Among the many surprises in the Golden Globes movie nominations, announced Monday, were bids for a movie best known for no longer starring Kevin Spacey and the lack of love shown to Wonder Woman.
All the Money in the World, the Ridley Scott-directed film about the John Paul Getty III kidnapping, received a nod for best supporting actor Christopher Plummer, whose performance as rich old J. Paul Getty was shot and edited into the movie in only the past month — seemingly the blink of an eye — after Spacey, amid escalating allegations about inappropriate sexual behavior, was completely edited out. (Plummer had, in fact, been offered the role before Spacey.)
Scott is also nominated for best director, up against the outsized likes of Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Steven Spielberg (The Post). He probably deserves it just for efficiency. Despite the strong showing of Get Out (it got nominations in the best picture category and one for lead actor Daniel Kaluuya), director Jordan Peele was shut out. The same goes for Lady Bird‘s Greta Gerwig, who was largely expected to be honored.
As for the biggest snubs — where is Wonder Woman and its powerhouse star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins? Nowhere. The well-reviewed romantic comedy The Big Sick? In the same place as Wonder Woman, and possibly squeezed out to make room for The Greatest Showman, the soon-to-open PT Barnum musical that’s up for best movie and actor (Hugh Jackman).
Tiffany Haddish, the breakout star of Girls Trip and (let’s face it) the funniest actress of 2017, was also ignored.
The Globes are the first major stop along the grand sweep of awards leading up to the Academy Awards, and a significant indicator of how the year’s biggest films will fare at the Oscars. Because the Globes honor two categories — drama and musical/comedy — they’re more expansive, like an accordion. (For the Oscars, the accordion squeezes back.)
So: Helen Mirren’s name materialized as best actress (musical/comedy) for The Leisure Seeker, a so-far little seen movie co-starring Donald Sutherland (it premiered at the Venice Film Festival). That pits her against another venerable British star, Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul) and rising talents Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird) and Margot Robbie (I, Tonya). And Denzel Washington is nominated for actor (drama) for Roman Israel, Esq., which was received without much enthusiasm when it opened in theaters in November.
To turn briefly to non-surprises: The Post scored the most consistently across the top drama categories: best picture, actress (Meryl Streep), actor (Tom Hanks) and director (Spielberg). You’ll see them all at the Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis’s swan-song appearance in The Phantom Thread was acknowledged, as well. (A snub would have been an out-and-out insult.)
And it’s good to have new faces in the race, whatever their long-term chances: Timothee Chalamet (drama, Call Me by Your Name — with a supporting nomination for Armie Hammer), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, also up for best movie, musical/comedy); and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, musical/comedy). There’s also James Franco in The Disaster Artist (musical/comedy) in which he plays a man with no acting talent whatsoever.
Also: Netflix, the streaming juggernaut, made further advances into the movie mainstream with nominations for Mary J. Blige (supporting actress, Mudbound) and the Angelina Jolie-directed First They Killed My Father (foreign film, Cambodia).