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Chicagoans Killed It in Golden Globe Nominations This Year

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association yesterday announced its 2015 Golden Globe nominees—and Chicagoans abound.

Jill Soloway, whose Amazon dramedy Transparent is nominated for Best Series in the Musical/Comedy category.   Photo: COURTESY OF FILM ARCADE

Yesterday morning, at the traditionally unreasonable hour of 7:20 a.m. CST, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its 2015 Golden Globe nominees—and Chicagoans ruled the day. Between the 25 award categories—14 filmic, 11 televisual—there are 14 native or one-time Chicagoans nominated, some in the same category. Those honorees and their Chicago connections, below.

  • Gillian Flynn: The one-time Medill student and longtime Chicago journalist received a nod for her Gone Girl screenplay.
  • Gina Rodriguez: A Chicago native, Rodriguez was nominated for her role in CW’s Jane the Virgin, which also nabbed a Best Musical/Comedy Series nomination.
  • Jill Soloway: The Lane Tech graduate received a nod for her new Amazon series, Transparent.
  • Bill Murray: A native of Wilmette and alum of Second City, Murray nabbed two nominations, for Best Actor in St. Vincent and Best Supporting Actor in Olive Kitteridge.
  • Silicon Valley: Nominated for Best Musical/Comedy Series, this new HBO series is filthy with Chicagoans, including stand-up comics TJ Miller and Kumail Nanjiani.
  • William H. Macy: The Chicago theater staple who formed St. Nicholas Theatre Company with David Mamet in the ’70s received a nod for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical Series for the fourth season of Shameless.
  • Patricia Arquette: The Chicago-born actress nabbed her fourth Globe nomination for her supporting role in Boyhood.
  • Graham Moore: The Imitation Game writer (up against Gillian Flynn for Best Screenplay) was raised on the North Side and educated on the South Side (at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Columbia College).
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus: Nominated for Best Actress (Comedy Series) for Veep, of course, but also a Second City alum.
  • Steve Carell: Another beloved Second City alum nominated for Best Actor (Motion Picture, Drama, Foxcatcher)
  • Patti Smith: The Chicago-born punk poetess was nominated in Best Original Song, for “Mercy Is” from Noah.
  • D.B. Weiss: One half of the screenwriting force behind Game of Thrones (up for Best TV Drama) grew up in Chicago before decamping for Wesleyan and Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
  • Allison Tolman: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a miniseries for Fargo, this rising actress has been based in Chicago since 2009.
  • Michelle Monaghan: It’s been more than a decade since this True Detective star (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) and one-time Columbia College student decamped for New York—but she did dabble in modeling and commercial acting during her stint in Chicago.

Also appearing at the 2015 Golden Globes will be former Chicagoans Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who’ll host the awards show for the third and reportedly final year. It’s technically too early to say, but expect the two of them to kill it in their own right—and, you know, plenty of this:

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton January 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. CST. It will crawling with Chicagoans.

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