Greta Gerwig’s Barbie dominated the Golden Globe Awards nominations with nine nominations for the blockbuster film, including Best Picture Musical or Comedy, as well as acting nominations for Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and three of its original songs.
Following closely behind was Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which received eight nominations, including Best Picture Drama and acting nominations for Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt.
The revamped group, which is now a non-profit effort with a larger and more diverse voting body, announced the nominations for its January awards show on Monday after years of scandal and turmoil, including a year without a broadcast. Cedric the Entertainer and Wilmer Valderrama presided over the announcements from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the show will also be held on January 7.
The films nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama include Oppenheimer, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Bradley Cooper’s Maestro, Celine Song’s Past Lives, Justin Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall, and Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest.
In the Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category, Barbie was joined by Air, American Fiction, The Holdovers, May December, and Poor Things.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things and Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon each received seven nominations. Poor Things received nominations for Lanthimos for the screenplay, as well as its actors Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, and Tony McNamara. Killers of the Flower Moon earned nominations for Scorsese for directing and co-writing the screenplay with Eric Roth and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, and Robert De Niro.
Stone, who was also nominated for the Showtime series The Curse, said in a statement that she was “incredibly shocked and grateful for all of this.” She also said that her Poor Things character, Bella Baxter, is her favorite and that she is “very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this magical film experience.”
Barbie is tied with Cabaret from 1972 for the second-most nominations in the history of the Globes. Robert Altman’s Nashville remains the record-holder with 11 nominations. It went into the morning as a favorite frontrunner and got a big boost from its three original song nominations, including “I’m Just Ken” and one of the new categories for the year recognizing cinematic and box office achievement. One person who was not nominated was America Ferrera, who delivered the film’s most memorable monologue.
Succession was the top-nominated television program, with nine nominations, including Best Television Series Drama for the series’ stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin.
Eight films were nominated in the Box Office Achievement category, including Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Oppenheimer, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning, John Wick: Chapter 4, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Several years ago, the Oscars attempted to add a similar “Popular Film” category, but it proved to be an extremely unpopular decision and was scrapped amid backlash.
As always, there were a few surprises, such as Jennifer Lawrence being nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy for her raunchy R-rated comedy No Hard Feelings. She was nominated alongside Robbie, Stone, Fantasia Barrino (The Color Purple), Natalie Portman (May December), and Alma Pöysti (Fallen Leaves).
Lawrence said in a statement that she had so much fun making the film that “it almost feels wrong to accept this kind of recognition, but I will!!!… I can’t wait to get my hands on some warm Chardonnay and watch the show go down!!!”
The Golden Globes had been expected to fare better with The Color Purple. The stage musical adaptation only received two nominations overall, both for actors, Barrino for her leading role and Daniel Brooks for his supporting performance.
Corden’s comedy American Fiction also only came away with two nominations, Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Actor for Jeffrey Wright.
Sofia Coppola’s widely acclaimed Pam & Tommy only received one nomination for actress