Golden Globes still sexist, has marsupial moment

The Oscars runups continue with the Golden Globes, giving Blanchett and Kidman a familiar nudge.

This year’s Golden Globe Awards have put five Australians into the nominations. 

Cate Blanchett may win for Where’d You Go, Bernadette in the  Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy category.

The Best Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture could be Margot Robbie for Bombshell.

Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies is up against Olivia Colman for The Crown, campaigning for Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama.

For Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television, a nomination has been given to Toni Collette for Unbelievable. 

Russell Crowe has been nominated for The Loudest Voice in the Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television.

So we have four Australian women and one man, who is technically a New Zealander if the act of birth is a technicality.

The Golden Globes has taken a punt on Parasite, which is nominated for Best Foreign Film up against The Farewell, Pain And Glory,  Les Misérables and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire.

But Bong Joon Ho, who made Parasite, is also facing off for Best Director against Sam Mendez for 1917, Todd Phillips for Joker, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman and Tarantino for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

And, Parasite collides with Marriage Story, The Two Popes, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for Best Screenplay. 

Has a foreign language film done this before? Yes, in 2019 Roma gave Alfonso Cuaron Best Director and a nomination for Best Screenplay Motion Picture. It also won for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. Roma went on to win the Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film in the Oscars. 

There was only one Australian in the whole 2019 list as Nicole Kidman was in the running for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her work on Destroyer. In 2018 there were four Australian nominations, and Kidman won for Best Performance Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, for Big Little Lies. Top of the Lake – China Girl was nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

All the 2019 director, screenplay and best film slots are filled by men. The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is a very strange conglomerate of journalists and photographers who are mostly non-North American, resident in Los Angeles, who also publish outside the US. It reached its current form in 1955. With no more than five new members each year, and around 90 members, the maths indicates it is full of older people. 

This suggests the organisation is comparatively immune to the current progressive wave of diversity and female-positive initiatives. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been reforming itself since 2016, though progress here is still slow.

Screen Daily has the full list.

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