76th annual Golden Globe Awards / Nominations are out | Sunday Observer

76th annual Golden Globe Awards / Nominations are out

Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards - decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)- were announced recently.

A satirical political comedy, two racial injustice films, a superhero epic, biographies and musicals were among the crop of movies and TV shows that earned Golden Globe nods for 2019.

Soon after the list was unveiled those actors honoured wasted no time in expressing their gratitude via social media, phone calls and statements.

Bradley Cooper, nominated for best actor in A Star Is Born, said: 'I am very grateful A Star Is Born has touched so many people and to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognising our film with such abundance.

'I've wanted to tell stories through film for as long as I can remember and I feel lucky even to have had the opportunity to do that – to be included in a community of such inspiring artists is incredibly humbling. A huge congrats to all nominees and especially to my dear friend, Lady Gaga.'

A Star Is Born received five nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for Lady Gaga's performance and both a best actor and best director nod for Cooper, 43.

Gaga took to Instagram and wrote: 'I’m so grateful for all of the nominations for A Star Is Born! The film has truly been a passion project for everyone involved and we’ve all become a family, couldn’t be more happy to see Bradley recognised for his incredible vision and performance. For the recognition for my songwriting collaboration with the amazing Mark [Ronson], Anthony [Rossomando] and Andrew [Wyatt] for Shallow. And I can’t believe I’m nominated as best actress at the Golden Globes for a film! I am so appreciative of the HFPA’s support. Thank you so much.'

Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt, 35, received a nod for best actress in a musical and said in a statement: 'I delighted in playing every aspect of this extraordinary and iconic character.

She continued, 'The entire experience working on it was spellbinding and that's largely to do with the incomparable Rob Marshall who took on this project with great love, depth and courage in his heart. I'm thrilled for Lin and for the recognition for our beautiful score as well as the film as a whole. Thank you again.'

Mary Poppins Returns is also up for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Original Score in a Motion Picture.

Nicole Kidman, who has been nominated for best actress for detective drama Destroyer, said: 'I am so grateful to be nominated for such an untraditional female character. Erin Bell is complicated, raw and dangerous, and it was a privilege to portray her.'

Best actor nominee John David Washington said: 'Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this incredible honour and for your support of BlacKkKlansman. My deepest appreciation to the legendary Spike Lee - we stand on your shoulders, sir.

'Thank you to the most talented group of actors and the crew and to Focus Features for their unwavering support. Most importantly -- Ron Stallworth, you're a hero. Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow. Thank you.'

John, 34, who is the eldest son of Denzel Washington, plays African-American detective Ron Stallworth in 1970s drama BlacKkKlansman.

On hearing the news director Spike Lee wrote on Instagram 'BOOMSHACKALACKA' and in a statement said: 'I found out about these Golden Globe Nominations for BlackKklansman in-between advising my NYU Grad School students because I teach on Thursdays. The first word that came to mind was 'BOOM SHAKALAKA.' Thank you to the HFPA!'

(To be continued next week)