Each of the actors was nominated for their performances in two separate categories on Thursday, following in the footsteps of last year’s double nominees Julianne Moore, Bill Murray and Mark Ruffalo. The distinct achievement is far from a guarantee, though, as Moore ended up being the only performer of that bunch to walk home with a Golden Globe.
So what projects wowed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association so much they gave Elba, Tomlin, Vikander and Rylance two nominations each? Let’s start with Elba, whose busy schedule paid off, as he scored a Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie nomination for the BBC’s “Luther,” while also receiving recognition in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture category for his portrayal of an African warlord in Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation.”
“I’m so excited, in particular, to be recognized for both ‘Luther’ and ‘Beasts of No Nation,’” Elba said in a reaction statement. “For ‘Luther,’ what better way to celebrate the end of a great run than with this stellar acknowledgement. As for Beasts, I can only hope this attention will get more people to see the brilliance of all that is Cary Fukunaga and my extraordinary co-star Abraham Attah.”
Tomlin, an actress who is no stranger to the Globes with six previous nominations, was honored for her critically acclaimed performance in “Grandma” with a Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination, along with a Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy nomination for her work alongside Jane Fonda on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”
Vikander was flying under the radar until breaking out this year thanks to prominent roles in both “The Danish Girl” and science fiction sleeper hit “Ex Machina.” The former, a period drama about the romantic life of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), earned the 27-year-old rising star a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Her portrayal of an android in captivity in “Ex Machina” has been recognized in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture category. These mark her first Golden Globe nominations.
Rylance was also lucky enough to score two nominations in his first year of Golden Globes recognition. He quietly steals the show opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War drama “Bridge of Spies,” and the HFPA noticed, bestowing him a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. His lead role as Thomas Cromwell in BBC Two’s “Wolf Hall” also scored him a nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television category.
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted once again by Ricky Gervais, will air live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.