“All the Money in the World” surprised awards-watchers by earning three Golden Globe nominations: Best Film Drama Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Film Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer), and Best Film Director (Ridley Scott). The movie tells the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his mother’s desperate attempt to convince his grandfather, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, to pay the ransom. The story taking place on screen is undoubtedly dramatic, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that decides the Golden Globes was probably swayed just as much, if not more, by the drama that took place behind the scenes. Check out the complete list of Golden Globe nominations here.
J. Paul Getty was originally played in the film by Kevin Spacey, but not anymore. Spacey’s career was derailed by multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault during a wave of reports that brought to light acts of sexual misconduct committed by powerful media figures including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, and more. For Spacey, that meant being fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” (for which he won a Golden Globe in 2015), and being replaced in “All the Money in the World.”
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer took over the role of J. Paul Getty, but it wasn’t just the fact that Spacey was replaced that made headlines, it was how quickly he was replaced. The allegations against Spacey came to light starting at the end of October, after filming of “All the Money in the World” had already finished. After more allegations started piling up, Ridley Scott made the sudden decision to re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes with Plummer mere weeks before the film’s scheduled opening in December and without any plans to push back the release date.
That gutsy last-minute choice certainly impressed Globe voters, though they have been impressed by Ridley Scott in the past: this is his fourth Globe nomination for directing, though he has never won the race. Plummer was a Globe winner in 2012 for his supporting role in “Beginners.” Williams also won a Globe in 2012, for playing Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.” Will the unusual circumstances surrounding the film lead to surprise victories when awards are handed out on January 7?