Random Thoughts on the 2018 Golden Globes Nominations


And just like that awards season is upon us and the first big announcement (and precursor to the Oscars) comes from the Hollywood Foreign Press. The Golden Globe nominees were announced this morning and to call it a headscratcher would be an understatement. These awards are whatever you make of them. Sure they are flattering but this year more than any shows why I take them with a grain of salt. Here are a few random thoughts…

  • First and foremost where the heck is Ethan Hawke? He gives what is probably his most acclaimed performance in “First Reformed”. It’s easily one of the year’s best performances and its glaring omission is just nuts.
  • Speaking of “First Reformed” apparently the entire movie failed to leave a mark on the HFPA. And considering some of the other nominations that’s pretty sad. But more on them later.
  • “Black Panther” gets a Best Picture nomination, something that was pretty much carved in stone back in February. I’m all for superhero movies getting a seat at the table. But as time has passed “Black Panther”, while still really good, hasn’t stuck with me like a Best Picture nominee should.
  • “A Star is Born” is one of the biggest non-surprises of the announcements. It grabbed big nominations in the drama categories – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and of course Best Song. That’ll surely give the film’s strong fan base a movie to root for.
  • But arguably the best performance of “A Star is Born” came from Sam Elliott yet no nomination for him.
  • Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” is considered an Oscar front-runner but due to a rather dopey rule it is deemed inelligible for the Best Picture category. Still it managed to nab a Best Picture – Foreign Language, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Can’t wait to see it on December 14th.
  • It looks like “Vice” led the way with six nominations. It kinda makes sense. David McKay’s hyper-political Dick Cheney biopic is sure to tickle the fancy of many of those casting the votes.
  • Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” had a big morning getting getting nominations in the Best Picture, Best Actor, Supporting Actor, and Director category. It’s a pretty good movie but I’m on the fence with it. Not sure if it’s awards worthy.
  • And while John David Washington is very good, beating out Hawke for a nomination leaves me scratching my head. But why put it on Washington who I really enjoyed? Instead, I would toss Hedges who was fine but nothing particularly mind-blowing.
  • While not a perfect movie “The Hate U Give” is a piercing drama with a more grounded perspective than Spike Lee’s joint. I felt it was an underseen movie and it could be that the Globes verifies that. It was left high and dry.
  • “The Hate U Give” also features a brilliant supporting turn from Russell Hornsby – a performance that certainly deserved a nomination.
  • Not much love for Damian Chazelle’s “First Man”. Claire Foy earned a Supporting Actress nomination but that’s about it. Such a shame.
  • Speaking of “First Man”, nothing for Ryan Gosling for his portrayal of Neil Armstrong. I still believe it to be one of the most misunderstood performances of the year. Quiet for sure, but hardly without an emotional drive.
  • There is actually a tough competition for Best Animated Feature. I’ll be rooting for Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” but it will have to fend off heavyweights “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.
  • The Timothee Chalamet love continues. This year he is nominated for “Beautiful Boy” which should surprise no one. Essentially he is the new Jennifer Lawrence from a few years back. Good young actor but maybe a little overhyped?
  • Aaaaand “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a movie that provoked a fairly mixed reaction yet it wakes up to a couple of big nominations. Best Picture and Best Actor? Really? It results in some pretty great performances and pretty great movies missing out.
  • Nothing for the Coen Brothers and their excellent “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”. It’s certainly not a mainstream movie but I still feel it’s one of the year’s best.
  • Great to see Elsie Fisher  get a nomination for “Eighth Grade”. It’s such a strong performance in a year full of rich performances from young newcomers. But Best Actress – Musical or Comedy? Sure, there are amusing moments but it’s hardly a straight-up comedy.
  • “The Quiet Place” seems to have lost some of its umph but I still adore that film. It’s a shame to see it all but forgotten here.
  • While there are a lot of compelling names in the actress categories I guess the big question is which one of them will be knocked out come Oscar time for Meryl Streep’s obligatory spot?
  • “Crazy Rich Asians” was a surprisingly fun little movie. But as with several other nominated films I hardly see it as an awards caliber movie. Is this the HFPA’s attempt at reaching out to a broader audience? Will the Academy follow in their footsteps?
  • And nothing for “You Were Never Really Here”, a fantastic movie from director Lynne Ramsay. She is one of several female filmmakers with strong 2018 movies who couldn’t penetrate the male-dominated Best Director category.

So that’s it from me. The Golden Globes air on Sunday, January 6th. Personally, this year I’m more amped for the Independent Spirit Awards.

27 thoughts on “Random Thoughts on the 2018 Golden Globes Nominations

  1. I’m not surprised by a few predicable ones like Black Panther , Crazy Rich Asians but Bohemian Rhapsody surprised me . I’m not a big Panther fan , thought it was alright and Crazy Rich Asians was nothing special but a cute little comedy . I was disappointed to see A Quiet Place off the list and even the latest Mission Impossible , which was my fav movie of the summer , not recognized . But these type of nominations is why I never watch anymore the award shows , or one of the reasons . You also made some excellent points about Gosling and Hawke being ignored .

    • I would MUCH rather see Mission: Impossible get the blockbuster seat at the table over Black Panther. And A Quiet Place 100% deserves more love. Really disappointed in how it seems to be being pushed aside for more socially/politically relevant movies.

  2. Lynne Ramsay deserved to be in Best Director over Farelly for Green Book at least.
    I feel like I complained a lot in my post for this lol. Though I did like a few of the nominees like Fisher, BlackKklansman and Black Panther in picture.

