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The Shape of Water dominates 2018 Golden Globe film nominations

by Craig Kell. Published Tue 12 Dec 2017 22:44

With the Oscars less than three months away, awards season is up and running with the Golden Globes announcing their list of film nominations for 2018.

The fantasy drama The Shape of Water, which centres on a romance between a mute cleaner and an Amphibian man, leads the way with seven nominations, which include the coveted Best Motion Picture (Drama) accolade. British star Sally Hawkins is up for the the Best Actress (Drama) award with co- stars Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer placed in the Supporting categories. Additionally, Guillermo del Toro is recognised in the Best Director category.

Two other films that performed well were Steven Spielberg’s political biopic The Post and Martin McDonagh’s comic-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with both receiving six mentions apiece. Both are up for Best Film (Drama) which also includes the romantic feature Call Me By Your Name and Christopher Nolan’s hit war drama Dunkirk.

Hollywood favourites Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are both recognised for their roles in The Post with the latter receiving a record 32nd nomination for her portrayal of Washington Times publicist Katharine Graham. Her opposition in the Best Actress (Drama) category includes Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Sally Hawkins and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Hanks faces stern competition in Best Actor (Drama) from Daniel Day-Lewis’s final performance in Phantom Thread as well as Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq) and 21 year old Timothee Chalament (Call Me By Your Name).

A month ago, Christopher Plummer wasn’t even involved with Ridley Scott’s crime drama All the Money in the World yet the veteran Oscar winner has managed to score a last-minute Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of real-life billionaire J Paul Getty. The role was originally played by Kevin Spacey until his recent antics led to his abrupt departure from the film. Scott himself received a surprise Best Director nomination with Michelle Williams recognised in Best Actress (Drama).

In the Comedy / Musical categories, Greta Gerwig’s indie-comedy Lady Bird is up for four awards including the important Best Motion Picture (C/M) category. Irish performer Saoirse Ronan and co-star Laurie Metcalf are also mentioned in Best Actress (C/M) and Supporting Actress respectively though Gerwig herself surprisingly missed out on a Best Director nomination.

Ronan is competing in a strong Best Actress category, which includes British dames Judi Dench (Victoria and Abul) and Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and last year’s winner Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes).

Despite being classed as a psychological thriller, Get Out is shortlisted in Best Motion Picture (C/M) along with the musical extravaganza The Greatest Showman and biopics The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya.

British star Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) will be competing in the Actor category along with Steve Carrell (Battle of the Sexes), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman) and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver).

The Supporting Actor / Actress lineups include familiar faces like Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Allison Janney (Lady Bird), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards) and pop singer-turned actress Mary J. Blige (Mudbound).

Legendary composer John Williams is once again recognised for his work on The Post while the standout nominee in Best Animated Film is Pixar’s Mexican-themed animation Coco. Finally, Angelina Jolie receives her second mention in Best Foreign Language film for her post Vietnam War drama First They Killed My Father.

The 75th Golden Globe Awards will take place at The Beverly Hilton on January 7th 2018 with Seth Meyers as host.

The full list of nominations are below:

BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
DUNKIRK
THE POST
THE SHAPE OF WATER
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Timothee 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 ACTRESS (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 MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
THE DISASTER ARTIST
GET OUT
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
I, TONYA
LADY BIRD

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Steve Carrell, BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Ansel Elgort, BABY DRIVER
James Franco, THE DISASTER ARTIST
Hugh Jackman, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Daniel Kaluuya, GET OUT

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Judi Dench, VICTORIA & ABDUL
Helen Mirren, THE LEISURE SEEKER
Margot Robbie, I, TONYA
Saoirse Ronan, LADY BIRD
Emma Stone, BATTLE OF THE SEXES

BEST 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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, MUDBOUND
Hong Chau, DOWNSIZING
Allison Janney, I, TONYA
Laurie Metcalf, LADY BIRD
Octavia Spencer, THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST DIRECTOR
Martin McDonagh, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Christopher Nolan, DUNKIRK
Ridley Scott, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
Steven Spielberg, THE POST
Guillermo del Toro, THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig, LADY BIRD
Liz Hannah Josh Singer, THE POST
Martin McDonagh, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Aaron Sorkin, MOLLY’S GAME
Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, THE SHAPE OF WATER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Carter Burwell, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Alexandre Desplat, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Johnny Greenwood, PHANTOM THREAD
John Williams, THE POST
Hans Zimmer, DUNKIRK

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
COCO, “Remember Me”
FERDINAND, “Home”
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, “This is Me”
MUDBOUND, “Mighty River”
THE STAR, “The Star”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
THE BOSS BABY
THE BREADWINNER
COCO
FERDINAND
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)



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