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Golden Globes 2018 Nomination Snubs from The Big Sick to Jordan Peele and Tiffany Haddish
If you made a bumper sticker that read Keep the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Weird!, I’d certainly buy it—although the mysterious organization that conducts the Golden Globe Awards usually has no problem maintaining a certain bizarreness with or without a Film Twitter-approved slogan. The ceremony itself is known for its off-the-cuff, champagne-induced breeziness, avoiding the self-seriousness (and seemingly unending run time) of the more prestigious Academy Awards. But the annual nominations also have enough of a WTF? factor to remind us that this awards show, while a valuable precursor to the Oscars, is also downright absurd.
This of course is the result of the show’s continuation of the tonal binary of its categories, with a film or television show being assigned as a drama or a musical/comedy. Naturally, it widens the playing field to more nominations, but it also feels increasingly strange in our post-modern era when most TV comedies feel dismal and bleak, and a blockbuster horror film about racism in our modern age falls into the comedy category alongside a biopic about a controversial figure skater who suffered abuse at the hands of her husband and mother and a musical starring Hugh Jackman. (I’m dying to know why Get Out and I, Tonya are comedies yet Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a drama, but I don’t make these decisions—I simply watch the movies.)
The Golden Globes have enough of a WTF? factor to remind us that this awards show, while a valuable precursor to the Oscars, is also downright absurd.
There are the obvious nominations: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep all picked up nods for The Post, a film genetically engineered to earn awards. The other frontrunners picked up their nominations for their performances in their respective categories: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Gary Oldman, Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laurie Metcalf, Allison Janney, Armie Hammer, and Sam Rockwell. You’d do well to bet on this crop of actors getting Oscar nominations for their work come January.
And, of course, there are a few surprises—some welcome, like Mary J. Blige for her quiet and heartbreaking turn in Mudbound, Willem Dafoe for his performance in the gorgeous The Florida Project, and the always fabulous Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water. But Ansel Elgort for Baby Driver? Steve Carell and Emma Stone for Battle of the Sexes? Helen Mirren in The Leisure Seeker, whatever that is? The comedy acting categories often seem like filler for the A-listers the HFPA wants at the party, but come on.
And then there’s Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World, a role he stepped into in November to replace Kevin Spacey, whose scenes were cut at the last minute. Plummer’s scenes were filmed just last month, and director Ridley Scott completed the updated version of his thriller in time for its Christmas day release and the December 4 screening deadline to qualify it for the Golden Globes. (Ridley Scott just turned 80, by the way. I would probably vote him into office considering how much he’s able to get done.)
The TV nominations are mostly straight forward compared to the film categories; you’ll find a lot of similar titles that we saw sweep this year’s Emmys. The nice surprises, though, come from shows that have premiered in our current season. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, rightfully earned a Best TV Series nod, as did the phenomenal Rachel Brosnahan for its titular character. Kyle MacLachlan once again earned a nomination for playing Dale Cooper (and Mr. C, and Dougie Jones) 26 years after he won a Golden Globe for the show’s first season. And Maggie Gyllenhaal rightfully earned a Best Actress nomination for The Deuce, and I hope she wins (thank goodness she’s not up against the entire cast of Big Little Lies). And then there’s SMILF. SMILF!
Were there snubs? Of course there were snubs. The Big Sick was shut out completely, despite Kumail Najiani, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter’s stellar performances (and Najiani’s screenplay, co-written with his wife Emily V. Gordon). Jordan Peele did not earn expected nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Sufjan Stevens, who wrote two new songs for Call Me By Your Name, was ignored. And the most glaring omission: Tiffany Haddish, whose work in Girls Trip is by far the funniest performance of the year.
Find the full list of 2018 Golden Globe nominations below.
Best Motion Picture: Drama
Call Me By Your NameDunkirkThe PostThe Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy
The Disaster ArtistGet OutThe Greatest ShowmanI, TonyaLady Bird
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your NameDaniel Day Lewis, Phantom ThreadTom Hanks, The PostGary Oldman, Darkest HourDenzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s GameSally Hawkins, The Shape of WaterFrances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMeryl Streep, The PostMichelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the SexesAnsel Elgort, Baby DriverJames Franco, The Disaster ArtistHugh Jackman, The Greatest ShowmanDaniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria and AbdulHelen Mirren, The Leisure SeekerMargot Robbie, I, TonyaSaoirse Ronan, Lady BirdEmma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida ProjectArmie Hammer, Call Me By Your NameRichard Jenkins, The Shape of WaterChristopher Plummer, All the Money In the WorldSam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mary J Blige, MudboundHong Chau, DownsizingAllison Janney, I, TonyaLaurie Metcalf, Lady BirdOctavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Best Director: Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of WaterMartin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriChristopher Nolan, DunkirkRidley Scott, All The Money in the WorldSteven Spielberg, The Post
Best Screenplay: Motion Picture
The Shape of WaterLady BirdThe PostThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMolly’s Game
Best Original Score: Motion Picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriThe Shape of WaterPhantom ThreadThe PostDunkirk
Best Motion Picture: Foreign Language
A Fantastic WomanFirst They Killed My FatherIn The FadeLovelessThe Square
Best Motion Picture: Animated
The Boss BabyThe BreadwinnerCocoFerdinandLoving Vincent
Best Original Song: Motion Picture
“Home,” Ferdinand”Mighty River,” Mudbound”Remember Me,” Coco”The Star,” The Star”This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
Best Television Series: Drama
The CrownGame of ThronesThe Handmaid’s TaleStranger ThingsThis Is Us
Best Television Series: Comedy
Black-ishThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselMaster of NoneSMILFWill and Grace
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little LiesFargoFeud: Bette and JoanThe SinnerTop of the Lake: China Girl
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series: Drama
Jason Bateman, OzarkSterling K. Brown, This Is UsFreddie Highmore, The Good DoctorBob Odenkirk, Better Call SaulLiev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: Drama
Caitriona Balfe, OutlanderClaire Foy, The CrownMaggie Gyllenhaal, The DeuceKatheirne Langford, 13 Reasons WhyElisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ishAziz Ansari, Master of NoneKevin Bacon, I Love DickWilliam H. Macy, ShamelessEric McCormick, Will & Grace
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better ThingsAlison Brie, GlowRachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselIssa Rae, InsecureFrankie Shaw, SMILF
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, Wizard of LiesJude Law, The Young PopeKyle Maclachlan, Twin Peaks: The ReturnEwan McGregor, FargoGeoffrey Rush, Genius
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, The SinnerNicole Kidman, Big Little LiesJessica Lange, Feud: Bette and JoanSusan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and JoanReese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour, Stranger ThingsAlfred Molina, Feud: Bette and JoanChristian Slater, Mr. RobotAlexander Skarsgard, Big Little LiesDavid Thewlis, Fargo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little LiesAnn Dowd, The Handmaid’s TaleChrissy Metz, This Is UsMichelle Pfeiffer, Wizard of LiesShailene Woodley, Big Little Lies