    • I’ll bounce over and read your thoughts. Lynne Ramsay for sure. Same with Debra Granik. Some strong female directing voices were left out in the cold. I like both Black Panther and BlackKklansman but they won’t be anywhere near my top 10.

  3. Nothing for Widows. Fuck the Golden Globes. I hope someone hosts it and just talks a bunch of shit about everyone to the point that he/she has managed to piss everyone off in the room. I would have such joy in watching that to see rich celebrities be taken down a peg or 2.

      • The NYFCC at least have balls. I mean, look who they picked for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress this year. Last year, Tiffany Haddish was named Best Supporting Actress. This year, it’s two African-American women named Regina.

        Besides, it’s always rigged and voted by morons who will take bribes.

      • I suppose. Not a fan of Haddish but she was definitely outside of the box. Personally I’m much more interested in the Independent Spirits this year.

  4. Not the biggest fan of this year’s nominations. Plenty of great films left out (how did “Burning”, “The Sisters Brothers”, “You Were Never Really here” all not get any nominations?), and some odd nominations as well (“Black Panther” certainly doesn’t deserve a best picture nom and “Bohemian Rhapsody” neither). I’m glad that Elsie Fischer did get a nomination, though.

    • It such a messy list and I think more nominations frustrated me than excited me. I really do like “Black Panther” but it is struggling to make my Top 20. And some of the omissions don’t help.

  5. I’m waaaaay behind on movies this year! Must get caught up now that award season is upon us -really the only one I’ve seen is First Man, and I had to leave the theater during it due to motion-sickness related issues! (not nausea from any performances haha – I agree, Gosling’s portrayal was very emotional and engaging).

    • Sure will. I do think it’s a good movie. It just didn’t knock me off my feet the way many other movies did. I will say as someone often mixed on Spike Lee’s work, this is one of his best IMO.

  6. -I agree on Sam Elliott and Ryan Gosling. I assumed they were shoe-ins.
    -I prefer that kind of rule. Foreign movies being eligible for Best Drama/Comedy/Musical would make the category less meaningful.
    -While I loved BLACKKKLANSMAN overall, I don’t think Adam Driver’s performance was that good.
    -I think FIRST MAN deserved a Best Director nomination much more than GREEN BOOK.
    -I thought BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY would be the quasi-annual Best Comedy/Musical undeserving nominee, but they had enough faith in it to compete for Best Drama… and they were right! I liked the movie, but I don’t think it’s great. Neither do most critics, so the nomination is a complete shock. On the other hand, I loved Rami Malek’s performance.
    -Big fan of the Coens, not a big fan of BUSTER SCRUGGS. I loved A QUIET PLACE too. I don’t remember these two ever being predicted as true awards contender. If anything the nomination the latter did get was a (nice) surprise.
    -Meryl Streep? For what? Her MAMMA MIA 2 cameo?
    -I don’t think CRAZY RICH ASIANS is that good either, but the H.F.P.A. aren’t the only ones who loved it. Most critics did. Also, few award shows have comedy categories, so of course it would show up here.

    • Always love reading your thoughts. Especially nice seeing our shared enthusiasm for “First Man”. It’s really frustrating to see the movie looked over by voters and audiences.

  7. I thought Hawke’s was the performance of the year (and I’m glad to see him racking up the critics’ awards). I was completely indifferent to “Black Panther” and thought the new Mission Impossible was the best big-budget action movie of the last year (or two). Sam Elliott’s curious omission aside, it looks like it will be twinkling “Star”s this year, and I’m fine with that, as everything about that well-done melodrama was wonderful.

    • Thanks for the thoughts. I completely agree on Mission: Impossible. I love that movie (as my year end Top 10 will show). I quite liked Black Panther but it hasn’t exactly stuck with me. As for Hawke, fingers crossed the Academy gets it right. The Globes certainly didn’t.

  8. Some quickies:

    -Loved BlacKkKlansman.
    -Too hoping Hawke gets a Best Actor Nom for his exquisite work in First Reformed.
    -Searching is my personal best movie of the year to this point. John Cho was stellar, and the screenplay was tightly constructed. Wasn’t expecting Oscar love but everyone I know who watched the movie stuck a heavy emotional cord with, myself included.
    -The Wife has been underseen but Close is spectacular in it
    -With you on M:I-Fallout. I really enjoy Black Panther but Fallout and even Infinity War I believe are better overall productions. Black Panther, obviously, was a massive moment culturally and that does play into things.
    -Not surprising that there’s no love for Hereditary as horrors rarely receive any, but, since it wasn’t purely horror, I thought that perhaps Toni Collette was in line for recognizable appreciation. She’s equal parts terrifying and vulnerable.
    -Damn shame about Widows.
    -My gut says Elliott will get a Best Supporting nom.

    Overall, we can’t take so much of the GG’s seriously. As many have stated, they’re the red headed stepchild of the awards season.

    • -I posted a BlacKkKlansman review yesterday and I’m still sitting here conflicted with the score I gave it. It’s an utterly fascinating movie. I wish I could shake my quibbles with it.
      – Oh “Searching” is such an awesome and unique pick. I really liked that one too.
      – The Wife is one I regretfully haven’t been able to see.
      – I have the first draft of my Top 10 of 2018 done and M:I – Fallout a pretty decent place there. Still a couple more to knock out this week.
      – While I agree “Hereditary” isn’t purely horror, that thing was eerie as…well, you know. I’ve had a review written for months. Need to get it posted.
      – I think you’re right. I believe the Oscars will go heavy into “A Star is Born” and that includes a nom for Sam.

    • I tend to enjoy them, especially the Oscars mainly for their history. But I completely understand your perspective and it seems that each year these awards give us more reasons to be dismissive.

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