Yesterday the Hollywood Foreign Press Association snuck in and really did its part to improve this already unusual awards season. The HFPA, which hands out the Golden Globe Awards each year, checked which studios had broadcast them for category and eligibility. The result was that several competitors were postponed and one more entered the fight. This one? Well it’s none other than Hamilton. Suffice it to say, when the Globe nominations are announced on February 3rd, there will be some surprises in store. Will that lead to angry victories when the ceremony takes place on February 28th? Of course, that remains to be seen.
According to an exclusive report from Variety, the HFPA’s annual review has resulted in some of the films submitted deviating from the categories originally intended by the studios. For example, Promising Young Woman was submitted as a comedy but will appear as a drama. Despite the support with Oscar, Maria Bakalova will be at the Golden Globes in the category Best Actress (Comedy). There’s also the cast of One Night in Miami … not to be separated so they’ll all most likely perform as either Best Actor (Drama) or maybe Best Supporting Actor. These are just some of the changes. Read on to find out more.
Here are some of their reports:
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has completed its annual review of film entries for the Golden Globe Awards, and Variety has learned exclusively that many films and performances differ from the studios’ intended submissions.
Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman has been switched from comedy to drama. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, the film tells the story of a woman who seeks revenge on those who wronged her and was not accepted by the electoral body. The film starring Carey Mulligan has garnered a fair amount of awards and is even rumored to be a huge hit with the HFPA itself. Mulligan was recently named Best Actress by LAFCA.
As per HFPA rules, a first committee reviews submissions after all studios have submitted their submissions in the numerous categories split between Drama, Comedy, Lead and Support. According to the official rules, members can then vote to accept the studio’s filing, which requires a 2/3 vote to overthrow. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association currently has 89 journalists from more than a dozen countries.
Another change occurred for breakout star Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which was submitted for best supporting actress in a film but was promoted to best actress in a comedy or music category. Bakalova is currently leading the critics’ victories and is a leading candidate for the Academy Awards. Former Oscar winners like Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Chicago” were promoted to the leading category by the HFPA and lost to their co-star Renée Zellweger. Zeta-Jones won SAG, BAFTA and an Oscar for supporting actress. Abigail Breslin was moved to the main category for her work in “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006 and could not win a Globe nomination, while her co-star Toni Collette was shortlisted. Breslin was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at SAG and the Oscars.
Another source of knowledge has confirmed that Helena Zengel’s twist on Universal Pictures’ “News of the World” by Paul Greengrass has also been flagged and may move from support to the leading drama category. Alicia Vikander’s 2015 work in The Danish Girl also switched from supporting to lead, where she was nominated at the Globes before winning both SAG and Oscars for supporting actress. Universal Pictures has not confirmed this announcement.
Several sources share the view that other films and performances were not accepted in their opinion. Amazon Studios’ “One Night in Miami” is in the middle of an awards campaign with Kingsley Ben-Adir and Eli Goree vying for top nominations while Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. vie for support. The HFPA has not accepted the division of the four actors and will put them in the same category. The final decision by lead or support has yet to be confirmed.
Another project by Odom Jr., Disney Plus’ “Hamilton” by Thomas Kail, was submitted and accepted by the Golden Globes in the categories of “Comedy” or “Musical”. Odom Jr. will compete in the main categories with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Phillipa Soo, along with the other actors, will seek love for support.
Saoirse Ronan’s appearance on “Ammonite” was submitted by Neon as a supporting actress, but concerns have been raised that she would star in a drama alongside co-star Kate Winslet. From a source with knowledge of the situation, it appears that Ronan’s categorization is accepted.
Other performances and films that allegedly have been questioned include George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which was raised for a move into the comedy or music categories. The work of Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne in Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was also discussed to move from assisting to classifying, but it is not clear whether the Netflix feature ultimately prevailed.
Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” from A24 will follow the precedent of Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” from last year and will not compete in the best picture categories, but in the foreign language film, as it is mainly in Korean. Stars Steven Yeun and Yeri Han will continue to be admitted to the drama’s leading acting categories.
Stay tuned for more!