The Golden Globes announced their nominations today, and these were a few thoughts I had about the film nominees.
- La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight remain the frontrunners– Receiving nominations in Picture, directing, acting, and writing, it was a very good day for the front-running films. La La Land led the nominations with 7 (Comedy, Gosling, Stone, Director, Screenplay, Score, Song) , while Manchester by the Sea scored 5 (Drama, Affleck, Williams, Director, Screenplay), and Moonlight scored 6 (Drama, Ali, Harris, Director, Screenplay, Score). Bet on La La Land and Moonlight to take the top prizes.
- Fences and Silence fall behind- With a measly 2 nominations between them, the latecomers in the race, Fences and Silence, fall behind in their pursuit to be the potential spoilers to frontrunner La La Land, at the Oscars at least. While stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis received acting nods, Fences will be disappointed to miss out in Drama, Directing, and Screenplay, while Silence was shut out entirely, shockingly missing in Best Director for Martin Scorsese, while Andrew Garfield was nominated for Hacksaw Ridge rather than Silence.
- The Underdogs keep on fighting- Speaking of Hacksaw Ridge, it really staked a claim to be an under the radar Best Picture contender, as it picked up 3 nominations today, including Best Drama, and Best Director for Mel Gibson. The other film that really showed itself to be a real contender this year is Hell or High Water, earning 3 nominations, including Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges. Expect them both to pick up Best Picture nominations at the Oscars.
- Florence Foster Jenkins shines- Helped by the separation of drama and comedy films, Florence Foster Jenkins managed to score a very respectable 4 nominations, more than many expected. Nominations in Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actor (Hugh Grant), and Best Comedy Actress (Meryl Streep) were all expected, but a nomination for Simon Helberg in Best Supporting Actor is a welcome surprise, but I doubt he gets anything more than this. If it gets a few SAG and BAFTA nominations, it’s a dark horse.
- The Curious Case of Rules Don’t Apply- It was widely considered that if Rules Don’t Apply were to get in at the Golden Globes, it would be for Warren Beatty in Best Comedy Actor, with it also having a shot in Best Comedy. However, it missed both of those, and received it’s only nomination in Comedy Actress for Lily Collins, a nomination not many saw coming, especially getting in ahead of Sally Field and Kate Beckinsale.
- Deadpool bucks the trend- While the HFPA hasn’t been big on comic book films, or early released films for the most part, it didn’t stop Deadpool picking up some major nominations. It was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical, as well as Best Comedy Actor for Ryan Reynolds, coming off it’s wins in the corresponding categories at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards.
- Jonah Hill, Octavia Spencer, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson among shock nominees- While all the major contenders all received acting nods, there were some nominees that came absolutely out of nowhere, and kudos to anyone who predicted them. They include Jonah Hill for the forgettable War Dogs, Octavia Spencer (ahead of co-star Janelle Monae) for Hidden Figures, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (ahead of co-star Michael Shannon) for Nocturnal Animals, Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic, Hailee Steinfeld (who I correctly predicted) for The Edge of Seventeen, as well as the aforementioned Simon Helberg and Lily Collins.
- Big Snubs hurt Oscar chances- However, when there’s a surprise nomination, it often means that a major contenders miss out. And even though they weren’t really contenders to win, it’s still surprising to see them not get in. They include Tom Hanks (Sully), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), and Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women). They all need SAG nominations to stay in the hunt.
- Don’t Count out Nocturnal Animals- With recognition in Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor, Nocturnal Animals once again looks like a player, despite it’s “marmite” response from critics. I think it definitely gets into Best Adapted Screenplay across the board, but this definitely helps them potentially slot into a few other categories.
- SAG will tell us more- And even though it’s helpful to have the Golden Globes give us these tea leaves to help set us up for the season, these aren’t Oscar voters. The SAG nominations on Wednesday are massively important in telling us the state of the race, and just as important will be the DGA and PGA nominations, that will come out in the next month.