‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Earn Golden Globe Noms

By Sameer Rao Dec 12, 2016

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association highlighted several films and television series that center race or are created by people of color on today’s (December 12) list of nominees for the 74th Golden Globe Awards. 

Hit indie drama film "Moonlight"—which tells the story of a young Black man exploring his sexuality amid poverty and domestic instability—earned six nominations. That’s the most nods for any film other than musical "La La Land." "Moonlight" is one of five films in the "Best Motion Picture—Drama" category, and director-writer Barry Jenkins received "Best Director—Motion Picture" and "Best Screenplay—Motion Picture" nominations. Stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris are nominated in their respective supporting actor and actress categories. Nicholas Brittell, the film’s composer, is also nominated. 

Harris faces off against Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis and their performances in "Hidden Figures" and "Fences," respectivelly. And Ali competes against Dev Patel and his turn in "Lion." Other nominees include "Fences’" Denzel Washington and "Loving‘s" Ruth Negga in the lead actor and actress categories.

"The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" received the most nominations of any television show, with five nods for the limited series about O.J. Simpson’s infamous murder trial. It is listed in the "Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" category alongside "The Night Of" and "American Crime." Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance are nominated in the supporting and lead actor categories for limited series or TV films. "The Night Of’s" Riz Ahmed competes with Vance for the lead actor award. "Westworld’s" Thandie Newton is nominated in the supporting actress in a limited series or TV film category, while "Confirmation’s" Kerry Washington is nominated in the same format’s lead actress category. And "Mr. Robot’s" Rami Malek is nominated in the lead dramatic actor category for his Emmy-winning role.

Outside of drama and miniseries, "Atlanta" and "Black-ish" received nominations for "Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy." "Black-ish’s" Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson each received nominations in the lead comedy performer categories. Ross faces off against "Jane the Virgin‘s" Gina Rodriguez and "Insecure‘s" Issa Rae, while Anderson is up against "Mozart in the Jungle’s" Gael Garcia Bernal and "Atlanta’s" Donald Glover.

Jimmy Fallon will host the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 8. See the full list of nominees here.

(H/t The Hollywood Reporter)