“The Shape of Water” leads the Golden Globe nominations this year, receiving a total of seven nods, including best dramatic picture. The story of a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid water-creature also got nominations for Sally Hakwins as best dramatic actress and best director for Guillermo del Toro.
Following close behind with six nominations each are “The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh’s story of violence in a small town. Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical “Lady Bird” received four nods, including best comedy and best comedic actress for Saoirse Ronan as a confused teenager in Northern California.
The nominations announced Monday, which came at the end of a year rocked by sexual harassment and assault scandals within Hollywood, seemed to focus on films that were led or made by women. Margot Robbie received a comedic actress nod as Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” as did Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes,” a film that was co-directed by Valerie Faris. One glaring omission in that arena, however, was “Wonder Woman,” the female-fronted and female-directed superhero film that has been widely considered a historic moment for gender equality in the film industry.
A surprise nomination for supporting actor in a drama came for Christopher Plummer, who plays the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World” — a role he took only after the original actor, Kevin Spacey, was edited out of the film in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. That film also received a best directing nod for Ridley Scott.
As always, the Golden Globes, which are bestowed by the mercurial Hollywood Foreign Press Association, raise questions about what films will fare best at the Oscars. Two movies widely considered Oscar front-runners, Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama “Dunkirk” and the gay romance “Call Me By Your Name,” were both nominated for best dramatic picture but received only three nominations each. The racially-charged horror-satire “Get Out,” one of the year’s best-reviewed movies, got nominations for best comedy and Daniel Kaluuya for best comedic actor.
This year’s head-scratcher was a dramatic acting nod for Denzel Washington as a civil-rights lawyer in the tepidly-received and little-seen “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Of local interest, Greenlawn-raised Mariah Carey was nominated for best original song for co-writing the Christmas tune “The Star,” from the animated movie of the same name. The singer tweeted: Thank you so much to the #HFPA for the Golden Globe nomination for The Star. As songwriters, myself and my dear friend and collaborator Marc Shaiman are truly honored. What a humbling experience to be included in this group of amazing songwriters.”
Meanwhile, in the television categories, the Emmy-winning “Big Little Lies” received several acting nods (Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård) as well as best limited series. (HBO recently announced a second season for “Big Little Lies,” which will change its category in other awards shows.) FX’s Bette Davis and Joan Crawford chronicle “Feud: Bette and Joan” landed four nominations, including nods for Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Amazon’s just-debuted “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” scored several nods, including best comedy series.
Also nominated were Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and NBC’s “This Is Us.” Left out were frequent Globes-nominees “House of Cards” and “Transparent,” two of the TV shows affected by the cascading fallout of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s ouster.
— With AP
The nominees in major categories:
Motion picture, drama
“Call Me By Your Name”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Motion picture, musical or comedy
“The Disaster Artist”
“The Greatest Showman”
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.”
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”
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”
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”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“This Is Us”
Television series, musical or comedy
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Master of None”
“Will & Grace”