Award season kicked off Dec. 11 with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association releasing its nominations for the Golden Globes. The Golden Globes recognizes outstanding performances in film and television every year and helps set expectations for the Academy Awards’ nominations months later. This year’s list of nominations offers a variety of old and new talent.
“The Post” and “Lady Bird” lead the film nominations with six and four each, respectively. “The Post” tells the story of The Washington Post’s battle to publish the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, which exposed government lies about the Vietnam War. Meryl Streep (“Mamma Mia!,” “Sophie’s Choice”) and Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Captain Phillips”) both got nominations for acting in the film, and Steven Spielberg (“E.T.,” “Jurassic Park”) was nominated for directing. “The Post” was also nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Motion Picture Drama. “Dunkirk,” “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Call Me By Your Name” are also contenders for the Best Motion Picture Drama award.
Actresses Saoirse Ronan (“The Lovely Bones,” “Brooklyn”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Toy Story 3,” “Georgia Rule”) were nominated for their acting in “Lady Bird.” The dramedy follows the relationship between a mother and daughter during the daughter’s tumultuous teenage years. The film was also nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. “The Disaster Artist,” “The Greatest Showman,” “I, Tonya” and “Get Out” also received nominations for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Labeling “Get Out” as a comedy met some criticism this year with many arguing the film’s themes of racism are far from funny. Peele said in an interview with IndieWire that he doesn’t think the category fits, and no genre describes his film definitely. The PHOENIX reviewed “Get Out” earlier this year and saw the movie as a blend of genres.
This nomination, however, could help propel “Get Out” to higher accolades considering “The Martian” won in the category despite seeming out of place. Daniel Kaluuya, the lead actor in the film, was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but Peele didn’t receive any nominations for his directing or screenplay.
The acting categories were dominated by seasoned actors and actresses including Judi Dench (“Philomena,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Helen Mirren (“Trumbo,” “The Queen”), Emma Stone (“La La Land,” “The Help”), Denzel Washington (“Fences,” “The Book of Eli”), James Franco (“127 Hours,” “Why Him?”) and Gary Oldman (“Hannibal,” “The Dark Knight”), but up-and-coming talents were also recognized. Timothee Chalamet’s (“Interstellar”) performance in the gay romance film “Call Me By Your Name” earned him a Best Performance nomination, and Ansel Elgort’s (“The Fault in Our Stars”) nomination for Best Performance in the action movie “Baby Driver” shows his transition to more serious films.
In the television categories, “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “This is Us” and “Stranger Things” held their ground in Television Drama. The addition of “The Handmaid’s Tale” to the category’s already strong lineup should make for a competitive race.
Aziz Ansari’s comedy “Master of None” received nominations for Best Actor and Best Television Series Musical or Comedy, but Lena Waithe (“Dear White People”) didn’t get any nominations for her breakout performance in the series. The remake of “Will and Grace” also followed in the footsteps of the original series with a nomination for Best Television Series and Best Actor for Eric McCormack (“Who is Clark Rockefeller?”).
Although many talents were recognized by the Golden Globes this year, some snubs came as a surprise. Other strong films didn’t make it in nominations or weren’t fully recognized. “The Big Sick” didn’t receive any nominations and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”) missed out on a directing nomination.
No women — including Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) — were nominated for Best Director. Women have always been underrepresented in the category, but this year the snubs especially sting painfully in light of recent sexual misconduct allegations against men in Hollywood.
The 2018 Golden Globes will usher in awards season Jan. 7, and viewers should pay close attention to the Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Performance in a Motion Picture Drama and Best Television Series Drama categories. Viewers should also look to see how, or if, the ceremony addresses the sexual misconduct scandals in its industry.