7 Awesome Ghostbusters Callbacks We Caught In The New Trailer

Paul Rudd in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

It’s been 30 years since we last entered the world of the original Ghostbusters. Now, following a well meaning but largely loved reboot, we finally have our first look at the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which will take us back to the world of the original films. The first trailer for the new movie arrived today and in addition to introducing us to a host of new characters, it also included a number of nods to the original film.

Some of them, like the classic ghost trap, proton pack, and of course, Ecto-1, were pretty obvious, others were a bit more, obscure. Either way, the new trailer makes it clear that the new movie will be full of great moments for fans of the original. Here are some of our favorite bits you might have missed.

Ghostbusters books

The Piano Keys

At just past the one minute mark of the trailer, just before you see the name of Jason Reitman, the writer and director of the new film, you hear a few keys on a piano play. The notes are certainly creepy, in fitting with Ghostbusters, but this trailer isn’t the first time we’ve heard them.

In the original film, just before the team meets their first ghost, they find a vertical stack of books on the floor as tall as they are. After examining it, Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) gets distracted and calls out “Listen, you smell something?” Just after Ray says “Listen” we hear the exact same arrangement of piano keys that we hear here.

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The Original Score

When it comes to Ghostbusters music, the Ray Parker Jr. theme song is certainly the first thing most of think about, but it should be remembered that Elmer Bernstein’s score for the movie is remarkably good. If you’re not familiar with it, that’s ok, as it makes an appearance during the trailer.

During the sequence when Paul Rudd is familiarizing the two kids with the story of the original Ghostbusters and we see scenes from the first movie re-purposed as news footage, you can hear a piece of the score that was used throughout the film to signify ghostly encounters. It’s very slight, so it’s easy to miss, but it’s clearly there.

Petri dishes in Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Spores, Molds, and Fungus

We know from this trailer that rumors we had previously heard, that the new film will follow the family of one of the original Ghostbusters, are officially true. While the trailer does give us the answer to who that is very specifically, it builds us to that moment through a couple of very fun hints first.

We see the young girl use a familiar piece of Ghostbusters equipment to find her way into a a basement full of interesting stuff. In addition to finding a proton pack there, we also see a collection of petri dishes labeled as various microbes. In the original Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler tells Jeanine that he collects “spores molds, and fungus.” We just found the collection.

The Spengler Jumpsuit

The Jumpsuit

While I’m generally not bothering to include moments in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer that specifically show off equipment from the original films. This list is designed to show off the moments you might have missed, and you’re not going to miss those. However, one item that falls somewhere in between is Egon Spengler’s Ghostbusters jumpsuit.

Certainly, you’ll recognize the uniform, but unless you’re quick, you might not catch exactly who it belongs too. If you didn’t make the connection between the PKE Meter and the fungus collection, then this moment is important as it tells the audience that doesn’t have the original Ghostbusters memorized (read: most people) exactly where this story is going.

Shandor Mining Co

Shandor Mine

This one is probably the coolest, and most potentially interesting, of the various references in the trailer. We see two kids approaching a sign that reads Shandor Mining Co. Considering that the ghostly presence we see at the beginning of the trailer comes from underground, it seems this is where the center of our story will be focused.

The serious Ghostbusters fan will recognize the name Shandor. Specifically, in the original film, Egon makes reference to Ivo Shandor as the architect behind the apartment building in New York City at the center of the original movie. The question is, is this simply an easter egg for fans to recognize or is it, as seems more likely at this point, exactly how Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘s plot will connect to the original movie?

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“Call it Fate”

At the same time that we see the name Shandor on the screen, we hear a familiar voice. Specifically, it’s that of Bill Murray. It’s dialogue from early in the first film where Peter Venkman waxes philosophical with Ray Stantz after they’re booted from their university.

The line is about how Peter believes things happen for a reason. It strongly implies that means that whatever is going on in Ghostbusters: Afterlife also may be happening for a reason. It again seems to draw a direct connection between this film and the first one, and also hints that, yes, the original Ghostbusters may all be coming back for the new movie in some capacity.

Gozer demon

Gozer’s Hounds

For a movie about Ghostbusters, one thing that we don’t see much of in the first trailer is ghosts. There’s a brief glimpse at something that could be Slimer, but I’m guessing not, which is not to say he won’t show up in the movie in some capacity. However, another scary little beasty from the first movie does seem to appear. The demon dog who sat at the side of Gozer.

