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‘Avatar,’ ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Elvis’ to compete for top prize at Golden Globes

“Avatar: The Way of
Water,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Elvis” has been nominated for best
drama film at the upcoming Golden Globe awards, the annual
honours that are returning to television next month following a
diversity and ethics scandal.

“Top Gun: Maverick” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he was “overjoyed to share this nomination with Paramount, Tom and the entire cast and crew.”

Paramount Global distributed “Maverick,” the highest-grossing movie of 2022.

The “Avatar” and “Top Gun” sequels will face off against “Elvis,” Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film “The Fabelmans,” and “Tar,” the story of a manipulative conductor, for the top prize of best drama film.

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” a nominee for best comedy or
musical film, led all movies with eight nominations on Monday
from members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the
group that hands out the Globes and announces the nominations.

“Banshees,” a dark comedy about a man trying to repair a
friendship, will compete with “Everything Everywhere All at
Once,” “Babylon,” “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” and
“Triangle of Sadness.”

“Abbott Elementary” scored eight nominations

Other Globe-nominated actors included Austin Butler for his portrayal of rock music legend Elvis Presley, Daniel Craig for “Glass Onion” and Colin Farrell for “Banshees.”

Cate Blanchett was nominated for best drama actress for the lead role in “Tar” alongside Viola Davis in “The Woman King,” and Ana de Armas for playing Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde.”

In television categories, the comedy “Abbott Elementary” scored eight nominations, followed by the British royal family drama “The Crown.”

Searchlight Pictures, owned by Walt Disney Co, led all movie distributors with 12 nominations. In TV categories, Warner Bros Discovery’s HBO Max and Netflix Inc tied with 14 nods each.

Organisation made reforms after protests

The Globes have been known as a star-studded, booze-fueled ceremony that kicks off Hollywood’s awards season and helps propel nominees and winners in their quest for Oscars.

But the Globes were tainted after a 2021 Los Angeles Times investigation probed the association’s practices and revealed the organization had no Black members. Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe statues in protest, and longtime broadcaster NBC dropped the 2022 telecast.

The Comcast-owned network agreed to air the Globes again in 2023 after the organization made reforms. The ceremony will take place Jan. 10 and will also stream on Peacock.

It is unclear if the event will attract the parade of A-list stars that it has in the past. Few nominees commented on Monday.

On the best drama actor list was “The Whale” star Brendan
Fraser, who has said he will not attend the Globes because he
has accused a former HFPA president of groping him in 2003. 

Current HFPA President Helen Hoehne told The Hollywood
Reporter last week that she respected Fraser’s decision but
hoped the organization could “regain Mr Fraser’s trust, along
with the trust of the entire entertainment community.”

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