Movies Update: Golden Globe Nominations and More

Plus, how was Sundance at home?

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans! Awards season has fully arrived.

The Golden Globe nominees were announced this week, and Netflix fared very well, with multiple nominations for its movies and TV shows, including “Mank,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “The Crown” and “The Queen’s Gambit.” (See a full list of nominees.)

But with many expected nominees also came many snubs. The awards darling Meryl Streep was ignored, and the Spike Lee movie “Da 5 Bloods” was shut out. Kyle Buchanan noted the ways the latter slight was particularly awkward. For one, Lee’s children, Satchel and Jackson, were chosen to serve as Golden Globe ambassadors.

The film fared better in this week’s SAG Award nominations, where it joined three other films whose ensembles are primarily made up of people of color (“One Night in Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Minari”) in the outstanding cast category.

Did you take advantage of the ability to watch Sundance titles at home this year? Four of our writers did, comparing notes on how it was.

Enjoy the movies!

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‘A Glitch in the Matrix’ Review: Is This All Just a Simulation?

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‘M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity’ Review: Is It Art?

A documentary examines the methods and interests of this Dutch printmaker, who felt his work was also indebted to mathematics.

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