Golden Globes: How Sexual Harassment Scandals Shaped the Nominees
Christopher Plummer was nominated for 'All the Money in the World' after replacing Kevin Spacey in the dramatic thriller.
The sexual harassment allegations that have rocked Hollywood in recent months inevitably shaped some of the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
For stepping in and serving as a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, Christopher Plummer was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his role as billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's film, which recounts the infamous 1973 kidnapping of Getty's grandson, 16-year-old John Paul Getty III.
Spacey originally played the iconic financier in the dramatic thriller, but was replaced just last month after he was accused of multiple accounts of alleged sexual harassment and assault.
In an ambitious move, Scott reshot portions of the movie that had starred Spacey. Plummer shot for roughly eight days, and many of his scenes were performed solo. For those that weren't, co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams were called back to work on the reshoots.
Williams also earned a best actress nom for her performance as the kidnapped boy’s distraught mother, while Scott was nominated for best director.
From the time the recasting was announced, Scott was steadfast in his assertion he could still make the film's Dec. 22 release in theaters. He stuck to that plan, although Sony now plans to release the film three days later, on Dec. 25.
The animated feature Coco scored two nominations, including one for best animated film, despite the film’s release coming on the heels of Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter’s recent decision to take a leave of absence amid allegations of misconduct. The situation was bittersweet for Coco director Lee Unkrich, who told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday morning that "with all this happiness, I’m also heartbroken for John, who has been my friend," adding that women have "come forward to tell their stories; it’s a complicated issue."
"We tried so hard to create a supportive and safe environment,” he said, adding, “I think that’s why [Coco] was embraced by so many diverse voices.”
Meanwhile, a TV series recently affected by a similar situation also received a Golden Globe nom: Pamela Adlon is up for best actress in a comedy series for Better Things. The show, until last month, counted Louis C.K. as an active executive producer and writer until FX severed all ties with the comedian after he admitted to sexual misconduct with multiple women.
C.K. and Adlon collaborated for more than a decade, working together on multiple projects. In 2006, she starred as his wife on the short-lived HBO sitcom Lucky Louie. Adlon also appeared on C.K.'s FX comedy Louie, where she served as a writer and producer.
In addressing C.K.'s behavior, Adlon said in a brief statement: "Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able."
Geoffrey Rush was nominated for Genius, in which he plays Albert Einstein, in the category of best actor in a limited series or TV movie. The Oscar-winning actor was recently accused of inappropriate behavior during his run starring in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016 in a since-deleted report by the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Rush has emphatically denied those allegations and is suing the paper in what he called "an action I am taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo, and hyperbole they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and greater community. The Daily Telegraph has made false, pejorative, and demeaning claim — splattering them with unrelenting bombast on its front pages."
Reacting to his nomination, Rush issued a statement, saying, "This is good news for Albert Einstein. I believe in science. I also believe in the complexity of humankind. I am honored to be in the company of fellow nominees, who, with their artistry, have strived to define the multiplicity of dimensions in the male experience."
Other series recently rocked by sexual harassment scandals didn't fare as well. Transparent did not receive any nominations on the heels of star Jeffrey Tambor's exit from the Amazon series following sexual harassment allegations against the actor.
Netflix's House of Cards, from which Spacey was fired, also was shut out.
And the film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) was snubbed following sexual harassment allegations against star Dustin Hoffman.
Carolyn Giardina and Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.