HFPA Declares ‘Hamilton’ Eligible and Pivots ‘Promising Young Woman’ to Drama…Plus More!

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has completed their review of studio submissions for this year’s Golden Globe awards, and there’s been a considerable amount of big shakeups, Variety reports. 

Chief among these is the controversial decision Focus Features made to submit Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman in the comedy/musical categories. In order to overturn a studio’s submission HFPA members must vote with a 2/3 majority and that’s exactly what they did to switch Fennell’s film into the drama categories. Now lead Carey Mulligan, fresh off her LAFCA win for Best Actress, will be competing with heavy hitters like Frances McDormand and Vanessa Kirby

One of Mulligan’s other big competitors this season is Viola Davis, whose film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, was submitted in the drama categories, and it’s unclear as of yet whether that film was switched to comedy/musical side of things. 

Mulligan moving out of comedy/musical makes room for Maria Bakalova, the recipient of another major shift. The Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star has been scooping up several big critics awards for Best Supporting Actress. Despite being submitted in this category for the Globes, the HFPA has shifted her into the leading actress in a comedy/musical category. This kind of a shift isn’t unprecedented. Catherine Zeta-Jones saw her Chicago performance moved from supporting to lead at the Globes, where she lost to her co-star Renée Zellweger. Zeta-Jones then went on to win the SAG, BAFTA, and Oscar for supporting actress. 

Another shift from supporting to leading is allegedly in the cards for News of the World star Helena Zengel, this time in the drama categories, where she’ll fight with Mulligan and company to earn a nomination. Universal Pictures has yet to confirm this change. 

One thing that can be confirmed is the refusal to accept Amazon Studios’ submissions for the four stars of their One Night in Miami. While the studio wanted to submit actors Kingsley Ben-Adir and Eli Goree in lead, with Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. in supporting, the HFPA have stated that the four men must all compete in the same category. It’s yet to be confirmed whether the men will compete in lead or supporting. 

Speaking of Leslie Odom Jr., the Disney Plus presentation of his smash hit Hamilton has been accepted to compete in the musical/comedy categories at the Globes. Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Phillipa Soo will all compete in leading, while the rest of the Hamilton cast will be fighting for supporting nods. There is no genre distinction in the supporting categories at the Globes, so these musical/comedy competitors will be facing off with the drama actors and actresses as well. 

Minari, the A24 indie hit that won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will follow the path of last year’s A24 hit The Farewell by competing in the foreign language film category, making it ineligible for Best Drama Film. The actors in the film, including competitors Steven Yeun and BSFCA supporting actress winner Youn Yuh-jung, will still be eligible to compete in the acting categories. 

Not confirmed yet are the placements of Ammonite actress Saoirse Ronan and The Trial of the Chicago 7 actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne. There’s been some talk of the possibility of them being moved out of their submissions in the supporting categories and placed in the dramatic lead categories. 

The Golden Globe nominations will be announced on February 3rd. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 28th. 


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