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The Golden Globes 2022 certainly shows particular patterns across the nominated movies. True stories and music-based films took over the year and dominated social media conversations. Here’s a closer look back at the Golden Globes 2022 nominations and how they reflect on the prior year of movies.

Golden Globes 2022 highlights true stories with ‘Belfast ‘and ‘King Richard’

'Belfast' Judi Dench as Granny, Jude Hill as Buddy, and Ciarán Hinds as Pop sitting on the couch laughing
L-R: Judi Dench as Granny, Jude Hill as Buddy, and Ciarán Hinds as Pop | Rob Youngson/Focus Features

There are a total of 22 nominations for movies based on true stories. Belfast dominates much of this conversation. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-biographical movie pats the industry on the back. The awards shows tend to eat that sort of thing up. Belfast scored an assortment of nominations, including Best Picture Drama and Best Director Motion Picture.

However, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, and Ciaran Hinds also earned nominations in the acting categories.

King Richard tells the true story behind Venus and Serena Williams’ father. It’s competing against Belfast in several categories. However, Will Smith’s Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama nomination is the only category that sets it apart.

Being the Ricardos, Spencer, The Tender Bar, The Hand of God, Respect, House of Gucci, and Flee are all based on true stories. They don’t all represent an exact depiction, but real-life events inspired them all.

Awards season tends to include biopics in most years. However, this year really put an emphasis on true stories focusing on cultural icons, the voiceless, and in some cases, the filmmakers themselves.

Golden Globes 2022 emphasizes music with ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ and ‘West Side Story’

The Golden Globes 2022 also put a major focus on music-based movies with 16 total nominations. 2021 was a crowded year for the musical genre, so it isn’t too surprising to see that West Side Story, Tick, Tick…Boom!, Encanto, and In the Heights are among the nominated movies.

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story and Disney’s Encanto particularly lead with the most nominations. However, they aren’t competing in many of the same categories. West Side Story has a focus on more major categories, such as Best Picture Drama. Meanwhile, Encanto is leading the charge in the more music-based categories, such as Best Song Motion Picture.

In some cases, true stories and music-based movies are one and the same. Tick, Tick…Boom! and Respect are perfect examples of this. They’re based on real people, but they both have a musical element to them.

CODA, Annette, and Cyrano round out the music-based movies with Golden Globes nominations. CODA isn’t a musical, but music is a major theme that runs through the movie. Annette and Cyrano hit a less mainstream vibe for Golden Globes voters.

An awards show with no audience


Who Votes for the Golden Globes and How Does the Voting Process Work?

NBC didn’t pick up the Golden Globes 2022. Controversies including diversity among its members and accusations of bribery hang over the awards show. As a result, the Golden Globes 2022 will honor the year’s movies through a social media option without a live stream or audience.

The Golden Globes 2022 won’t include a red carpet, celebrities, or an audience. It sounds like the show will be much more direct and to the point shared via social media.