Christmas is still over a week away, but the celebrations came early for a few notable stars, producers, writers and directors on Monday morning when the nominations were finally revealed for the 2018 Golden Globes (Sunday, January 7 at 8 pm ET on CTV).
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association recruited the likes of Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone to make the announcements live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A. (the zip code there is literally 90210), getting us all a little giddy about the upcoming awards season.
So here, without further ado, are the notable nominations, and our immediate reactions to hearing them.
Best motion picture – drama
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Biggest snub: No Stronger? We thought for sure the film about the Boston Marathon was a shoo-in.
What we’re thinking: There’s a lot of love this morning for Three Billboards, and we have to say that we’re a little surprised by it.
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
Biggest snub: It’s a wonder that there’s no Gal Gadot up here for Wonder Woman. We get that the HFPA doesn’t typically like to include superhero movies, but you can’t blame fans for being upset at the shutout. This wasn’t exactly your typical superhero movie.
What we’re thinking: This category is a little white washed, as far as we’re concerned, and it would have been nice to see some diversity.
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.
Biggest snub: We thought for sure we’d be seeing Jake Gyllenhaal’s name up here for his turn as Jeff Bauman, the man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Stronger.
What we’re thinking: Either the ladies just really shone this year or the male roles have been weak, but there’s nothing about this category that’s really “wow”ing us.
Best motion picture – comedy or musical
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman
Biggest snub: Where are the actual comedies here? Also, we really, really wanted to see The Big Sick get some love here.
What we’re thinking: We still think it’s really weird that Get Out has been classified as a comedy or musical when we were scared AF watching it in theatres. But we’re happy it’s been nominated nonetheless.
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical
Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Biggest snub: When you have two dames nominated in a category you can’t really complain about someone else getting snubbed, can you?
What we’re thinking: We have to say that we’re really, really confused as to what constitutes a comedy or musical these days.
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Biggest (non)snub: Hooray for the Ansel Elgort love in Baby Driver. With so many other flicks taking up ink these days we were scared the HFPA would forget about this charming little flick.
What we’re thinking: We’re still on the fence about Franco here… of all his projects last year we definitely thought his portrayal of twins in The Deuce was stronger than in this flick.
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 Metcalfe, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Biggest snub: Actually, we’re pretty in tune with all of these selections, and we’d have a hard time picking who should actually walk away with the trophy come January.
What we’re thinking: We’d love to be inside voters’ minds for this one, because it should be a pretty tight race.
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
Biggest snub: The Wonder Woman snubs continue with the omission of Chris Pine.
What we’re thinking: For an organization that celebrates diversity, we have to say that this category is also a little white washed.
Best television series – drama
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Biggest snub: Not a snub, per se, but if you swapped in Westworld for The Handmaid’s Tale the list would be exactly the same as last year. Where’s the diversity? We would have liked to have seen Mindhunter up here for sure.
What we’re thinking: We get that there’s a lot of hype around Stranger Things, but this season wasn’t exactly stellar.
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
Biggest snub: Poor Mandy Moore really should have gotten some This Is Us love. She’s the TV mom we all want, no matter what age she’s playing.
What we’re thinking: It’s nice that Balfe is getting some recognition for Outlander, but that show is coming off its worst season to-date. We wanted that love back in seasons one and two.
Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schrieber, Ray Donovan
Biggest snub: No Milo Ventimiglia? And here we thought some of the Jack scenes this year on This Is Us were his best yet. Also, if James Franco were going to be nominated, we thought for sure it would be for The Deuce.
What we’re thinking: Nothing against Bob Odenkirk, but Saul is fading fast. So is Ray Donovan, which is somehow always nominated by never wins. Maybe Liev Schreiber is the new Michael C. Hall?
Best television series – comedy or musical
The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace
Biggest snub: Where’s the Veep love? Or recognition for Girls’ final season, which was pretty damned great.
What we’re thinking: Will & Grace? Really? We get the nostalgia thing, but isn’t it kind of weird that the show was nominated but three of the four leads were not?
Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical
Pamela Arlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, Glow
Rachel Bresnahan, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
Biggest snub: It’s pretty damned strange that Tracee Ellis Ross is missing from this list, especially since her onscreen hubby Anthony Anderson was nominated. Also strange is the lack of Julia Louis Dreyfus love for Veep.
What we’re thinking: We can’t really complain about anyone on this list, but why is it that only cable shows are funny to the HFPA?
Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical
Anthony Anderson, blackish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
Biggest snub: If they were going to recognize McCormack, you’d think they’d recognize Sean Hayes too.
What we’re thinking: Did anyone actually watch I Love Dick? And how does Macy keep making this list year after year? Refreshingly, at least the HFPA left off Jeffrey Tambor for the first time since Transparent began. Looks like those scandals are now being recognized at the Globes too. Well, good for them.
Best limited-series or motion picture made for television
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Biggest snub: It’s interesting that Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer were both nominated for The Wizard of Lies but the movie itself was not.
What we’re thinking: People have got to be upset that Big Little Lies was nominated even though it’s now no longer a mini-series (HBO announced last week the show is returning for a second season with the same characters). Whatever, we can’t wait for more of these twisted moms in our near future.
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
Biggest snub: We know Elisabeth Moss is getting all of the love for The Handmaid’s Tale, but c’mon — where’s the love for her role in Top of the Lake: China Girl? Also, let’s just all agree that Carrie Coon deserved some Fargo love here.
What we’re thinking: Okay so it looks weird on paper that both the female leads from Big Little Lies and Feud were nominated, but we love the fact that this category left zero room for rivalries.
Best performance by an actor in a limited-series or motion picture made for television
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Biggest snub: Honestly, none that we can think of. The miniseries this year were all about the lady love.
What we’re thinking: Did anyone else completely forget about The Young Pope? It’s actually kind of cool that Law is getting some recognition here for it, because… well he was kind of excellent in the role.
Best performance by a supporting actress 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
Biggest snub: No Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale? Now that’s the real sin here. Also Millie Bobbie Brown really, really should have had some love for Stranger Things here.
What we’re thinking: If we had to take someone off it would be Pfeiffer, but only because we really, really loved The Handmaid’s Tale, and thought Wiley or Madeline Brewer could have used some love instead.
Best performance by a supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Foulis, Fargo
Biggest snub: After the amazing performance that Justin Hartley had on the “Number One” episode of This Is Us, his name totally deserved to be up there.
What we’re thinking: Sorry but Christian Slater? Mr. Robot? Guys, that show is SO two years ago.