The nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes were recently announced and as usual, journalists and awards pundits have begun to weigh in on who may take home a statue on the night. The nominations themselves looked favourably on Irish talent this year, with acknowledgements for Saoirse Ronan, Martin Mcdonagh and Kilkenny based animation studio Cartoon Saloon for their animation The Breadwinner. The process of selecting a Golden Globe nominee diﬀers widely from the Oscars, where the chosen ones are determined by 8500 industry professionals inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The Globes, however, are chosen by about 93 foreign journalists residing in California known as The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA has drawn criticism in the past for some controversial choices, such as in 2011 when the Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist was nominated for best picture, actor and actress in a comedy or musical despite the ﬁlms lack of any actual comedic value. Nevertheless, the Globes remain a major player in awards season with the show being watched by millions all over the world.
Here is a brief look at who may take home gold in the major ﬁlm categories.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
As discussed above the Globes are voted for by journalists, that very detail may give Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama The Post the edge in this category. The ﬁlm is the true story of how journalist Kathrine Graham attempts to expose a political cover-up that spans three decades and goes right to the president himself. Spielberg has proclaimed that there was no other year this ﬁlm could be released and it just may ride the current political zeitgeist to victory.
Winner: The Post
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks – The Post
Gary Oldman – The Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, ESQ
This is a highly competitive category, both Chalamet’s lovesick teen and Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill have already received multiple plaudits for their work. Despite these two acclaimed performances, it is possible the HFPA may be inﬂuenced by Daniel Day Lewis’s ﬁnal performance before his retirement in Phantom Thread. The ﬁlm has already received rave reviews from early screenings and the allure of one last win for Day-Lewis may be too much for the HFPA to resist. Still, award shows have in the past tended to favour ﬁlms and performances based on true stories and historical ﬁgures, this may just allow Oldman to squeak out a victory.
Winner: Gary Oldman
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain – Mollys 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
Meryl Streep is the most lauded actor or actress in the history of the Golden Globes with 29 nominations and seven wins. With early word of another stellar performance in Spielberg’s The
Post, she just may make this her eighth win. The main contender apart from Streep would have to be Francis McDormand for her work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. The ﬁlm has already received some notice for McDormand’s performance from ﬁlm critics circles in the states although it may have beneﬁted from an earlier release than The Post.
Winner: Meryl Streep
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman
While Jordon Peel’s Get Out proved to be one of the years greatest surprises and James Franco’s Disaster Artist is currently making waves among critics and audiences alike, this category most likely belongs to Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Until recently the ﬁlm held a perfect 100% score on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and was the sites best-reviewed ﬁlm of all time (a spot previously held and now held again by Toy Story 2).
Winner: Lady Bird
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
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 gave an exceptional performance in Get Out earlier this year, the actor managed to carry the particularly tense ﬁlm as his character embarked on a terrifying ordeal. Nevertheless, this may be Franco’s year, The Disaster Artist has just been released and has the advantage of being fresh in the minds of the HFPA. Strong reviews for the ﬁlm and Franco’s performance, as well as good numbers at the US box oﬃce when it expanded to a wide release, are encouraging signs. It would be great to see a young actor like Kaluuya receive credit though as he was clearly integral to Get Out’s box oﬃce success. This could go either way.
Winner: James Franco/Daniel Kaluuya
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
Judi Dench – Victoria and Abdul
Helen Mirren – The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
This category should be a lock for Saoirse Ronan. The Irish actress has already clocked up a number of honours for her portrayal of Sacramento teen Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson including the prestigious Gotham Independent Film Award for best actress. While there is a diverse set of acclaimed performances in competition here, none of the other nominees appear to have made the same waves as Ronan.
Winner: Saoirse Ronan
Steven Spielberg – The Post
Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
Ridley Scott – All the Money in the World
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Identical to the Best Motion Picture Drama category with the exception of Sir Ridley Scott’s nomination for All the Money in the World, another ﬁlm yet to receive a general release. This would appear to be a fairly safe bet for Christopher Nolan. Critics were euphoric about his inﬂuence on Dunkirk lauding his unconventional methods. While Spielberg may have the zeitgeist on his side with The Post, Nolan is long overdue for some recognition as a director.
Winner: Christopher Nolan
The Golden Globes will be broadcast on the 7 January and will be hosted by Seth Myers.
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