Will Oscar Glory Be Next for Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips?
Today, the nominations for the Golden Globes were announced and leading the way are Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman” and Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker‘. Both films are nominated in the ‘Best Motion Picture-Drama’ category. Where the films differ however is in the acting nominations. ‘The Irishman‘ scored nods in the ‘Best Supporting Actor-Drama’ category with nominations for both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, both of which are completely deserved but there is no Best Actor nod for Robert De Niro for the same film. While ‘Joker‘ doesn’t have any supporting actor or actress nominations or in the best actress categories, it does have what has to be a winning nomination for Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor. Phoenix does face competition from Christian Bale for ‘Ford V. Ferrari‘, Antonio Banderas for ‘ Pain And Glory‘, Adam Driver for ‘Marriage Story‘ and Jonathan Pryce for ‘The Two Popes‘ but, in all honesty, personally I cannot see anything other than a Phoenix win. His performance in ‘Joker‘ is astounding and deserves all the acting plaudits that are now incoming during awards season.
‘The Irishman‘ gains a nod in the Best Original Screenplay category whereas ‘Joker‘ earns itself a nod in the Best Original Score section and both films have a nomination for Best Director for Scorsese and Todd Phillips.
In the Best Actor-Musical Or Comedy category, Daniel Craig is nominated for his role in ‘Knives Out‘ and is competing against Roman Griffin Davis for ‘Jojo Rabbit‘, Leonardo Di Caprio for ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘, Taron Egerton for ‘Rocketman‘ and Eddie Murphy for ‘Dolemite Is My Name‘. This should be a straight-up fight between Craig and Egerton as both actors deliver career-best performances in their respective films. If I were to pick one to win, I’d have to go with Craig but Egerton can’t be ruled out.
Best Actress In A Drama should go to Renee Zellweger for ‘Judy‘ as again, she delivers a career-best performance. Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy I believe will be fought out between Awkwafina for ‘The Farewell‘ and Ana De Armas for ‘Knives Out‘. The best Supporting actor should go to Joe Pesci or Al Pacino for ‘The Irishman‘ while Best supporting actress is wide open.
The Main List Of Movie Nominations:
Best Motion Picture-Drama:
1917 | The Irishman | Joker | Marriage | The Two Popes
Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy:
Dolemite Is My Name | Jojo Rabbit | Knives Out | Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Rocketman
Boon Joon Ho-Parasite | Sam Mendes-1917 | Quentin Tarantino-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Martin Scorsese-The Irishman | Todd Phillips-Joker
Christian Bale-Ford V. Ferrari | Antonio Banderas-Pain And Glory | Adam Driver-Marriage Story | Joaquin Phoenix-Joker | Jonathan Pryce-The Two Popes
Cynthia Erivo-Harriet | Scarlett Johansson-Marriage Story | Saoirse Ronan-Little Women | Charlize Theron-Bombshell | Renee Zellweger-Judy
Best Actor-Musical Or Comedy:
Daniel Craig-Knives Out | Roman Griffin Davis-Jojo Rabbit | Leonardo Di Caprio-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Taron Egerton-Rocketman | Eddie Murphy-Dolemite Is My Name
Best Actress-Musical Or Comedy:
Awkwafina-The Farewell | Ana De Armas-Knives Out | Beanie Feldstein-Booksmart | Emma Thompson-Late Night | Cate Blanchett-Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture:
Tom Hanks-A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood | Al Pacino-The Irishman | Joe Pesci-The Irishman | Brad Pitt-Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | Anthony Hopkins-The Two Popes
Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture:
Annette Bening-The Report | Margot Robbie-Bombshell | Jennifer Lopez-Hustlers | Kathy Bates-Richard Jewell | Laura Dern-Marriage Story
What’s interesting from this year’s nominations is yet again, no one film seems to be dominating the awards. ‘Joker‘ and ‘The Irishman‘ lead the field with four nods each but the lack of a runaway leader means we could be in for another diverse year awards wise. In addition, the nominations sare showing a lack of recognition for films widely thought of to at least pick up a few nominations. ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ is completely absent from the lists and ‘Cats‘ only grabbed a single nod in the best original song category, leading to speculation that the film isn’t the great movie version of the musical stage show everyone was expecting. ‘The Lion King‘ has two nominations in the best original song and best animated feature sections whereas ‘Motherless Brooklyn‘, despite great buzz and reviews manages a solitary nomination in the best original score category. Even Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell‘ only has one nomination.
Yet again though, we will be in for the debate for and against the nominations, this time for ‘Marriage Story‘ and ‘The Irishman‘. Both received limited cinematic releases before they were available to stream on Netflix barely two weeks later. Last year, we had the same discussion with ‘Roma‘, which went on to Academy Awards glory. Can we expect the same arguments to raise their heads once again even though ‘The Irishman‘ is directed by such an esteemed director as Scorsese? I have to say that if ‘Roma‘ was attacked last year for its inclusion, then both ‘Marriage Story‘ and ‘The Irishman‘ HAVE to be tarred with the same brush. ‘Roma‘ was a fine film and worthy winner in its own right regardless of where it was seen and the same goes for these two Hollywood films and their incredible pedigree. By the same token, they should have the same discussions against them as ‘Roma‘ had last year.
The Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on January 5th 2020.
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