Guillermo Del Toro’s romantic creature feature The Shape of Water soaked up seven Golden Globes nominations Monday, kicking off another marathon awards season.
The Shape of Water is nominated for best dramatic motion picture alongside Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama Dunkirk, the revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Call Me By Your Name, a same-sex romance set in Italy.
Unlike the Academy Awards that Globes choices can influence, several nominations are divided into dramatic and musical/comedy categories.
Leading the musical/comedy balloting is Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical Lady Bird with four nominations including best feature, lead actress Saoirse Ronan and supporting actress Laurie Metcalf.
Lady Bird is joined in the best motion picture race by the conversation starter Get Out, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, the true-life ice skating scandal I, Tonya and The Greatest Showman starring best actor nominee Hugh Jackman as circus impresario P.T. Barnum.
Several Golden Globes contenders are currently showing in Tampa Bay theaters including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird and The Disaster Artist. Dunkirk was a summer release that will likely return to theaters as the awards season progresses.
Other nominees are being strategically released to sustain interest and momentum through Oscars nomination balloting in late January. The Academy Awards will be presented March 4, 2018.
The Shape of Water starring best actress nominee Sally Hawkins as a mute custodian in love with an amphibious man opens locally on Dec. 22.
I, Tonya starring nominee Margot Robbie as tabloid athlete Tonya Harding arrives on Jan. 5.
The Post, a First Amendment PSA starring nominees Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks opens Jan. 12.
Call Me By Your Name starring best actor finalist Timothee Chalamet as a teenager crushing on an older man (nominee Armie Hammer) opens in Tampa Bay on Jan. 19.
The Golden Globes are traditionally Hollywood’s loosest night of self-congratulation, voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 89 mostly freelance journalists working for overseas news outlets. Television achievements are also celebrated although the Globes’ scheduling doesn’t impact Emmy voters as much as Oscars voters. Comedian Seth Meyers hosts the 75th annual party on Jan. 11, 2018, broadcast live on NBC.
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