There are high hopes for Irish success at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, with leading men Cillian Murphy, Barry Keoghan and Andrew Scott leading the charge.
In a spectacular turnout for Irish talent, they represent half of the six nominees for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, having been nominated for their performances in Oppenheimer, Saltburn and All of Us Strangers, respectively.
Cork-born actor Murphy was previously nominated for a Golden Globe for Breakfast on Pluto, Keoghan was a previous nominee for The Banshees of Inisherin and Scott was previously nominated for the TV series Fleabag, in which he memorably played a priest.
Murphy is perhaps favourite to take home the trophy this year for his turn as the eponymous nuclear physicist in Christopher Nolan’s haunting triumph Oppenheimer, which would build momentum for the actor as the Oscars approach.
Irish hopes extend further than the best actor in a drama motion picture category.
The Yorgos Lanthimos-directed and Emma Stone-starring Poor Things, which includes Irish company Element Pictures among its producers, has received an impressive seven nominations.
The female Frankenstein-esque drama will have stiff competition in the Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category, coming up against favourites such as the blockbuster Barbie, the acclaimed Paul Giamatti-starring comedy/drama The Holdovers and the Todd Haynes drama May December.
Lanthimos will go head-to-head with Bradley Cooper (Maestro), Greta Gerwig (Barbie), Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer), Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon) and Celine Song (Past Lives) in the competitive Best Director – Motion Picture category.
Meanwhile, Emma Stone has been widely praised for her leading role in the offbeat film, and her chances look good in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category.
She will compete against fellow A-listers including Jennifer Lawrence (No Hard Feelings) Margot Robbie (Barbie) and Natalie Portman (May December).
The blockbuster Barbie and the TV series Succession lead the nominations at this year’s Golden Globes with nine apiece.
The Golden Globes have endured a rough few years after a Los Angeles Times expose in 2021 showed that the awards’ voting body – the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – had no Black members.
In a dramatic shake-up last year, the HFPA was dissolved and a private equity firm took over the awards show. This year’s ceremony will be crucial for the future success of the Golden Globes as it hopes to draw in new audiences and rebuild its reputation.
The 81st Golden Globe Awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday 7 January.
The ceremony will take place from 1am Irish time and you can pick up the latest news live overnight from our dedicated Golden Globes team here at RTÉ Entertainment.
Highlights of the 2024 Golden Globe awards are on RTÉ2 at 9.30pm on Monday night, preceded by Red Carpet highlights at 9.00pm.