The Golden Globes divides its nominees for Best Picture into two genre categories: drama and musical / comedy. That makes for a wider range of nominees, although it sometimes also makes for strange choices. Here̵
Thanks to the shift in film release patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all of the 2021 Golden Globes Best Picture nominees will be available to view at home ahead of the ceremony on February 28, 2021. The drama The father, starring Anthony Hopkins as an older man with dementia and Olivia Colman as his daughter, is the only nominee not yet available to stream.
Director David Fincher’s first feature film since 2014 Gone girl is based on a screenplay that Fincher’s father Jack wrote almost 20 years ago. It stars Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, who collaborated with Orson Welles in 1941 Burger Kane, widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. The black and white film echoes the feel of its vintage Hollywood setting.
Limp has also been nominated for five other awards: for actors Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, for directing the younger Fincher and the screenplay for the older Fincher, and for the music score of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Limp streams on Netflix ($ 8.99 + per month).
The overall front runner of this year’s award season, director Chloe Zhao’s film is based on a non-fiction book about retirement-age workers forced to find itinerant work while living in RVs and RVs. Frances McDormand stars as a woman fired from her job in a Nevada mining town. She goes out and interacts with a community of other workers, and Zhao casts non-actors to play versions of herself, giving the film a documentary feel.
Nomadland has also been nominated for the performance of McDormand and for Zhao’s direction and screenplay.
Nomadland streams on Hulu ($ 5.99 + per month after a seven-day free trial).
Promising young woman
Writer-director Emerald Fennell makes a daring debut with this stylized revenge story. Carey Mulligan stars as a young woman pretending to be a vulnerable party girl to teach predatory men a lesson. With its dazzling colors, cheerful pop music soundtrack and provocative costumes, Promising young woman takes the quintessential revenge story in unexpected directions.
Promising young woman has also been nominated for Mulligan’s performance and for Fennell’s direction and screenplay.
Promising young woman is available for digital rental ($ 19.99) from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital services.
The Chicago Trial 7
The true story of the seven activists accused of inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention receives dramatic treatment from writer-director Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin is building an entertaining and engaging courtroom drama, with a top-notch cast starring Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen and Frank Langella.
The Chicago Trial 7 has also been nominated for the supporting performance of Baron Cohen, for the direction and screenplay of Sorkin and for the original song ‘Hear My Voice’.
The Chicago Trial 7 streams on Netflix ($ 8.99 + per month).
Borat Later film film
Sacha Baron Cohen will appear in the drama and musical / comedy categories at the 2021 Golden Globes. In this highly anticipated sequel starring Baron Cohen’s Borat character, the disgraced Kazakh journalist returns to the US to seek an audience with Mike Pence. This time, Borat takes his equally outrageous daughter, Tutar (Maria Bakalova), for more uncomfortably hilarious encounters with real people.
Borat Later film film has also been nominated for performances by Baron Cohen and Bakalova.
Borat Later film film streams on Amazon Prime Video ($ 119 per year after a 30-day free trial).
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical about the founding fathers of America took Broadway by storm from 2015, and this film version captures performances from 2016 with the original stage cast. Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, and Renee Elise Goldsberry are some of the stars who bring to life Alexander Hamilton’s story and the conflicts that led to the founding of the United States. The diverse cast represents modern America as she sings catchy songs about the country’s earliest days.
Hamilton has also been nominated for Miranda’s lead performance as Alexander Hamilton.
Hamilton streams on Disney + ($ 6.99 per month or $ 69.99 per year).
In the tradition of Groundhog Daythis romantic comedy places the main characters (played by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti) in a time loop, repeating the same nondescript day over and over. It’s a clever and funny twist on the rom-com formula, as the cynical characters slowly heat up to each other while also trying to figure out how to escape their cosmological predicament.
Palm Springs has also been nominated for the main performance of Samberg.
Palm Springs streams on Hulu ($ 5.99 + per month after a seven-day free trial).
A surprise nominee, this music-infused drama is the film debut of pop singer-songwriter Sia (who also plays a minor role). Kate Hudson stars as a recovering addict who becomes the guardian of her autistic teenage half-sister (played by Sia’s frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler). The film combines fantastic musical sequences with a more grounded drama about two troubled siblings who reconnect.
Music has also been nominated for Hudson’s main performance.
Music is available for digital purchase ($ 9.99 +) and rental ($ 6.99 +) from Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and other digital services.
Productive TV producer Ryan Murphy directs this feature adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. Newcomers Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose play teenage lesbians whose high school decides to cancel the prom rather than let them attend as a couple. A group of washed-up Broadway performers (played by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Andrew Rannells) come in to offer somewhat misguided support, and everyone sings to their heart’s content.
The Prom has also been nominated for Corden’s lead performance.
The Prom streams on Netflix ($ 8.99 + per month).