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‘Barbie’ edges ‘Oppenheimer’ to lead Golden Globe nominations

Greta Gerwig’s pastel-coloured satire is up for nine awards, including picture (comedy or musical), screenplay, director, leading actress for Margot Robbie, supporting actor for Ryan Gosling – as well as three separate entries in the original song category.

Barbie, already the cinematic sensation – and highest-grossing film – of 2023, has dominated nominations at the 81st Golden Globe Awards.

Greta Gerwig’s pastel-coloured satire is up for nine awards, including picture (comedy or musical), screenplay, director, leading actress for Margot Robbie, supporting actor for Ryan Gosling – as well as three separate entries in the original song category.

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Barbie also features among the nominees for a new award for blockbuster films, alongside Oppenheimer – the film whose unlikely alliance with Barbie dramatically boosted the summer box office – as well as sequels to John Wick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spiderman and Mission: Impossible. Taylor Swift’s concert film and the Super Mario Bros animation also cut.

Christopher Nolan’s epic biopic of atomic scientist Robert Oppenheimer trails with eight nominations, including nods for leading actor Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt as supporting actress and Robert Downey Jr for supporting actor.

Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos’s wild fantasy about a woman reincarnated with the brain of a baby, performed better than expected with seven nominations, neck-and-neck with Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.

Emma Stone is up for leading actress in a comedy or musical for the former, while Lily Gladstone is nominated in the equivalent drama category. Gladstone faces competition from Annette Bening for swimming drama Nyad, Sandra Hüller for the Palme d’Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall, Greta Lee for romantic weepie Past Lives and Cailee Spaeny for Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla.

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Stone, meanwhile, competes against a strikingly eclectic mix of performances, from Jennifer Lawrence’s raunchy role in No Hard Feelings, Natalie Portman’s barbed melodrama in May December and Fantasia Barrino from the new musical version of The Color Purple.