Special Report

Every Movie to Win Best Drama at the Golden Globes Since 1944

Source: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

2014
> Winner: 12 Years a Slave
> Directed by: Steve McQueen
> Produced by: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas
> Nominees: Captain Phillips; Gravity; Philomena; Rush

“12 Years a Slave,” the story about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War American South, won for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The film would go on to win three Oscars, including Best Motion Picture, the first time a movie directed by a black filmmaker won the Academy Award.

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2015
> Winner: Boyhood
> Directed by: Richard Linklater
> Produced by: Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss
> Nominees: Foxcatcher; The Imitation Game; Selma; The Theory of Everything

Patricia Arquette won the first of her two Golden Globes for best supporting actress for her role as the mother in “Boyhood,” which follows the life of a boy from childhood to college. Overall, the film won three Globes.

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2016
> Winner: The Revenant
> Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
> Produced by: Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon, James W. Skotchdopole
> Nominees: Carol; Mad Max: Fury Road; Room; Spotlight

Leonardo DiCaprio won his third Globe overall for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his portrayal of a vengeful frontiersman fighting for survival in the American wilderness after he is mauled by a bear and abandoned by his fur trading party. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu won his second consecutive Globe for Best Director – Motion Picture. Both DiCaprio and González Iñárritu won Oscars for the film as well.

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2017
> Winner: Moonlight
> Directed by: Barry Jenkins
> Produced by: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
> Nominees: Hacksaw Ridge; Hell or High Water; Lion; Manchester by the Sea

“Moonlight” is a story about an African American man coming to terms with his identity and sexuality. Barry Jenkins was nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars for his work on its screenplay and direction and won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

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2018
> Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
> Directed by: Martin McDonagh
> Produced by: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
> Nominees: Call Me by Your Name; Dunkirk; The Post; The Shape of Water

A strong cast anchored “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a story about a woman who tries to shame local police into solving her daughter’s murder by posting messages on billboards. Frances McDormand delivered a powerful performance as the grieving mother, winning a Globe and an Oscar for Best Actress, and Sam Rockwell took home both trophies for Best Supporting Actor.

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2019
> Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody
> Directed by: Bryan Singer
> Produced by: Graham King and Jim Beach
> Nominees: Black Panther; BlacKkKlansman; If Beale Street Could Talk; A Star Is Born

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a biopic about the British band Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury, who overcame prejudice and torment about his sexuality to become one of rock’s greatest performers. Rami Malek won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, and he won one of the four Oscars awarded to the film.

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2020
> Winner: 1917
> Directed by: Sam Mendes
> Produced by: Sam Mendes
> Nominees: The Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, The Two Popes

“1917” follows two British soldiers during World War I who are given what seems an impossible mission. They must deliver a message deep into enemy territory. If successful, they may save the lives of 1,600 fellow soldiers, including one of the private’s own brother, who are walking into a trap. Sam Mendes won a Golden Globe for Best Director.

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2021
> Winner: Nomadland
> Directed by: Chloé Zhao
> Produced by: Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Chloé Zhao
> Nominees: The Father, Mank, Promising Young Woman, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Directed by Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), “Nomadland” follows a woman who decides to travel across the West, living out of a van, after she loses everything during the Great Recession between 2007 and 2009. Wenlei Ma from News.com.au called the movie “one of the most accomplished films of the year, an emotional tour de force that moves you but never imposes or manipulates.” Zhao won the Golden Globe for Best Director, only the second woman (after Barbra Streisand) to ever win this category.

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