Golden Globe Nominations: Music Categories


Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. are double nominees for acting and songwriting for films in which they portray music legends Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke, respectively. Day is nominated for best actress, motion picture, drama for The United States Vs. Billie Holiday and for co-writing that film’s “Tigress and Tweed.” Odom is nominated for best supporting actor, motion picture for One Night in Miami and for co-writing that film’s “Speak Now.”

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) were double nominees for acting and songwriting in each of the last three years at the Globes (and at the Oscars).

“Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead is nominated for best song motion picture. The song, co-written by Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi, is heard in Italian in the film. It’s the first Golden Globe nominee that was performed in another language in the film since “Despedida” from Love in the Time of Cholera 13 years ago. That song, co-written by Shakira and Antonio Pinto, was performed in Spanish.

Warren won in this category 10 years ago for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque. Should she win again, she’ll become just the third female songwriter — following Marilyn Bergman and Carole Bayer Sager — to win two Globes for best original song.

Another past Globe winner for best original song, John Legend, wasn’t as fortunate this time around. “Never Break,” which Legend co-wrote for the film Giving Voice, was passed over for a nod. Legend shared in a Globe and Oscar six years ago for “Glory” from Selma.

Other music stars who were left out of the music nominations include Justin Timberlake, Janelle Monáe, Travis Scott, Brandi Carlile and Blige. Maybe they’ll have better luck in the Oscar voting. The shortlists of 15 semi-finalists for best original song and best original score will be announced on Feb. 9.

Hamilton is nominated for two awards, including motion picture, musical or comedy. The Oscars announced last year that the film would not be eligible for their awards. Hamilton: An American Musical won a near-record 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, in 2016.

Here are the nominees — and also some key also-rans — in the two music categories:

Best song motion picture:

“Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.): H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas. This is the first nod for all three writers.

“Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (Netflix): Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi. This is Warren’s fifth best Golden Globe nod. She won 10 years ago for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque.

“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios): Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth. This is the first nod for both writers.

“Tigress & Tweed” from The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu): Raphael Saadiq, Andra Day. This is Saadiq’s second nod in this category; Day’s first.

“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix): Daniel Pemberton, Celeste. This is Pemberton’s second nod for best original song (and fourth nod overall). He was nominated in the category four years ago for co-writing the title song from Gold.

Omissions: Among the highly-touted songs that failed to receive a nomination: “Húsavík” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, “Everybody Cries” from The Outpost, “Rain Song” from Minari, “Wuhan Flu” from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, “Just Sing” from Trolls: World Tour, “Turntables” from All In: The Fight For Democracy, “The Plan” from Tenet and “Rocket to the Mon” from Over the Moon.

Best score motion picture:

Mank (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: This is the team’s fourth score nod. They won for The Social Network (2010).

The Midnight Sky (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat: This is Desplat’s 12th score nod. He won for The Painted Veil (2006) and The Shape of Water (2017).

News of the World (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard: This is Howard’s third score nod; his fifth total (counting nods for best original song).

Soul (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste: This is the fifth score nod for Reznor and Ross; the first for Batiste.

Tenet (Warner Bros.) – Ludwig Göransson: This is the Swedish composer’s first score nod.

Omissions: Among the highly touted scores that failed to receive a nomination: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Daniel Pemberton), Minari (Emile Mosseri), Da 5 Bloods (Terence Blanchard), The Glorias (Elliot Goldenthal), The Invisible Man (Benjamin Wallfisch), The Life Ahead (Gabriel Yared) and Cherry (Henry Jackman).

Final ballots will be mailed by Ernst & Young on Feb. 10 and are due on Feb. 23 at 5:00 p.m. PT. The 78th annual Golden Globes will be presented on Feb. 28.

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