Monday, December 11, 2017

Check Out This Year's Golden Globe Nominees

It's officially that time of year. With many critics groups putting out their Best of 2017 lists, it was only a matter of time until the major awards began releasing their nominees. There are few that trumpet in the season quite like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), whose track record of predicting the Oscars is spotty, but paints an interesting look into what films will be discussed throughout the awards season. This year's nominees are officially here, and you can check them out below, including some commentary on the movie categories. What made the cut? What didn't? Read on to find out.

Best Picture (Drama)

-Call Me by Your Name
-The Post
-The Shape of Water
-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)

-The Disaster Artist
-Get Out
-The Greatest Showman
-I, Tonya
-Lady Bird

Best Picture (Animated)

-The Boss Baby
-The Breadwinner
-Loving Vincent

Best Picture (Foreign Language)

-Fantastic Women
-First They Killed My Father
-In the Fade
-The Square

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 Actor (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 Actress (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 Actor (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 Supporting Actress

-Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
-Hong Chau (Downsizing)
-Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
-Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
-Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

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 Director

-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 Screenplay

-The Shape of Water
-The Post
-Lady Bird
-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
-Molly’s Game

Best Original Score

-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
-The Shape of Water
-Phantom Thread
-The Post

Best Original Song

“Home” - Ferdinand
“Mighty River” - Mudbound
“Remember Me” - Coco
“The Star” - The Star
“This Is Me” - The Greatest Showman

Overall Thoughts

It should be noted that in general, Golden Globes don't do the best job of matching The Academy Awards. For instance, the general attitude towards the Comedy or Musical category is usually lax. However, it is a field where a lot of heavy hitters have showed up. Films like Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, and Get Out all have been doing successful business over the past few months, getting respective awards pushes for various aspects of those films. It also looks like The Post and Phantom Thread are going to get a good bump from the Golden Globes, though it's still unclear how well films like Battle of the Sexes, The Greatest Showman, and All the Money in the World will receive. It's bizarre that Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey last month in the Ridley Scott movie, was even nominated. Among other positive elements is the overwhelming presence of The Shape of Water, which looks to be another horror film with strong Oscar chances. Beyond this, there's no significant upset, as actors like Timothee Chalament, Margot Robbie, and Willem Dafoe continue to remain present throughout the race. It's a decent year, though not one that yet suggests anything shocking or different from what other awards have been providing so far.

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