The Golden Globes nominations were announced on Feb. 3, with Netflix’s “Mank” from David Fincher leading with six nods. As the ceremony approaches on Feb. 28, the categories have been analyzed to determine what they mean for the awards season. Several nominees have already made history, but with final voting taking place and due back to the accounting firm Ernst & Young by Feb. 23, many films and performances could be record-breakers or trendsetters if they are selected as winners.
On the nomination front, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made history by nominating three female directors, Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland,” Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman” and Regina King for “One Night in Miami.” It’s the first time in history that more than one woman was nominated for best director. Only five women have ever been nominated previously – Barbra Streisand (for 1983’s “Yentl” and 1991’s “The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (for 1993’s “The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (for 2003’s “Lost in Translation”) and Kathryn Bigelow (for 2010’s “The Hurt Locker” and 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty”). Streisand is the only woman to ever win the Globe for directing “Yentl,” and did not go on to be nominated at the Oscars.
Zhao’s nomination for “Nomandland,” a sweeping Western starring Golden Globe nominee Frances McDormand, made her the first Asian woman to be nominated for best director. King’s nod for “One Night in Miami,” which follows a fictionalized meeting of four Black icons, makes her the second Black woman, following Ava DuVernay.
With just under 30 days until the Oscar nominations, set to be announced on March 15, the race continues to take shape, possibly presenting more twists and turns over the next few weeks. However, the Globes don’t always match up with the Academy. In the last decade, only “Moonlight” (2016), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “Argo” (2012) won the Globe and went on to win at the Oscars.
Check out the list of nominees below that could make history if they win in their respective categories.