The Golden Globes made their annual nominations this morning and showed love for women-centric stories on both the big and small screens. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” lead the television nominees, while Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale “The Shape of Water” and Frances McDormand’s tour-de-force in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” lead the way in the motion picture nominees.
“The Shape of Water” received the most motion picture nominations, with seven. Similar to his acclaimed fantasy film, “Pan’s Labrinth,” director Guillermo Del Toro mixes realistic sets with mysterious monsters. Set near Washington, D.C., inside a Cold War government lab, American authorities capture an amphibian sea creature which they plan to dissect and see if it can withstand being shot into space.
The film stars two prominent women, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer, who were also nominated for their roles in the film. Spencer has already won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Minnie Jackson in the film, “The Help.”
As for television, the HBO domestic melodrama “Big Little Lies” led the pack with six nominations. The acclaimed series includes a star-studded cast of women, including Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in the lead category and Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley in supporting.
Of course we can’t forget to mention our girl Mary J. Blige, who received two nominations, one for her matriarchal character in the period piece, “Mudbound,” a Netflix drama about racial tension in rural Mississippi in the 1940s. Blige was also nominated for contributing lyrics to one of the songs in “Mudbound.”
Despite the push for women-centric films, women were not included in the best-director category — so there’s certainly still room for improvement there!
As for diversity, which was a major talking point in last year’s awards season, actors of color were represented by “Get Out’s” Daniel Kaluuya, Denzel Washington, Octavia Spencer, Blige and Hong Chau, who co-stars in the yet-to-be-released Alexander Payne film “Downsizing.”
The 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place on January 7, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California at 8:00 p.m. EST, and air on NBC.