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‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Lead the 2018 Golden Globes Nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s fish-out-of-water film and the HBO mega-series headline the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s awards list

Kristen Bell speaks during the Golden Globes nominations Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

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 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 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

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

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

The Sinner

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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