Near the end of the trailer we see a massive claw land on the hood of Paul Rudd’s car, and along with it we get a very familiar growling sound. It looks like the monsters that we saw Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis transform into in the first movie may be back. This is also more evidence that Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘s plot will directly link the first movie with the new outing.

Certainly, we were promised that the new Ghostbusters movie would be a love letter to the original, and so far the trailer has shown that to be true. Fans have to be excited that this movie is looking to be everything they wanted it to be. We’ll find out for sure next summer.

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Looks Like Birds Of Prey Is Going For An R-Rating

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn

The world of DC Comics adaptations is in an interesting place at present when it comes to the subject of ratings. Traditionally the biggest releases based on the material are created with PG-13 in mind, which is by itself an attempt to target the highest number of demographics, but in recent years there has been some very successful experimentation with more adult-centric projects. On the DC Universe streaming service boundaries are being pushed with language and violence on Titans, Doom Patrol, and the Harley Quinn animated series, and there is also, of course, the billion dollar success that is Todd Phillips’ Joker.

That leaves the next big DC Comics movie, director Cathy Yan’s Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), in a very interesting situation. Does it follow in the footsteps of Margot Robbie’s previous Harley Quinn performance in the PG-13 Suicide Squad, or does it try to go with the new flow? Based on what we know about the film, it looks like it too is going to be released with an R-rating when it hits theaters in the early months of next year.

Earlier this year I was invited along with a group of other journalists for a journey to the set of Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) while it was filming on the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, California, and it was during this trip that we learned about the movie’s path towards becoming a more adult-centric affair. The filmmakers that we spoke to on set at the time wouldn’t go as far as to confirm that the film is going to be edited with an R-rating in mind, but the totality of what was witnessed on set suggests that will be the ultimate direction.

To start, there’s the scene that we watched the production actually film while we were on set. There was no bloody violence involved in the sequence – which featured a gathering of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Huntress, Jurnee Smollett Bell’s Canary, Rosie Perez’s Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco’s Cassandra Cain – but it’s a well-known rule that movies only get one or two uses of the word “fuck” before automatically getting an R-rating from the MPAA, and that count was far exceeded in just the one bit of back-and-forth dialogue.

Furthermore, we kept waiting for the production to do a censored version of the scene – which is to say a take where none of the characters cursed so that the post-production team would have material to work with for a PG-13 cut – but that version was never filmed while we were on set.

Beyond that, the adult language isn’t even just limited to the dialogue in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn). The white top that Margot Robbie is wearing in the image at the top of this page (which is what she was wearing while we were on set) doesn’t just say “Harley Quinn” all over it, but instead “Harley Fucking Quinn.” There is a touch of fashionable distortion done, but not nearly enough that you can’t read exactly what the message says.

While nobody on set would fully confirm that Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) will have an R-rating, the language being employed by the filmmakers and actors also most definitely suggested that the production is leaning in that direction. This includes Margot Robbie, who is not just one of the leads of the feature, but also one of the producers.

Sitting down with us in between takes, Margot Robbie was asked about getting to be a bit more “adult” playing Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey, and she discussed the particular freedom that she has been given on the film compared to the work that she got to do with the character while starring in Suicide Squad. According to the actress/producer, it not only allows for a bit more audacious fun, but it also allows the storytelling to more authentically dig into characters that have a legitimately dark edge to them. Said Robbie,

I did feel like I had to censor myself a lot [making Suicide Squad], obviously to suit a PG rating, and a lot of the characters that exist in the DC world, to be honest, are quite dark. And a lot of them, Huntress for example, have serious childhood trauma, have serious mental illnesses like Harley. But I felt like sometimes you can’t really go as deep with those things if you have to censor yourself. And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be liberating if we didn’t have to worry about that?’ and really go for it, and then later in the edit kind of find where the tone of movie lies.

This set visit took place in March, a.k.a. more than half-a-year before the aforementioned billion dollar success of Joker, and it’s easy to believe that the folks at Warner Bros. will feel much more comfortable about releasing Birds Of Prey with an R-rating now that they know that it won’t necessarily kill the profit potential. Still, while there was some obvious reticence on display during the press day on the production, it was still very much made clear that it’s the film’s intention to aim for fresh perspective.

At the start of our Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) set visit, producers Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll were asked about the possibility of seeing the film released with an R-rating, and Unkeless explained,

We’re two thirds of the way through production. So a whole lot of things could change, and that whole process as you know it’s complicated but one thing I think that has really been a guiding light for us is to push boundaries and really not allow any kind of barriers to the creativity or the attitude that Harley sets forth. So that will lead us to where it leads us. But certainly we’re trying to take chances.

