Good news and bad news for women with the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

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Constance Wu in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

There is good news and bad news for women with the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Since the bad news is arguably more egregious, let’s get right to it: Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has shut out female directors. No female helmers are nominated for best director for the 2019 Golden Globes.

The nominees for best director are Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman” and Adam McKay for “Vice.”

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, 2018 Golden Globes presenter Natalie Portman pointedly criticized the lack of female nominees during the televised show earlier this year, going off script to emphasize “And here are all the MALE nominees.”

Barbara Streisand remains the only woman to ever win the best director category at the Golden Globes. In 1984, she became the first female director to be nominated for “Yentl,” and she went on to win the category. Streisand was again nominated in 1992 for “The Prince of Tides.”

Since Streisand’s nods, a woman has only been nominated in the best director category five times. In 1994, Jane Campion was nominated for “The Piano,” while Sofia Coppola earned a nomination in 2004 for “Lost in Translation.” Kathryn Bigelow has been nominated twice: in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker” and in 2013 for “Zero Dark Thirty.” Ava DuVernay was the last woman nominated in the category – four years ago – in 2015 for “Selma.”

Just shameful. It’s 2019, Hollywood, it’s past time to evolve.

There’s a little bit of good news as far as a couple of historic nominations for women.

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu makes history with her Golden Globes nomination for best actress is a motion picture, musical or comedy. It’s been more than 50 years since an Asian woman has been nominated for the award, according to CBS News.

Miyoshi Umeki was the last Asian woman to get a nomination in the category for her role in “Flower Drum Song” in 1962.

Wu is competing against Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”), Charlize Theron (“Tully”), Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”) and Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) for the honor. If Wu wins, she will become the first Asian woman to nab the Globe in the category.

Wu wrote on Twitter that she was “ecstatic but also in shock” to learn about the nomination – after she finally took her phone off Do Not Disturb mode.

“Crazy Rich Asians” was also nominated for best motion picture, musical or comedy. As previously reported, the romantic comedy was the first studio film since “The Joy Luck Club” back in 1993 to feature an Asian-American ensemble, and in September, it “Crazy Rich Asians” became the most successful studio rom-com since 2009’s “The Proposal.”

Another female-focused movie to garner multiple nominations, including a historic nod, is director/star Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born.” Multifaceted performer Lady Gaga accounts for two of those nominations, best performance by an actress in a film drama and best song for “Shallow,” which she shares with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

She already is a Golden Globe winner, for best actress in a TV limited series or movie in 2016 for “American Horror Story.”

If she were to win for her lead turn in “A Star is Born,” Lady Gaga will have been nominated in three distinct categories and the first musician to win for acting in a dramatic film, reports Refinery29.com.

Although several musicians have been lauded with Globes acting nominations in the past, including Diana Ross for 1972’s “Lady Sings the Blues” and Cher for 1985’s ‘Mask,” and a few have won in the best actress in a musical/comedy category, it’s more difficult for a musician (especially a woman) to break out of the “musical” category and have her acting talents acknowledged in the dramatic categories.

Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born.”

Here is full list of Golden Globe nominations, via Variety:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum”
“Girl”
“Never Look Away”
“Roma”
“Shoplifters”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans”
“Bodyguard”
“Homecoming”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“Kidding” (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“Glow”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

-BAM

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