Nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning in Hollywood, and a number of LGBT-inclusive nominees made the cut.
Airing in the beginning of the year, the Golden Globes have long been a precursor (and often predictor) to the Oscars, with the nominations announcement typically signifying that the film industry awards season is in full swing.
With four nominations, The Kids Are All Right will have one of the highest profiles at the awards show, which includes nominations for Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical and nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in the same genre for both Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Writer/Director Lisa Cholodenko missed out on directing nomination, but she did pick up one for Best Screenplay.
While it’s not quite what one might call an LGBT-themed film, much of the buzz around Black Swan has been about the sexual dynamic between its two female leads played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Both actresses picked up nominations for their performances, as did director Darren Aronofsky and the film itself for Best Motion Picture: Drama.
Competing against Kids for Best Comedy or Musical is Burlesque, which also picked up two nominations for Best Original Song and features Stanley Tucci as an out club manager. Emma Stone garnered a nomination for her role in the teen (non)sex comedy Easy A, in which her plan to help a bullied gay classmate spirals out of control. And the Italian film I Am Love received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, which stars Tilda Swinton as a mother inspired to reconsider her own life choices after discovering that her daughter is a lesbian.
Over in the television categories, Fox’s Glee picked up a total of 5 nominations, including one for Best Comedy (or Musical) series and acting nominations for out actors Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. ABC’s Modern Family also received a Best Comedy nomination and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Emmy-winner Eric Stonestreet for his portrayal of gay dad Cam on the show.
Though her show received a nomination for Best Drama, Emmy-winner Archie Panjabi was surprisingly shut out of the supporting actress category for her portrayal of bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma on CBS’ The Good Wife. Other inclusive shows that grabbed one or more nominations include Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, Boardwalk Empire, and The Office.
Comedian Ricky Gervais will return as the ceremony’s host, which will broadcast live on NBC on January 16.