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Men 50+ Grab Golden Globe Honors

Women were snubbed — but grownup films got extra Oscar oomph

2018 Golden Globe Nominees

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Denzel Washington, Allison Janney and Kevin Bacon are among the nominees.

The Golden Globe Award nominations announced Dec. 11 were great news for male talents over age 50, who took 54 percent of the honors. Hollywood is less kind to women as they age: In female categories, only 37.1 percent of nominees were over age 50 — putting the overall grownup nomination rate at 47 percent. However, all five drama nominees are of great interest to AARP audiences (expect to see some, most or all of them at both AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards in February and the Oscars on March 4). Men over 50 dominated the best director and best original score races, too. Helen Mirren, 72, winner of AARP's 2017 Career Achievement Award, was a surprise Globe nominee for The Leisure Seeker, as was Judi Dench, 83, for Victoria & Abdul. The noms also lofted the Oscar odds for The Shape of Water, the first English-language smash by Guillermo del Toro, 53; The Post, by Steven Spielberg, 70; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, whose Frances McDormand, 60, is the frontrunner for Oscar's best actress award.

Two last-minute films screened for Globe voters —The Greatest Showman and All the Money in the World — got many votes from the 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. HFPA members probably rewarded All the Money in the World for sacking disgraced star Kevin Spacey and replacing him with Christopher Plummer, 87, as cold-hearted billionaire J. Paul Getty. Variety pundit Kristopher Tapley tweeted, "Christopher Plummer should write a book: How to Get a Golden Globe Nomination in Three Weeks. Seriously, he started shooting 11/21. That's got to be a record." The Globe nominations also spell good Emmy news for Big Little Lies and The Crown, and also for Feud: Bette and Joan's Jessica Lange, 68, and Susan Sarandon, 71. 

But the nominations were very bad news for some. The Globes snubbed hopefuls DetroitFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool and Wonderstruck. Recent scandals harmed the chances of The Meyerowitz Stories, starring Dustin Hoffman, 80, and many Amazon hopefuls, like The Big Sick. But the Globes aren't the end of the awards season. Its eccentric voters were widely ridiculed by the industry for years until the Golden Globe show began to attract 20 million viewers, earn $42 million a year and influence voting for the Academy Awards. Don't count anybody out yet: This year's awards races are still very much up for grabs.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

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

Best Director

Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley ScottAll the Money in the World
Steven SpielbergThe Post

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Denzel WashingtonRoman J. Israel, Esq.
Tom HanksThe Post
Daniel Day-LewisPhantom Thread
Gary OldmanDarkest Hour

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormandThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl StreepThe Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy

Steve CarellBattle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy

Judi DenchVictoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen MirrenThe Leisure Seeker

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

Willem DafoeThe Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard JenkinsThe Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher PlummerAll the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison JanneyI, Tonya
Laurie MetcalfLady Bird
Octavia SpencerThe Shape of Water

Best Screenplay

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Original Score

Carter BurwellThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexandre DesplatThe Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
John WilliamsThe Post
Hans ZimmerDunkirk

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Television Series, Drama

The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things

Best Television Series, Comedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace

Best Limited Series or Television Movie

Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
The Sinner

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie

Nicole KidmanBig Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Jessica LangeFeud: Bette and Joan
Susan SarandonFeud: Bette and Joan
Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie

Robert De NiroThe Wizard of Lies
Kyle MacLachlanTwin Peaks
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey RushGenius

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama

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

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama

Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Bob OdenkirkBetter Call Saul
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev SchreiberRay Donovan

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy

Pamela AdlonBetter Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Actor, Television Series, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin BaconI Love Dick
William H. MacyShameless
Eric McCormackWill & Grace

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series

Laura DernBig Little Lies
Ann DowdThe Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle PfeifferThe Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred MolinaFeud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David ThewlisFargo

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