‘The Shape of Water’ leads 2018 Golden Globe nominations with 7, followed by ‘The Post’ & ‘Three Billboards’ with 6

The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday morning, December 11, and the woman-meets-amphibian fairy tale “The Shape of Water” led the field with seven bids including Best Film Drama as well as acting bids for lead star Sally Hawkins, supporting actor Richard Jenkins, supporting actress Octavia Spencer, director Guillermo Del Toro, and for its screenplay and score. This comes after the film dominated the Critics’ Choice nominations with 14 bids including Best Picture. Does that now make it officially the Oscar frontrunner? Check out the full list of nominations here.

SEE Golden Globes 2018: Full list of nominations led by ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’

Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post” was next in line with six Globe nominations. The true story of the Washington Post’s decision to defy the Richard Nixon White House by publishing the leaked Pentagon Papers is up for Best Film Drama, and Spielberg contends for directing. Lead actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep also earned nominations, as did the screenplay and score. The last time Spielberg won a Globe was in 1999 for directing “Saving Private Ryan.” He and Streep have also both won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for their lifetime achievements.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also picked up six noms: Best Film Drama in addition to bids for lead star Frances McDormand, supporting actor Sam Rockwell, Martin McDonagh for his writing and directing, and Carter Burwell for his score. The film tells the story of a grieving mother fighting for justice after the investigation into her daughter’s murder stalls.

The Golden Globes are unique among top showbiz awards in that they divide their marquee film categories into races for dramas and comedies/musicals. The coming-of-age film “Lady Bird” was the leading contender in the latter genre picking up four noms: Best Film Comedy/Musical, Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Film Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), and Greta Gerwig picked up a bid for her screenplay — but not for directing.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of these awards was the strong showing by “All the Money in the World,” which picked up three nominations: Best Film Drama Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Film Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer), and Best Film Director (Ridley Scott). The film recently made headlines after sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey prompted Scott to re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes at the last minute, replaced by Plummer.

Also receiving three nominations were “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “The Greatest Showman,” and “I, Tonya.” Picking up two Globe bids apiece were “Battle of the Sexes,” “Coco,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Ferdinand,” “Get Out,” “Molly’s Game,” “Mudbound,” and “Phantom Thread.”

The Golden Globes are one of the highest-profile campaign stops during Oscar season, though they’re decided by about 90 international journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has no membership overlap with the elite industry insiders who vote for the Oscars. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on NBC that will be hosted by Seth Meyers on Sunday, January 7.

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