‘Girl’ Featurette: Netflix’s Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Explores True Transgender Story Of Ballerina Born As A Boy

EXCLUSIVEGirl was just nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes yesterday and is the official entry from Belgium for the Foreign Language Feature competition at the Oscars (voting by the Academy’s Foreign Language committee began yesterday). It is a favorite to be named among the nine finalists when the Oscar shortlist is revealed December 17.

From first-time feature film director Lukas Dhont, Girl is about a 15-year-old named Lara, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of being a ballerina. It is inspired by the true story of a friend of Dhont’s named Nora Monsecour, who is featured in this featurette promoting the movie’s upcoming streaming debut on Netflix on January 18, just days before final Oscar nominations are announced.

Netflix picked up the film out of Cannes, where it was in competition in the Un Certain Regard section, won the FIPRESCI prize, the Queer Palm, and the much-desired Camera d’Or for first-time filmmakers. It also took the Un Certain Regard Best Actor prize for young star Victor Polster, who is a young ballet dancer himself and is simply remarkable in this role, completely convincing all the way in a movie that pulls no punches about the emotional and physical toll that Lara experiences in her transition.

After getting word of his Golden Globe nomination, Dhont offered a tribute to his friend who made this possible.

“I’m enormously grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination and to be included in the company of such remarkable filmmakers. Girl was a labor of love for me that was made in close collaboration with my dear friend Nora, whose journey towards becoming a dancer is what inspired the film. By honoring this film, you honor Nora and the spirit of anyone who overcomes adversity to achieve their dreams,” he said.

Check out the video above.

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Golden Globes: A Star Is Born’s Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper nominated

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have both been nominated for Golden Globes for A Star Is Born.

The musical drama will go up against Black Panther, Blackkklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and If Beale Street Could Talk in the category of best picture (drama).

A Star Is Born’s two leads, Cooper and Gaga, are nominated for best actor in a motion picture and best actress.

Cooper is also nominated in the best director category while Gaga is recognised in the best original song category.

Cooper is up against Willem Dafoe for Eternity’s Gate, Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased, Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody and John David Washington in Blackkklansman.

Gaga is competing against Glenn Close, who is nominated for her role in The Wife, Nicole Kidman for Destroyer, Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Rosamund Pike in A Private War.

In the musical and comedy best actress category, Mary Poppins Returns’ Emily Blunt, The Favourite’s Olivia Colman, Eight Grade’s Elsie Fisher, Tully’s Charlize Theron and Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu were all nominated.

Vice, the biographical drama starring Christian Bale, leads the way in nominations for films with six.

A Star Is Born, The Favourite and Green Book all have five.

In the television categories, Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Grant will go head to head.

They were both nominated in the category of best performance by an actor limited series or motion picture made for television.

Cumberbatch was recognised for his leading part in Patrick Melrose while Grant got a nod for A Very English Scandal.

They are up against Darren Criss in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Daniel Bruhl in The Alienest.

In the actress category for  best performance in a limited series or motion picture made for television, Amy Adams will go up against Patricia Arquette, Connie Britton, Laura Dern and Regina King.

Kristen Bell is nominated for best performance by an actress in a TV series in the musical or comedy category, alongside Candice Bergen, Alison Brie, Rachel Brosnahan and Debra Messing.

The nominations, presented by Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater were announced at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 2019 Golden Globes, which will be hosted by Killing Eve star Sandra Oh and Brooklyn Nine-Nine comedian Andy Samberg, will take place in Los Angeles on January 6.

British star Claire Foy is nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for her part in First Man.

She is up against Amy Adams, Regina King, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

In the male category of the same award, Mahershala Ali is recognised for Green Book alongside Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy, Adam Driver in Blackkklansman, Richard E Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Sam Rockwell for Vice.

For best director, Cooper is up against Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, Peter Farrelly for Green Book, Spike Lee for Blackkklansman and Adam McKay for Vice.

In the category for best performance by an actor in a motion picture (musical or comedy), Bale gets a nod for Vice and is up against Lin-Manuel Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns, Viggo Mortensen in Green Book, Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun and John C Reilly for Stan & Ollie.

Best animated film is between Incredibles 2, Isle Of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks The Internet and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

In the category for best motion picture (foreign language), Capernaum, Girl, Never Look Away, Roma and Shoplifters are nominated.

