The 2018 Golden Globes have come and gone, and with them the Oscars picture gets a little more clearer while making the race a little tighter. In the meanwhile “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little Lies” can bask in the glory of their wins for movies and television respectively. Here’s our thoughts on the winners.
While Big Little Lies may have been the dominating limited series of the year, it was The Handmaid’s Tale that took home the top prize for television drama, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel taking home the top comedy award. Both of their lead actresses, Elisabeth Moss and Rachel Brosnahan, took home acting trophies as well. Also taking home acting awards were Sterling K. Brown for This is Us in the Actor Drama category and Aziz Ansari for Master of None in the Actor Comedy category. In the Limited series category Ewan McGregor won Best Actor for his work in Fargo, and Nicole Kidman won Best Actress for her work in Big Little Lies. These awards were all well deserved, and while a couple of them could have gone in different directions, there shouldn’t be any griping about who should have won.
The Oscars race just got a little clearer, but also a lot more crowded. Lady Bird took home the the Best Picture trophy for Comedy / Musical, with its star Saoirse Ronan taking home the Best Actress trophy for the category. What this means of course is that we will probably hear more of both of them for the Oscars, with Ronan perhaps the favourite to win. She will face tough competition from Frances McDormand though, who took home the Best Drama Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the film that also won the trophy for Best Dramatic Film. While both films will undoubtedly be nominated for Oscars, Guillermo del Toro might be a dark horse in the running for The Shape of Water, a film he won Best Director for. For the actor categories, James Franco won Best Comedy / Musical Actor for his role in The Disaster Artist, while Gary Oldman won Best Dramatic Actor for Darkest Hour. Again, both of these men should be seen come Oscar time, with Oldman perhaps holding a slight edge simply because he’s been one of Hollywood’s best character actors for several years, with very little in the way of major awards won.
While the Globes generally aren’t used as a big predictor of the way Oscar voters lean, they are still a good indicator as to who will be nominated. At the very least those who won globes last night, should hear their names called when the Academy Awards nominations are read later this month.