. 

Controversially Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was sidelined, despite the HBO series’ revolutionary confrontation of the complexities of sexual assault—which delved into Coel’s own experiences. 

Meanwhile, Emily in Paris and actress Lily Collins received several nods, while Zendaya (Malcolm & Marie) and Issa Rae (Insecure) were noticeably missing.

Mank was the most nominated film overall, earning six nods, followed closely by Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, which earned five nominations. The Crown was another big hitter, with six nominations, while Schitt’s Creek earned five. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant’s The Undoing was the morning’s most-nominated limited series, with four nods.

Prior to the nominations, it was announced that activist and 15-time Golden Globe nominee, and seven-time winner, Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award this year, and that the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors are Jackson Lee and Satchel Lee, the son and daughter of Spike and Tonya Lee. 

The show is scheduled for February 28 and will be hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

Below, the full list of 2021 Golden Globe nominations.

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 TV Series, Comedy

Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Great
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso

Best TV Series, Drama

The Crown
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian

Best Limited Series or TV Movie

Normal People
Small Axe
The Queen’s Gambit
The Undoing

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Actress, Motion Picture, 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 Actor, Motion Picture, 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 Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

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 Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Director, Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami…
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

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 Actress, TV Series, Drama

Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Actor, TV Series, Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Actor, TV Series, Comedy

Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Actress, TV Series, Comedy

Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Supporting Actor, TV

John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Supporting Actress, TV

Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

The Midnight Sky
News of the World

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Io Si (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…
“Tigress & Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Motion Picture, Animated

The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Another Round
La Llorona
The Life Ahead
Two of Us

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