We don’t fully know what’s been going on behind the scenes with Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) in the months since our set visit, and the MPAA doesn’t make its final rating decisions until the movie is just about ready to lock picture, so the question about the film’s rating is one that remains up in the air to this day. Still, based on what we saw and heard on set, it looks like anyone under the age of 17 is going to need an adult to purchase their ticket.

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), which also co-stars Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina, will be in theaters everywhere on February 7th – and be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for more stories from my time on the film’s set during production.

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Why Being Free From The Joker Was Important For Harley Quinn In Birds Of Prey, According To Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn

Cathy Yan’s Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) will be the first time that the female-centric team from DC Comics will be featured on the big screen, but in case it wasn’t clear from the title, the relationship status of Harley Quinn and The Joker will also have a central role to play in the plot. While Harley is best known as the girlfriend of the Clown Prince of Crime, this movie is partially built to address who she is as an individual apart from her psychotic paramour.

The new film, which will be told very much from Harley Quinn’s perspective, will begin with Mr. J breaking up with the titular villainess/anti-heroine, and that prominence comes from a significant place, as Harley’s independence from The Joker was a major driving force behind the ideas that star and producer Margot Robbie wanted to explore in the making of the project. She wanted audiences to have the opportunity to see Harley as an individual, and that has the effect of shaking up a lot of what we know about the character over the course of the movie.

Margot Robbie herself explained as much earlier this year when sitting down with journalists on a very special press day on the set of Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) while the blockbuster was still in production. Following her big debut in Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn will be put front and center for the first time in live-action with the new release, and given that opportunity, the Australian star wanted the character to be stripped of the relationship she is famously reliant on. Said Robbie,

Something I explored a lot in Suicide Squad, the first film, was Harley’s co-dependence with The Joker, and obviously he has a huge influence on her. But obviously she was very much in a relationship with him when we first saw Harley on screen in Suicide Squad. I did want to explore what is the version of Harley out of a relationship, and whether she’s out of relationship on her own accord, or if he kind of kicked her to the curb. It still affects her, but in a very different way, and I thought we’d see a very different facet of her personalities. ‘Personalities’ I would say, cause I think she has multiple.

Harley Quinn was first created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini for Batman: The Animated Series and on that show, where she was voiced by the great Arleen Sorkin, she primarily served as sidekick and romantic interest for The Joker. However, over time being a fan favorite earned her a bit more agency, and that evolution has very much continued in the comics (most notably in those written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti).

The audience views Harley Quinn through a particular lens when she’s paired with the Joker, but the perspective changes when she is independent. This is apparent not only in the way she behaves (though don’t get it twisted: she is all kinds of mentally disturbed regardless of her relationship status), but also in her style. There is a difference in the way Harley presents herself both with and away from Mr. J, and that aesthetic change is one of the elements of the character highlighted in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn).

This was a subject that Margot Robbie addressed while discussing the concept of the “Male Gaze,” and in doing so also recognized how the making of Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) and the approach to her character is different than it was in the making of the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad. The actress/producer explained,

I’d say her aesthetic is kind of dictated on her relationship status and whether she’s in a relationship with Joker, which, you’re gonna get the version of Harley that you see in Suicide Squad, and then this version, where she’s clearly not with the Joker and it is erratic and it’s different. But also the world in general, and therefore everyone else’s kind of looks for the film, was created by women.

Continuing on the subject of Harley Quinn’s particular style in Birds of Prey, Margot Robbie emphasized that the look that the movie is going for is heightened, but still grounded in a reality that is ultimately familiar. There are boundaries that can be pushed because of the addled perspective from which the story is being told (Harley most definitely isn’t a reliable narrator in this tale), but a balance was struck working with costume designer Erin Benach:

When we first spoke, a lot of her inspiration were films that feel like a heightened version of reality, but can also exist in a world that isn’t too jarring, that you disassociate with immediately. Like, Fight Club, for example, is something that she mentioned, where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m pretty sure that they all dress normal’ and then you look at a snapshot of Fight Club and you’re like, Brad Pitt’s wearing a flowery pink bath robe and it is quite out there and bright and colorful and strange, but it does feel grounded at the same time.

Clearly having Harley Quinn separated from her “Puddin” was territory that fascinated Margot Robbie and was material she wanted to explore with the character’s development in Birds Of Prey, but that aspect of the story isn’t her passion alone. Getting to see this particular side of the villain protagonist was also essential in the mind of director Cathy Yan, who noted during our on-set interview that it was an element of her vision present in the pitch she made to land her job.

