Golden Globe nominations 2019
As with every year, this year’s Golden Globe nominations put the spotlight on all that is great in the film world. Ahead of the 76th Golden Globe awards, the latest batch of nominations feature an array of filming locations that showcase the very best of Britain.
A Star Is Born
With its 5 nominations, including for best film, A Star is Born sees Bradley Cooper’s character Jack take to the stage to film festival scenes at the iconic Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Up for the best actor award in the drama category, Cooper’s co-star Lady Gaga, playing Ally, is also up for best actress. Held every year, apart from the odd fallow year when the ground is allowed to recover, Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world, featuring five days of music and performing arts.
Another nomination for best drama, Rami Malek’s remarkable portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury means he’s also nominated for best actor. Shot across London, notable landmarks used during filming include the Grade II listed art deco Gillette Building in Brentford and Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey. Southwark’s Union Street also doubled up as New York in the biopic, with the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth providing a further spectacular setting for a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most revered talents.
The beauty of the Arbigland Estate near Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland provides a chunk of the setting for Glenn Close as she portrays a wife who questions her life choices during a trip to Stockholm with her husband. Nominated for best actress, watch out for Close in the elegant Hutcheson’s Hall in Glasgow, a restaurant and former hospital dating back to 1805 that provides a spectacular urban backdrop in director Bjorn Runge’s drama.
A Private War
Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of the late journalist Marie Colvin mixes the glamour of London with the stark reality of warzones across the globe. Worthy of a best actress nomination, Pike excels in telling the tale of the renowned Sunday Times war correspondent that put her life on the line to convey the truth to the world. Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman, the film is based on ‘A Private War’, a 2012 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner.
The magnificence of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire provided the predominant filming location for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama about Queen Anne in 18th century England. Both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are nominated for best supporting actress, while writing pair Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis have been nominated for best screenplay. The country house is a leading example of Jacobean architecture, while the surrounding landscape is home to two deer parks and an array of other wildlife.
Mary Poppins Returns
The heart of the City of London is a prominent feature as the magical nanny makes her return to the big screen, with Rob Marshall’s work nominated for best comedy or music film. The spectacular Victoria Monument, near to Buckingham Palace, also features in the film that has seen Emily Blunt and Lin Manual Miranda put forward for best actress and actor respectively in the music and comedy category.
Stan & Ollie
John C. Reilly is nominated for best music or comedy actor for his representation of one half of iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy – starring alongside Steve Coogan. Filmed across Britain, look out for the Lido in Worthing and the Black Country Museum in Dudley, alongside a strand of the Great Central Railway near Loughborough. Birmingham’s The Old Rep Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre and Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden also appear as settings where the star duo perform, alongside the Hackney Empire Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome.