‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Lead Golden Globe Nominations
All of those films come from 20th Century Fox, which led film companies with 27 nominations, including 15 from its Fox Searchlight specialty label.
“All three come from filmmakers with something important to say — uncompromised, singular, strong, auteur voices,” said Stacey Snider, Fox’s movie chief. “I’m proud that we have differentiated ourselves as a place for that kind of filmmaking.”
The other nominees for best drama were “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic, and the romance “Call Me by Your Name.” Voters also gave Mr. Nolan a directing nod but unexpectedly disregarded the “Call Me by Your Name” filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.
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 Studios see members as easy to manipulate, a reputation the group contends is long outdated. (A lawsuit in 2011 alleged payola and kickbacks. The organization settled out of court.)
And top prizes are split into dramatic and comedic categories, often in confounding ways. This time around, the satirical horror film “Get Out” was nominated in the best musical or comedy category. (Its backers at Universal submitted it there, hoping to improve its chances, creating an internet brush fire last month.) “Get Out” will compete against the P.T. Barnum musical “The Greatest Showman”; the figure-skating dark comedy “I, Tonya”; the movie-about-a-movie “The Disaster Artist”; and Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age comedic drama “Lady Bird,” which drew four nominations.
But timing is everything in show business, and Academy Award voters (some 8,400) cannot help but pay attention to the Globes. The 75th Globes ceremony will be hosted by Seth Meyers and broadcast live on NBC on Jan. 7. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce Oscar nominations on Jan. 23.
The Oscar race, the first in nearly 30 years without Harvey Weinstein pulling strings, has so far been a free-for-all, with “The Post,” “Dunkirk,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird” and others jockeying for position.