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Talents Over 50 Take 32 Golden Globe Nominations

Recognition drops from 40 nods last year

Antonio Banderas, Julia Roberts, Spike Lee

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Antonio Banderas, Julia Roberts and Spike Lee are among the nominees. 

Grownups over 50 dominated five of 17 major categories in the Golden Globe nominations announced Dec. 6, which is good news for Globe nominees and Oscar hopefuls Glenn Close, 71, Robert Redford, 82, and Viggo Mortensen, 60, and for movie stars who have reignited their careers in important TV shows: Julia Roberts, 51, Jim Carrey, 56, and Antonio Banderas, 58.

Vexingly, the overall nominations for 50-plus actors were down — from 40 last year to 32 this time — falling from 47 percent of major nominations to 38 percent. They did best in vying for the directing and screenplay awards, taking four of the five nominations, but took only 30 percent of movie and TV acting nominations. (Male actors took 35 percent and women, 25 percent).

But all 10 nominees for best non-animated motion picture, studded with talent over age 50, are of great interest to mature audiences (and, therefore, potential candidates for AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards), as are the 10 nominated TV shows. Three of the five top comedies — The Good Place, Kidding and The Kominsky Method — are dominated by talent over 50, and Golden Globe nominee Henry Winkler, 73, is a costar in the fourth, Barry. It’s especially significant that The Kominsky Method, a show about aging, earned nominations for both its stars, Michael Douglas, 74, and Alan Arkin, 84, in the best comic roles of their careers. Candice Bergen, 72, and Debra Messing, 50, proved that their classic shows have evergreen appeal, despite Hollywood’s notorious youth-centric views.


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Musically gifted grownups also cleaned up at the Golden Globes. Three of the five film composers nominated were older than 50: Dolly Parton, 72, and Linda Perry, 53, were honored for the song “Girl in the Movies” from Dumplin’, and  Annie Lennox, 63, got a nomination for “Requiem For A Private War.”

Golden Globe Nominees (50+ names in bold):

Best Motion Picture — Drama

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns

Vice

Best Motion Picture — Animated

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, Vice

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man & The Gun

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Best Director — Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Best Television Series — Drama

The Americans (FX Networks)

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

Pose (FX Networks)

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Barry (HBO)

The Good Place (NBC)

Kidding (Showtime)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Alienist (TNT)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace (FX Networks)

Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Sharp Objects (HBO)

A Very English Scandal (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Julia Roberts, Homecoming

Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Stephan James, Homecoming

Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

Alison Brie, GLOW

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America?

Jim Carrey, Kidding

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Girl (Belgium)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“All the Stars,” Black Panther

“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin'

“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War

“Revelation,” Boy Erased

“Shallow,” A Star Is Born

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