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How the Golden Globes TV Battlefield Erupts as Contenders Aim for ‘Maisel’-Like Bump

While Oscar pundits were busy on Thursday morning dissecting what the Golden Globe nominations might mean for the Academy Awards, small screen execs were just as eager to see what might be the next show to get “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” bump.

“Maisel,” of course, is the critically acclaimed Amazon Studios series starring Rachel Brosnahan as a 1950s New York housewife who discovers her skill in standup comedy. The show’s first season debuted last year on November 29. Less than two weeks later, it had already been nominated in two key Globes categories: musical or comedy series and comedy actress (for Brosnahan).

Five weeks after that, “Maisel” surprised many by winning both categories — setting the show up for an Emmy campaign. “Maisel” went to win eight total Emmys — including top prizes for the show and its star.

“Something like ‘Maisel’ needed attention early on,” says one awards publicist who wished not to be named, as they work on competing projects. “That Globe win propelled that show in a way nothing else could have.”

Because of its timing, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has often been able to award new shows ahead of the Primetime Emmys. And its small membership — around 90 journalists — means that the HFPA can also quickly turn on a dime, rewarding new shows and excising aging shows that have already won, or are a little long in the tooth (a frequent criticism of the Emmys, which often gets stuck in a streak, awarding the same winners year after year).

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This year, the HFPA appeared ready to double down on the new, as previous winners such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown were pushed aside for freshman programs including “Homecoming,” “The Kominsky Method,” “Bodyguard,” “Escape at Dannemora,” “Kidding” and “Pose.”

Awards consultant Rich Licata calls the TV awards landscape a “battlefield,” now that Peak TV has made it more difficult than ever to break through.

“I think the streaming services have really upped the ante in the Golden Globe game. And for awards seekers who are desperate for any attention that will catapult their show into the zeitgeist, they are using the Golden Globes as a vessel to get there,” he says.

One analyst notes that, in the world of TV awards, the Golden Globes and various guild kudos (most notably, the SAG Awards) are considered the long runway to Emmy campaign season. And they’re not far off, as Emmy For Your Consideration events creep into late February.

“People looking at awards season as a year-round thing see those early awards as something you can use to either reintroduce a show once campaign season heats up, or gain early attention for a show so that you have an advantage when you start the hard work of an Emmy campaign,” one observer says.

No one has the exact count, but from a purely anecdotal standpoint, there has been a rise in TV For Your Consideration ads — traditionally seen during Emmy season — during the film awards cycle. “I’ve seen so many billboards,” says one awards consultant. “I’ve even seen a For Your Consideration commercial on TV. I can’t remember seeing a ton of specific TV FYC this time of year.

Perhaps the clearest sign that TV networks and studios are paying more attention to Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members (and guild nominating committees): The return of the holiday party, but with a twist: Networks and studios are starting to ring in the season by early November, in order to double down and use those celebrations as subtle FYC events. NBCUniversal’s cable networks threw a holiday kick-off on Nov. 8, inviting press — and HFPA members — to mingle with producers and stars of awards contenders like Bravo’s “Dirty John.” The following week, YouTube, NBC, Hulu and Netflix also threw bashes — with talent out in full force.

For many of those stars, the handshakes and photos with voters paid off: Connie Britton, who stars in “Dirty John,” was a popular guest at the NBCU cable party, for example, and now she has a Globe nomination for limited series/tv movie actress.

“It’s a way to capture them when they’re all in one place,” says one awards pundit, who notes that the foreign press frequently travel and aren’t all U.S.-based. But much of the membership is in L.A. in November to catch Oscar screenings and FYC events.

“You try to plan things around where the highest concentration of them will be here,” a campaigner says. “Holiday parties, if they’re in and around LA, you’ll get a large number of them to come. And you can kill two birds with one stone. It’s a warm and fuzzy environment for them to meet the people in your series.”

The Globes may even hold more importance in television now than in film. While the road to the Oscars is paved with countless film festivals, critics association events and crafts awards, there isn’t much of a similar path for TV.

“The film business has all those festivals that shepherd it into awards season,” Licata says. “You have Cannes, you have Venice, you have Toronto, the New York Film Festival, to build up a beachhead. With TV, Golden Globes is the first stop. You have an environment of 500 original shows and people are like, how do I get in? That’s where you see all the spending, all the parties, all the ads. We’re at a point where it’s very difficult to get attention for a TV show unless you launch with rhapsodic reviews. And suddenly you’re in the zeitgeist.”

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