The Netflix drama is nominated for five awards, including best motion picture, best screenplay, and best director, organizers announced Monday. The only project to get more nominations than The Irishman was fellow Netflix drama Marriage Story, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple going through a divorce.
While The Irishman was filmed primarily in New York, it largely takes place in and around Philadelphia, where Sheeran spent most of his life before dying in a West Chester nursing home in 2003. Based on author Charles Brandt’s I Heard You Paint Houses, the film includes a number of Philadelphia locales in its story, as well as several well-known Philadelphia mob figures.
But the one big snub? The Irishman star Robert De Niro was not nominated for his role as Sheeran, even though he’s considered a lock for an Oscar nomination. His costars, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, fared better — both were nominated for best supporting actor in a film.
The other big snubs were of women in the director category: Hustlers’ Lorene Scafaria, Little Women’s Greta Gerwig, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s Marielle Heller. The Globes, whose picks are made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are notoriously unfriendly to female directors, so it wasn’t much of a shock.
In other disappointments Monday: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix drama When They See Us, about the Central Park Five, was shut out, even though the limited series did well at the Emmys. HBO can’t be happy: Game of Thrones’ final season received only one nod; Veep’s final season and Watchmen, HBO’s new prestige drama, didn’t receive any. And the forthcoming Cats was left in the cold even though Globes voters have rarely seen a musical they didn’t like.
Netflix dominated Monday’s nominations, with four films vying for best film in the drama and comedy or musical categories: The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes, and Dolemite Is My Name. Netflix led all companies with 17 total nominations.
Dakota Fanning, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Tim Allen announced the nominees for the Jan. 5 show, which honors achievements in film and television.
Ricky Gervais will host the Globes for the fifth time. Tom Hanks, a nominee for his performance as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The Carol Burnett Award will go to Ellen DeGeneres.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.