Australia’s Oscars chances have taken a massive hit with Nicole Kidman and Yvonne Strahovski the only Australians to come away with nominations for the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
Fellow Australians Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Toni Collette and Joel Edgerton all missed out on a nomination as Vice, a biopic starring Christian Bale as former US vice president Dick Cheney, leads the pack with six nods.
Green Book, A Star Is Born and BlacKkKlansman trail just behind, tied with five nominations each followed by Black Panther with
three nominations, including best drama.
Kidman, 51, received a best actress in a drama nomination for her lead portrayal of a traumatised detective who suffers a nervous breakdown in the American crime thriller Destroyer.
This bolsters the Australian’s campaign to grab the fifth Oscar nomination of her career.
“I’m so, so happy for this film. This crazy, female-driven film with this dangerous, complicated woman at the centre of it,” she told People magazine following the Globes nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills on Friday morning (Australian time).
“It was such a risk, so to be acknowledged — the Hollywood Foreign Press is so good at that because they acknowledge these small films that would really struggle if they didn’t get this kind of celebration,” she added.
“Also for [director] Karyn Kusama who’s been in this for a long time, and I share this with her ’cause this is our baby.”
Kidman’s biggest rival is Lady Gaga, who is also nominated for best actress in a drama for her performance in A Star is Born.
Other rivals in the category are Thandie Newton (Westworld), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) and Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel).
Kidman fell short of a second nomination, for supporting actress, for her performance in Oscars hopeful Boy Erased, which is directed by Edgerton and co-stars Russell Crowe.
Strahovski, 36, was nominated for a supporting actress Globe for her role in the TV drama series The Handmaid’s Tale.
While Kidman’s Oscars chances received a major boost, Jackman, playing sex scandal-plagued 1988 US presidential candidate Gary Hart in The Front Runner, suffered a potential death blow to his Academy Award nomination chances.
Globes voters bypassed Jackman for best actor in a film drama category, instead handing nominations to Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), William Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).
Collette was an outside chance for a best actress nomination for the chilling horror movie Hereditary, but missed out.
Robbie, for Mary Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Debicki, for Widows, were also snubbed in the supporting actress category.
The Golden Globe nominations were also a setback for the best picture Oscar aspirations of Australian producers Gary Hamilton and Victoria Hill for their film First Reformed.
The movie failed to receive a single nomination.
Joining Black Panther in the best picture/drama Globe category nominations are A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and If Beale Street Could Talk.
The Globes split their categories into drama and musical/comedy.
Vice, in the musical/comedy categories, picked up nominations for best picture, Bale for best actor, Amy Adams (supporting actress), Sam Rockwell (supporting actor) and Sam McKay (director and screenplay).
The 76th Golden Globes ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6.
The next big test for the Oscar aspirants will be next Wednesday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination ceremony.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22 and the winners on February 24.
See here for the full list of nominations.