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Golden Globe nominations 2024: 'Barbie' leads with 9, 'Oppenheimer' scores 8

After conquering the summer box office, "Barbenheimer" is staging an Oscar-season sequel – beginning at the Golden Globes.

On Monday, blockbuster hit "Barbie" earned nine nominations, including best comedy or musical and best actress for star Margot Robbie, while atomic bomb biopic "Oppenheimer" scored best drama as part of its eight nods at the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards airing Jan. 7 (8 p.m. ET/5 PT). This year's event also marks a new era for what used to be the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual shindig: The embattled and now-disbanded organization weathered a diversity controversy, and now the Golden Globe voters' show has a new home on CBS and Paramount+.

Fresh off a National Board of Review win for best film, Martin Scorsese's crime epic "Killers of the Flower Moon" scored seven total nods and is contending for top drama, a field that also includes "Oppenheimer," Leonard Bernstein biopic "Maestro," love story "Past Lives," French courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Fall" and unsettling Holocaust film "The Zone of Interest."

Cillian Murphy stars as theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose work on the Manhattan Project led to the atomic bomb, in Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer."
Cillian Murphy stars as theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose work on the Manhattan Project led to the atomic bomb, in Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer."

Greta Gerwig's runaway phenomenon "Barbie" heads the pack tussling for best comedy or musical. Also in the mix is the fantastical tale "Poor Things" (which also nabbed seven nominations), 1970s holiday throwback "The Holdovers," Ben Affleck's 1980s sneaker movie "Air," and cultural satires "American Fiction and "May December."

The category for best actress in a comedy/musical is stacked, featuring Robbie, Emma Stone ("Poor Things"), Natalie Portman ("May December"), Fantasia Barrino ("The Color Purple"), Jennifer Lawrence ("No Hard Feelings") and Alma Pöysti ("Fallen Leaves"). Jeffrey Wright ("American Fiction") is up for best actor in a comedy/musical alongside Paul Giamatti ("The Holdovers"), Timothée Chalamet ("Wonka"), Nicolas Cage ("Dream Scenario"), Joaquin Phoenix ("Beau Is Afraid") and Matt Damon ("Air").

Cillian Murphy's acclaimed turn in the title role of "Oppenheimer" garnered him a Globes nomination for best actor in a drama, and he's competing against Bradley Cooper ("Maestro"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("Killers of the Flower Moon"), Colman Domingo ("Rustin"), Andrew Scott ("All of Us Strangers") and Barry Keoghan ("Saltburn"). DiCaprio's "Flower Moon" co-star Lily Gladstone is up for best actress in a drama vs. Carey Mulligan ("Maestro"), Sandra Hüller ("Anatomy of a Fall"), Annette Bening ("Nyad"), Greta Lee ("Past Lives") and Cailee Spaeny ("Priscilla").

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Margot Robbie stars as Stereotypical Barbie in Greta Gerwig's "Barbie."
Margot Robbie stars as Stereotypical Barbie in Greta Gerwig's "Barbie."

Past supporting actor nominees – and Marvel superhero pals – Robert Downey Jr. ("Oppenheimer") and Mark Ruffalo ("Poor Things") are back in the category alongside Ryan Gosling ("Barbie"), Robert De Niro ("Killers of the Flower Moon"), Charles Melton ("May December") and Ruffalo's "Poor Things" co-star Willem Dafoe. The contingent of supporting actress contenders includes Danielle Brooks ("The Color Purple"), Da'Vine Joy Randolph ("The Holdovers"), Julianne Moore ("May December"), Emily Blunt ("Oppenheimer"), Jodie Foster ("Nyad") and Rosamund Pike ("Saltburn").

"Barbie" (which ruled the best song field with three tunes) and "Oppenheimer" lead one of the new Globes categories: cinematic and box office achievement. Also making an appearance there is "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" and "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" – both of which are up for best animated feature – as well as "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," "John Wick: Chapter 4," "Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One" and "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour."

The Golden Globes are emerging from a period of tumult: In 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that none of the HFPA’s 87 voting journalists were Black, spurring studios and publicists to threaten a boycott. NBC dropped the Globes amid the controversy but aired the 2023 edition of the awards show after the HFPA took steps to address representation in the group. In 2022, a pandemic-era event was held without nominees or an audience in attendance.

Dick Clark Production was part of a group that acquired the Globes in June, and on Monday, Golden Globes president Helen Hoehne said the revamped group – now a for-profit endeavor – is “the most culturally diverse major award body.”

The diversity among this year's Globes nominees isn't exceptional but it's also not egregious: While "The Color Purple" being missing from the best comedy/musical category is a rather large snub, each film acting category has at least one person of color in contention.

Golden Globes 2024 nominations in all categories:

MOVIES

Drama

“Anatomy of a Fall”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”

“Maestro”

“Oppenheimer”

“Past Lives”

“The Zone of Interest”

Comedy or musical

“Air”

“American Fiction”

“Barbie”

“The Holdovers”

“May December”

"Poor Things”

Actor in a drama

Bradley Cooper, "Maestro"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Colman Domingo, "Rustin"

Barry Keoghan, "Saltburn"

Cillian Murphy, "Oppenheimer"

Andrew Scott, "All of Us Strangers"

Actress in a drama

Annette Bening, "Nyad"

Lily Gladstone, "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Sandra Hüller, "Anatomy of a Fall"

Greta Lee, "Past Lives"

Carey Mulligan, "Maestro"

Cailee Spaeny, "Priscilla"

Actor in a comedy or musical

Nicolas Cage, "Dream Scenario"

Timothée Chalamet, "Wonka"

Matt Damon, "Air"

