Tuesday, January 09, 2018

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners

Ceremony was too-rush for my taste as in the beginning winners could do long acceptance speeches but as show went on jokes/funny-moments started to disappear and long-faced presenters just read nominees and called the winner. Then, the all-black red carpet plus black ballroom look felt in two extreme senses, one: very-elegant and two: a funeral. Viewers decided which side suited best their feelings. Me saw elegance.

Many tend to forget the Globes are given by journalists and NOT by movie makers, the greatest thing HFPA has is that used to give a very-entertaining, fun-to-watch show that many enjoyed for the entertainment value and not for who won the infamous awards which throughout the years have more scandals than "credibility". Nevertheless, as many winners mentioned in their acceptance speech, the group managed to elect a female president and believe that's their greatest achievement in current anniversary edition.

Winners do not surprised me and was in the television categories where I was pleasantly surprised as my favorite shows got honors; but in film categories what called most the attention were the snubs, especially the movie that film critics are placing in their #1 spot, Get Out.

The night's big winner is Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri as is the film with most awards, four.   So here are the winners in *BLUE. To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Motion Picture Nominees

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Call Me by Your Name
The Post
The Shape of Water
*Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
*Lady Bird

Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
*In The Fade
The Square

Best Director
*Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk
Ridley Scott for All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg for The Post

Best Actress - Drama
Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game
Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water
*Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep in The Post
Mihelle Williams in All the Money in the World

Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
Judi Dench in Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren in The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
*Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige in Mudbound
Hong Chau in Downsizing
*Allison Janney in I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water

Best Actor - Drama
Thimothee Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks in The Post
*Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver
*James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
Armie Hamer in Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer in All The Money in the World
*Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Screenplay
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer for The Post
*Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Aaron Sorkin for Molly's Game

Best Original Score
Carter Burwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
*Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread
John Williams for The Post
Hans Zimmer for Dunkirk

Best Original Song
Home from Ferdinand
Mighty River from Mudbound
Remember Me from Coco
The Star from The Star
*This is Me from The Greatest Showman

To check motion picture and television nominations go official site here.  Know always talk about movies but fell like sharing that many of the nominated shows look/feel like "long movies" (which I simply LOVE!!) and the best TV category no doubt is Best Performance by an actress in a Television Series - Drama where actresses performances are truly outstanding in great-to-binge-watching like a "long movie".

By the way on December 13 at 8:00pm ET on NBC the Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special will air.  The star-studded show is part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations and will be a funny, poignant and celebratory walk down memory lane featuring clips, exclusive behind-the-scenes goodies, original interviews and the special memories of those who, through the years, have become part of our Golden Globe family. Produced by dick clark productions (dcp) in association with the HFPA, the two-hour special will be hosted by Eric McCormack and Debra Messing.

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
Battle of the Sexes 2
Coco 2
The Disaster Artist 2
Ferdinand 2
Get Out 2
Molly's Game 2
Mudbound 2
Phantom Thread 2
A Fantastic Woman 1
Baby Driver 1
The Boss Baby 1
The Breadwinner 1
Darkest Hour 1
Downsizing 1
First They Killed My Father  1
The Florida Project 1
In the Fade 1
The Leisure Seeker 1
Loveless 1
Loving Vincent 1
Roman J. Israel , Esq. 1
The Square 1
The Star 1
Victoria & Abdul 1

Yes, was able to watch the live streams with all the nominations as there was a first batch -where the most expected foreign film nominations were announced- and a second batch broadcasted along American TV morning shows, where major categories were announced. Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president, Meher Tatna, introduced presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone who announced the nominations.

In general, there are some surprises but the biggest for me is finding that this group of journalists already watched the much-buzzed film All The Money in the World and they even gave a nomination to Christopher Plummer for a role he filmed in a rush (!!!) not long ago. Sigh. Well, let's hope film is as interesting as many are hoping, including me. They also seem to be the only ones that have seen Denzel Washington movie, sigh.

Then there is that noise that's really bothering me as buzz went loud to say there were no female directors nominated. Enough. No director should be nominated because of their gender or to fill a quota. Directors are and should be nominated for their work and any film related event should consider ONLY their work and stop trying to be politically correct. Even Women Film Directors are commenting on this and this copy and paste of their tweet.

Women Film Directors‏ @women_direct
14h14 hours ago
Also re: #GoldenGlobes2018 snubs Patty Jenkins, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola and Dee Rees aren't snubs. They're all talented women, but none except Rees had the critical support needed to get a directing nom and Rees was hampered by Netflix's inexpert campaigning.

Enough is enough. Stop this as will eventually create more damage than benefit female filmmakers and this goes especially to a new film critics group in Los Angeles that decided to split the Director category into Female and Male directors (????!!!!). All the pressure makes people to do "stupid" things. Sigh.

Not a flattery statement but somehow article reminds us that the Golden Globes are FUN (nominations are fun-to-read and show is fun-to-watch), this is an excerpt from a New York Times article that you could read here. So my best suggestion is to have FUN with the GG and forget about how does or does not reflect/predict the Oscars or any other "more serious" awards season event or if they do whatever is necessary to assure BIG STARS will make it to the show or if films are not really comedy or musical or whatever else you are tempted to criticize. Last, do not forget that this is a successful show as nominees attend the event and audiences from around the world watch the TV show.

Long seen as the most unserious stop on Hollywood’s awards circuit, the Golden Globes are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of mostly freelance journalists, only 89 of whom vote. Studios see members as easy to manipulate, a reputation the group contends is long outdated.

New this year is the name change from "Miss Golden Globes" to "Globes Ambassador" and the first one to inaugurate the renamed role is Dwayne Johnson daughter Simone Garcia Johnson.

Well, let's go back to the nominations. The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro leads the pack with seven (7) nominations followed closely by The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six (6) each. Lady Bird has four (4) and there are five films with three (3) nominations each: I, Tonya, The Greatest Showman, All the Money in the World, Call Me by Your Name and Dunkirk.

The biggest surprise perhaps is (as noted by critic Guy Lodge on Twitter) The Greatest Showman scored more nominations than (awards season favorite) Get Out. We know Hugh Jackman is more TV show friendly that lesser known actors, so then perhaps is no surprise (lol!).

Seth Meyers will host the 2018 awards ceremony from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton on January 7th; show will be broadcast live at 8:pm ET/ 5:00pm PT on NBC.

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