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Golden Globes 2019: Pose, The Favourite, Assassination of Gianni Versace among LGBTQ nominees

Killing Eve, A Very English Scandal, Boy Erased, and Will & Grace also nominated

Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Photo: FX

The 2019 Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and it’s proving to be a banner year for LGBTQ actors and productions.

The Favourite led the LGBTQ showings in film with five nominations — tying A Star Is Born and Green Book for the second-most nominations, behind Vice with six.

The film, which follows two cousins, played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, as they compete for the affections of Britain’s Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman in the 18th century, scored Best Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Actress for Colman and Best Supporting Actress for Weisz and Stone.

Bohemian Rhapsody, which charts the rise of Queen and its iconic frontman and LGBTQ icon Freddie Mercury, picked up a Best Drama as well as Best Actor for Rami Malek.

Conversion therapy drama Boy Erased scored a Best Original Song nomination for Troye Sivan and Jónsi’s song “Revelation,” while lead actor Lucas Hedges — who earlier this year said he was “not totally straight” — picked up a Best Actor nomination.

Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Actress for her role as lesbian author and forger Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me, and she’ll compete against Lady Gaga — who came out as bisexual in 2010 — who was nominated for A Star Is Born. Gaga also picked up a nomination for Best Original Song for “Shallow, which she co-wrote, while co-star Bradley Cooper was nominated for Best Director and Best Actor, and the film itself was nominated for Best Drama.

The Favourite: Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman — Photo: Yorgos Lanthimos / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

In television, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association showered four nominations on FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace, making it the ceremony’s most nominated show.

In addition to a nomination for Best Limited Series, Darren Criss was nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series for his role as gay spree killer Andrew Cunanan, while Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez were nominated for their supporting roles as Donatella and Gianni Versace, respectively.

Pose, which made history for its record number of transgender actors, picked up two nominations — Best Drama and Best Actor for Billy Porter — adding to a haul of nominations that saw FX emerge as the most nominated network.

Sandra Oh in Killing Eve — Photo: Nick Briggs / BBC America

Amazon’s A Very English Scandal, a true-life miniseries about a British politician who tried to have his gay lover killed, received three nominations: Best Limited Series, and Best Actor for Hugh Grant and Best Supporting Actor for Ben Whishaw.

Sandra Oh — who will host the Globes alongside Andy Samberg — has been nominated for Best Actress for her role in BBC America drama Killing Eve, where she played an MI5 officer who becomes obsessed with a female assassin (if you haven’t watched it, find it ASAP — it’s brilliant). Killing Eve also picked up a nomination for Best Drama.

And lastly, Debra Messing has been nominated for Will & Grace, the only nomination for NBC’s revived — and underwhelming — sitcom.

See the full list of nominees here. The Golden Globes will air Jan. 6, 2019, on NBC.

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