Paul Giamatti, "The Holdovers"

Joaquin Phoenix, "Beau Is Afraid"

Jeffrey Wright, "American Fiction"

Actress in a comedy or musical

Fantasia Barrino, "The Color Purple"

Jennifer Lawrence, "No Hard Feelings"

Natalie Portman, "May December"

Alma Pöysti, "Fallen Leaves"

Margot Robbie, "Barbie"

Emma Stone, "Poor Things"

Supporting actress

Emily Blunt, "Oppenheimer"

Danielle Brooks, "The Color Purple"

Jodie Foster, "Nyad"

Julianne Moore, "May December"

Rosamund Pike, "Saltburn"

Da'Vine Joy Randolph, "The Holdovers"

Supporting actor

Willem Dafoe, "Poor Things"

Robert De Niro, "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Robert Downey Jr., "Oppenheimer"

Ryan Gosling, "Barbie"

Charles Melton, "May December"

Mark Ruffalo, "Poor Things"

Director

Bradley Cooper, "Maestro"

Greta Gerwig, "Barbie"

Yorgos Lanthimos, "Poor Things"

Christopher Nolan, "Oppenheimer"

Martin Scorsese, "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Celine Song, "Past Lives"

Animated film

“The Boy and the Heron”

“Elemental”

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

“Suzume”

“Wish"

Non-English language film

“Anatomy of a Fall”

“Fallen Leaves”

“Io Capitano”

“Past Lives”

“Society of the Snow”

“The Zone of Interest”

Cinematic and box-office achievement

“Barbie”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3″

“John Wick: Chapter 4”

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One″

“Oppenheimer”

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour”

Screenplay

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, "Barbie"

Tony McNamara, "Poor Things"

Christopher Nolan, "Oppenheimer"

Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Celine Song, "Past Lives"

Justine Triet and Arthur Harari, "Anatomy of a Fall"

Original song

"Addicted to Romance" from "She Came to Me" (music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen)

"Dance the Night" from "Barbie" (music and lyrics by Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, Dua Lipa and Caroline Ailin)

"I'm Just Ken" from "Barbie" (music and lyrics by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt)

"Peaches" from "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" (music and lyrics by Jack Black, Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic, Eric Osmond and John Spiker)

"Road to Freedom" from "Rustin" (music and lyrics by Lenny Kravitz)

"What Was I Made For?" from "Barbie" (music and lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell)

Original score

Jerskin Fendrix, "Poor Things"

Ludwig Göransson, "Oppenheimer"

Joe Hisaishi, "The Boy and the Heron"

Mica Levi, "The Zone of Interest"

Daniel Pemberton, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse"

Robbie Robertson, "Killers of the Flower Moon"

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TELEVISION

Drama

"1923"

"The Crown"

"The Diplomat"

"The Last of Us"

"The Morning Show"

"Succession"

Comedy or musical

"Abbott Elementary"

"Barry"

"The Bear"

"Jury Duty"

"Only Murders in the Building"

"Ted Lasso"

Limited/anthology series or TV movie

"All the Light We Cannot See"

"Beef"

"Daisy Jones & The Six"

"Fargo"

"Fellow Travelers"

"Lessons in Chemistry"

Actor in a drama

Brian Cox, “Succession”

Kieran Culkin, “Succession”

Gary Oldman, “Slow Horses”

Pedro Pascal, “The Last of Us”

Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

Dominic West, “The Crown”

Actress in a drama

Helen Mirren, "1923"

Bella Ramsey, "The Last of Us"

Keri Russell, "The Diplomat"

Sarah Snook, "Succession"

Imelda Staunton, "The Crown"

Emma Stone, "The Curse"

Actor in a comedy

Bill Hader, “Barry”

Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building”

Jason Segel, “Shrinking”

Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building”

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Jeremy Allen White, “The Bear”

Actress in a comedy

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Quinta Brunson, “Abbott Elementary”

Ayo Edebiri, “The Bear”

Elle Fanning, “The Great”

Selena Gomez, “Only Murders in the Building”

Natasha Lyonne, “Poker Face”

Actor in a limited series

Matt Bomer, "Fellow Travelers"

Sam Claflin, "Daisy Jones & The Six"

Jon Hamm, "Fargo"

Woody Harrelson, "White House Plumbers"

David Oyelowo, "Lawmen: Bass Reeves"

Steven Yeun, "Beef"

Actress in a limited series

Riley Keough, "Daisy Jones & The Six"

Brie Larson, "Lessons in Chemistry"

Elizabeth Olsen, "Love & Death"

Juno Temple, "Fargo"

Rachel Weisz, "Dead Ringers"

Ali Wong, "Beef"

Supporting actor in a drama, comedy or musical

Billy Crudup, "The Morning Show"

Matthew Macfadyen, "Succession"

James Marsden, "Jury Duty"

Ebon Moss-Bachrach, "The Bear"

Alan Ruck, "Succession"

Alexander Skarsgård, "Succession"

Supporting actress in a drama, comedy or musical

Elizabeth Debicki, "The Crown"

Abby Elliott, "The Bear"

Christina Ricci, "Yellowjackets"

J. Smith-Cameron, "Succession"

Meryl Streep, "Only Murders in the Building"

Hannah Waddingham, "Ted Lasso"

Stand-up comedy television special

Stand-up comedy special

Ricky Gervais, “Armageddon”

Trevor Noah, “Where Was I”

Chris Rock, “Selective Outrage”

Amy Schumer, “Emergency Contact”

Sarah Silverman, “Someone You Love”

Wanda Sykes, “I’m an Entertainer”

Contributing: Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Golden Globes 2024: 'Barbie,' 'Oppenheimer' lead nominations