Golden Globes: Analysis and Initial Reactions to the Nominations

It’s that time of the year.  Initial thoughts from today’s nominations for the Golden Globes with more to be added throughout the day:

  • Sam Elliott‘s miss in Supporting Actor for “A Star is Born” doesn’t kill his chances.  If you listen to one of our past podcast episodes, I shared that Elliott could pull a James Coburn type of Oscar win where he would miss Globe, receive a SAG nomination, and win the Oscar.  We’ll see how that plays out.  The film itself looks prime for Oscar attention but the Screenplay miss seems about right.
  • One of the big jaw-droppers was Marco Beltrami’s score for “A Quiet Place” sneaking into Original Score over Nicholas Brittell’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
  • The Circuit Hub’s prediction record seems to have scored some perfect scores including Best Actor – Comedy or Musical and Best Picture – Comedy or Musical.  Guess we can read their comedy tastes.
  • The group passed big time on A24’s slate including “First Reformed” (no Ethan Hawke) and “Hereditary” (no Toni Collette).  HFPA also wanted nothing to do with “On the Basis of Sex,” “Ben is Back,” and “Widows.”
  • Regina Hall’s lovefest has been taken off course for her work in “Support the Girls” after a surprise win at NYFCC.  At the last minute, I pulled her into the predicted lineup over Charlize Theron, who did get a nomination for “Tully.”  Moral of the story, always go with your gut.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody‘s” massive box office helped tons here but it was rumored that the HFPA loved the film which translated into citations for Best Picture and Rami Malek.  More so, this helps Malek in his bid for a Best Actor nomination.
  • Vice” overperformed today, which we can’t really gauge as something that will translate or as a one-off.  6 nominations, the most for any film, including a nomination for Sam Rockwell, could make the goods for a good Oscar morning.
  • John David Washington (“BlackKklansman“) leaped frogged a lot of contenders including Ethan Hawke and Ryan Gosling.  Can he pull the Daniel Kaluuya effect and show up everywhere?
  • First Man” is drowning and its happening so fast.  Claire Foy and Score were the only two noms for it and it’s getting passed over just about everywhere.  Let’s see what the guilds do.
  • Rosamund Pike (“A Private War“) and Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians“) brought so much joy to my heart but their road to the Dolby is long and difficult.
  • Boy Erased” can’t catch a break but Lucas Hedges did with a deserved Best Actor nomination and Song inclusion.

Reactions from today’s nominees are down below:

“Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this incredible honor and for your support of BlacKkKlansman. My deepest appreciation to the legendary Spike Lee – we stand on your shoulders, sir. Thank you to the most talented group of actors and the crew, and to Focus Features for their unwavering support. Most importantly — Ron Stallworth, you’re a hero. Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow. Thank you.”

~John David Washington, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

“Thanks to many people’s help, Shoplifters has spread its wings farther and farther since the Cannes Film Festival in May. As it is my first nomination for Golden Globe Awards, I am looking forward to being a part of this new experience. My thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press.”

-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, “Shoplifters”

“I found out about these Golden Globe Nominations for BlackKklansman in between advising my NYU Grad School students because I teach on Thursdays.  The first word that came to mind was “BOOM SHAKALAKA”.

Thank you to the HFPA!”

~Spike Lee, Nominee, Best Director – Motion Picture

“Writing ‘Revelation’ for Boy Erased was an incredible honor for all of us.  The song echoes the film’s message that love is love, and that not only is there no way to change who you love, but there is no reason to change.  We’re thrilled that the HFPA and Golden Globes heard that in our song and are humbled by this nomination.”

~ Troye Sivan, Jónsi , Brett McLaughlin, Nominess, Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“I’m very thankful to the HFPA and pretty blown away by all of this. To be at the Golden Globes in January representing BlacKkKlansman with Spike and John David means a great deal to me. I’m very proud to be in their company.”

~Adam Driver, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

“I honestly didn’t expect this and am completely thrilled. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible nomination. I loved playing Marlo, so this is a real honor.”

~Charlize Theron,Nominee,  Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

BlacKkKlansman was a responsibility none of us took lightly.  With Spike Lee at the helm, we knew this important story would be told fearlessly.  We are honored that the HFPA recognized this eye-opening film, Spike’s genius and the incredible performances by John David Washington and Adam Driver.”

~Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Shaun Redick  (producers of BlacKkKlansman)

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination, which I proudly share with the LGBTQIA community as well as with Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, the rest of the cast and crew, and most of all, with Garrard.  I was honored to be a part of this story which will hopefully one day help put an end to conversion therapy in the United States where it is currently still legal in 36 states.”

~Lucas Hedges, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama


What do you think?


Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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