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Horror at the Golden Globes: ‘Lovecraft Country,’ ‘La Llorona’ and ‘Ratched’

by Brianna Spieldenner
Horror at the Golden Globes

Horror fans are used to getting their hopes dashed when it comes to film awards season, especially at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. While horror films are nominated here and there, they rarely nominate all the truly deserving films that year (let us not forget the omission of Hereditary in 2018). 

Today, however, the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced with some exciting horror nominations included. 

Golden Globes Horror Nominees

Lovecraft Country

The popular monster HBO series Lovecraft Country, created by Misha Green, is nominated for Best Television Series – Drama. This show, based off Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, takes place in the horror-filled town that H.P. Lovecraft supposedly based his locations in his novels. 

Ratched

Another television series that received the Golden Globe love was Ryan Murphy and Netflix’s Ratched. The series received three nominations in Best Television Series – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Sarah Paulson, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role for Cynthia Nixon. 

Ratched, based on characters in Miloš Forman’s 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the novel by the same name by Ken Kesey, continues the television magic made by Ryan Murphy, who also created American Horror Story. 

La Llorona

In film, the horrifying, politically-charged Shudder film La Llorona, directed by Jayro Bustamante, received a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the Golden Globes.

As the only true horror film nominated, this is a win in many ways: a win for foreign horror, a win for Shudder and a win for innovative horror films. One of my favorite films of last year, La Llorona combines the familiar legend of the crying woman with real South American genocide. 

The film was also submitted for the same category in the Oscars, so here’s to hoping! 

Also, this film is NOT to be confused with the American The Curse of La Llorona of 2019. If you have seen that film, I highly recommend you check out the Shudder film to see a different and in some ways scarier interpretation. 

In the “Almost Horror” Category…

Promising Young Woman Golden Globes

Outside of outright horror, there were also some nominations worthy of celebration for films that flirt with the horror genre. 

Emerald Fennell’s revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, her directorial debut, has been nominated for four different categories. Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director – Motion Picture for Emerald Fennell, Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Carey Mulligan and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. 

While I would hesitate to call Promising Young Woman horror, it is definitely one of the most uncomfortable and disturbing films that came out in 2020, granting it an honorary horror label in my book. 

Lastly, the serial killer thriller from HBO Max The Little Things, directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), scored one nomination for Jared Leto’s serial killer in Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. 

Good luck to all the nominees! The Golden Globes will air at the end of this month, on February 28. Let’s support our horror nominees and hope for the best in the rest of the awards season! 

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