2018 Golden Globe film nominations slugfest: Favorite surprises include Hong Chau, Ansel Elgort, Jonny Greenwood [WATCH]

After our in-house editors debated the highs and lows of the Golden Globe film nominations announced Monday, senior editors Rob Licuria and Matt Noble were joined by contributors Charles Bright and Zach Laws to give their take on the surprises, snubs and their favorite nominees. Watch the video above.

In a mixed bag of snubs and surprises, a few contenders emerged as favorites. For Licuria, seeing Hong Chau nominated for her performance in “Downsizing” was his pick as most welcome surprise. “It’s risky and funny and heartfelt and beautiful and to see her in this category alongside people like Laurie Metcalf, Allison Janney, Mary J. Blige and Octavia Spencer,” he proclaims. “I am so thrilled. First of all because we don’t see enough representation from Asian actors and performers and secondly because she’s so fantastic in ‘Downsizing’,” he says.

“My favorite was actually Ansel Elgort for ’Baby Driver,’” Noble declares. “That was a great movie, snubbed in the Best Comedy/Musical Film race and I was glad that they went to this really strong lead performance there that I thought was funny and heartfelt and subtle, and I’m really glad that that film got some attention.”

For Bright, he was thrilled to see a rare nomination for Radiohead musician Jonny Greenwood in the below-the-line Best Score category for his work on “Phantom Thread.” “Especially because he has been so continuously overlooked because he was deemed ineligible for so many years, to see him nominated here, just makes me very happy,” he says.

For Laws, he was relieved most of all to see his two favorite helmers this year join the Best Director lineup. “I’m really glad for, and I hope that the Academy doesn’t overlook the incredible achievements of, both Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro. For me, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ … just tower above everything else in the Oscar race this year.”

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