2018 Golden Globes film awards: ‘Three Billboards’ leads film winners with 4 awards, including Best Film Drama [UPDATING LIVE]

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards were handed out on Sunday, January 7, honoring the best in film and television for the calendar year 2017. The Golden Globes for TV are often an opportunity for new shows to get on the awards map, but for film it’s a high-profile proving ground for Oscar contenders. The motion picture academy just started voting for nominees on January 5, so these awards are timed for maximum impact. Check out the complete list of winners here.

The Globes are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization comprising about 90 international journalists. The HFPA membership has no overlap with the industry professionals who vote for the Oscars, but the Globes ceremony is one of the most watched of the awards season and can boost the momentum of many contenders. It also gives winners the chance to show Oscar voters how they look on an awards stage, and if nothing else, Hollywood loves good TV.

The Shape of Water” led this year’s Globe nominations with seven bids — that’s the same number of nominations “La La Land” had last year when it achieved an unprecedented clean sweep of its categories. It was followed closely by “The Post” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with six noms apiece. In such a topsy-turvy awards season, we weren’t predicting such a historic night for any one film, though we were betting on big wins for “Shape of Water,” “Lady Bird,” and more. So how did our film predictions pan out? Find out below in our live updating blog of all the winners. (All times listed are Eastern.)

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8:18pmSam Rockwell wins the first film award of the night, taking Best Film Supporting Actor for his controversial role as a racist cop in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” So far Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) has been the critics’ favorite and the Oscar frontrunner. Almost every winner of this Globe category has gone on to at least be nominated for an Oscar, though last year was an exception. So take heart, Mr. Dafoe — Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) won Oscar after losing this award just last year.

8:58pmAlexandre Desplat takes home Best Original Score for “The Shape of Water.” It’s the first win of the night for that film and Desplat’s second Globe out of nine nominations. He won his first Globe back in 2007 for composing the film “The Painted Veil.”

9:00pm — Best Original Song goes to “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.” It’s two-for-two for the songwriting duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who claimed this award last year for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” Pasek and Paul have been on an awards romp lately, winning Oscar for “City of Stars,” and then Tony for their Broadway score for “Dear Evan Hansen.” In a couple of weeks they could take home a couple of Grammys for both “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

9:09pmJames Franco wins Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor for “The Disaster Artist,” as expected. He invited on stage the real Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric filmmaker Franco plays in the film about the making of the notorious movie “The Room.” This is the second time Franco has won a Globe for portraying a real Hollywood figure. In 2002 he was awarded Best TV Movie/Limited Actor for playing the title role in the telefilm “James Dean.”

9:21pm — “Coco” wins Best Animated Feature. This is the eighth Pixar film to win this award since it was first handed out at the Globes in 2007.

9:28pmAllison Janney (“I, Tonya”) pulls off an upset against the presumed Oscar frontrunner Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), claiming Best Supporting Actress. This is her first Golden Globe after six nominations, including four for “The West Wing” and one for “Mom.”

9:35pmMartin McDonagh (“Three Billboards”) pulls out a victory for Best Screenplay, giving the drama its second win of the night. McDonagh also earned a nomination for Best Director. His victory comes as a bit of a surprise in a close race where Greta Gerwig was considered the favorite for “Lady Bird.”

9:41pm — Another upset tonight as “In the Fade” takes Best Foreign Language Film against “The Square,” “First They Killed My Father,” and “A Fantastic Woman.” The film is also on the long list for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, so there may be more awards yet in store for it. Four of the last 10 Globe winners in this category went on to win the Oscar, most recently “Son of Saul” two years ago.

10:19pm — “The Shape of Water” wins its second award of the night: Best Director for Guillermo Del Toro. This is his first Globe victory. Four Globe winners in the last 10 years have also won the Oscar for Best Director, including the last two in a row (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “The Revenant,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land”).

10:37pm — After couple of surprise losses for “Lady Bird,” Saoirse Ronan claims Best Comedy/Musical Actress for playing the title role as a teen in her last year of high school. This was Ronan’s first win after three Golden Globe nominations, and she’s still only 23-years-old. Last year Emma Stone (“La La Land”) won this award on her way to an Oscar victory for Best Actress.

10:44pm — “Lady Bird” wins Best Film Comedy/Musical. It won twice tonight out of its four nominations. So far the Globes have spread the wealth, with no film winning more than twice … yet.

10:53pmGary Oldman wins his first ever Golden Globe for playing Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” This was also his first nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whom he criticized in a candid 2014 interview with Playboy Magazine.

11:02pmFrances McDormand wins Best Drama Actress for “Three Billboards,” the film’s third victory of the night. But it was the very first individual victory of McDormand’s career. Though she won an Oscar for “Fargo” (1996) and an Emmy for “Olive Kitteridge” (2015), she never won a Globe in her five previous bids.

11:06pm — “Three Billboards” claims the top prize: Best Film Drama. That makes it the biggest winner among motion pictures this year with four total victories. It’s tied with the limited series “Big Little Lies,” which topped the TV winners with four trophies.

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