Finalists chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press and SAG-AFTRA have been revealed as THR breaks down the data, shockers and slights, and contenders dish on plans for the big nights.
If the road to the Oscars red carpet is considered a marathon, then the Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations can be thought of as hydration stations for some projects and troubling hurdles for others.
The Dec. 11 Globe noms helped to increase the momentum on a few films, including Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which topped with seven noms, followed by Steven Spielberg's The Post and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six. And while veterans Meryl Streep and Judi Dench earned nominations (of course they did), a slew of newer actors — including Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya and Call Me by Your Name's Timothee Chalamet — found themselves earning Globe and SAG Award noms. Speaking of newbies, fresh shows including GLOW, SMILF and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel received Globe comedy noms (while the veteran Veep didn't get even one mention). And Emmy heavyweights Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale continued their trophy-bearing runs with more nominations.
As for the SAG Award noms, announced Dec. 13 on the heels of the Globes, late-to-the-party releases The Post and the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer Phantom Thread found themselves in the cold. It's been 22 years since a film won the best picture Oscar without being nominated for the guild's top honor, so the five that nabbed a best ensemble nom — The Big Sick, Get Out, Lady Bird, Mudbound and Three Billboards — are on a promising path.
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In a year ripe with strong films helmed by women (Dee Rees' Mudbound, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman), it came as a surprise that the Globe nominees for best director were all male.
"I'm so sad she didn't get the recognition," says Mary J. Blige of her Mudbound director. "There were so many women on set, and it was the most calm and confident environment I've worked in." Even Martin McDonagh, who got a best director nom, weighed in: "That is a shame. Hopefully it'll be different for the Oscars."
While Get Out received an ensemble SAG Award nomination, a number of actors who had breakout moments in Jordan Peele's horror satire were noticeably left out.
Lil Rel Howery, who plays a key role as Chris' (Daniel Kaluuya) TSA agent best friend, was not nominated with the cast. Nor was Marcus Henderson or Betty Gabriel (the Armitage family's groundskeeper and housekeeper). Why? SAG-AFTRA nominating rules state that an actor is eligible for the ensemble nomination only if billed on his or her own title card. In Get Out, Henderson and Gabriel shared one card, and Howery and Alexander shared another.
DOUBLE THE DINKLAGE
Peter Dinklage, known for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO's Games of Thrones, is the only actor this year to receive a SAG nom for both a TV series and a film.
Along with an acting and ensemble nom for Game of Thrones, he grabbed an ensemble nomination for Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in which he plays a friend (and possible love interest) to Frances McDormand's character.
Dinklage has been nominated for the individual acting award and the ensemble award for Games of Thrones every year since 2013. This year's trio of acting noms brings his SAG tally to a total of 14.
"I generally like the concept of just consuming alcohol whenever it's there, so I don't know, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. TBD ... To Be Drunk." — Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
"The Golden Globes last year was my first awards show. I was so anxious, so I accidentally got really drunk right away. It could have been trainwreck television if we had somehow won. But now I'm an old seasoned pro, so I'll probably take it easier." — Dan Fogelman, This Is Us creator
"I'll maybe have a margarita and a half and see how that works. Then, afterward, all out, just crazy." — Martin McDonagh, director of Three Billboards
"I don't think I'm gonna be drinking at all! I'm just sober right now. I'm focusing right now." — Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
"Maybe Nancy Kerrigan in I, Tonya. I have brown hair, so that could have worked. And I'm a great victim. I could just roll over from GLOW in my outfit, and it would have worked fine." — Alison Brie
"Wonder Woman. When I watched that, I wanted to be one of the women on horseback swinging a sword." — Jessica Biel
"Frankie Shaw in SMILF, though clearly nobody but her could play that part. It's her." — Rachel Brosnahan
"Call Me by Your Name. I would have for sure done that. It's such a beautiful film." — James Franco
"Sally Hawkins' role in Shape of Water. It is my dream to be in a film where I don't have to talk and tell a story through every other means than your voice and language." — Saoirse Ronan