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For the film industry, award season is in full swing. Indeed, we recently had the Los Angeles Film Critics Association give out their awards and the nominations for the Golden Globes have now been released. To be honest, the Golden Globes are a bit of a joke. The awards are not taken that seriously, especially as the voter overlap with the Oscars is non-existent.
Additionally, the decisions that are made when it comes to what gets nominated are peculiar to say the least. Still, an award nomination/win for any film will raise its profile even if it is a Golden Globe. Certainly, the general audience does not know about the ins and outs of the Golden Globes. If someone sees a film get nominated for or win an award, then they are more likely to see it. So, with all that being said, let’s take a look at the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes.
It was good to see that a wide range of films and actors/actresses got nominations. Yet, some do stand out as being the big winners at the 2018 Golden Globes. The Shape of Water was the film that got the most nominations with a total of seven. The categories that this film was nominated in include Best Picture – Drama, Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins) and Director (Guillermo del Toro).
The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were right behind The Shape of Water with both films garnering six nominations. Get Out was nominated in the category of Best Picture – Musical or Comedy (Um…really? Get Out? A comedy?) and Daniel Kaluuya received a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Get Out. Indie darling Call Me By Your Name got three nominations for Best Picture – Drama, Best Actor (Timothée Chalomet) and Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer).
From a television perspective, Big Little Lies dominated the 2018 Golden Globes nominations with a total of six. The first season was a critical success when it came out and, with a second season just announced, the good times are continuing for this show. Alison Brie also got a nomination for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for her work in GLOW.
Something no one expected was to see All the Money in the World receive some love from the Golden Globes. The latest film directed by Ridley Scott has been marred in controversy due to the revelations about Kevin Spacey. In a stunning move, the film just went through re-shoots to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Plummer has now received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film got an additional two nominations which is remarkable for a film that went through such turmoil.
It was very surprising to see that The Big Sick did not receive any nominations. The film did not even get a nomination for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. Certainly, you can make a valid argument that it is the best comedy of the year. For me, it certainly qualifies more as a comedy than Get Out. I also think that it is a better film than Get Out so I was disappointed with this outcome.
Speaking of Get Out, it was expected that Jordan Peele would get nominated for Best Director which did not happen. Many people see this as a snub. I would certainly argue that, for a directorial debut, Peele did a great job. Still, we will have to see who wins at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday 7th January, 2018.
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