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The Mandalorian Scores A Big 2021 Golden Globes Nomination

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson announced the nominees for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, which will air on Sunday, February 28. One of the titles said during the announcement livestream is music to the ears of Star Wars lovers.

The immensely popular Star Wars series The Mandalorian has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Drama. It's the Disney+ series' first Golden Globe nomination, and the first Globe nomination for any Disney+ show. It's also the first Star Wars nominee in a flagship Golden Globes category since A New Hope was nominated for Best Picture in 1978, and the first Star Wars nominee at all since John Williams was nominated for Best Original Score for The Empire Strikes Back in 1981. He previously won in that category in 1978, which is the only Globes win for the franchise, a drought The Mandalorian hopes to end.

The other Drama Series nominees are Netflix's The Crown, HBO's Lovecraft Country, Netflix's Ozark, and Netflix's Ratched. In that field, The Mandalorian actually seems to have a pretty decent chance of winning, though it will face stiff competition from previous winner The Crown and hit crime thriller Ozark, which is getting its first series nomination in season 3 (though star Jason Bateman has been nominated twice before and again this year for his performance as Marty Byrde).

The series nomination is the only Golden Globes nod received by The Mandalorian; Pedro Pascal was passed over for Best Actor, and for his work, Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) was disrespectfully snubbed for Best Supporting Puppet.

The Mandalorian is a serious contender

The Mandalorian has been a notable awards-season contender for the past year; it was nominated for 13 Emmys in 2020, including Outstanding Drama Series. It won seven, including Outstanding Music Composition for score composer Ludwig Göransson and Outstanding Special Visual Effects. It's also currently nominated for best series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards and the Satellite Awards.

The Golden Globe nominees for Best Drama Series were significantly shaken up this year due to the pandemic. Last year's winner Succession didn't air in 2020, nor did fellow nominee The Morning Show. The absence of those heavy-hitters this year allowed some new shows to enter the field, including The Mandalorian, which is nominated for its second season, and first-season shows Lovecraft Country and Ratched.

The Mandalorian is currently in pre-production on season 3, which will likely stream on Disney+ in 2022. It will be preceded by the spin-off show The Book of Boba Fett, which will premiere in December 2021, and followed by two other spin-offs, Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka.

The 78th Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, February 28 on NBC, and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who will be returning to host for the fourth time.