The Golden Globe nominations are out, and Kevin Spacey is nowhere to be seen. In fact, the Globes have seemingly gone out of their way to censure the accused sexual predator by nominating his last-minute replacement in All the Money in the World, Christopher Plummer.
The Globes have also nominated Michelle Williams for Best Actress in a Drama and Ridley Scott for Best Director, even though the latter nomination seemingly squeezed out Luca Guadagnino for directing Call Me By Your Name. Considering Scott completed his reshoots for All the Money in the World in nine days at the end of November, and no one has seen (or nominated) his film yet, these noms appear less like an acknowledgement of the movie’s accomplishments and more like a powerful statement about sexual harassment. In a similar vein, the Globes have not handed any nominations to Transparent — or its star, accused sexual harasser Jeffrey Tambor — for the first time in Transparent’s history.
Call Me By Your Name has fared better everywhere else, however, earning a Supporting Actor nomination for Armie Hammer and a Best Actor nomination for Timothee Chalamet. Hammer has been snubbed by a few major critics circles, so this nomination provides some nice forward momentum to his Oscars campaign. Still, the movie has been passed over for a Best Screenplay nomination, even though it is still considered a lock for an Adapted Screenplay nomination at the Oscars. Sufjan Stevens has also been shut out for his two well-regarded original songs that feature heavily in Call Me. On the other hand, the animated queer allegory Ferdinand has earned a nom for its original song “Home.”
In other queer AF news, Emma Stone has been nominated for her role as Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, while Richard Jenkins has been nominated for his role as a closeted gay artist in The Shape of Water. The Globes have also betrayed some nostalgic love for the reboot of Will & Grace, which received noms for Best Comedy and Best Actor (for Eric McCormack), despite drawing lukewarm reviews from critics.
A Fantastic Woman, which follows a transgender woman as she fends off her partner’s transphobic family, is nominated for a Best Foreign Picture award, while BPM has been seemingly shut out by Russia’s entry, Loveless, and Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father.
Now would be a good time to mention that the Golden Globes rarely have any bearing on the Oscars, so you can ignore pretty much everything we just said and enjoy the rest of your day.