Discussing Harley’s independence Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), Yan noted that there is a personal connection that she found with the material, while also recognizing that it’s a part of the story being told that very much fits in with the current zeitgeist. Said the filmmaker,

I very much have gone through that arc myself, and I’ve seen it with especially, I think, set against the backdrop of Me Too, and what has been happening in our industry in the last few years. So that definitely infiltrated its way into my pitch as well. For me this film was so much more than a superhero film about the first girl or any of that. It really has a compelling narrative and theme to it that is very, very personal to me.

It won’t be long until fans have the chance to witness this particular story of freedom and exploration of it, as Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), starring Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ewan McGregor, is now just a couple months away from release – set to hit theaters on February 7th. Between now and then, be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for plenty more updates about the project, including more from our time on set.

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Joker Only Got 4 Golden Globes Nomination, But It’s 4 That Matter

We have been wondering, ever since it held its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. Is Joker an Oscar contender? After this weekend, the answer is a resounding, “You bet your ass.”

Two major awards bodies released their nominations in the past 48 hours. The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association both showered love on Todd Phillips’ comic book movie, giving its Oscar hopes a significant boost. Joker got four Golden Globes nominations this morning. Not a significant tally. But it’s the four that it got that make all the difference.

Joker landed itself in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category for the Golden Globes. It will compete against Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Sam Mendes’ 1917 and the crowdpleasing The Two Popes. Right now, the nomination is the win, because it keeps Joker in the conversation.

It’s not just a one-off recognition. Joker also took nominations at the Golden Globes in the Best Director category, Best Actor in a Drama (Joaquin Phoenix), and Best Score. That’s three major categories that will continue the momentum of the super-villain story as we run up to Oscar nomination morning.

The thing about Joker is, it’s not your usual comic-book adaptation. Director Todd Phillips based his exploration of the criminal mastermind on two seminal Martin Scorsese movies: Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. Even attempting to live in the shadows of those movies means that you have aspirations, and in my opinion, Joker met them. Recognizing it as a year-end awards contender doesn’t just validate the comic-book genre, it encourages more directors to take recognizable characters like this (think Logan) and treat them as serious subjects worthy of their own, adult-oriented stories.

Over on the Critics’ Choice side, Joker nabbed seven awards, also bolstering its status as a movie to contend with this awards season. In addition to nods for Picture, Score and Actor, the movie took home some below-the-line nods that show it’s appreciated by the industry. Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design and Hair & Makeup all were recognized, and I have to say that Phillips’ effort to recreate a dirty, grimy Gotham city absolutely deserves to be singled out.

Now comes the really hard part. The competition this year is ridiculously stacked, as Joker contends against movies like The Irishman, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and more for Oscar frontrunner-ship. (Is that a word?) It’s not enough to be good this year. You have to be an all-timer to win awards. Or, you know, be Green Book.

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Booksmart Got The Biggest And Coolest Golden Globes Surprise

Every year when major awards are announced there are some surprises. There are more great movies, and great performances, than can ever be nominated, so there are always films that get left behind by awards season. However, bigger than the snub, is the surprise nominee. Sometimes somebody that we never expected to get nominated, no matter how deserving they might be, comes out of left field and takes one of those rare nomination slots.

Such was the case this morning when the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced, and Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein was nominated for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy.

Booksmart was a critically lauded film but it largely failed to find an audience in theaters. The movie made about $24 million in total at the global box office, which, considering the movie’s reported $6 million budget, is still a solid number, but certainly not what the movie would have done if it had truly taken off. Still, as much as critics, like myself, loved the film, nobody expected it to be contending for awards, which is what made Beanie Feldstein’s nomination this morning so surprising.

Still, I’ll take it. Booksmart absolutely is a film worthy of recognition, and so it’s nice to see it get some. And Beanie Feldstein has shown herself to be a fantastic actress. The one-two punch of Lady Bird and Booksmart has shown that Feldstein is an up and coming star who has bright days ahead of her.

Also, it should be said that any acting performance can only be as good as the screenplay, and it’s also influenced by the film’s director, in this case Olivia Wilde. These are areas where Booksmart also shines and Feldstein showing up at the Golden Globes next month is evidence of success in those spheres as well. The nomination may have been a surprise, but by no means is it undeserved.

