Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globes

Darren Criss | Darren Criss Instagram

Darren Criss | Darren Criss Instagram

Only five women have ever been nominated for best director in the 76-year history of the Golden Globes - Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, and Kathryn Bigelow. The trendy "Twilight Zone"-inspired drama "Homecoming" scored 3 nominations, for best drama series and for lead actors Julia Roberts (who missed a drama film actress nod for "Ben Is Back") and up-and-comer Stephan James as therapist and patient in a spooky Florida rehab facility".

Darren Criss and Hugh Grant have both been nominated for their roles as gay men in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and A Very English Scandal respectively.

Benedict Cumberbatch was also shortlisted for playing Patrick Melrose in the Sky Atlantic drama of the same name based on Edward St Aubyn's novels, as was Thandie Newton, for Westworld.

The first presentation of the new award will take place at the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 6, with the first-ever TV recipient to be announced alongside the impending victor of the DeMille award in the days ahead.

The Golden Globes, chosen by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are the first major ceremony in Hollywood's awards season culminating with the Oscars on 24 February.

Also left out, to gasps heard across social media, was Ethan Hawke's performance as an anguished pastor in First Reformed and Pawel Pawlikowski's Polish stunner Cold War, his follow-up to the Oscar-winning Ida.

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But the HFPA had a different plan for the baritone-voiced Elliott (a two-time Globes nominee), and instead, surprised with a supporting actor nomination for Sam Rockwell's turn as George W. Bush in "Vice".

A best-picture nomination for "Black Panther" would cap a decade-long effort to foster recognition for such movies, following a much-ridiculed proposal by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences earlier this year to introduce a new "popular film" category.

Actor, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, "Who Is America"; Jim Carrey, "Kidding"; Michael Douglas, "The Kominsky Method"; Donald Glover, "Atlanta"; Bill Hader, "Barry". Superhero movies generally get the shaft when it comes to these ceremonies (unless we're talking about the People's Choice or MTV Movie Awards, which aren't taken seriously at all, hence the Best Kiss category).

"Vice" director Adam McKay, who was also nominated, described the film as "an incredible portrayal of power".

"Sandra Oh hosting the Golden Globes [with] Andy Samberg might be the best news I will ever receive today", a fourth fan stated.

Samberg has previously hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2015 and the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2013.

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