Golden Globes: 'The Shape of Water' Rises to the Top

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The Shape of Water

The Hollywood Foreign Press Asssociation gave the fantasy romance seven nominations, with 'The Post' and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' following with six each.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association swooned over The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro's imaginative fantasy romance about a mute woman who falls in love with a strange sea creature, as nominations were announced Monday morning for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. In addition to securing a nomination as best drama and a directing nom for del Toro, the film amassed nominations for its leading lady Sally Hawkins, supporting players Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins, its screenplay by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, and its score by Alexandre Desplat.

In the best motion picture-drama category, Water was nominated alongside Call Me by Your Name, the sun-drenched same-sex romance; Dunkirk, the World War II battle epic; The Post, which recounts publisher Katharine Graham's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the tale of a woman out to avenge her daughter's murder.

All the Money in the World, Ridley Scott's thriller about the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III, made an especially strong showing, collecting three noms, considering that Scott was forced to reshoot key scenes in the movie just last month when he decided to cut Kevin Spacey (who originally played billionaire J. Paul Getty) from the film following the accusations lodged at the actor for sexual assault. Scott was rewarded with a directing nom; Christopher Plummer, who stepped in at the eleventh hour to replace Spacey, was given a supporting actor nom; and Michelle Williams, who plays the kidnapped boy's distraught mother, received a best motion picture dramatic actress nomination.

The best director nominations mostly synced up with the best drama noms: Alongside del Toro, the nominees include Three Billboards' Martin McDonagh, Dunkirk's Christopher Nolan and The Post's Steven Spielberg. But instead of including Call Me by Your Name's Luca Guadagnino, the Globe voters, who consist of about 80 journalists who cover Hollywood for foreign outlets, substituted Money's Scott. Of course, that left the category looking like an all-boys club, with no room for Lady Bird's Greta Gerwig, Mudbound's Dee Rees or Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins.

On the lighter side, the nominees for best motion picture, comedy or musical, included The Disaster Artist, the true story of the making of the legendarily bad movie The Room; Get Out, the satirical horror tale that explores white racism; The Greatest Showman, the upcoming musical about P.T. Barnum; I, Tonya, which traces the notorious career of figure skater Tonya Harding; and Lady Bird, the story of a smart young woman's senior year in high school as she attempts to break free of her family and her hometown.

In the acting categories, Meryl Streep, who portrays Graham in The Post, set a new record for herself, by earning her 31st acting nomination from the Globes. In addition to Hawkins and Williams, the category also includes Jessica Chastain, who plays a poker queen in Molly's Game, and Frances McDormand, who appears as the grieving mom in Three Billboards.

The best dramatic actor nominees consist of a quartet of vets — Daniel Day-Lewis, for his fastidious fashion designer in Phantom Thread; Tom Hanks for playing legendary editor Ben Bradlee in The Post; Gary Oldman for portraying Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour; and Denzel Washington, who stars as a defense attorney in Roman J. Israel, Esq.— plus newcomer Timothee Chalamet, who stakes his claim as a young man experiencing first love in Call Me by Your Name.

Emma Stone, who last January at the Globes was named best actress in a comedy or musical for her work in La La Land, was nominated again this year in the same category, this time for playing tennis great Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. Her co-star Steve Carell surfaced in the best actor in a comedy or musical category category for playing her nemesis Bobby Riggs in that movie.

Stone is joined in the comedy/musical actress category by Judi Dench, who's once again playing Queen Victoria, this time in Victoria & Abdul — she won her first Globe for playing Victoria in 1997's Mrs. Brown; Helen Mirren, who's seen as a retiree in The Leisure Seeker; Margot Robbie, who has the title role in I, Tonya; and Saoirse Ronan, who essays the lead role in Lady Bird.

Along with Carell, the nominees for best actor in a comedy/musical are Ansel Elgort, who drives a getaway car to a musical beat in Baby Driver; James Franco, who appears as would-be auteur Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist; Hugh Jackman, who commands the stage as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman; and Daniel Kaluuya, who meets the parents in the racially charged Get Out.

Rounding out the acting categories, the best supporting actress nominees are Water's Spencer, along with Mudbound's Mary J. Blige, Downsizing's Hong Chau, I, Tonya's Allison Janney and Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf.

As for the guys, the supporting actors lineup consists of Water's Jenkins and Money's Plummer, along with The Florida Project's Willem Dafoe, Call Me's Armie Hammer and Three Billboards' Sam Rockwell.

Gerwig, though she didn't make it into the director's club, was nominated for the screenplay prize, where she will compete with del Toro and Taylor for Water, McDonagh for Three Billboards, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer for The Post, and Aaron Sorkin for Molly's Game.

The nominees for best motion picture score consist of Water's Desplat; Carter Burwell, Three Billboards; Johnny Greenwood, Phantom Thread; John Williams, The Post; and Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk.

Angelina Jolie was represented by films in both the foreign-language and animated film categories, since First They Killed My Father, which she directed, was nominated for foreign film and The Breadwinner, which she executive produced, was among the animated nominees.

All five of the Globes foreign-film nominees have also been submitted by their respective countries for Oscar consideration: They include Cambodia's Father, Chile's A Fantastic Woman, Germany's In the Fade, Russia's Loveless and Sweden's The Square.

In the best animated feature category, the Globes voters bestowed their noms on two indie submissions: The Breadwinner, which is set in Afghanistan and is being released by GKIDS; and Loving Vincent, a biopic about Vincent Van Gogh, which is being released by Good Dead Entertainment. They go head-to-head with three studio features: Disney/Pixar's Coco, Fox/DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby and Fox/Blue Sky Studios' Ferdinand.

Blige was also among the morning's double nominees, since in addition to her supporting actress nom, she received a nomination in the best song category for her lyric work on "Mighty River," which is heard in Mudbound. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won a Globe for their lyrics for La La Land's "City of Stars," are back with a nomination for The Greatest Showman's "This Is Me." The Frozen songsmiths Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez were nominated for "Remember Me" from Coco. Nick Jonas, along with Justin Tranter and Nick Monson, was nominated for "Home" from Ferdinand. And Mariah Carey, along with Marc Shaiman, was nominated for "The Star," the title tune from the animated movie The Star.

In terms of distributors, Fox Searchlight — with multiple nominations for Water, Three Billboards and Battle of the Sexes — was far and away the leader with 15 nominations. Its sister company Fox — thanks to The Post, The Greatest Showman and animated movies Ferdinand and The Boss Baby — ranked second, with 12 noms.

And, with Disney's proposed acquisition of Fox, playing out in the background, it was striking that Disney could claim just two noms for itself — for the animated Coco.