Shape of Water leads Golden Globe nominees: A genre guide to this year's nominations

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Dec 11, 2017

Science fiction, horror, and fantasy snagged some big Golden Globe nominations this year. In particular, Stranger Things, Get Out, and The Shape of Water snagged more than one each, with that last film — Guillermo del Toro's love letter to classic monster movies — leading them all with seven nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director.

Controversially, Get Out was nominated for Best Motion Picture in the comedy category, even though it is technically a serious horror movie. The movie also did get recognized for its acting, with leading man Daniel Kaluuya earning a nod for Best Actor in a Comedy.

Hulu surprisingly outdid its competitor, Netflix, with three nominations for The Handmaid's Tale, whereas Stranger Things only got two. 

These announcements aren't altogether surprising, as many of these films had scored big at earlier awards ceremonies like the Gotham Awards, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. 

Golden Globe nominations for genre projects, in bold, include:

Best Motion Picture, Drama:

Call Me by Your Name


The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Guillermo del Torro, The Shape of Water

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World

Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:

Guillermo del Torro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Elizabeth Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:

Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Meryl Streep, The Post

Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalfe, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie:

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

David Thewlis, Fargo

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie:

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama:

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Best TV Series, Drama:

The Crown (Netflix)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

This Is Us (NBC)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Alexander Desplat, The Shape of Water

Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

John Williams, The Post

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

Best Animated Feature Film:

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:

"Home," Ferdinand

"Mighty River," Mudbound

"Remember Me," Coco

"The Star," The Star

"This Is Me," The Greatest Showman

Curiously missing from the nominations is Blade Runner 2049, which was praised by critics as a masterpiece upon its release but did not fare well at the box office. Things are looking especially good for Get Out and The Shape of Water, which could be big contenders at the Oscars. In the past, a good number of Best Motion Picture winners at the Golden Globes have gone on to take home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. If these nominations are an indication of things to come, then history could be made by a science fiction movie winning the top prize at the Oscars for the first time ever.