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Golden Globes 2018: The Shape of Water and Big Little Lies lead nominations

The Shape of Water

Story by Jack Foley

GUILLERMO Del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads the nominations for the film awards at this year’s Golden Globes, with seven nods.

The fantasy, which stars British actor Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaner at a governmental research facility who falls in love with a captured sea creature, secured nominations for both director Del Toro and leading lady Hawkins in the drama category, for best director and best actress respectively.

Co-stars Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer have received supporting actor and actress nominations.

The film has also received best screenplay and score nominations, as well as best picture in the drama category.

However, it is likely to face stern competition from fellow nominees The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which landed six nominations apiece.

70s-set drama The Post stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep and is directed by Steven Spielberg. It follows a couple of Washington Post staffers who clash over whether to publish classified documents about the war in Vietnam.

Both Hanks and Streep have received nods for best actor and actress, while Spielberg is nominated for best director.

Revenge drama Three Billboards, which stars Frances McDormand as a mother who tries to track down the person who raped and murdered her daughter by taking out three billboards in order to try to shame the town sheriff into action, also performed strongly.

As well as a best picture (drama) nod, the film also picked up five other nominations, including a best actress (drama) inclusion for McDormand, a best supporting actor nod for Sam Rockwell and a best director nomination for McDonagh.

Among the British hopefuls in with a big chance of success, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk picked up three nominations, including best picture (drama) and a best director nod for Nolan.

While Gary Oldman received a best actor (drama) nod for his performance as Winston Churchill in another Second World War-themed drama, Darkest Hour.

Daniel Day Lewis was the recipient of a best actor (drama) nomination for his turn in Phantom Thread, which is said to be his final appearance before retirement from acting.

And there were best actress (musical or comedy) nods for Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul) and Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker).

Appearing in the same category is Irish actor Saoirse Ronan, who received a nomination for her performance in Lady Bird.

Daniel Kaluuya received a best actor (musical or comedy) nod for his appearance in indie horror hit Get Out.

TV

In the TV section of the awards, HBO’s murder mystery Big Little Lies, which has just announced a second season, leads the way with six nominations, including nods for stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who face off in the best actress in a limited series category.

There were also multiple nominations for Feud: Bette and Joan, which chronicles the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The acclaimed drama begins airing on BBC2 on Saturday nights.

Aziz Ansari’s comedy Master of None, dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale and Jessica Biel-starring thriller The Sinner also received several nods each.

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