Two Films by Columbia Filmmakers Nominated for 2022 Golden Globes

Felix Van Kann
December 16, 2021

Nominations for the 79th Golden Globes have been announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and two films by Columbia filmmakers have made the list. The Lost Daughter, directed by alumna Maggie Gyllenhaal '99 (CC) received nominations in the Best Director, Motion Picture category and the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama category for Olivia Colman. House of Gucci, co-written by alumnus Roberto Bentivegna '10, was also nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama category for Lady Gaga. The Golden Globe ceremony, whose nomination announcement was live-streamed for the first time this year, will take place on January 22, 2022.

Based on the Elena Ferrante novel of the same name, Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter is a psychological drama about a college professor who confronts memories of her early motherhood while on vacation in Italy. It has a star cast including Dakota Johnson, Paul Mescal, Olivia Coleman, and Jess Buckley. The film is Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut and was recently honored at this year’s Gotham Awards in New York City where it received three nominations. It premiered at the Venice International Film Festival this year, where it won Best Screenplay.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an American actress and filmmaker. Gyllenhaal has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, including Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed The Dark Knight. In 2009, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the Scott Cooper drama Crazy Heart. In 2014, she won a Golden Globe for her titular performance in the BBC political-thriller series The Honourable Woman

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House of Gucci, directed by Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise), follows Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings. When she marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately, murder. The film’s cast includes Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, and Salma Hayek. 

Roberto Bentivegna was born in London of Italian parents. He grew up in Milan and London, attending Emerson College in Boston before pursuing an MFA at Columbia University. His short films have screened at international film festivals including Locarno, Atlanta, and Miami, and are distributed by Film Movement and Shorts International. Whilst at Columbia University, Bentivegna was awarded the Carla Kuhn fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting award, and the honor of Faculty Selects for his screenplay A Day in March. He was also a finalist in the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship. Bentivegna has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, and was a fellow in the Italian Government's Apulia Film Program. His screenplays include Shella for acclaimed photographer Albert Watson; The Eel, which was featured on the 2012 Black List and is currently in development with talent Sam Rockwell and Maria Bello attached to star, Spirit House for Film Nation; an adaptation of A.M. Homes' May We Be Forgiven for director Lynne Ramsay and Artificial Eye; as well as The Disappearance of a Quiet Man for producers Chris Coen and Alan Moloney. He will also adapt Jo Nesbo’s novella The Jealousy Man into a feature for Amazon Studios.