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Your 2018 Golden Globes Nominees Speak to a Really Good Year on Screens Big & Small

The Golden Globes nominee list this year is a real celebration of creativity, and rewards filmmakers who took big chances. Emblematic of just how wide-ranging and unique this year’s crop of films was, look no further than a Best Picture list that includes Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous, dark creature feature The Shape of Water (for Drama) and Jordan Peele’s horror/comedy/social thriller Get Out for (Comedy). In fact, The Shape of Water topped out with the most nominations among film or TV at seven.

Back in September, The Shape of Water made a big splash at TIFF. With incredible period costume design by Luis Sequeira and stunning cinematography by Dan Laustsen, del Toro continues to rewrite the rules for monster movies. Nominations include Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, Octavia Spencer for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Richard Jenkins for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Guillermo del Toro for Best Director.

Get Out was released in February of this year, just as the previous award season was coming to a close, and fans were already pegging it as a major contender come awards season. Jordan Peele was meticulous in the method to his madness, and it paid off. Get Out preceded a year no one could have predicted, and looking back, the movie was almost eerily prescient. It’s one of those films that is of its moment, made by an artist shaped by, and now shaping, America’s cultural climate.

Unsurprisingly, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Steven Spielberg’s The Post made a strong showing. Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman, I, Tonya, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri each earned their way onto an incredibly competitive Best Picture category. The biggest shock is possibly the absence of Phantom Thread for Best Picture. Daniel Day-Lewis did get a nomination for his final performance in the film. He’s competing against 21-year-old Timothée Chalamet, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman, and Denzel Washington, but Day-Lewis is the likely frontrunner.

Coco is likely to lead as frontrunner of the best animated feature this year, competing against The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Ferdinand, and Loving Vincent. Coco’s signature song “Remember Me” also made it onto the Best Original Song list alongside selections from Ferdinand, Mudbound, The Star and The Greatest Showman.

Big Little Lies leads the TV nominations, and if the Emmys are any indication, it will clean up. The show pulled down six nominations – double that of Hulu smash hit The Handmaid’s Tale.

Much like Get Out, The Handmaid’s Tale was an eerily prescient piece of art that served as both a reflection of and warning sign to our current times. Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd both received performance nominations. As one of the most culturally relevant shows of the year, this one is already a winner in our book. The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and This is Us will compete against The Handmaid’s Tale for Best Television Series Drama.

In the comedy series, Black-ish is the only show to return to the Best Television Series category. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Master of None, Smilf, and Will and Grace all made the list. There is some serious déjà vu seeing Will and Grace back on the list. The name hasn’t appeared on the Golden Globes since 2005, but the show proved to be just as fresh, funny, and relevant as the original series.

Looking at this list, all we can say is, what a year for entertainment. Thoughtful, provocative, and prophetic, there’s not a title on the nominations this year that you’ll want to skip. Here’s the full list.

The Golden Globes will air live on January 7.

FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Frenesy Film / La Cinéfacture Productions / Water’s End Productions; Sony Pictures Classics

DUNKIRK
Warner Bros. Pictures / Syncopy; Warner Bros. Pictures

THE POST
DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Double Dare You; Fox Searchlight Pictures

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Blueprint Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

THE DISASTER ARTIST
Good Universe / Point Grey / Ratpac-Dune / WB/New Line Pictures; A24

GET OUT
Blumhouse / QC Entertainment / Monkeypaw Productions; Universal Pictures

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox

I, TONYA
Clubhouse Pictures / LuckyChap Entertainment; NEON

LADY BIRD
IAC Films; A24

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

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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 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

BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED

THE BOSS BABY
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox

THE BREADWINNER
Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions; GKIDS

COCO
Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

FERDINAND
Blue Sky Studios; Twentieth Century Fox

LOVING VINCENT
Breakthru Films / Trademark Films; Good Deed Entertainment

BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (CHILE)
Fabula, Participant Media, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine; Sony Pictures Classics

FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (CAMBODIA)
Bophana; Netflix

IN THE FADE (GERMANY / FRANCE)
Bombero International / Macassar Productions; Magnolia Pictures

LOVELESS (RUSSIA)
Non-Stop Productions, Fetisoff Illusion, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinema, Les Films du Fleuve, Senator Film; Sony Pictures Classics

