Globes: Three Billboards and Lady Bird

On Film / The Daily — Jan 8, 2018

“If you were dream-casting the role of Golden Globes host for the season of #MeToo and #TimesUp, with black-clad attendees from TV series and films that confronted misogyny (The Handmaid’s Tale) and racism (Get Out) and a barnburner of a speech by a black female icon, you might not have picked the straight white guy,” begins James Poniewozik in the New York Times. “Nor, apparently, would the straight white guy. From his opening line, Seth Meyers hung a light on the dissonance of a man’s being the master of this ceremony: ‘Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen.’”

“What seemed at evening’s start to be a potentially uncomfortable mix—after all, righteous protest is not always a flattering color on well-compensated celebrities—ended up being a surprisingly meaningful ceremony,” finds Time’s Daniel D’Addario. “It was the happiest of surprises: A Golden Globes that seemed put together with real and meaningful thought.”

But Variety’s Sonia Saraiya argues that “for all of the enthusiasm demonstrated by the red carpet attendees and host Seth Meyers, the awards show itself felt gripped by inexorable forces it still can’t shift. That the women who chose to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood did so by wearing black felt more significant as the night unfolded—it’s a color that blends in and doesn’t make a scene, a color that most of the men were going to wear anyway. Sometimes even the most well-intentioned efforts for progress can be easily subsumed into the grinding gears of an unjust system.”

On the other hand, also in Variety, Owen Gleiberman: “By the time Oprah got up on stage to make her statement, she didn’t just add to the theme of harassment and heroism, discrimination and liberation. She took it to the mountaintop. Speaking with fire and fury, she offered a glimpse of a better world, one in which women and men would join forces to be the guardians of decency—and would have each other’s backs. For a few glowing moments, her words transcended the very purpose of the awards. They became the evening’s purpose.”

At Vulture, Hunter Harris and Jackson McHenry pick out the highs and lows of the evening. Update on this: Also at Vulture, Mark Harris notes that this year there’s been “a lot of political freight for an awards show that, even among awards shows, is known for being devoid of any significance whatsoever: Eighty foreign journalists handing out two dozen Ferrero Rocher–looking statuettes to every movie and TV star they can get to show up, which is, of course, all of them. In the context of the Academy Awards, in the context of honor and prestige, in the context of any possible definition of the word ‘meaning,’ the Golden Globes is an empty vessel. Which, oddly, has made the show the perfect vehicle for Hollywood to let America know what’s on its mind.”

“Leading the way with four awards,” writes the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, “Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has become a symbolic billboard itself: the story of a very angry woman with nothing left to lose who demands to know why the bigoted male authorities are doing nothing about rape and murder . . . Greta Gerwig’s autobiographical coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird is a lovely movie and a thoroughly worthy winner of best film (comedy/musical). Saoirse Ronan was also a very worthy winner for best actress (comedy/musical). This outstanding performer has found the ideal role for her complex, demanding screen presence. But this actually highlights the big injustice of the night: no nomination for Greta Gerwig in the best director category.”

Below is the complete list of nominees with the winners in bold. Links from film titles will take you to roundups of reviews and so on, but where you see links from the winners’ names, those will take you to a story with a bit of background, perhaps a snippet from an acceptance speech, maybe even a video.

Best Picture – Drama

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Director – Motion Picture

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

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

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

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

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

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

Best Animated Film

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Ferdinand
Coco
Loving Vincent

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

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

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Best Television Series – Drama

The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This is Us

Best Television Series – Comedy

Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, Glow
Issa Rae, Insecure
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

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