Golden Globe Awards Nominations Were Unveiled
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Steven Spielberg’s The Post, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled in the wee hours on Monday morning.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a revenge drama, The Post, a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and The Shape of Water, an offbeat story about the romance between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-like creature, earned best film and director nods, in addition to picking up nominations for the performances of several of its actors. The Shape of Water nabbed a leading seven nominations, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post picked up six apiece. The other best drama nominees were Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk and Luca Guadagnino’s lyrical romance Call Me by Your Name.
Unlike other awards shows, the Golden Globe Awards separates its film honors into best drama and best musical or comedy categories. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. also hands out hardware to television shows. That’s not the only distinction. The Golden Globe Awards are a looser, boozier affair than the more staid Oscars, with A-list stars downing flutes of Moet between victory speeches, and occasionally taking the stage in a visibly intoxicated state. Beyond slurred words, the organization has attracted attention for some head-turning choices over the years, nominating films such as The Tourist or Burlesque, and back in 1982, the honoring the likes of Pia Zadora, a performer better known for satirizing awards shows than appearing at them.
They are also the subject of some controversy for their insular voting body of roughly 90 members of the HFPA, which in the past has shown an appetite for accepting lavish junkets and meals from contending films and studios. The group is comprised of international journalists working in Hollywood, and has made efforts to clean up its ethical guidelines in recent years.
Globe winners aren’t always predictive of future Oscars glory. Last year, the organization gave its top musical/comedy prize to La La Land and its best drama statue to Moonlight, which went on to pick up the Academy Award for Best Picture. However, it failed to recognize the two previous Best Picture Oscar winners, Spotlight and Birdman.
The Golden Globe Awards will be televised by NBC on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Seth Meyers will host the broadcast, taking the reins from his fellow late night TV staple Jimmy Fallon, who emceed last year.