Shocking countless Spencer fans who were sure Kristen Stewart would win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, Nicole Kidman walked away with the win at the 2022 Golden Globes, beating out other favorites such as Stewart and Olivia Colman.
Though Nicole Kidman was approved by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, in the dramatic biopic of her parent’s lives, Kidman’s portrayal didn’t fare as high with critics who felt that the Big Little Lies actress was “off fit” and lacked the physical dexterity.
Much of Nicole Kidman’s performance was saved by Aaron Sorkin’s script, which still landed her and Being the Ricardos a nomination. Actor Javier Bardem and Aaron Sorkin (for his screenplay) also received Golden Globe nominations Sunday night.
Her role in Being the Ricardos marked her 16th Golden Globe nomination throughout her career in film and television, previously winning for To Die For, Moulin Rouge, The Hours, and HBO’s Big Little Lies. Nicole also won her sole Academy Award for Best Actress for The Hours in 2003.
Nicole Kidman was not present at the awards show since attendance was scaled back because of a boycott of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The longstanding entertainment non-profit faced criticism last year for its lack of Black representation among its member base, and was subsequently dropped by its telecaster, NBC.
In fact, no one from Being the Ricardos gave a speech, even over video call, due to a widely held celebrity boycott of the HFPA. According to the Golden Globe Awards’ official website, the honor was announced by Sandra Schulberg, President of a film preservation organization called Indie Collect.
The following nominees, including Kristen Stewart, Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, and Jessica Chastain also have yet to comment on Nicole Kidman’s win.
Kristen Stewart – Spencer
Portraying Princess Diana in the latest adaptation of the strict and controlling British royal family, Kristen Stewart stunned audiences and critics alike. A psychological drama and iconic fashion showcase, Spencer‘s only nomination at the Globes this year was for Stewart’s performance.
The British actress is expected to receive an Oscar nomination for her role as the late Diana, where she is also a favorite to win. The former Twilight actress reportedly studied Diana for five months, learning her breathing patterns, infections laugh, and nervous habits.
“Diana was a very mysterious figure, and I felt that Kristen could capture that mystery,” director Pablo Larraín told USA Today. “Sure, there was a chance to become similar to Diana physically through makeup and wardrobe. But the most important thing is her magnetism.”
Her nomination this year marked her first time in the Best Actress category at the Golden Globes.
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter marked actress Maggie Gyllenhaal’s debut as a director and Olivia Colman’s umpteenth impressive outing as a woman with decaying mental instability. Bizarre yet captivating, The Lost Daughter tackled societal taboos regarding the difficulty of motherhood, with Colman playing a mother looking back on her mistakes and hard choices.
Emblematic of the need for more stories from female directors, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Olivia Colman approached the adaptation with both a realistic fixation and a nightmarish daydream. Debuting for the general audience on Netflix on Dec. 31 following a limited theatrical release, The Lost Daughter and Colman are expected to make appearances in the upcoming Academy Awards nominations as well.
Olivia Colman has won three previous Golden Globes for her roles in The Favourite, The Night Manager, and Netflix’s The Crown. Her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite also awarded her the Oscar for Best Actress.
Lady Gaga – House of Gucci
Another actress criticized by the media for her portrayal of a former celebrity, singer Lady Gaga took on the role of Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, a biopic about the Italian socialite who hired a hitman to kill her husband Maurizio Gucci, a former head of the famous Gucci fashion house.
“It was the experience of a lifetime making this film because every minute of every day I thought of my ancestors in Italy, and what they had to do so that I could have a better life,” Gaga previously told Vogue about her role. “I just wanted to make them proud.”
House of Gucci marked Lady Gaga’s third nomination as an actress at the Golden Globes, where she has previously won for her role in FX’s American Horror Story. She also took home Best Original Song in 2019 at the Globes and the Academy Awards for “Shallow” from A Star is Born.
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
In a sea of biopic contenders at this year’s Golden Globes, Jessica Chastain was nominated for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, based on the life of the controversial televangelist. Directed by The Big Sick’s Michael Showalter, the film received mixed reviews from critics. But Chastain’s performance was still praised.
“I grew up thinking the message of Tammy Faye was she wore too much makeup, and, you know, she was too loud,” Chastain joked with NPR about her performance. “I wanted to leave this film with the audiences understanding that Tammy Faye’s message is you are loved just the way you are.”
Her role as Tammy Faye marked her seventh time being nominated at the Golden Globes, where she has one win for 2013’s political thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain is also up this year for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her work in HBO’s Scenes of a Marriage.
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