Of course, with the nomination done, actually winning the award is going to be a tough road. Beanie Feldstein’s competition includes veterans like Emma Thompson for Late Night, and Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette, though, while the actress is certainly no stranger to the Golden Globes, I found that particular nomination to be nearly as shocking. Feldstein is also up against Ana de Armas in Knives Out and Awkwafina in The Farewell, who I would have to call the favorite on the list considering the praise both the actress and the film have received thus far.

I was a fan of nearly every performance in the Best Actress – Comedy or Musical category, so I’ll likely be happy with whoever wins, but I usually root for the underdogs and the long shots. Beanie Feldstein’s nomination being unexpected makes her the long shot by default, but I’ll be pulling for her.

Netflix Movies Did Really Well At The Golden Globe Nominations

This morning may have only been the day we learned the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, but the night already has its first big winner, Netflix. The streaming service had a huge day, picking up multiple nominations for four different films, The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes and Dolemite is my Name.

All four films picked up nominations in their respective categories for Best Picture, which means, in the case of the drama category, three of the five nominees are Netflix films. 1917 and Joker fill out the category to attempt to defend the honor of the traditional theatrical release.The same situation plays out in the Best Screenplay category as all three dramas are nominated, along site Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and Parasite.

On the acting front, Eddie Murphy got a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, and then the three dramas hold court once again. The two leads of Marriage Story, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver each took a nomination in their respective categories. Laura Dern was also nominated for Supporting Actress in Marriage Story. Both of The Two Popes were nominated, Jonathan Pryce as Best Actor – Drama and Anthony Hopkins as Best Supporting Actor. Joe Pesci and Al Pacino will be competing against each other for Best Supporting Actor for their roles in The Irishman. Conspicuous by his absence, Robert De Niro was not nominated for his lead role in the film.

And to round out the nominations, Marriage Story took a nomination for Best Original Score and Martin Scorsese took his familiar place in the Best Director category for The Irishman. The only places Netflix didn’t come away with at least one nomination were Best Original Song, Animated Feature, and Foreign Language Film.

And all this is just within the movie sphere, Netflix took home an armload of additional nominations on the television side of things thanks to shows like The Crown and Unbelievable.

This certainly isn’t Netflix’s first big day at the ball, but it’s further evidence that the streaming service is a force to be reckoned with. We’ve seen Netflix with big movies in the past, but this year there are four big movies and even if no one movie sweeps the awards, Netflix could basically split the show up amongst itself and walk away with nearly every award.

Of course, the massive number of nominations is far from a guarantee of wins. There is some still competition in every category from the likes of Parasite, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. It’s just as likely at this point that Netflix gets edged out in most categories and walks away with little to nothing.

On the plus side, if you’re the sort of person who has trouble making it the theater to see a lot of movies, you can watch most of the Golden Globes nominees without leaving your home. Three of the four nominated Netflix films are available to watch right now. The fourth, The Two Popes, is set to drop on the service December 20, so you’ll be able to watch it before the Golden Globes hits next month.

First Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Is Super Connected To The Original

The Ghostbusters franchise is a beloved part of American film history, and has been adapted into a few mediums in the decades since its debut. But 
Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original movie remains the undisputed fan favorite. Following Paul Feig’s ill-fated Ghostbusters from 2016, the franchise is returning to theaters with Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The first trailer just arrived, and was deeply connected to the original film.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will serve as a direct sequel to the original two films, with (almost) the entire original cast returning to reprise their roles. While those iconic stars aren’t present in the first trailer, their appearance was surely teased throughout this first footage. Check it out below.

Netflix Movies Did Really Well At The Golden Globes

This morning may have only been the day we learned the nominees for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, but the night already has its first big winner, Netflix. The streaming service had a huge day, picking up multiple nominations for four different films, The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes and Dolemite is my Name.

All four films picked up nominations in their respective categories for Best Picture, which means, in the case of the drama category, three of the five nominees are Netflix films. 1917 and Joker fill out the category to attempt to defend the honor of the traditional theatrical release.The same situation plays out in the Best Screenplay category as all three dramas are nominated, along site Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and Parasite.

On the acting front, Eddie Murphy got a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, and then the three dramas hold court once again. The two leads of Marriage Story, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver each took a nomination in their respective categories. Laura Dern was also nominated for Supporting Actress in Marriage Story. Both of The Two Popes were nominated, Jonathan Pryce as Best Actor – Drama and Anthony Hopkins as Best Supporting Actor. Joe Pesci and Al Pacino will be competing against each other for Best Supporting Actor for their roles in The Irishman. Conspicuous by his absence, Robert De Niro was not nominated for his lead role in the film.

