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Golden Globes 2022: Mahershala Ali, Will Smith & Denzel Washington Will Battle it Out For Best Actor

The 2022 Golden Globes were just announced. The most exciting race will feature Mahershala Ali, Will Smith, and Denzel Washington facing off.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced nominations for the 2022 Golden Globes on Monday (December 13th).

Held at The Beverly Hills Hotel, the livestream event was presided over by new HFPA president Helen Hoehne and surprise guest Snoop Dogg who both read the nominations. According to CNN, multiple media partners of the Golden Globes have opted not to participate in the 2022 ceremony, with concerns surrounding membership. In a separate report by the Los Angeles Times, it was exposed that HFPA had zero Black members.

On the Golden Globes website, in February, HFPA shared their commitment for the organization to have a more Black-inclusive future:

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, tv and the artists inspiring and educating them.  We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

Although NBC has decided not to air the 2022 Golden Globes ceremony — which will be held on January 9th — HFPA claims to have made strides in improving their efforts to be a more diverse and inclusive organization. In a People article, the publication revealed that HFPA faced boycotts throughout Hollywood, some including Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson.

For the nominations, the big winners were The Power of the Dog and Belfast, which both earned seven film nominations. On the TV side, Succession — which just wrapped its third season — earned the most TV nominations, gathering five. Popular Apple shows like Ted Lasso and The Morning Show got four nominations.

The most exciting race of the year comes in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture category, where Mahershala Ali (Swan Song), Will Smith (King Richard), and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) will face off for the award. (Ali and Washington won Golden Globes before; Smith has not.) In her third Golden Globes season, Issa Rae is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy while Beyoncé has received her fourth Golden Globes nomination in Best Original Song – Film for her performance of “Be Alive” from King Richard. Hit Netflix series Squid Game has also received a nomination for Best Television Series Drama.

See the full list of nominations for the 2022 Golden Globes below.

TELEVISION

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Hannah Einbender, Hacks
Elle Fanning, The Great
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Jean Smart, Hacks

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Brian Cox, Succession
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession
Omar Sy, Lupin

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Mj Rodriguez, Pose

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Paul Bettany, WandaVision
Oscar Isaac, Scenes From a Marriage
Michael Keaton, Dopesick
Ewan McGregor, Halston
Tahar Rahim, The Serpent

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Chastain, Scenes From a Marriage
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
Margaret Qualley, Maid
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Best Television Series Drama
Lupin
The Morning Show
Pose
Squid Game
Succession

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Dopesick
Impeachment: American Crime Story
Maid
Mare of Easttown
The Underground Railroad

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jennifer Coolidge, White Lotus
Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick
Andie MacDowell, Maid
Sarah Snook, Succession
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Great
Hacks
Only Murders in the Building
Reservation Dogs
Ted Lasso

FILM

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Cyrano
Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
Tick, Tick … Boom!
West Side Story

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Belfast
CODA
Dune
King Richard
The Power of the Dog

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Compartment No. 6
Drive My Car
The Hand of God
A Hero
Parallel Mothers

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up
Aaron Sorkin , Being the Ricardos

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Be Alive” from King Richard – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
“Dos Orugitas” from Encanto – Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Down to Joy” from Belfast – Van Morrison
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from Respect – Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
“No Time to Die” from No Time to Die – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
Jamie Dornan, Belfast
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kotsur, CODA
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Caitríona Balfe, Belfast
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Ruth Negga, Passing

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick … Boom!
Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Encanto
Flee
Luca
My Sunny Maad
Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Will Smith, King Richard
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Marion Cotillard, Annette
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up
Emma Stone, Cruella
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best Director – Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Best Original Score
The French Dispatch
Encanto
The Power of the Dog
Parallel Mothers
Dune

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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