One of the first major awards races of the 2019 season has released its nominations, and genre films and TV are already making a strong showing — even those that you may have forgotten even came out this year.
Yep, the 76th Golden Globe nominations are here. From comedies to dramas, superheroes to space travel, one of the first steps on the way to an Oscar or Emmy is full of the best that sci-fi, fantasy, and horror have had to offer all year. And that's no surprise, as last year's nominations were dominated by Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which earned seven, including Best Picture and Director, and the film eventually walked away with those top prizes.
This year’s nominations saw a flood of love for some marquee genre titles, including Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns, as well as a surprisingly good showing for beloved cult comedy The Good Place. But none made history like the Marvel movie that already shattered records at the box office early this year.
Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for a Best Drama Golden Globe. That's a landmark for Marvel and for superhero films in general, which still rarely get awards buzz unless they take a notably different approach, like Logan. This could be why Ryan Coogler and supporting actor Michael B. Jordan were snubbed by the awards body, as Black Panther's only other nominations were for best score and song, "All The Stars."
The biggest splash on the more musical side of things was the long-coming Mary Poppins Returns, which turned up in the best comedy/musical race. Adding to that, its breakout tunesmith (and Hamilton superstar) Lin-Manuel Miranda ended up on the Best Comedy/Musical Actor short list, and Emily Blunt — the magical nanny herself — saw a nomination for Best Actress, while the score was also recognized.
Claire Foy evened out the supporting-acting category with a nomination for moon-mission drama First Man. The space race also scored a nomination for, well, score, and was joined by A Quiet Place and Isle of Dogs, alongside the aforementioned nominees to make the music race this awards season filled with genre fare.
Isle of Dogs was one of five genre-based animation nominations, alongside Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Incredibles 2, and Mirai (an animorphing anime). Two superhero films, a Disney sequel, and a couple of quirky outliers make the animation category one of the most exciting this year.
TV also held plenty of excitement for genre fans. Making a significant mark on the nominations was Kristen Bell's perky leading performance, which earned a nomination alongside that of her otherworldly comedy, The Good Place, which saw recognition for Best Musical or Comedy. The Alienist, the serial-killer-hunting drama involving old-timey psychology, earned a Best Limited Series nomination and a nom for its star, Daniel Bruhl.
However, the rest of the genre TV nominations mostly came down to some stellar actresses. Wrestling throwback GLOW had star Alison Brie take away a nom, while robot-laden sci-fi western Westworld had its only nomination earned by the supporting (and excellent) Thandie Newton. The supporting race also saw a nod for Yvonne Strahovski, who earned one of only two nominations this year for The Handmaid’s Tale — along with lead actress Elisabeth Moss.
As for the TV-drama lead actress category, assassin love story Killing Eve and time-traveling Outlander all earned nominations for their lead actresses as well: Sandra Oh and Caitriona Balfe, respectively, contend for the prize. Genre TV has killer actresses, anyone could've told you that. Killing Eve also earned a nomination for Best TV Drama.
It's a big year for genre already, with superheroes, the afterlife, and one very magical nanny already pushing out everyone else. Tune in on Jan. 6 over at NBC to see whether or not your favorite nominees win big.