Indian-American comedian, actor and author Aziz Ansari and his seminal TV series “Master of None,” has been nominated in three categories for the Golden Globe awards Dec. 11. The winners will be announced Jan. 7.
Ansari is nominated in the category “Best actor in a TV series, comedy,” for his role in “Master of None” the Netflix rom-com – where he plays an eclectic New Yorker searching for love in so many different ways, including ending up in Italy as a student of the art of pasta-making and other things.
He is competing in this category with Anthony Anderson, “Blackish” (ABC); Eric McCormack, “Will &Grace” (NBC); Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick” (Amazon); and William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime).
Ansari’s “Master of None” is also among the nominees for “Best TV movie or limited release” category. There it is in competition with “Big Little Lies” (HBO); “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX); “Fargo” (FX), “The Sinner” (USA); and “Top of the Lake: China Girl” (Sundance).
Ansari’s Netflix series also made it to the category, “Best TV series, musical or comedy.” Others in this category include “Will & Grace” (NBC); “Blackish” (ABC)’ “SMILF” (Showtime); and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon).
The other India/Indian-related nomination is for British actress Dame Judi Dench, for her role in the critically acclaimed “Victoria and Abdul” in the category “Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical.” Dench plays Queen Victoria who develops a close relationship with a young Indian clerk Abdul Karim (played by Ali Fazal) who came for her Golden Jubilee celebrations and stayed on as her unlikely close confidante. Dench is in competition with the likes of Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”; Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”; and Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”.