How movies and shows with local ties fared in the 2019 Golden Globes nominations

"Green Book" was a big winner at Thursday's awards announcement.

Mahershala Ali as Dr. Donald Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Vallelonga in "Green Book," directed by Peter Farrelly. –Patti Perret / Universal Pictures

The nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes Awards were announced Thursday morning, and while a few films with local ties came out well, others underperformed expectations.

Actors Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Danai Gurira (“Black Panther”), Leslie Mann (“This Is 40”), and Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) announced the nominations for the awards, which will air Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC and will be hosted by Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn 99”).

“Green Book,” a comedy-drama about the unlikely friendship between a black concert pianist (Mahershala Ali) and the white driver (Viggo Mortensen) hired to safely escort him through a segregated South, was a big winner, scoring five nominations. Rhode Island native and onetime Massachusetts resident Peter Farrelly garnered a Best Director nomination, as well as a Best Screenplay nod, which he shared with co-writers Nick Vallelonga and Peabody native Brian Currie. The film also earned nominations for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Mortensen, and Best Supporting Actor (Ali).


“Green Book” tied for the second-highest total of nominations with both 18th-century nobility dark comedy “The Favourite” and music and romance tragedy “A Star Is Born,” just behind the Dick Cheney dark comedy “Vice,” which earned six.

Newton native John Krasinski’s thriller “A Quiet Place” only earned a nod for Best Original Score, but his wife, Emily Blunt, scored a Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) nomination for “Mary Poppins Returns,” one of four nominations for the film.

Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” reunited Harvard grad and “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle with leading man Ryan Gosling, but neither earned any attention from the Hollywood Foreign Press. Instead the film’s pair of nominations came for Best Supporting Actress (Claire Foy) and Best Original Score, for Chazelle’s Harvard classmate Justin Hurwitz, who also did the score for “La La Land.”

Elsie Fisher in a scene from “Eighth Grade.” —Linda Kallerus/A24

A few other movies with local ties performed as expected, each earning the sole nominations that awards prognosticators had predicted. “The Old Man and the Gun” didn’t land a nomination for Cambridge native Casey Affleck, but did get a Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) nod for Robert Redford. “Eighth Grade” didn’t earn a nod for first-time director and Hamilton native Bo Burnham, but it did score a Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) nomination for Elsie Fisher. And addiction drama “Beautiful Boy” didn’t earn nominations for Acton native Steve Carell or Boston native Maura Tierney, but did pick up a Best Supporting Actor nod for Timothee Chalamet.


On the television side of things, awards darling “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian drama set in Massachusetts, took home only two nominations, landing nods for Best Actress (Drama) for Elisabeth Moss and Supporting Actress for Yvonne Strahovski. The show missed out on a Best Drama nomination, and previous Supporting Actress nominee Ann Dowd, a Holyoke native, also came up empty.