The 2018 Golden Globe nominations are out! The Shape of Water and The Post led for film nominations while Big Little Lies led the TV noms. In the wake of Hollywood’s many sexual harassment scandals of late, all eyes were on the Globes to see what would happen. As expected by many, House of Cards and Transparent were completely snubbed in response to the alleged bad behavior of Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor. Shutting out these shows, however, unfairly penalized deserving others like Robin Wright and Jill Soloway. The last-minute decision to remove Spacey from All the Money in the World also paid off, as the film received three noms they may not have if the film were still tied to Spacey.
In terms of diversity, there were both hits and misses. Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick didn’t receive a single nomination. For directing, Jordan Peele was expected to receive a nom for Get Out and Greta Gerwig was expected to receive a nom for Lady Bird. Instead, the Best Director category looks like it usually does—a list of white men.
Although the directing category was a disappointment, a number of black actors received acting noms: Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq., Mary J. Blige for Mudbound, Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water, Sterling K. Brown for This is Us, Anthony Anderson for Black-ish, and Issa Rae for Insecure. Television shows Black-ish and Master of None, both created and led by people of color, are up for Best TV series – Musical or Comedy while the movie Get Out is up for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Even before the nominations came out, there was some controversy around the Golden Globes and Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out. The studio made the decision to submit the satirical horror movie for consideration in the Musical or Comedy category, despite Peele’s describing the film as a “social thriller” about systemic racism. Even though many are confused and upset about the categorization, Get Out did receive a few big nominations. In its category, it is up for Best Motion Picture and Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Performance by an Actor.
Hosted by Seth Meyers, the 2018 Golden Globes will take place on Sunday, January 7.