THE SQUARE (SWEDEN / GERMANY / FRANCE)
Plattform Produktion / Arte France Cinéma /Coproduction Office / Det Danske Filminstitut / Essential Filmproduktion GmbH / Film i Väst; Magnolia Pictures

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

MARY J. BLIGE, MUDBOUND

HONG CHAU, DOWNSIZING

ALLISON JANNEY, I, TONYA

LAURIE METCALF, LADY BIRD

OCTAVIA SPENCER, THE SHAPE OF WATER

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

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

GUILLERMO DEL TORO, VANESSA TAYLOR, THE SHAPE OF WATER

GRETA GERWIG, LADY BIRD

LIZ HANNAH, JOSH SINGER, THE POST

MARTIN MCDONAGH, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

AARON SORKIN, MOLLY’S GAME

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“HOME” — FERDINAND
Music by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson
Lyrics by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter

“MIGHTY RIVER” — MUDBOUND
Music by: Raphael Saadiq
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson

“REMEMBER ME” — COCO
Music by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“THE STAR” — THE STAR
Music by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman

“THIS IS ME” — THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Music by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Lyrics by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

TV CATEGORIES

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

THE CROWN, NETFLIX
Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television

GAME OF THRONES, HBO
HBO Entertainment / Bighead, Littlehead / Television 360 / Startling Television

THE HANDMAID’S TALE, HULU
MGM

STRANGER THINGS, NETFLIX
Netflix

THIS IS US, NBC
20th Century Fox Television

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

BLACK-ISH, ABC
ABC Studios

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, AMAZON
Amazon Studios

MASTER OF NONE, NETFLIX
Universal Television / Oh Brudder Productions / Alan Yang Productions / Fremulon Productions / 3 Arts Entertainment

SMILF, SHOWTIME
ABC Signature Studios / SupahSmaht, Inc / Quantity Entertainment / Groundswell Productions

WILL & GRACE, NBC
Universal Television

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

CAITRIONA BALFE, OUTLANDER

CLAIRE FOY, THE CROWN

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, THE DEUCE

KATHERINE LANGFORD, 13 REASONS WHY

ELISABETH MOSS, THE HANDMAID’S TALE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

JASON BATEMAN OZARK

STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US

FREDDIE HIGHMORE THE GOOD DOCTOR

BOB ODENKIRK BETTER CALL SAUL

LIEV SCHREIBER RAY DONOVAN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

PAMELA ADLON, BETTER THINGS

ALISON BRIE, GLOW

RACHEL BROSNAHAN, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

ISSA RAE, INSECURE

FRANKIE SHAW, SMILF

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

ANTHONY ANDERSON, BLACK-ISH

AZIZ ANSARI, MASTER OF NONE

KEVIN BACON, I LOVE DICK

WILLIAM H. MACY, SHAMELESS

ERIC MCCORMACK, WILL & GRACE

BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

BIG LITTLE LIES, HBO
HBO Entertainment / David E. Kelly Productions / Pacific Standard / Blossom Films

FARGO, FX
MGM Television / FX Productions

FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN, FX
Fox 21 Television Studios

THE SINNER, USA NETWORK
Universal Cable Productions

TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, SUNDANCETV
SeeSaw Films

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

JESSICA BIEL, THE SINNER

NICOLE KIDMAN, BIG LITTLE LIES

JESSICA LANGE, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

SUSAN SARANDON, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

REESE WITHERSPOON, BIG LITTLE LIES

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

ROBERT DE NIRO, THE WIZARD OF LIES

JUDE LAW, THE YOUNG POPE

KYLE MACLACHLAN, TWIN PEAKS

EWAN MCGREGOR, FARGO

GEOFFREY RUSH, GENIUS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

LAURA DERN, BIG LITTLE LIES

ANN DOWD, THE HANDMAID’S TALE

CHRISSY METZ, THIS IS US

MICHELLE PFEIFFER, THE WIZARD OF LIES

SHAILENE WOODLEY, 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 THINGS

ALFRED MOLINA, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

CHRISTIAN SLATER, MR. ROBOT

ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD, BIG LITTLE LIES

DAVID THEWLIS, FARGO

Featured Image: Octavia Spencer and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water. Photo Credit: Kerry Hayes; © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.

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