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Nicole Kidman nominated for Golden Globe

Nicole Kidman is joined by Sarah Snook and Kodi Smit-McPhee in leading Australia’s charge at the 2022 Golden Globe awards.

Kidman, a five-time Golden Globe winner, is nominated for a best actress gong for her role as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos. 

The runaway success of TV series Succession has helped Snook snag a first nomination in the best supporting actress category, while rising star Smit-McPhee is rewarded with a best supporting actor nod for a standout performance in the Power of the Dog. 

Belfast and Smit-McPhee’s The Power of the Dog have led nominations in a year clouded by controversy and a scaled-down ceremony.

Belfast – set in 1970s Northern Ireland – and New Zealand director Jane Campion’s western received seven nods each.

They were followed by global-warming satire Don’t Look Up; King Richard, about the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams; director Steven Spielberg’s new version of the musical West Side Story and coming-of-age tale Licorice Pizza with four each.

Netflix movies had a leading 17 nods.

The winners of the Golden Globes will be announced on January 9 but the format of the ceremony is unclear after US broadcaster NBC earlier this year dropped plans to televise the normal glitzy awards dinner in Beverly Hills following a controversy over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the group that votes on them.

Critics objected to the HFPA having no black members and raised long-standing ethical questions over whether close relationships with Hollywood studios influenced the choice of nominees and winners.

Tom Cruise returned the three Golden Globe statuettes that he won.

The HFPA has since added 21 new members, six of whom are black, banned gifts and favours and implemented diversity and sexual harassment training.

The group now has 105 members.

Despite these moves, major film and TV studios have tried to distance themselves from the honours and did not submit programming for consideration as they have in the past.

It is unclear whether any of the actors, directors and musicians nominated for Golden Globes will attend the 2022 ceremony, which had been one of the biggest Hollywood awards shows in the run-up to the Oscars.

Rapper Snoop Dogg was the only celebrity on hand on Monday to announce the nominations.

Kidman is among a stellar group of actors nominated for best drama movie performances, including Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Will Smith (King Richard), Kristen Stewart (Spencer) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth).

The HFPA said it had made its choices this year by watching films in movie theatres, at screenings and on streaming platforms in what it called “a fair and equitable voting process”.

“While the Golden Globes will not be televised in January 2022, we will continue our 78-year tradition,” the HFPA said in an open letter released ahead of Monday’s nominations.

“The last eight months have been difficult but we are proud of the changes we have achieved so far.”

By Jill Serjeant and Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles

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