Golden Globes 2018 Nominees List: A Nominations Refresher Before January 7 Award Show

Host Seth Meyers will kick off the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, which will likely be a night of drinking, forced laughter and questionable decisions from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

As these awards honor TV and film, sometimes it's hard to keep up. To keep up with Meyer's jokes on Sunday, here's a refresher on the nominee list.

Film

Best Picture – Drama:

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

What to know: The Shape of the Water, Guillermo del Toro’s touching romance, won the award of most Globe nominations this year (seven), and so is favored to win. One more tiny thing about that touching romance, though—it's between a woman and a fish-man (really). Expect many, many bestiality jokes. 

the_shape_of_water_sally_hawkins_courtesy_fox_searchlight Sally Hawkins and her fish lover in 'The Shape of Water.' Fox Searchlight Pictures

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical: 

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

What to know: Lady Bird has the most hype here, with its once-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score (though Greta Gerwig didn't get director nomination). There's some debate as to Get Out's status as a comedy (always a topic at the Globes). And though it likely won't win, The Disaster Artist's nomination means that Tommy Wiseau, director of The Room, will be at the Golden Globes. Be on the lookout for the man who looks like a vampire sitting next to James Franco.

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Guillermo del Toro, 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

What to know: Del Toro is notably the only non-white male nominated, and will likely win. But Scott's decision to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer and reshoot All The Money in the World a month before its release date recently made headlines, so although he probably won't win, expect some one-liners. 

ridley-scott Director Ridley Scott at the premiere of "The Martian" during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2015. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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

What to know: No one needs to be reminded who Meryl Streep is, but you might need a reminder of her impassioned anti-Trump speech at last year's Globes. You'll also want to keep your eye on Frances McDormand, who's been out of the limelight for a few years, but is as brilliant as ever playing a mother seeking revenge.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

What to know: Gary Oldman's transformation into Winston Churchill was impressive, and Daniel Day-Lewis (who announced Phantom Thread as his last film) gave an epic final performance as a renowned 1950s dressmaker. But the buzz has been building for 22-year-old Timothée Chalamet. If he wins, he'll be the youngest to receive the award. The Oscars would likely never vote a young star over Day-Lewis, but the Golden Globes just might!

timothee-chalamet-call-me-by-your-name Timothée Chalamet as Elio Perlman in 'Call Me By Your Name.' Sony Pictures Classic

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

What to know: Franco's absolutely spot-on impersonation of The Room's Wiseau is favored to win, and if he does, there's a strong possibility of an actual Wiseau speech at the Golden Globes. If you've ever heard Wiseau talk in his strange, stilted accent, you know this would be a dream come true for most fans.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

What to know: This is Saoirse Ronan's third Globe nomination (previously for Atonement and Brooklyn), and likely the time she finally wins, for perfectly capturing the angst of mundane teen life. Learn how to pronounce her name now: Sur-sha. (Someone will inevitably joke about this.)

Saoirse Ronan in the new film 'Lady Bird' Saoirse Ronan stars in the film "Lady Bird," written and directed by Greta Gerwig. A24

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

What to know: The winner of this category is totally up in the air. But if Plummer wins, that will be the HFPA's big "screw you" to Spacey following the House of Card actor's sexual misconduct allegations. Not only was he replaced in All the Money in the World, he was also fired from the Netflix series. 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

What to know: The showdown is likely between Janney and Metcalf, who both played two overly harsh mothers (though Janney as Tonya Harding's historically abusive mother took it a step further).

CUL_Tonya_01 (1) Janney as Golden, with her parakeet co-star, Little Man. Courtesy of Neon

Best Screenplay:

The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly's Game

What to know: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who wrote Molly's Game, took two Golden Globes home in the last eight years, so this category might be that film's one chance at a win.

Best Animated Feature Film:

Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

What to know: Know that the HPFA doesn't care too much about animated films.

Best Original Score:

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

What to know: If Nolan doesn't win director, perhaps the HPFA will throw Dunkirk a bone for score.

Television

Best Drama Series:

The Crown, Netflix
Game of Thrones, HBO
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Stranger Things, Netflix
This is Us, NBC

What to know: The Handmaid's Tale won five Emmys already, and Game of Thrones is always an award show favorite. But The Crown arguably had its best year yet, and is still fresh on everyone's mind, unlike Handmaid's and Thrones.

handmaids-tale Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' took home five Primetime Emmys this year. Hulu

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series:

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaids Tale

What to know: Balfe might have a shot here for her sheer range in Outlander—from Boston to 18th Century Scotland.

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark

What to know: Freddie Highmore, 25, impressed this year, playing the young doctor with autism on this ABC medical drama—and the Globes loves to honor newbies.

Best Comedy Series:

Blackish, ABC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon
Master of None, Netflix
SMILF, Showtime
Will & Grace, NBC

What to know: Know that this reporter is still bitter the Will & Grace revival will likely win the award that belongs to NBC's The Good Place.

09-27-will-and-grace-01 Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) in the 'Will & Grace' revival. Chris Haston/NBC

Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Ray, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

What to know: Every woman in this category deserves an award. But in particular, Brosnahan shines in the new series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, as did Alison Brie as a women wrestler in GLOW. 

Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
Erin McCormack, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless

What to know: Eric McCormack will probably win for bringing Will Truman back to life, eleven years later.

Best Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

Big Little Lies, HBO
Fargo, FX
Feud: Bette and Joan, FX
The Sinner, USA
Top of the Lake: China Girl, Sundance Channel

What to know: Big Little Lies, which came in second for most Globe nominations (at six), is almost sure to win. Those rich Pacific Northwest moms are just too captivating.

Big Little Lies Shaileene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in "Big Little Lies." Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO

Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television:

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

What to know: The Wizard of Lies, HBO's TV movie about Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, nabbed Robert De Niro to play Madoff, and De Niro will likely nab the Globe.

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

What to know: Notably, out of five nominated actresses, only three shows are represented. It likely comes down to Witherspoon or Kidman, here. 

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

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

What to know: Hopefully the Globe will go to Dern, who all but broke the internet with her pensive wine-drinking in Big Little Lies.

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

What to know: Stranger Things fans will be rooting for Harbour after the Globes snubbed all the young actors in nominations. But Alexander Skarsgard will likely take home the award for his terrible (but excellent) creepiness in Big Little Lies.

Watch the 2018 Golden Globes this Sunday, January 7, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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