Magazine article Screen International

Golden Globe Nominations 2018: Eight Snubs and Surprises

Magazine article Screen International

Golden Globe Nominations 2018: Eight Snubs and Surprises

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Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread and women directors missed out this year.

Greta Gerwig, BPM, Phantom Thread

The morning announcement by the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) brought a number of surprises and omissions.

While some of those that missed out may well figure in upcoming critics groups votes and of course the Oscar nominations in January, they will fuel several talking points in the days ahead.

Read more: Golden Globes 2018 - full list of nominations

Best drama

Darkest Hour and Phantom Thread will not compete in this year’s senior category. Stirring performances by Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and Daniel Day-Lewis as fictitious fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock aside, there was in fact hardly any love for either film from the HFPA. Oldman earned the sole nod for Darkest Hour, while Day-Lewis and original score fly the flag for Phantom Thread.

Warner Bros may feel aggrieved that Wonder Woman missed out on a nod. The film has been a critical and commercial smash this year and will figure on people’s year-end lists.

The best drama nominees are: SPC’s Call Me By Your Name; Warner Bros’ Dunkirk; Fox-Amblin’s The Post; and Searchlight’s The Shape Of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

All The Money In The World

Three nominations - director for Ridley Scott, supporting actor for late arrival Christopher Plummer, and dramatic actress for Michelle Williams - mark a resounding vote of confidence in Scott and his remarkable abilities. Several weeks ago original cast member Kevin Spacey was in the film as John Paul Getty. Now he is out, blighted by sexual misconduct allegations, and replaced by Plummer, after Scott and the film’s backers Imperative coaxed Sony to agree to eleventh-hour re-shoots. Scott has said it was no sweat, which is a testament to his legendary speed and control of a set. To steady the ship and maintain course for the December 25 US release has been an extraordinary achievement. Three nominations on Monday speaks to the esteem in which Scott is held.

Best director

Not a single female director made it on to the list. Greta Gerwig has already won the National Board Of Review’s directing prize for Lady Bird and earned a nod from the Gothams, yet nothing here. Similarly, Dee Rees is shut out for Mudbound, the Netflix drama that has impressed many. And Patty Jenkins gets nothing for Wonder Woman. Paul Thomas Anderson misses out for Phantom Thread, which arrived fairly late in the day but in time for consideration and has divided critics.

The best director nominees are: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape Of Water; Martin McDonough for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk; Ridley Scott for All The Money In The World; and Steven Spielberg for The Post. …

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