The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chicago 7 on Netflix chronicles the events at the 1968 Democratic National Convention which led to the famous trial. In addition to earning a Golden Globes Best Motion Picture - Drama nom, Aaron Sorkin was nominated in the Direction and Screenplay categories and Sasha Baron Cohen is up for Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Abbie Hoffman. "Hear My Voice," sung by Celeste, also was nominated for Best Original Song (watch below).
In our review, we noted: "The real footage and reenactments are bloody and gruesome. Casting Cohen as Hoffman is fairly brilliant, a comedian playing the Yippie jester with flair. But Hoffman’s penultimate showdown with Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), officiated by their lawyer William Kunstler (Mark Rylance), is a major downer (and not necessarily accurate)."
We felt equally lukewarm about Palm Springs, a rom-com on Hulu starring Andy Samberg, who was acknowleged with a Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy GG nom for his role as Nyles. The film is also in the the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy GG category and received a Spirit nom for Best First Screenplay (Andy Siara).
Our review explains: "Nyles is a nihilist (ha ha) who finds meaning when he gets caught in a time loop with Sarah (Christin Miloti), who meet at a wedding. It’s a bizarre concept that gets tiresome as it repeatedly pays homage to Groundhog Day."
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
We liked Ma Rainey's on Netflix better. It's a about a jazz-blues singer and her band that includes Chadwick Boseman, who died last year. "The band drinks alcohol and smokes reefers during rehearsals, but otherwise they’re a pretty clean group," our review details. "Tempers flare toward the end leading to an unnecessary tragedy. Boseman's hot-headed trumpeter Levee reminds of his take on James Brown in Get on Up. And Viola Davis is a badass Ma Rainey."
Both Boseman and Davis earned nominations in their respective Best Performances by an Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical of Comedy GG categories. In addition to Boseman and Davis receiving Best Male/Female Leads Spirit noms, Coleman Domingo and Glynn Turman, who play band members Toledo and Cutler repectively, were tapped with Best Supporting Male noms. While the film was denied a Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy GG nom (the others are Borat Subsequent Movie Film, Hamilton and The Prom as well as Palm Springs), it's among Spirit's Best Feature nominees (the others are First Cow, MInari, Never Rarely Sometime Always and Nomadland).
Nominated in the Spirit Best International Film category, this Brazilian thriller directed by Juliano Dornelles and Kieber Mendonca Filho, "is hard to figure," we wrote. "A local community in the fictional rural town is besieged by white mercenaries bent on killing them... With the help of a psychotropic drug known as Brasol IV (it’s a green pill), the locals take on the well-armed invaders in hopes of returning to their quiet way of life."
Stony TV Show: "Schitt's Creek"
With five Golden Globe nominations, the popular Canadian comedy Schitt's Creek only lagged behind The Crown with six. The show occasionally jokes about marijuana and other drugs. During Season 6, CBD and ayahuasca references were made. Last year, Eugene Levy, who along with his son Daniel Levy and Catherine O'Hara received acting noms, said about legal pot:
"I think that's a great thing. It would solve a lot of problems. I'm definitely for it. They sell alcohol, I just don't know what the difference is. There is no difference."
Levy and O'Hara previously appeared on SCTV, Canada's answer to Saturday Night Live from 1976-1984.
Check out the Spirit Award nominees here. The awards will be presented on April 22 at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT on IFC.