Everything Queer That’s Nominated for the Golden Globes

Everything Queer That’s Nominated for the Golden Globes

The 2019 Golden Globe nominations were revealed today and, as usual, Twitter was abuzz with talk of snubs and surprises. Luckily, numerous queer films and television shows received multiple nods.

The Golden Globes are usually a half-decent indicator of what movies will pick up Oscar nominations (which will be revealed January 22nd). So, if the 2019 Golden Globes are any indicator of what’s to come at the 91st Academy Awards (and then next year’s Emmys), it looks like awards season is about to get much gayer.

Two LGBTQ-centric shows will compete for both Best Television Series – Drama and Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – a rare occurrence. Lady Gaga, an out bisexual, Ben Whishaw, a gay man, and Lucas Hedges, who identifies as sexually fluid, were all nominated. In the future, it’d be incredible to see more out members of the LGBTQ community recognized, too.

Here are the nominations we have our eyes on:

Vice

Adam McKay’s Vice, the Dick Cheney biopic, accrued six nominations, the most of any film, TV show, or limited series. The movie stars Alison Pill as Mary Cheney, Dick’s (Bale) lesbian daughter, and was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Christian Bale), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Amy Adams) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell). Adam McKay picked up two nods for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, a biting period drama about a lesbian love triangle between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), her advisor (Rachel Weisz), and her maid (Emma Stone), earned three nods. Penned by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, the movie recently won a record 10 trophies at the British International Film Awards. At the Golden Globes, it was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara). Olivia Colman was also nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone will be pitted against each other in competition for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, fittingly.

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Freddie Mercury biopic, which has received mixed reviews from queer critics, was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Rami Malek received a nod for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. The movie has been criticized for its gay erasure, as Mercury’s sexuality is barely touched upon outside of his tragic death from AIDS. Regardless, an LGBTQ movie being recognized for excellence in filmmaking is definitely a positive.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The queer Melissa McCarthy starrer Can You Ever Forgive Me? was nominated twice. McCarthy picked up a nod for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and Richard E. Grant was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The movie follows the life of Lee Israel, an out lesbian biography writer who became infamous for forging over 400 letters by public figures and selling them for cash. There aren’t many award-winning films with lesbian protagonists, save Patty Jenkins’ Monster (2003), The Kids Are All Right (2011), The Hours (2002), and The Color Purple (1985). Carol (2015) was nominated numerous times at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, but was snubbed in every category.

Boy Erased

Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, adapted from Garrard Conley’s memoir about a teenager who undergoes gay conversion therapy, picked up two nominations. Lucas Hedges was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, and Troye Sivan’s “Revelation” was nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture.

Tully

Charlize Theron earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in Tully. The dark comedy was the latest collaboration from the Juno writer and director duo Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, and followed a queer titular character (with a twist).

Crazy Rich Asians

Though this movie is barely queer, it does star Nico Santos as a gay man. The romantic comedy, which was monumental for Asian-American representation in film, was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical Comedy. Constance Wu also picked up a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Killing Eve

The super queer, super twisted BBC drama was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama. Sandra Oh, who was hailed online as a fan favorite, earned a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. Created by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve stars Oh as the title character, an MI6 agent who becomes obsessed with tracking a female assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer, who was snubbed).

Pose

Ryan Murphy’s trailblazing queer-centric FX show, set in the world of ’80s ball culture, was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama. Billy Porter earned a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. The show has broken boundaries for its representation of transgender people of color, both on and off-screen.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Amazon’s award-winning comedy darling picked up a nomination for Best Television Series  – Musical or Comedy. Rachel Brosnahan earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for the second year in a row, of which she won in 2018. Alex Borstein, who plays a lesbian club owner, also was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, her first Golden Globe nomination.

Will & Grace

Debra Messing picked up a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her role in Will & Grace, a reboot of the once-groundbreaking gay NBC sitcom.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Another queer Ryan Murphy venture, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, earned four nominations: Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Darren Criss), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Penelope Cruz), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Edgar Ramirez).

A Very English Scandal

Hugh Grant picked up a nomination for his role in Amazon’s A Very English Scandal. The series follows the real life and trials of Jeremy Thorpe (Grant), a Parliament member who was accused of conspiring to murder his ex-lover in the ’70s. Ben Whishaw, who plays Thorpe’s lover, also earned a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. The show was also nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

A Star is Born

Many critics are projecting that Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut will be among the most highly nominated films at the Oscars next year. A Star is Born picked up a whopping five nominations at the Golden Globes. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director (Bradley Cooper), and Best Original Song – Motion Picture (“Shallow”). Lady Gaga also received a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and Cooper received one for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.  While the film’s major storyline isn’t necessarily queer, the film features Shangela and Willam in a drag bar and also features a gay male character.

Green Book

The Peter Farrelly-directed Green Book also earned five nominations. Mahershala Ali stars as “Doc” Don Shirley, a jazz pianist in the 1960s. His character has a tryst with another man. He is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Viggo Mortenson was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film also received nods for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director (Peter Farrelly) and Best Screenplay (Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie).

Girl

Netflix’s foreign language film follows a 15-year-old trans girl with dreams of becoming a ballerina. The drama was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, but has been criticized heavily by the LGBTQ community for its poor representation of transgender people. The lead is played by a cis actor, and both writers of the film are cis too. GLAAD called it a “dangerous, traumatizing, small-minded, and one-dimensional representation of the trans experience.”

Dumplin’

Out lesbian songwriter Linda Perry was nominated alongside Dolly Parton for their original song “Girl in the Movies.” The song is featured in the new Netflix movie Dumplin’, and was nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. Perry penned the music and lyrics.

The 2019 Golden Globes ceremony will air January 6, 2019 on NBC and will be co-hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.


Jill Gutowitz

Jill Gutowitz is a writer and humorist currently living in LA, originally from The Void.

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