Golden Globe Story Courtesy Of Dawn Ennis
Movies and TV programs about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life topped the list of nominations this morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.
Leading the pack with five nominations was The Imitation Game, a film about World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who faced persecution for being gay. The film was nominated for Best Motion Picture-Drama and its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, were also nominated.
Pride, a comedy based on the true story of an LGBT community that supported striking coal miners in the U.K. during the 1980s, was nominated for Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical.
Actress Julianne Moore received a nomination for her work in Still Alice, from gay directors and real-life couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
And in addition to the 1 millionth acting nomination for Meryl Streep and one for Emily Blunt, the Disney adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, received a nomination for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. The film was directed by Rob Marshall and produced by his life partner, John DeLuca.
The first season of Amazon’s popular TV series Transparent was nominated for Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical. Actor Jeffrey Tambor was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Comedy or Drama, for his work as Maura, a transgender woman coming out to her family in late middle age.
Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox was not nominated for a Golden Globe, but both the series and star Taylor Schilling received honors.
HBO’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, dramatically depicting the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, was nominated for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for television. Two of its stars, Mark Ruffalo and Matter Bomer, were also nominated for their performances. Surprisingly, Oscar winner Julia Roberts was snubbed.
Some LGBT-friendly mainstays also didn’t make the cut this year, including ABC’s top-rated Modern Family and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. But both have been honored amply in the past. Among other notable snubs: The Walking Dead, Interstellar, Maggie Smith, Bradley Cooper, and even the awards show’s returning cohost, Amy Poehler. “Awkward? Yes,” wrote Dominic Patten at Deadline.“Monologue material? Totally.”
The Golden Globe Awards show is set to air January 11 on NBC.