Friday, December 15, 2017

'The Shape of Water' and 'Get Out' lead speculative fiction at the movies at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

I'll have more tomorrow with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards nominees and over the weekend with the Golden Globes nominees.  Stay tuned.
Since I wrote that at the conclusion of A good year for speculative fiction in the AFI top movies and TV shows of 2017, I've decided to mix things up a bit and cover the movie nominees for the Golden Globes first.  I'll still cover the WGA Awards nominees/A> tomorrow.  In the meantime, here are the Golden Globes movie nominations that recognize speculative fiction film from Vox.
Best Picture — Drama

Call Me by Your Name


The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This is the first of seven nominations for "The Shape of Water," the most of any film at these awards.  That makes the Golden Globes the second awards show after the 'Critics' Choice Movie Awards to honor Guillermo Del Toro's fantasy as not only the most nominated speculative fiction film of the year, but the most nominated film of the year, period.
Best Picture — Comedy or Musical

The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

I, Tonya

Lady Bird
The second most nominated speculative fiction film at the Golden Globes is "Get Out" with two nominations.  The good news is that it's not competing against "The Shape of Water."  The bad news is that it is competing against films that actually are comedies.  That may not hurt it, as "The Martian" was nominated as a comedy at the Golden Globes two years ago and it won two Golden Globes in the same categories that "Get Out" is nominated in this year.  That might mitigate the ugly news, which is that nominating a horror film as a comedy may seem a bit insulting.  After all, "Black Swan," the last horror film to win an AFI Film of the Year, earned four nominations and one win as a drama in the Golden Globes seven years ago.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the nominees.

Now the second of seven nominations for "The Shape of Water."
Best Performance by an 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
I'll repeat what I wrote for the Critics' Choice Awards.
Meryl Streep has the name, Frances McDormand has the performance, and Jessica Chastain and Margot Robbie have the stories.  It should go to McDormand, but Streep might pull it off.  If Sally Hawkins wins, I'd be very surprised.  She might have a better shot at the Saturn Awards, except that I expect her performance will be subtle and the Saturn voters don't like subtle.  They'll probably vote for Daisy Ridley instead.
Robbie is nominated in comedy here and replaced by Michelle Williams, but that doesn't mean that I think Hawkins' chances are much better here.
Best Performance by an 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
Daniel Kaluuya delivered a frightening and determined performance, but I think he has uphill sledding against Steve Carell, James Franco, and Hugh Jackman for this award.  I don't think he'll do any better at the Saturn Awards, where Jackman might beat him for his role in "Logan."  As for Carell, I am repeating what I wrote for the Critics' Choice Awards.
Predictions: "Battle of the Sexes" will be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Movie. Emma Stone will be nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Movie. Steve Carell will be nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Movie. With three months of releases still to go, it's too early to post odds on their winning. It's also too early to make bets on their Oscar prospects.
"Battle of the Sexes" did not get the nomination for Best Picture — Comedy or Musical, but Carell did receive the Golden Globe nomination I predicted when the movie came out.  It also got the next one, which I otherwise would not include.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Stone got the nomination I predicted as well.  Two out of three!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

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
For this third nomination for "The Shape of Water," I'll repeat what I wrote for the Critics' Choice Awards.
I hear the acting in "Call Me by Your Name" is excellent and I'd favor Armie Hammer over his co-star.  Still, they might split their vote so Willem Dafoe or Sam Rockwell wins instead.
I think Jenkins' chances are even worse here with Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Alison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
This is probably the most racially diverse category as well as the one in which speculative fiction is best represented with Octavia Spencer and Hong Chau as nominees from "The Shape of Water" and "Downsizing" (its one nomination) plus Mary J. Blige from "Mudbound."  Still, this is a tough field as Alison Janney and Laurie Metcalf may show that the comedies have better supporting actors than the dramas.
Best Director — Motion Picture

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
I'll elaborate on what I wrote for the Critics' Choice Awards: "The three big names are Del Toro, Nolan, and Spielberg, although Peele might pull an upset."  Peele isn't even nominated here, but the field is even more impressive with Ridley Scott joining it.  "I'm rooting for Nolan," but I'm not optimistic.
Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
Aaron Sorkin is probably the strongest writer of the bunch, but that doesn't mean he will win.  I'd like to root for Del Toro in the sixth nomination for "The Shape of Water," but I wouldn't be surprised if any of these win.
Best Motion Picture — Animated

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent
My first reaction was "The Boss Baby" instead of "The Lego Batman Movie"?  That written, I don't think it will matter, as the favorites are "the Breadwinner" and "Coco."
Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

John Williams, The Post

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
I still think Zimmer will pull this one off for "Dunkirk," but I'm beginning to worry about Alexandre Desplat and especially John Williams winning instead.
Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“Home,” Ferdinand

“Mighty River,” Mudbound

“Remember Me,” Coco

“The Star,” The Star

“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
Three of these, "Home," "Remember Me," and "The Star, are from animated movies, so they all count as speculative fiction.  I'd put my money on either "Remember Me" or "This is Me," the only songs nominated both here and at the Critics' Choice Awards.  However, I find it noteworthy that Blige is nominate both for her acting and her singing.  So did Variety.
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).
Thank you, Variety; that answered my questions about this double nomination.

Stay tuned for more nominations of television shows.

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