Golden Globes Nominations Reactions: Barry Jenkins, Rachel Brosnahan, Peter Farrelly, John David Washington

Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning. Here are some key reactions from nominees.

After the year off following his highly praised Moonlight, Barry Jenkins nabbed a Golden Globe nomination, his third overall, for his screenplay adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk. Reflecting on the power of James Baldwin’s words and how his 1974-published novel’s theme of injustice is “clearly still relevant to what’s happening today,” Jenkins pointed out the silver lining. “It’s encouraging that a body like the HFPA is basically, with these nominations, making an endorsement that these stories are still relevant and they should be told and they should be seen, he said. “There’s no time like the present… I’m glad this movie is here and people are seeing it and liking it.” Jenkins touched on the process of crafting Baldwin’s words into a feature. “The first draft of the script was trying to capture Baldwin’s voice… the more drafts you get into, the further away you get from the source material until ultimately the film becomes the film and rebuilds itself in a very distinct property separate from the source material. But, “because the characters arose from Mister Baldwin,” Jenkins continued, “there is only so far away we could get. It was always going to be in his essence and his spirit.” After tackling heavy material like Moonlight, Beale Street, as well as his impending Underground Railroad series at Amazon, Jenkins admitted that he’s looking to do something different but isn’t necessarily done with taking on highly emotive narratives. “What happens is I end up falling in love with these characters and the characters are going through very real things and you can’t separate the characters from the circumstances that they’re dealing with… I’m trying to tell these stories as best I can.”

Amazon dropped Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yesterday and last year’s TV Comedy Golden Globe Best Actress winner Rachel Brosnahan found herself nominated again this morning for the role of NYC uptown housewife-turned-Gaslight stand-up comedienne Midge, who is already dealing with her fair share of mishegoss from insulting male comedians to her mother who leaves her father for the independence of Paris. Many critics have heralded Mrs. Maisel for its timeliness in the #MeToo era, but Brosnahan told Deadline this AM, “I would argue that Midge’s story is not a feminist one. She’s breaking barriers as she notices that they’re in front of her, and she’s looking toward the greater good, but her progress isn’t linear. She’s trying to look forward and make her own choices.” At one point when Midge tries to talk her mother into reuniting with her father and returning to NY, mom calls out her own daughter’s hypocrisy is being separated from her husband. “The decisions she’s made for herself do not apply to everyone else, including her mother, and too much change is not welcome in Midge’s life.”

Peter Farrelly took a directorial detour with Green Book and it paid off. The helmer who is best known for quirky comedies like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, became a two-time Golden Globe nominated filmmaker with his best director and best screenplay nominations for the 1960s racially charged comedy-drama. “The thing that grabbed me was the hopefulness of this story, Farrelly told Deadline after the nominations were announced. “It’s two complete opposites. They couldn’t have been more different in the beginning and after being on the road for a couple of months, they became lifelong friends. That’s what appealed to me. They found a common ground. I wanted to tell that story.” Given filmmaking background, it wasn’t easy for Farrelly to prove he was the right one to tell that story. “The hardest part about this movie was getting people to accept me in this role with this tone of the movie. Luckily when Viggo [Mortensen] trusted me, everyone else did.” Acknowledging his gratefulness for his personal recognition this morning, Farrelly felt the noms serves a bigger purpose. “The biggest thing for me is that it gets the word out. Personal awards, I really don’t care about it, but I care about it as it will be great for the movie. People will hear about it and seek it out. I want everybody to see this movie. I do believe that it’s a movie that can unite people and make the world a better place just a little bit. It’s not going to change the world but slightly move the needle in the right direction.”

John David Washington snagged his first Golden Globe nomination for his leading performance in the Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman, which picked up a total four noms including Best Motion Picture-Drama. “There are so many different ways to connect to a film like this. I don’t think the film is overtly subjective,” Washington opined on why this pic resonated well with critics and HFPA members. “Spike laid out a true story, a social narrative that has been generational about the vernacular divide in our country in how we express love and hate to one another. I think that is relatable to different sections of the planet. ” He called working as Lee’s lead actor “a dream come true.” Interestingly, it was also a full circle moment for Washington, who made his feature debut in Lee’s Malcome X biopic, which starred his father Denzel Washington “I learned not only just the process of storytelling but the entire scope of [production],” Washington shared as his highlight of the experience. “Everybody was so invested into what we were doing for Spike Lee,” he continued. “It was the tone that was set by Spike Lee… it made it such a free feeling of creative exploration.”


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