Award season, much like Moira Rose is one of our favorite seasons of the year, and we’re once again staring at nominations with plethora of emotions wondering if we will ever be satisfied with all the picks. Why do we care so much is the big question? We are still pretty jazzed about some as per usual, but there is a whole lot of what on earth (?) we are still trying to work through.
The awards are held in bicoastal fashion this year by our favorite comedy queens Amy Poehler and Tina Fey! And at least that is something we will never complain about. These two work perfectly together and we will never be tired of them on our screens. If only Maya Rudolph would join in and make it tricoastal.
In the Realm of Television
The most unsurprising part of the nominations is 2020’s greatest surprise and thrill–Apple TV’s Ted Lasso. We have been screaming about this show from the rooftops trying to get everyone and their mothers to watch it because it is just the type of wholesome content that is needed these days. And we’ll bet that it takes the win, too! Or at least we hope because the series deserves it. Ted Lasso is a gift and before the awards, do yourselves a favor by watching the one thing that is bound to heal your heart from all the terrors that have occurred this year.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY is full of some greats, Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis, Schitt’s Creek’s Eugene Levy, Black Monday’s Don Cheadle and Ramy’s Ramy Youseff. And in the same fashion as the 2020 Emmy awards, we are going to say Eugene Levy has a pretty solid chance at the win and although Sudeikis’ performance was exceptional as Ted Lasso, voters might favor Levy’s curtain call as Johnny Rose. Either way, the contenders are pretty great and either one would be a joy to see.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY is an interesting one to say the least, but Golden Globe nominee Jane Levy! That has a stunning ring to it. Levy has been remarkable on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and watching her bring to life a myriad of emotions that demanded a tremendous amount out of her has been no small feat. Levy shines beautifully as Zoey, and she does so with performances that are both evocative and endearing. We have our hearts set on her win, but this also gives the series the chance to go forward in a third season, and if it’s not this year, then next year, too.
She is up against the legendary Catherine O’Hara and much like Eugene Levy, we have a feeling the votes will be going to them, and that is not something we mind at all. Both are deserving and it would be an exquisite send off to the series. Along with Schitt’s Creek potentially taking the win, too!
The Flight Attendant is on our list to watch and with Kaley Cuoco’s nomination, it just climbed the chart. As far as the other two, well, we could not get into either of those shows and are, without question, deeply confused about these nominations.
We also aren’t sure why Brooklyn Nine-Nine fell off their radar this year, but both Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz are long overdo for recognition. They should have been up there instead. Sorry not sorry.
Or hello, earth to HFPA, where do we put in our formal and enormous complaint for snubbing the absolute legend that is newcomer Madison Reyes? Reyes is a star–boldly, effortlessly, and in more ways than one Julie and the Phantoms was an exemplary season of television. Netflix’s biggest hit might be Bridgerton, and we are entirely here for that, but Julie and the Phantoms took us all by surprise, appropriately so, and this snub stings–especially for Reyes.
This category is too white. Too horrifically white and deeply underwhelming with the exception of Jane Levy and O’Hara. (Most categories are, let’s be real. And again why the heck are we still invested?) Limited Series, also too white. And mostly everything, from Best Actor to Actress, too white.
John Boyega is nominated for Small Axe though and while we have not seen the series, we have been a fan of Boyega’s since the moment he took off the Storm Trooper helmet in The Force Awakens, so we are rooting for him.
Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy and Annie Murphy are two we adore as well, so we would not be opposed to either of them winning if we go in the same fashion as the Rose parents, but we shall see.
Largely though, the TV nominations are disappointing to see the least. Bridgerton’s snub is just a big fat blasphemy and the kind of misogynistic crap we should be used to, but still are not. There is always next season however, but still, we are sitting high on salt mountain right now.
In the Realm of Film
Film is a little less disappointing than the television nominations primarily because for the first time, we have three female directors nominated–two of them being women of color! Women, they get the job done! Regina King, Chloé Zhao, and Emerald Fennell are making history in 2021. The last time the Golden Globes featured a female director was the incomparable Ava DuVernay for Selma, and this year the ladies are dominating the category with three to two men. If either one of them does not win, we riot at dawn.
King’s One Night in Miami is one of the best films we watched this year and the fact that it isn’t nominated for the Dramma category already invalidates the list. But along with King’s nominee, Leslie Odom Jr. is nominated for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE along with another personal favorite of ours Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah. Additionally, “Speak Now” is nominated for BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE. We’ll take those and we’d vote for them.
Zhao’s Nomadland and Fennell’s Promising Young Woman are both up for BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA, and if either of them wins, we’ll be happy about that at least.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: Among some of the other categories features the late Chadwick Boseman for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal. Again, two solid performances we are certainly rooted for. Boseman should have also been nominated for Da 5 Bloods.
Disney’s TV debut of Hamilton is also nominated along with Lin-Manuel Miranda. And the always delightful Andy Samberg for Hulu’s Palm Springs, which is also featured in the comedy category.
We’ll keep singing praises for 2020’s Emma and Anya Taylor-Joy for as long as she continues to outdo herself as beautifully as she has this year. Taylor-Joy is nominated for Best Actress for both the film, and Netflix’s Queen’s Gambit and we are here for it. It was her year to shine and she is doing so in a stunning fashion. We want her in everything and both nominees are ones we are here to celebrate.
The Mandalorian has been doing big things these season and people are still talking about its impact on fans that weren’t really that big on Star Wars to begin with along with the veterans. And that, in and of itself is an accomplishment. Pedro Pascal should have also been nominated–the amount Pascal can do with his voice alone is masterful and this is just downright ridiculous that he is not. We said what we said.
We know The Crown is loved and we get it, it’s a great show, and we have never been more invested than we were during its third season with Emma Corrin’s embodiment of Princess Diana, so that’s a plus we suppose although in its entirety, we would have rather had something else.
We do not deserve the gift of a human that is ZENDAYA and it’s because during times like this voters snub her. Critics have already seen Malcolm and Marie so what’s the deal with that not being included? But also Euphoria. I personally don’t watch it, but I have heard nothing but praises for the series and know for a fact that her Emmy win was deserved. Why the heck is she not up here dominating either?
Bridgerton should have also been nominated. We could think of very little that was as well produced, acted, and directed as it was, and yet.
Paul Mescal did an exceptional job with Connell on Normal People and also deserved a nomination.
Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods? WHERE IS IT? How was it not featured? I’m … what even Golden Globes. Truly what even. Are we okay?
Working through nomination feelings has been rollercoaster this morning. How are we all feeling, darling geeks? What are some hits and misses for you? Who were you rooting for that didn’t make the cut? What was a highlight? What was a snub? Let us know in the comments below.
Gissane (pronounced Geese-enny) or, as people often call her, "Goose," is a Christ fan above all and a romance enthusiast who's taken her Master's degree in English and love for essays into writing lengthy analyses about pop culture.
She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Marvelous Geeks Media and the co-host of Lady Geeks' Society Podcast. She drinks too much coffee, wants to live in a forest, and cries a lot because of her favorite characters. She's a member of The Cherry Picks and can also be found writing features for Looper.