Golden Globes
From left: Barry Adelman, Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss, Jo Koy and Helen Hoehne, President, Golden Globes attend the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards Press Preview and Red Carpet Rollout at The Beverly Hilton on January 4, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. Image Credit: AFP

Los Angeles: Organisers of the newly reformed Golden Globes hope that a "Barbenheimer" love-in can help to revitalise Hollywood's famously fun-loving but scandal-dogged awards gala on Sunday.

Kicking off prize-giving season from the usual swanky Beverly Hills ballroom at 5pm (0100 GMT Monday), the Globes boast new owners and new voters - and have plenty of box-office gold to toast.

The show is expected to celebrate "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer" - two movies that wowed critics and audiences alike when they were released simultaneously last summer, and have a whopping 17 nominations between them.

"They are so different than each other, yet they were both successful... We're thrilled that they're both very represented here," said this year's Globes producer Glenn Weiss.

"It's been a big reset for the Globes," he told AFP.

Greta Gerwig's "Barbie," which turned nostalgia for the beloved doll into a sharp satire about misogyny and female empowerment, leads the way with nine nods.

It is tipped to win the Globes for best comedy film and best screenplay, and boasts three of the six contenders for best song. As the year's highest grossing movie, it is also likely to claim a newly created award for box office achievement.

Replcias of Golden Globe statues
File photo: Replcias of Golden Globe statues appear at the nominations for the 81st Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 11, 2023, in Beverly Hills, California. Image Credit: AP

Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" - the other half of last summer's viral cinematic phenomenon - tells the story of the inventor of the atomic bomb, and has eight nominations.

The favorite to win awards for best drama film, best director, and best score, "Oppenheimer" focuses on the rivalry between a brilliant scientist and a powerful politician, played by Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. respectively.

They are strong contenders for best lead drama actor and supporting actor.


The Globes - which for decades have offered huge publicity and a timely boost to Oscars hopefuls - will be under scrutiny as they aim to bounce back from years of declining audiences.

Allegations of corruption and racism led to an industry boycott in recent years. The show was taken off air entirely in 2022, and several A-listers skipped last year's edition.

Since then, the rowdy, obscure group of Los Angeles-based foreign journalists that created the Globes 80 years ago has been disbanded, and a wider net of overseas critics was brought in to choose this year's winners.

Along with movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio ("Killers of the Flower Moon"), nominees include big names from the world of music such as Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa - both for best song - and Taylor Swift for her recent concert movie.

Despite the Globes' recent travails, Weiss hopes A-listers will be keen to finally celebrate together again, after an annus horribilis in which the industry was crippled by strikes.

Stars who were unable to promote their movies during the months-long Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) walkout may use the occasion to make up for lost time on the Oscars campaign trail.

"We want this to be a great opening season party that everybody feels that energy from. We all have lived through strikes together. We all are now out of that," said Weiss.

Just don't expect the Globes scandals and consequent reforms to be mentioned by organizers.

"I kind of think that's been said," said Weiss. "Right now we're just making a party."

Cooper eyes double

If Murphy misses out on best actor in a drama, it will likely be to Bradley Cooper, who plays Leonard Bernstein in "Maestro."

Cooper is also nominated for directing, and would be the first person ever bestowed acting and directing gongs for the same movie.

Elsewhere, Indigenous actor Lily Gladstone is a firm favorite for lead drama actress her role in Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon," which has seven nominations overall.

"The Holdovers" could have two acting winners in Paul Giamatti and Da'Vine Joy Randolph, as a curmudgeonly history teacher and cook of a 1970s prep school, respectively.

Emma Stone is the frontrunner for best comedy actress in surreal, sexy bildungsroman "Poor Things."

On the television side, "Succession," "The Bear" and "Beef" are expected to dominate the categories for drama, comedy and limited series, respectively.

Comedian Jo Koy hosts the 81st Golden Globes, which airs in the United States on CBS.

List of key nominees
"Barbie" leads the proceedings with nine nominations, followed closely by "Oppenheimer" with eight - meaning the summer's "Barbenheimer" phenomenon will be all over the film awards circuit.

Other films with five or more nominations are Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon," "Poor Things" and "Past Lives."


