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The Golden Globe-Trotter Report: What You Should Know & Expect

The first big mainstream Hollywood Awards show of the year is upon us, as Seth Meyers hosts the 2018 Golden Globe Awards (Monday morning Manila time). Honoring the past year's best in Film & Television, the Golden Globe Awards comes to us courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and is often seen as a barometer for what the Academy Awards will be like. Of course, Television is not honored in the Oscars; and the Golden Globe film awards are divided into Drama on one hand, and there's a Musical or Comedy category on the other. If you recall, this wider field of recognition paved the way last year for La La Land to build a head of steam by winning its own category, and not competing head on with the likes of Moonlight and Manchester By the Sea.

 


All The Money, SONY Pictures

So in this post-Weinstein Hollywood, what are some of the talking points for this year's Golden Globe? First off, Kevin Spacey has been shut out; and to add insult to injury, Christopher Plummer is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for All the Money in the World - this is the film where Ridley Scott reshot all the scenes of Spacey, replacing him with Plummer. Spacey's House of Cards is likewise conspicuously absent in all the Television categories.

 


The Shape of Water, FOX Searchlight

 

But in a year of Women Empowerment, it is sad to note that the Best Director category does not have a single woman. We have Del Toro for Shape of Water, McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Scott for All the Money, and Spielberg for The Post. This in a year when Greta Gerwig was noticed for Lady Bird, and there's Detroit by Kathryn Bigelow, The Beguiled's Sofia Coppola, and Mudbound by Dee Rees. Oh well, expect some correction of this omission next year.


Loving Vincent, Madman Entertainment


Interesting to see who comes out on top in the Best Motion Picture - Animated category, as competing against the likes of Coco and Ferdinand, is Loving Vincent, indisputably an animated film, but very different from the ones we regularly see in the category.

 

Call Me By Your Name, Sony Pictures Classics
 

For Best Motion Picture - Drama, will it be the return of the LGBT film? Call Me By Your Name is listed along with Three Billboards, The Post, Dunkirk, and The Shape of Water. It's been 12 years since Brokeback Mountain.
 

The Greatest Showman, 20th Century Fox

In Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, vying are The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, and strangely in this category, Get Out. I guess suspense/horror/comedy is a recognized genre today. Expect Lady Bird to win this one. And I can't believe The Big Sick wasn't included here.


The Post, 20th Century FOX

For Best Performance by an Actress - Drama, the smart money is on Frances McDormand for Three Billboards, unless the HFPA play old favorites and award Meryl Streep for The Post. Jessica Chastain for Molly's Game, Sally Hawkins for Shape of Water, and Michelle Williams for All the Money are the long shots.

For Actor in a Drama, while Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq), Tom Hanks (The Post), and Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) are all past winners, the young actor Timothee Chalamet for Call Me is my favorite; but even I will concede that it looks like Gary Oldman for his extraordinary Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour may well take the prize.

For Best Actress - Musical or Comedy, there Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes). Your guess is as good as mine in this category, but the oddsmakers are divided between Ronan and Robbie.

For Best Actor - Musical or Comedy, we have Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes), Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman), and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out). The money is on Franco; but I'm really happy Elgort was nominated for his utterly charming turn in Baby Driver.

For Actress in a Supporting Role I like Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird, and for Actor in a Supporting Role, my nod goes to either Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards or Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project. I've watched Laurie and Sam and they are outstanding in their roles; while my eldest son, Quintin the true cinephile, has nothing but praises for Dafoe.



The Crown, Netflix

In Television, for Best Series - Drama, The Crown took most of the major prizes last year, and they're back competing with Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, and This Is Us. In the Musical or Comedy category, it's Black-ish, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Master of None, SMILF, and that blast from the past, Will & Grace.


Big Little Lies, HBO
 

For Limited Series, while Fargo, Feud (Bette & Joan), The Sinner, and Top of the Lake: China Girl are vying, expect Big Little Lies with its star power of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley to romp away with the prizes!

 

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This year, the Cecil B. DeMille Award goes to Oprah Winfrey.
 

And look out for the Women in Black theme, as it's part of a protest against sexual harassment. The likes of Ronan, Allison Janey, and presenter Gal Gadot have said they'll be donning Black in support of this action.