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Kenneth Branagh's autobiographical film Belfast among Golden Globe nominations

Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan in Belfast

KENNETH Branagh's autobiographical film Belfast is among the nominations for this year's controversy-hit Golden Globe Awards.

The Belfast-born actor is nominated for best director and best screenplay for the film starring Jamie Dornan, Caitríona Balfe and Ciarán Hinds.

Ordinarily the highest profile entertainment awards after the Oscars, controversy means the Golden Globes will not be televised this year.

TV network NBC dropped the ceremony after a series of revelations, including a lack of diversity among voters.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that none of the 87 members of the secretive organisation behind the awards - the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - were black.

A coalition of 100 Hollywood PR firms accused the organisation of "discriminatory behaviour, unprofessionalism, ethical impropriety and alleged financial corruption", saying they would advise the stars they represent not to work with the HFPA.

The HFPA membership and rules have since been overhauled.

Also in the running for awards is Netflix's The Power of the Dog, a Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Western.

Cumberbatch and co-star Kirsten Dunst are nominated for acting prizes, while Jane Campion will go up against Kenneth Branagh for writing and directing.

Other big names to be nominated for acting awards include Will Smith for playing Venus and Serena Williams' father in King Richard, Kristen Stewart for playing Princess Diana in Spencer, and Lady Gaga for House of Gucci.

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