2024 Golden Globes Nominations: 4 Key Takeaways

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The nominations for the 2024 Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier this week, and they have already sparked excitement and anticipation among film and television enthusiasts. As always, there were some surprises, snubs, and expected nominees. Let’s take a closer look at the key takeaways from this year’s nominations.

‘Barbie’ Dominated the Nominations

One unsurprising name that’s showing up all over the place in the nominations is Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie,’ arguably the biggest movie of the year. ‘Barbie’ received a mind-boggling 10 different Golden Globe nominations, tying the record for the most nominations in the history of the Golden Globes with the 1972 film ‘Cabaret.’

Among other categories, ‘Barbie’ will be vying for awards in Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Cinematic and Box Office Achievement. Additionally, director Greta Gerwig, actress Margot Robbie, and actor Ryan Gosling have been nominated for Best Director – Motion Picture, Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture respectively.

‘Oppenheimer’ Was Close Behind

This year we had an unusual and highly meme-worthy release of ‘Barbie’ and Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ on the same weekend. ‘Barbenheimer,’ as they’re jokingly referred to together, produced a hilarious rivalry and a never-ending supply of jokes (and even Halloween costumes) this year.

‘Oppenheimer’ has been nominated for eight Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, and Best Screenplay. Like ‘Barbie,’ its actors, directors, and composer also received a slew of nominations. Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt were nominated for Best Male Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Male Actor – Motion Picture, and Best Supporting Female Actor – Motion Picture, respectively.

Underdog Picks

While ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ were clearly destined to receive some nominations, some of this year’s nominations weren’t entirely expected. Actor Timothée Chalamet was nominated in the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category for his portrayal of a younger version of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka in the movie ‘Wonka.’ Johnny Depp was nominated in the same category for his portrayal of the older Wonka in the 2005 movie ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ making this a cool tie-in to that film.

Another somewhat surprising nomination was the nod to Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in the comedy ‘No Hard Feelings.’ In this movie, she plays a woman who is hired by a wealthy couple to date their awkward son.

Surprising Snubs

Surprises didn’t only come from films and roles that weren’t expected to receive nominations, however, and a few major films were overlooked from the nominations. For example, ‘The Color Purple,’ an adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical, didn’t receive a nomination for Best Musical or Comedy. 

Additionally, actor Joaquin Phoenix didn’t receive a nomination for Best Male Actor in a Motion Picture for his critically acclaimed portrayal of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in ‘Napoleon.’