And to round out the nominations, Marriage Story took a nomination for Best Original Score and Martin Scorsese took his familiar place in the Best Director category for The Irishman. The only places Netflix didn’t come away with at least one nomination were Best Original Song, Animated Feature, and Foreign Language Film.

And all this is just within the movie sphere, Netflix took home an armload of additional nominations on the television side of things thanks to shows like The Crown and Unbelievable.

This certainly isn’t Netflix’s first big day at the ball, but it’s further evidence that the streaming service is a force to be reckoned with. We’ve seen Netflix with big movies in the past, but this year there are four big movies and even if no one movie sweeps the awards, Netflix could basically split the show up amongst itself and walk away with nearly every award.

Of course, the massive number of nominations is far from a guarantee of wins. There is some still competition in every category from the likes of Parasite, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. It’s just as likely at this point that Netflix gets edged out in most categories and walks away with little to nothing.

On the plus side, if you’re the sort of person who has trouble making it the theater to see a lot of movies, you can watch most of the Golden Globes nominees without leaving your home. Three of the four nominated Netflix films are available to watch right now. The fourth, The Two Popes, is set to drop on the service December 20, so you’ll be able to watch it before the Golden Globes hits next month.

2020 Golden Globe Nominations: Movie And TV Updates

Both the Oscars and the Emmys opted for host-free telecasts in 2019, with varying results, but the Golden Globes was quick to secure comedian Ricky Gervais to lead the 77th annual awards ceremony. With Gervais already tapped for his fifth round as Globes host, all that was left to do was wait for the deluge of nominees to get announced, and that day has finally arrived!

Without further ado, here are all the big film nominees for the 77th Golden Globe Awards.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

Best Performance By A Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Best Motion Picture, Animated

Best Original Score Motion Picture

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

That takes care of all the film-related categories, which means it’s time to dive into everything that got people excited on television in 2019. Here are all the big TV nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes!

Best Comedy Or Musical Series

Best Limited Series, TV Movie or Miniseries

Best Actress In A Drama Series

Best Actor In A Drama Series

Best Actress In A Comedy Or Musical Series

Best Actor In A Comedy Or Musical Series

Best Actress In A Limited Series Or TV Movie

Best Actor In A Limited Series Or TV Movie

Best Supporting Actor In A Series, Limited Series Or TV Movie

Best Supporting Actress In A Series, Limited Series Or TV Movie

Did the nominees make you cheer or make you angry? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to tune into the 77th Golden Globe Awards live on NBC on Sunday, January 5.

Seriously, How Is Chris Pine Back For Wonder Woman 1984?

The first full trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 has arrived, and with its arrival came the surprising return of one actor some (mainly those who haven’t been following the project) didn’t expect. Chris Pine is featured in the new footage a good deal, and while that may please a bunch of Wonder Woman fans, many others may be confused as hell by Steve Trevor appearing in 1984.

For those that don’t remember, Steve Trevor went up in smoke after detonating a plane loaded with explosives in midair. He should be dead, or at the very least aged considerably since the events of 1918. Yet Steve looks about the same in this movie, maybe even better? For those wondering what the hell is going on, director Patty Jenkins shared some insight.

Patty Jenkins seemingly confirmed that Chris Pine’s character is Steve Trevor, and yes, he will be integral to the story. Trevor is featured in a bulk of the trailer footage, so it’s good to know that his onscreen time in the trailer is justified and not some gimmick to get folks in theaters. That’s all well and great, but does very little to explain exactly how Steve Trevor survived that accident.

One possible clue behind Steve Trevor’s return may lie in the description of Wonder Woman 1984‘s villain, Maxwell Lord. Lord, who is played by The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal, is a nefarious businessman in DC Comics and criminal mastermind. Patty Jenkins said Lord will be “selling a dream” to the public in the movie, and may have tapped into Diana’s dream by bringing back Steve.

Let’s remember that cloning is a thing in DC lore, as is the multiverse. Either would result in the return of Steve Trevor, who seems like the one largely out of sorts in the ’80s. It feels like the current setting is foreign to him, so it doesn’t feel like Steve has lived through the past several decades naturally and kept up with the design of trash cans and things like that. Could Steve have been pulled from time right before the plane’s explosion?

We’ll entertain any and all theories about how Steve Trevor is alive in well in Wonder Woman 1984 down in the comments. Stick with CinemaBlend in the meantime for more on the movie, which is in theaters Friday, June 5, 2020.