The awards season is in full swing and features some of the most competitive races in years, and on Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Because the motion picture races are divided into two categories—drama and musical or comedy—it makes the competition, well, quite wide.
This year, the Best Motion Picture—Drama race is headlined by Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which bodes well for their Oscar prospects. The Shape of Water leads all films with seven total Globe nominations. On the comedy or musical side, the nominees are: The Disaster Artist; Get Out; The Greatest Showman; I, Tonya; and Lady Bird.
With so many Oscar hopefuls nominated, it’s a warning sign to be left off of either list. Sean Baker’s The Florida Project and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, for example, are two exclusions that stand to lose some Oscars momentum—plus, neither director was considered for the Best Director category, which instead features Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World), and Steven Spielberg (The Post).
Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet, who has already nabbed best actor wins from the L.A. Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle, leads the Best Actor—Drama race, going up against Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks (The Post), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.). Chalamet could become the youngest actor to win a Best Actor Oscar; a Golden Globes win might foretell a historic achievement.
The Best Actress—Drama category, meanwhile, sees early awards-season front-runners Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) going against Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Meryl Streep (The Post), and Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World). Any time Meryl Streep’s in the mix, you know it’s going to be a good race.
Meanwhile, the Golden Globes TV nominations are fun when the HFPA picks unexpected shows (remember when Mozart in the Jungle, a show watched by maybe one person, won some Golden Globes?). This year, the Golden Globes recognized USA’s wild miniseries The Sinner, Showtime’s SMILF—I checked, it’s a real show—and Freddie Highmore’s performance in The Good Doctor, a show a lot of Americans watch for some reason.
The drama series race puts Emmys winner The Handmaid’s Tale up against Game of Thrones—riding the momentum of an ice dragon—The Crown, Stranger Things, and This Is Us. Though Big Little Lies is now officially getting a second season, it leads the limited series race alongside Fargo, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Sinner, and Top of the Lake: China Girl.
Check out the nominees for the biggest Golden Globes categories below:
Best Motion Picture—Drama
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman
Best Director—Motion Picture
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 Performance by an Actress 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 Performance by an Actor 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 Performance by an Actress 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 Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—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
Best Television Series—Drama
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
The full list of Golden Globes nominees is available here. The Seth Meyers–hosted Golden Globes will air January 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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