“The Shape of Water,” which stars nominee Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady who falls for a soulful, otherworldly beast, tops all movies with seven nominations, including best director, best screenplay and best motion picture, drama. The film is followed closely by “Three Billboards” and “The Post,” which received six nods apiece. “Three Billboards” is a pitch-black comedy by writer-director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”), which follows a mother (McDormand) who unleashes her fury over her daughter’s unsolved murder on the town’s sheriff. In addition to nominations for McDormand and supporting actor Sam Rockwell, the movie is also up for best director, best screenplay, best original score and best motion picture, drama.
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” focuses on The Washington Post during the chaotic days leading up to the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks — both nominees — play Post publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee as they grapple with whether to go up against the U.S. government. The movie is also nominated for best picture, drama, best director, best screenplay and original score.
The big surprise of the morning was three nominations for “All the Money in the World,” Ridley Scott’s drama about J. Paul Getty that received so much attention because the role of Getty was recast after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced against actor Kevin Spacey. Although the movie had already been shot, Scott refilmed Spacey’s scenes with another actor, Christopher Plummer, who ended up with a nomination for his troubles.
On the TV side, the star-studded miniseries “Big Little Lies” leads with six nominations, including acting nods for Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard. It’s followed by “Feud: Bette and Joan,” the series that retells the drama between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the 1962 set of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” which picked up four noms. Susan Sarandon, who played Davis, and Jessica Lange, who played Crawford, will square off in the best actress in a TV movie/limited series category, up against Witherspoon, Kidman and Jessica Biel of USA’s murder mystery “The Sinner.”
NBC, host of the Globes, was surely thrilled that its sobfest “This Is Us” earned three nominations, thanks to standouts Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz, along with a best drama nod. The best drama category is stacked with critical favorites, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “The Crown,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Seth Meyers will host the 2018 awards ceremony on Jan. 7 on NBC.
NOMINATIONS BY MOTION PICTURE
“The Shape of Water” — 7
“The Post” — 6
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — 6
“Lady Bird” — 4
“All the Money in the World” — 3
“Call Me By Your Name” — 3
“Dunkirk” — 3
“The Greatest Showman” — 3
“I, Tonya” — 3
NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK
HBO — 12
Netflix — 9
FX — 8
NBC — 5
Showtime — 5
The list of nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes:
Best motion picture, drama
“Call Me By Your Name”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had no love for “Mudbound.” Could it be because the movie is a Netflix production? We’ll never know. As it is, the battle seems to be between “The Shape of Water,” which is up for seven nominations, and the two movies that trail right behind it — “The Post” and “Three Billboards,” which are each up for six.
Best motion picture, comedy or musical
“The Disaster Artist”
“The Greatest Showman”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Well, we saw this coming: Jordan Peele’s horror movie about race relations, “Get Out,” is up for best comedy. Kind of a strange fit, but the upside is that it has a better shot at besting its competition in this category than if it were up against “The Post” and “Dunkirk.” Still, it’s hardly a lock, considering all the buzz around Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (which has four nominations) and the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya.”
Best 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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: How do you compare Chastain’s hyper-verbal role in “Molly’s Game” to Hawkins, who plays a mute woman in “The Shape of Water”? Maybe it doesn’t matter when McDormand is in the running, considering the ferocious yet somehow sympathetic performance she unleashed playing a mourning mother in “Three Billboards.”
Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This category is the battle of the established grand dames — Mirren and Dench — against the up-and-comers. But the youngsters seem to have the edge, particularly Ronan, who got her first Globe nomination when she was still a teenager but has yet to take home an award.
Best 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.”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: No huge surprises here. These are mostly roles that seem destined for awards glory, between Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill — complete with heavy makeup and spot-on accent — and Hanks’s take on Post editor Ben Bradlee. Meanwhile, this may be the last time that Day-Lewis has a shot at a Golden Globe, considering he’s promised he’s done with acting after this portrayal of an exacting fashion designer. The real outlier of the bunch is Chalamet, the 21-year-old standout in Luca Guadagnino’s romantic coming-of-age drama about a boy who falls for an older man.
Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or 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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Elgort’s surprise nomination for “Baby Driver” edged out Kumail Nanjiani, the star (and writer) of “The Big Sick,” the audience favorite that got entirely snubbed. Elgort is up against three actors playing real people — Carell as male chauvinist Bobby Riggs, Jackman as P.T. Barnum and Franco’s take on Tommy Wiseau, the director of one of the worst movies ever made. Kaluuya, meanwhile, is representing for “Get Out,” which surprisingly got only two nominations.
Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: With its award-winning director and awards season release, Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” seemed like it could be a real contender. Alas, critics were mixed, not to mention perplexed, by the whole thing. At least it got one nomination, for breakout star Chau. But the real buzz seems to be revolving around two actresses who both play fierce and sometimes callous mothers, Metcalf and Janney. Six-time nominee Janney is especially hard to shake as Tonya Harding’s abusive mom, LaVona. If anything can rehabilitate Harding’s image, it’ll be seeing what an awful upbringing she had.
Best supporting actor in a 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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Plummer just shot his scenes earlier this month, days after being cast to replace Kevin Spacey. What seems like it had to have been a hastily patched-together finished product must really work — if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is to be believed.
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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Well at least someone has seen “All the Money in the World.” Last we heard, Ridley Scott and his editor were still in the midst of a mad dash to finalize the film after recasting Kevin Spacey’s role following his sexual misconduct allegations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association appears not only to have seen the drama but also to have enjoyed it, given its three nominations. Still, it’s not the front-runner, what with the competition from other veteran directors, like Spielberg, Nolan and del Toro, whose movies are buzzy for less salacious reasons.
Best TV series, drama
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This was probably the easiest category to predict, packed with some of the most-discussed shows of 2017. (And nicely done for “The Crown,” as the second season was released a mere three days ago.) Although “Stranger Things” was a delight and “This Is Us” continues its sophomore season as a bona fide hit, this is clearly “The Handmaid Tale’s” prize to lose.
Best actress in a TV series, drama
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce” (HBO)
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix)
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Katherine Langford, the star of Netflix’s controversial drama about teen suicide, is the surprise name here — especially against voter favorites such as Foy and Moss, the latter of whom is the likely lock to take home the prize as the lead of Hulu’s terrifying (and timely) “Handmaid’s Tale.”
Best actor in a TV series, drama
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (Netflix)
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor” (ABC)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Odenkirk, Bateman and Schreiber are award show veterans at this point, and Brown was nominated for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” last year, so Highmore’s newcomer status makes him the one to watch — particularly because “The Good Doctor” is the new broadcast TV hit of the year.
Best TV series, musical or comedy
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Will & Grace” (NBC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” just landed on Amazon a couple weeks ago, but it has already made a big impression. The series, from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is about a young housewife in the 1960s who gets divorced and launches a stand-up comedy career. This seems like the kind of series that Globes voters love to award before most people even know about it, though it will face tough competition from more well-known hits such as “Master of None” and “Blackish,” along with the much-hyped return of “Will and Grace” to NBC.
Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” (FX)
Alison Brie, “GLOW” (Netflix)
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Issa Rae, “Insecure” (HBO)
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The Globes are famous for shining a spotlight on actresses in brand-new shows, so it’s no surprise to see three of them on here, from “GLOW,” “SMILF” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Although it would be very interesting to hear Adlon’s acceptance speech given that “Better Things” was co-created by Louis C.K., this could also be Rae’s year to shine, because she was overlooked last year in this same category, and “Insecure” just keeps getting better.
Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Blackish” (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick” (Amazon)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace” (NBC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: In a bit of a surprise, McCormack was the only “Will & Grace” cast member to get an individual nomination for the return of the 1990s comedy, which has been a ratings triumph for NBC. The other nominees are already critical favorites, although not many predicted that Bacon, who plays the enigmatic title character in “I Love Dick,” would be part of this tough category.
