‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes
New York — Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale “The Shape of Water” swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama “Big Little Lies” led the television nominees with six nods.
In what’s been seen as a wide-open Oscar race so far, several films followed closely behind “The Shape of Water,” including Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama “The Post,” with six nominations, including best actress for Meryl Streep and best actor for Tom Hanks. Martin McDonagh’s revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also got a major boost in the nominations announced Monday in Beverly Hills, California, with six nods, including best actress for Frances McDormand and supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.
But as the most prominent platform yet in Hollywood’s awards season to confront the post-Harvey Weinstein landscape, the Globes also enthusiastically supported Ridley Scott’s J. Paul Getty drama “All the Money in the World.” Christopher Plummer, who has replaced Kevin Spacey in the film, was nominated for best supporting actor. Scott was also nominated for best director and Michelle Williams for best actress.
A rough cut of the film was screened for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes. Scott is quickly reediting the movie to eradicate Spacey, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men.
The nominees for best picture drama are: the tender young romance “Call Me By Your Name,” Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
The nominees for best picture comedy or musical are: James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” Jordan Peele’s horror sensation “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird,” the upcoming musical “The Greatest Showman,” and the Tonya Harding comic-drama “I, Tonya.”
Despite considerable backlash, “Get Out” ended up on the comedy side of the Globes. It was submitted that way by Universal Pictures. Peele himself slyly commented on the controversy, calling his social critique of latent racism “a documentary.” Though the Globes passed over Peele’s script, newcomer Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for best actor in a comedy.
Though some predicted and feared an acting field lacking diversity, the nominees were fairly inclusive. Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”) were among the 30 film acting nominees.
In the television categories, the Emmy-winning “Big Little Lies” earned a number of acting nods (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard) as well as best limited series. (HBO recently announced a second season for “Big Little Lies,” which will change its category in other awards shows.)
FX’s Bette Davis and Joan Crawford chronicle “Feud: Bette and Joan” landed four nominations, including nods for Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Amazon’s just-debuted “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” scored several nods, including best comedy series. Also with numerous nominations were Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and NBC’s “This Is Us.”
Left out were frequent Globes-nominees “House of Cards” and “Transparent,” two of the TV affected by the cascading fallout of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s ouster. It’s been an omnipresent component of this year’s awards season, including Monday. As usual, the nominations were partly announced on NBC’s “Today” show, where Matt Lauer was recent fired following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Gary Oldman, nominated for best actor for his Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” said it’s cast an unusual pall over the season.
“How should we celebrate? Well, I don’t think any of it’s funny, so I guess that people will stay away from it in the ceremony,” said Oldman by phone Monday. “It’s evolution, and it’s good that we sort of start to check ourselves about what we do and what we say and how we do it and how we say it to people, so I think it’s ultimately a good thing. But I can’t see too much of this coming up in (the show), up there on the platform, as it were, on the podium. It’s not something to joke about, I don’t think.”
The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after still-burning fires ravaged Southern California for the past week. The Thomas Fire has destroyed some 790 structures and forced thousands to evacuate their homes, with the blazes even entering the nearby neighborhood of Bel Air.
The Globes haven’t traditionally predicted the Oscars, but they did last January. The Globes best-picture winners — “Moonlight” and “La La Land” — both ultimately ended up on the stage for the final award of the Oscars, with “Moonlight” emerging victorious only after the infamous envelope flub. The press association, which has worked in recent years to curtail its reputation for odd choices, is composed of approximately 90 freelance international journalists.
The last Globes broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, averaged 20 million viewers, an upswing of 8 percent, according to Nielsen. This year, Fallon’s NBC late-night partner, Seth Meyers, will host the January 7 ceremony.
No Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement recipient has yet been chosen. Last year’s honoree, Streep, spoke forcefully against the then President-elect Donald Trump, shortly before his inauguration, leading him to criticize the actress as “overrated.” This year, she — along with Spielberg and Hanks — return with a pointed and timely drama, “The Post,” about the power of the press to counter lies emanating from the White House.
List of nominees for 75th Golden Globe Awards
Nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
——Picture, Drama: “Call Me By Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
—Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Disaster Artist,” “Get Out,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya.”
—Director: Guillermo Del Toro, “The Shape of Water,” Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk,” Ridley Scott, “All the Money in the World,” Steven Spielberg, “The Post.”
—— Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game,” Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water,” France McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missiouri,” Meryl Streep, “The Post,” “Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World.”
——Actor, Drama: Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name,” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread,” Tom Hanks, “The Post,” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour.”
—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul,” Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker,” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya,” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird,” Emma Stone,” Battle of the Sexes.”
—Actor, Musical or Comedy: Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes,” Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver,” James Franco, “The Disaster Artist,” Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman,” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out.”
—Foreign Language: “Fantastic Woman,” “First They Killed My Father,” “In the Fade,” “Loveless” and “The Square.”
—Animated Film: “The Boss Baby,” “The Breadwinner,” “Coco,” “Ferdinand,” “Loving Vincent.”
—Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound,” Hong Chau, “Downsizing,” Allison Janney, “I, Tonya,” Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird,” “Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water.”
—Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project,” Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name,” Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water,” Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World,” Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
—Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water,” Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird,” Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post,” Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game.”
—Original Score: Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water,” Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread,” John Williams, “The Post,” Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk.”
—Original Song: “Home,” from “Ferdinand,” music by Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson, lyrics by Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter; “Mighty River,” from “Mudbound,” music by Raphael Saadiq, lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson; “Remember Me,” from “Coco,” music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez; “The Star,” from “The Star,” music by Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman; “This is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” music by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul.
—Series, Drama: “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones.”
—Series, Musical or Comedy: “black-ish,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Master of None,” “Smilf” and “Will & Grace.”
—Movie or Limited Series: “Big Little Lies,” “Fargo,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “The Sinner” and “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”
—Actor, Movie or Limited Series: Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies.” Jude Law, “The Young Pope,” Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks,” Ewan McGregor, “Fargo,” Geoffrey Rush, “Genius.”
—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”; Alison Brie, “Glow”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Issa Rae, “Insecure” and Frankie Shaw, “Smilf.”
— Actor, Musical or Comedy: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”; Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”; William H. Macy, “Shameless” and Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace.”
—Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies,” Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Chrissy Metz, “This is Us,” Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies,” Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies.”
—Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: David Harbour, “Stranger Things,” “Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot,” Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies,” David Thewlis, “Fargo.”
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