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Golden Globes 2018 nominations: Shape of Water leads the way, Game of Thrones comes up short

It’s a big year for Guillermo del Toro

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HBO and Netflix may be disappointed with the lack of nominations Game of Thrones and Stranger Things picked up, but the Golden Globe Awards 2018 will still be a good year for genre fans.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association named its nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Monday morning. The annual ceremony celebrates the previous year’s best in both film and television.

Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy film The Shape of Water earned seven nominations, including a Best Director nod for del Toro. That’s the most for a single film among the 2018 nominees. The Shape of Water will go head-to-head with The Post, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for Best Picture — Drama. The Shape of Water also received nominations for Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Screenplay and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).

The Shape of Water tells the story of Elisa, a mute woman employed as a cleaning lady at a top-secret government lab in 1962. When Elisa stumbles upon one of the lab’s most classified secrets, a scaly creature that lives in a giant water tank, she becomes friends with it. It’s only after Elisa develops a bond with the creature that she learns the laboratory wants to kill him.

It’ll be a tough competition for del Toro’s The Shape of Water, however, with conversation starters like The Post and Call Me by Your Name, two movies that still aren’t available in wide release but have earned critical acclaim from the majority of critics.

On the comedy side, it’s a big year for James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which picked up two nominations: Best Picture — Comedy or Musical and Best Actor — Comedy or Musical for Franco. The movie is inspired by the actual, behind-the-scenes production of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous bad movie, The Room.

Get Out, one of the year’s most talked-about movies, also earned two nominations: Best Picture — Comedy or Musical and Best Actor — Comedy or Musical for Daniel Kaluuya’s performance. Get Out, largely considered not to be a comedy, is a horrifying story about a black man who goes home to meet his white girlfriend’s parents, only to discover their racist psychopaths.

Before we move on to television, we have to take a second to acknowledge the best nominee at this year’s awards: The Boss Baby, which was nominated for Best Animated Picture.

On the television front, Stranger Things 2 has two nominations; one for Best TV Series — Drama and a Best Supporting Actor nod for David Harbour’s portrayal of Chief Jim Hopper. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones earned only one nomination, for Best TV Drama. Both shows will compete alongside heavy hitters including The Crown, This Is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale.

It was FX’s limited series, Feud: Bette and Joan, and HBO’s miniseries, Big Little Lies, that received the most nominations overall, though. Big Little Lies has six nominations in total, including Best Limited Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for both Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, and Best Actress in a Limited Series for Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Feud: Bette and Joan, which told the behind-the-scenes story of how the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? was made, was nominated four times. Feud will go head-to-head with Big Little Lies for the Best Limited Series award, while Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon will compete with Kidman and Witherspoon for Best Actress in a Limited Series. The show’s final nomination went to Alfred Molina for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series.

The full list of Golden Globes nominees can be seen on the award show’s official page. The Golden Globe Awards 2018 will air on Jan. 7, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Seth Meyers is set to host.

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