Roundup: "The Banshees of Inisherin" leads nominees for 80th Golden Globe Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Searchlight Pictures' dark comedy "The Banshees of Inisherin" led nominees for the 80th Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday.

The film walked away with eight nods, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, writing and directing nominations for Martin McDonagh, and nominations for actors Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon.

"The Banshees of Inisherin" follows two lifelong friends who find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

A24's comedy-drama film "Everything Everywhere all at Once" came in second with six nominations. The film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman, portrayed by Michelle Yeoh, who can't seem to finish her taxes.

Searchlight Pictures led the film distributors with a total of 12 nominations. A24 came in second with 10 nods, followed by Netflix with nine.

On the TV side, ABC's sitcom "Abbott Elementary" earned the most nominations with five, followed by "The Crown," "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story," "Only Murders in the Building," "Pam & Tommy," and "The White Lotus" with four, respectively.

The five nominees for each of the 27 award categories were announced by Mayan Lopez and Selenis Leyva of the new NBC comedy series "Lopez vs. Lopez," and Helen Hoehne, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Golden Globes usually herald the quasi-official kick-off of the famed Hollywood award season and are often key indicators of who will be nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, or the Oscars.

But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a non-profit organization of journalists who live in the United States and cover entertainment for foreign publications, has been slammed by Hollywood and media for a lack of racial diversity within its membership body over the past year. The scandal-hit Golden Globes was boycotted by major studios during the last Hollywood awards season, resulting in the cancellation of NBC's broadcast in 2022.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has passed a sweeping set of reforms since 2021 in an effort to rebuild its reputation.

The group behind the Golden Globes said in a statement on Monday that this year's nominees were voted by 96 members and, for the first time, 103 international voters.

"Combined with the current membership, the total Golden Globe Awards voting body is now 52% female, 51.8% racially and ethnically diverse, with 19.6% Latinx, 12.1% Asian, 10.1% Black, and 10.1% Middle Eastern," the Hollywood Foreign Press Association noted.

The 80th Golden Globe Awards ceremony is set to return to its usual home of the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Jan. 10, 2023.

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