Barbie Dominates Golden Globe Nominations: Surprises, Snubs, and a Diverse Lineup Revealed

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The Golden Globe Awards nominations for the upcoming ceremony have set the stage for an exciting lineup, led by Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” with an impressive nine nominations. This blockbuster film has secured nods across multiple categories, including Best Picture Musical or Comedy and acting recognitions for Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, alongside three nominations for its original songs.

Close on the heels of “Barbie” is Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” which secured eight nominations, including a Best Picture Drama nod and recognitions for actors Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt.


This year’s revamped Golden Globes, now helmed as a for-profit endeavor with a more expansive and diverse voting body, unveiled the nominations, signaling a departure from previous years tarnished by scandals and controversies. Cedric the Entertainer and Wilmer Valderrama announced the nominations from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the same venue for the January 7th awards show.

In the motion picture drama category, the nominations include a diverse range of films such as Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” Celine Song’s “Past Lives,” Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall,” and Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest.” Meanwhile, the musical or comedy category features not only “Barbie” but also other contenders like “Air,” “American Fiction,” “The Holdovers,” “May December,” and “Poor Things.”

Interestingly, “Barbie” ties for the second-most nominations in Globes history, standing shoulder to shoulder with “Cabaret” from 1972. However, Robert Altman’s “Nashville” continues to hold the record with an impressive 11 nominations. The film garnered attention for its original songs, notably “I’m Just Ken,” and its recognition in a new category acknowledging cinematic and box office achievements.

In the television realm, “Succession” emerged as the top-nominated program, securing nine nods, including recognition for series stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin.

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The nominations also saw surprises and snubs. Jennifer Lawrence’s nomination for her role in the R-rated comedy “No Hard Feelings” in the Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Musical or Comedy category was unexpected. On her nomination, Lawrence expressed her excitement, emphasizing the enjoyment she had while making the movie.

Some anticipated contenders like “The Color Purple” and Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction” received fewer nominations than expected, highlighting the unpredictability of awards season.

Netflix emerged as the frontrunner with the most nominations overall, followed closely by Warner Bros., showcasing their strong presence in this year’s Golden Globes race.

The nominations this year have witnessed a significant shift towards diversity and international representation, a marked departure from previous criticisms. With more international films and actors recognized across prominent categories, the Golden Globes aim to embrace cultural diversity.

As the 81st Golden Globe Awards approach, anticipation builds for this major broadcast of awards season, set to air on CBS. Despite the outward glamour, the past years have been defeaning behind the scenes, marked by ethical concerns and significant changes within the organization.

The Golden Globe Awards, once celebrated for its irreverent tone and focus on high-profile categories, have weathered controversies and changes in recent times, evolving to reflect a more diverse and dynamic landscape of cinematic and television achievements.

The announced nominees indicate an intriguing lineup for the upcoming ceremony, promising an eventful and unpredictable Golden Globe Awards night that celebrates excellence and diversity in the world of entertainment.

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