Best TV movie or limited series
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“The Sinner” (USA)
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” (Sundance)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Similar to the Emmys, “Big Little Lies” is the front-runner, but it faces some big competition from “Feud” and “Fargo” — although “Big Little Lies” has the edge with its sheer amount of star power, such as Kidman and Witherspoon. While multiple critics predicted the second season of “Top of the Lake” would show up here, USA’s “The Sinner” (the eight-episode series based on German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr’s novel) is the surprise inclusion.
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner” (USA)
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Though the Globes really loved “The Sinner” and handed Biel a much-deserved nomination (her first), this was always going to be a battle among the Big Four: Kidman, Witherspoon, Lange and Sarandon. Kidman took the prize at the Emmys, but the sheer talent in this category makes it tough to predict. Meanwhile, congratulations to Justin Timberlake, who now has an excuse to show up at another award show.
Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)
Jude Law, “The Young Pope” (HBO)
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo” (FX)
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius” (National Geographic)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This category shaped up as expected, with movie stars on premium cable along with a nod for MacLachlan in the highly anticipated return of “Twin Peaks.” (The Globes voters don’t care if it was technically a TV show or a movie.) And voters really loved the third season of FX’s “Fargo,” which earned three nominations overall.
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Michelle Pfeiffer, “Wizard of Lies” (HBO)
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Ann Dowd and Laura Dern took home the trophies in their respective categories for this prize at the Emmys, so it could be a battle between two of the most-discussed shows of the year. But Chrissy Metz lost out on this prize last year, and her story line this season was particularly emotionally brutal (no spoilers!), so she’s one to watch as well.
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
David Harbour, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot (USA)
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
David Thewlis, “Fargo” (FX)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Even though the talented child actors on “Stranger Things” repeatedly steal every episode, David Harbour has earned somewhat of a cult following as the breakout “grown-up” star — so, good for him! Even Winona Ryder didn’t get an individual nomination for this season. Also, props to Christian Slater for breaking through yet again, even as “Mr. Robot” becomes increasingly difficult to follow.
Best animated feature film
“The Boss Baby”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “The Boss Baby”?! Really? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association might have a slightly different sense of humor than stateside critics, who didn’t like the movie nearly as much as they liked “The Lego Batman Movie,” which was left out of the race entirely.
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”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Sorkin has already won two Golden Globes, and he’s getting singled out again for the writing he did on his directorial debut. Compare that with Hannah, the co-writer of “The Post,” who’s getting major accolades for her first screenplay (though she had an assist from “Spotlight” scribe Singer). Sorkin isn’t the only writer-director in the running. Gerwig, McDonagh and del Toro — who co-wrote his screenplay with Taylor — also did double duty.
Best original song
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“The Star,” “The Star”
“This Is Me,” “The Greatest Showman”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association trying to ensure the appearance of pop stars at its awards ceremony in January? Mariah Carey, who wrote “The Star,” is up against Nick Jonas (“Home”) and Mary J. Blige, who co-wrote “Mighty River” with Raphael Saadiq (of Tony! Toni! Toné! fame) and Taura Stinson. Meanwhile, the reigning champs are also in the running: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote “This Is Me,” won last year for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.”
Best original score, motion picture
Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
John Williams, “The Post”
Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”
Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: This is a category with some heavy hitters, pitting five-time Oscar-winner John Williams (“The Post”) against Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk”) and Alexandre Desplat (“The Shape of Water”), who have an Academy Award each. They have stiff competition from Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood (“Phantom Thread”), who’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s go-to guy, plus Carter Burwell (“Three Billboards”), a frequent Coen brothers collaborator.
Best foreign language film
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Who would have thought that Angelina Jolie would one day end up in the best foreign language film category? But that’s where she finds herself as the director of “First They Killed My Father,” the Netflix film based on Loung Ung’s memoir about growing up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime.