The Oscar race is taking on the shape of water.
That pun refers not only to The Shape of Water, which leads the 75th Golden Globe Awards with 7 nominations, but also to how fluid this year’s Oscar race remains.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy drama joins Steven Spielberg‘s The Post (6 nominations) as the two big Academy Award contenders, but only insomuch as it relates to number of nominations. Both movies, which also received Globe nods for their directors, will eventually find Academy recognition in major categories plus arts and tech, but they aren’t locks to win anything.
For others, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is also looking strong after the Globe nominations. It received 6, tying for second most, including Best Picture (Drama), Director (Martin McDonagh), Actress – Drama (Frances McDormand), and Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).
Beyond that, other Awards Season favorites saw some expected nominations but not nearly as many as they’d hoped: Lady Bird (4), Call Me By Your Name (3), and Dunkirk (3). The first two are hurt by less tech recognition, and the third lacks acting/writing support. Even so, expect those titles to make the Academy’s shortlist for Best Picture.
Get Out is still in the Oscar hunt as well, despite being denied a Globe Screenplay nomination for writer/director Jordan Peele. The Academy Awards won’t make that mistake.
Biggest snubs? A mere one nomination for The Florida Project and the complete shutout of The Big Sick, one of the year’s best comedies. Supporting Actor front-runner Willem Dafoe was the only recognition given to The Florida Project, even as that indie darling has made headway on the critics group awards circuit. With TFP‘s portrayal of poverty and a large cast of no-names, the Globes opted for more elegant options with famous people in the Drama categories.
Despite The Big Sick‘s foreign / ethnic angle, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the org that produces/nominates the Globes) showed no love to Kumail Nanjiani‘s hilarious and moving semi-autobiographical romance. Instead, they wanted to make room for a star-driven vehicle like The Greatest Showman in its Comedy / Musical categories, while also inexplicably shoe-horning in Get Out to Comedy / Musical simply because they don’t have the integrity to allow it to compete in Drama where it belongs.
Netflix can probably give up its hopes for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay Oscar nominations for Mudbound, too, although it can still contend for Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Best Song, and possibly Cinematography.
Other unlikely Oscar nominees that actually made the Globe cut are your usual suspects of major Hollywood stars, ones who the Globes want walking down their red carpet and sitting at their tables: Denzel Washington (Actor – Drama, Roman J. Israel, Esq.), Judi Dench (Actress – Comedy/Musical, Victoria & Abdul) Helen Mirren (Actress – Comedy/Musical, The Leisure Seeker), and Actor/Actress – Comedy/Musical Battle of the Sexes co-stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone.
A big unknown that had a good showing: All the Money in the World, the real-life kidnapping thriller that involved the family of tycoon John Paul Getty III. Due to November re-shoots to replace scandal-maligned Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer as Getty, it’s still unseen by critics. The Globe membership, however, was able to screen a re-cut in time for their consideration (or so we suspect; I wouldn’t put it past the star-whore Globes to nominate sight-unseen).
All the Money in the World ended up with three major Globe nods – Michelle Williams (Actress – Drama), Christopher Plummer (Supporting Actor – Drama), and director Ridley Scott – but no Best Picture.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out live on Sunday January 7, 2018 at 8pm EST/7pm CST on NBC, with host Seth Meyers.
75th GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS
Films of 2017
Best Motion Picture – Drama
– Call Me By Your Name
– The Post
– The Shape of Water
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– The Disaster Artist
– Get Out
– The Greatest Showman
– I, Tonya
– Lady Bird
Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
– Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
– Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
– Tom Hanks, The Post
– Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
– Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Best Female Performance in a 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 Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
– Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
– James Franco, The Disaster Artist
– Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
– Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
– Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – 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
Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– 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 Rockewell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Female Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture
– Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
– Hong Chau, Downsizing
– Allison Janney, I, Tonya
– Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
– Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
– 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
– The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
– Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
– The Post, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
– Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Best Original Score
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell
– The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
– Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
– The Post, John Williams
– Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer
Best Original Song
– “Home” – Ferdinand (Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson)
– “Mighty River” – Mudbound (Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Laura Stinson)
– “Remember Me” – Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez)
– “The Star” – The Star (Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman)
– “This Is Me” – The Greatest Showman (Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)
Best Animated Feature Film
– The Boss Baby
– The Breadwinner
– Loving Vincent
Best Foreign Language Film
– A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
– First They Killed My Father (Cambodia)
– In the Fade (Germany)
– Loveless (Russia)
– The Square (Sweden)
The Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
(For a full list of the Golden Globe Television Nominees, click here.)
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Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
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Atlanta Film Critics Circle
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Toronto Film Critics Association
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Boston Society of Film Critics
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AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Awards Nominations
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