Haley Bennett and Peter Dinklage in Cyrano
Haley Bennett and Peter Dinklage in Cyrano (Photo: Peter Mountain/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Yes, the Golden Globes are still happening. In the wake of the LA Timesbombshell investigation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association earlier this year, NBC announced that it wouldn’t air the 2022 show. But the HFPA is soldiering on nonetheless, and today announced the nominees for their 79th annual awards ceremony.

While a lot of us who cover Hollywood and awards shows for a living are wondering how much attention we should be paying to this year’s Golden Globes, we’re also pretty much universally paying attention to them, party out of habit and, probably, partly out of morbid curiosity. All of which is to say that, for better or worse, the Globes remain the unofficial kick-off to awards season and our first indicator of what the Oscars race might look like—albeit a very flawed indicator. Whatever you may think of the HFPA—and, honestly, I’m not sure how much the general viewing public actually thinks of the HFPA at all—a lot of the films, shows and performances this particular group of awards voters have chosen to honor are worth seeing. And luckily, a lot of them are streaming right now.

CODA, for instance, is up for Best Drama Picture and is currently streaming on AppleTV+. The film, is a coming-of-age film about Ruby (Emilia Jones), whose parents and brother are all deaf. The film has been rapturously received by critic, but never really managed to break into the cultural conversation. Hopefully, this nom will get more people to check it out. And, in case you haven’t heard, Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, now streaming on Netflix, is a stunner!

Meanwhile, in the Best Musical or Comedy category, I’m still waving the flag for Cyrano, despite the fact that it doesn’t arrive until Dec. 31, and then only in theaters. Of all the movie musicals I’ve seen this year, this lovely—if a little sentimental—retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is my fave. But Tick, Tick…Boom!, which is currently streaming on Netflix, is pretty great as well. As for Best Animated Picture, I’ve heard good things about Encanto, but for me, the unquestionable standout is Flee. The animated documentary about a gay refugee from Afghanistan gut-wrenching and beautiful and timely.

There’s such an embarrassment of riches in the television categories, it’s almost impossible to pick favorites. Except that there are some clearly worthy frontrunners: freshman series Reservation Dogs (streaming on FX on Hulu) and Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of The Underground Railroad (streaming on Amazon Prime).

And if that’s not enough to keep you busy over the holidays, here’s where you can watch everything else:

Best Picture Drama
Belfast – in theaters
CODA – streaming on AppleTV+
Dune – in theaters and streaming on demand
King Richard – streaming on HBO Max through Dec. 19
The Power of the Dog – streaming on Netflix

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy
Cyrano – in theaters Dec. 31
Don’t Look Up – in select theaters; streaming on Netflix starting Dec. 24
Licorice Pizza – in theaters
Tick, Tick…Boom! – streaming on Netflix
West Side Story – in theaters

Best Picture – Animated
Encanto – in theaters
Flee – in theaters
Luca – streaming on Disney+
My Sunny Maad
Raya and the Last Dragon – streaming on Disney+

Best Musical/Comedy Series
The Great – streaming on Hulu
Hacks – streaming on HBO Max
Only Murders in the Building – streaming on Hulu
Reservation Dog – streaming on FX on Hulu
Ted Lasso – streaming on AppleTV+

Best Drama Series
Lupin – streaming on Netflix
The Morning Show – streaming on AppleTV+
Pose – streaming on FXNow and on demand
Squid Game – streaming on Netflix
Succession – streaming on HBO Max

Best Miniseries / Television Motion Picture
Dopesick – streaming on Hulu
Impeachment: American Crime Story – streaming on FXNow and on demand
Maid – streaming on Netflix
Mare of Easttown – streaming on HBO Max
The Underground Railroad – streaming on Amazon Prime

thoughts?