Going into the 2018 Golden Globes, there appeared to be some clear-cut winners, despite the award show’s penchant for doing things differently or unexpectedly.
On the television side, the results mostly matched those of the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards before them, with “Big Little Lies” sweeping the limited series or TV movie categories, despite having been recently renewed and therefore no longer technically being a limited series. The film side offered a few more big snubs, with critical favorites like “Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” being shut out.
SNUB: “Get Out”
After making waves with its controversial placement of Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” in the comedy/musical category (not to mention passing over Peele in the screenplay category entirely), and despite the film unequivocally leading the way with critical kudos so far this season, the HFPA sent the film home empty-handed.
SURPRISE: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
In truth, maybe it’s a surprise from the outside, but Martin McDonagh’s film was said to be the group’s overall favorite film this year and that held true to the end. Still, “The Shape of Water” (Variety‘s pick to win) and “The Post” were formidable competition, the former picking up the director prize. Ultimately, though, the HFPA showered “Three Billboards” with love: four awards in total, knocking out some of the season’s strongest players along the way.
SNUB: Female Storytellers
It was already an unfortunate note that none of this year’s female directors were nominated in the best director category (as Natalie Portman made clear with her barb in helping to present the award), but in awarding “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” its screenplay prize, the HFPA froze out three female screenwriters in Liz Hannah (co-screenwriter of “The Post”), Vanessa Taylor (co-screenwriter of “The Shape of Water” and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”). Of course, Globes voters are not beholden to check off a box in lieu of going with what they like (and by many accounts, “Three Billboards” was one of the group’s favorite films on the whole). Of course, “Lady Bird” did win best picture, comedy/musical, but the win was tempered by lack of recognition for Gerwig’s achievements.