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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies win big at 2018 Golden Globes

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Stranger Things, Game of Thrones lose out

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Mildred Hayes on phone
Frances McDormand took home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama award for her role as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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The 2018 Golden Globes began the year’s awards show season with a sea of predictable and safe winners — with one notable exception.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the award for Best Picture — Drama, surprising many who predicted the award would go to The Post or The Shape of Water. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also awarded Best Actress to the incredibly deserving Frances McDormand and Best Screenplay to Martin McDonagh.

The top-nominated film The Shape of Water took home a number of awards, including Best Director for Guillermo del Toro and Best Original Score, composed by Alexandre Desplat. But the film suffered some major losses, the biggest one of the night aside. Octavia Spencer, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Shape of Water, lost out to Allison Janney. Janney was awarded for her portrayal as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya.

James Franco was awarded Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical — Motion Picture for his portrayal as the illustrious Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. Franco beat out competition from Steve Carell, Ansel Elgort, Hugh Jackman, and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya. The Disaster Artist and Get Out both lost out to Lady Bird for the Best Picture — Comedy or Musical award.

It was a big night for television, too, which saw some well-deserved winners.

Big Little Lies, HBO’s miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, won Best Limited Series. Big Little Lies also won a similar award during the 2017 Emmy Awards. Alexander Skarsgård won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama, beating out Stranger Things David Harbour.

Best TV Drama was awarded to Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which also won the award for Best Drama at the 2017 Emmy Awards. Lead actress Elisabeth Moss won Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal as June Osborne. The Handmaid’s Tale beat out Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, This is Us and The Crown for the accolade.

There were a few other big losses throughout the night. The Boss Baby was robbed of its Best Animated Feature Golden Globe award, losing out to Pixar’s Coco. Game of Thrones lost the only award it was nominated for, Best TV Drama. Game of Thrones may fare better next year, following a powerful seventh season.

Most of the movies nominated at this year’s Golden Globes should have another opportunity for award show glory at the Academy Awards in March. Those nominees will be announced on Jan. 23. The Oscars will take place on March 4, 2018.