■ Best film, drama
"Anatomy of a Fall"
"Killers of the Flower Moon"
"Past Lives"
"The Zone of Interest"

■ Best film, musical or comedy
"American Fiction"
"The Holdovers"
"May December"
"Poor Things"

■ Best actor, drama
Bradley Cooper, "Maestro"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Killers of the Flower Moon"
Colman Domingo, "Rustin"
Barry Keoghan, "Saltburn"
Cillian Murphy, "Oppenheimer"
Andrew Scott, "All of Us Strangers"

■ Best actress, drama
Annette Bening, "Nyad"
Lily Gladstone, "Killers of the Flower Moon"
Sandra Huller, "Anatomy of a Fall"
Greta Lee, "Past Lives"
Carey Mulligan, "Maestro"
Cailee Spaeny, "Priscilla"

■ Best actor, musical or comedy
Nicolas Cage, "Dream Scenario"
Timothee Chalamet, "Wonka"
Matt Damon, "Air"
Paul Giamatti, "The Holdovers"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Beau is Afraid"
Jeffrey Wright, "American Fiction"

■ Best actress, musical or comedy
Fantasia Barrino, "The Color Purple"
Jennifer Lawrence, "No Hard Feelings"
Natalie Portman, "May December"
Alma Poysti, "Fallen Leaves"
Margot Robbie, "Barbie"
Emma Stone, "Poor Things"

■ Best supporting actor
Willem Dafoe, "Poor Things"
Robert De Niro, "Killers of the Flower Moon"
Robert Downey Jr, "Oppenheimer"
Ryan Gosling, "Barbie"
Charles Melton, "May December"
Mark Ruffalo, "Poor Things"

■ Best supporting actress
Emily Blunt, "Oppenheimer"
Danielle Brooks, "The Color Purple"
Jodie Foster, "Nyad"
Julianne Moore, "May December"
Rosamund Pike, "Saltburn"
Da'Vine Joy Randolph, "The Holdovers"

■ Best director
Bradley Cooper, "Maestro"
Greta Gerwig, "Barbie"
Yorgos Lanthimos, "Poor Things"
Christopher Nolan, "Oppenheimer"
Martin Scorsese, "Killers of the Flower Moon"
Celine Song, "Past Lives"

■ Best non-English language film
"Anatomy of a Fall"
"Fallen Leaves"
"Io Capitano"
"Past Lives"
"Society of the Snow"
"The Zone of Interest"

■ Best cinematic and box office achievement (new award):
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3"
"John Wick: Chapter 4"
"Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part 1"
"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse"
"Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour"
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie"

■ Best animated feature
"The Boy and the Heron"
"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse"
"The Super Mario Bros. Movie"


■ Best drama series
"The Crown"
"The Diplomat"
"The Last of Us"
"The Morning Show"

■ Best drama actor
Brian Cox, "Succession"
Kieran Culkin, "Succession"
Gary Oldman, "Slow Horses"
Pedro Pascal, "The Last of Us"
Jeremy Strong, "Succession"
Dominic West, "The Crown"

■ Best drama actress
Helen Mirren, "1923"
Bella Ramsey, "The Last of Us"
Keri Russell, "The Diplomat"
Sarah Snook, "Succession"
Imelda Staunton, "The Crown"
Emma Stone, "The Curse"

■ Best musical or comedy series
"Abbott Elementary"
"The Bear"
"Jury Duty"
"Only Murders in the Building"
"Ted Lasso"

■ Best musical or comedy actor
Bill Hader, "Barry"
Steve Martin, "Only Murders in the Building"
Jason Segel, "Shrinking"
Martin Short, "Only Murders in the Building"
Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"
Jeremy Allen White, "The Bear"

■ Best musical or comedy actress
Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel"
Quinta Brunson, "Abbott Elementary"
Ayo Edebiri, "The Bear"
Elle Fanning, "The Great"
Selena Gomez, "Only Murders in the Building"
Natasha Lyonne, "Poker Face"

■ Best limited series or TV movie
"All the Light We Cannot See"
"Daisy Jones and the Six"
"Fellow Travelers"
"Lessons in Chemistry"

■ Best limited series or TV movie actor
Matt Bomer, "Fellow Travelers"
Sam Claflin, "Daisy Jones and the Six"
Jon Hamm, "Fargo"
Woody Harrelson, "White House Plumbers"
David Oyelowo, "Lawmen: Bass Reeves"
Steven Yeun, "Beef"

■ Best limited series or TV movie actress
Riley Keough, "Daisy Jones and the Six"
Brie Larson, "Lessons in Chemistry"
Elizabeth Olsen, "Love & Death"
Juno Temple, "Fargo"
Rachel Weisz, "Dead Ringers"
Ali Wong, "Beef"

■ Best performance in stand-up comedy on television (new award):
Ricky Gervais, "Armageddon"
Trevor Noah, "Where Was I"
Chris Rock, "Selective Outrage"
Amy Schumer, "Emergency Contact"
Sarah Silverman, "Someone You Love"
Wanda Sykes, "I'm an Entertainer"


"Barbie" - 9
"Oppenheimer" - 8
"Killers of the Flower Moon" - 7
"Poor Things" - 7
"Past Lives" - 5