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“The Shape of Water” and “The Post” Lead Nominations for 75th GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS

“The Shape of Water” and “The Post” Lead Nominations for 75th GOLDEN GLOBES AWARDS

Awards season picked up steam this morning when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees in 14 movie categories for the 75th Annual Golden Globes awards, to be held in early January of 2018. Leading the pack with seven nominations was Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy love story The Shape of Water, which received mentions for Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Director, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins) and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), as well as Screenplay and Score nods. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s procedural drama The Post, about the Pentagon Papers, also did well, with six Golden Globes nominations, including for Picture, Director, Screenplay, Score, and lead acting nods for its two stars, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

Other movies nominated for Best Picture included Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, the gay love story Call Me By Your Name, and the dark comedy by Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. McDonagh and Nolan also received Best Director nods for the Golden Globes, but it was Ridley Scott that surprisingly took that fifth slot away from Luca Guadagnino. In the Best Motion Picture, “Musical or Comedy” category (in quotes, on purpose), James Franco’s spoof The Disaster Artist got a nomination, as well as one for Franco himself, but it was arguably I, Tonya and Lady Bird that lead that field, with three nods each, the skating drama for its two stars (Margot Robbie and Allison Janney), and Lady Bird for Saoirse Ronan and its screenplay by Greta Gerwig. Hugh Jackman’s musical The Greatest Showman also got a nod for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

The Globes have historically had an uneven record of predicting what will happen later during the awards season. Last year, the Hollywood musical La La Land led the Golden Globes on its way to a record-breaking seven wins, only to fall ultimately short of the top prize the following month at The Academy Awards. And because they split their categories into drama and comedy, they have space for more nominations. Steve Carrell and Emma Stone both got nods for Battle of the Sexes, but neither is expected to score an Oscar nomination. The same goes for Helen Mirren’s nomination for The Leisure Seeker. In the drama side, nominees Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World) are on the outside looking in at the Oscars right now.

Other movies that were doing well in the early goings took a couple of steps back after the Globe nominations, including the summer comedy The Big Sick (which was shutout) and the critic favorite Get Out, which missed on screenplay and directing nods. But it is still anyone’s race as the unpredictable awards season, which has been all over the place, continues.

In the animated race, the HFPA gave Golden Globes nomination to Pixar’s Coco, a heavy favorite, as well as, oddly enough, to The Boss Baby, Ferdinand, The Breadwinner, and Loving Vincent.

The 75th Annual Golden Globes winners will be announced live on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Check out the full list of nominees below!

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Call Me by Your Name
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best 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

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel Esq.
Tom Hanks, The Post
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post

Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor, Motion Picture, 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

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Screenplay

The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Molly’s Game

 Best Original Song “Home,” Ferdinand “Mighty River,” Mudboumd
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
“This Is Me,“ The Greatest Showman

Best Original Score

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexander Desplat, The Shape of Water
Johnny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Animated Feature
Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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