The Golden Globes 2018 (Preview)

How about a spot of entertainment ahead of the second biggest award ceremony in film, and the biggest awards in television? Yes, Tinseltown is gearing up for the commencement of the Awards Season on the back of some systemic sexual harassment and rape allegations, aimed mostly at Harvey Weinstein through the #MeToo revelations. Whilst this shouldn’t be seen as any new news, it’s caused a bit of a stir in the press and in general media since the Fall of this year. Will this go on to affect the themes of this years Award Season? It remains to be seen as the 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony takes place this Sunday, January 7th, 2018.

Now for some small gossip! Since Angelina Jolie’s split from Brad Pitt, and since Brad’s split from Jennifer Aniston all those years ago, Angie and Jen have rarely been present at the same awards ceremony. However, this year they reportedly will be, as they are both pencilled in to present awards at The Golden Globes of 2018. Perhaps they’ll even walk out together holding hands in a show of female unity, feminism and also for the newly popular phenomenon of liberal man-bashing, (with terms like  “mansplaining” and “manspreading” being thrown around recently). Not to mention all those other horrible sexual harassment allegations that have been coming out lately. Jen and Angie making friends, wouldn’t that be something? Err, maybe not… Anyway, it’s not yet clear whether Brad Pitt will be in attendance this year, but somehow we suspect that he won’t be. Since Angelina Jolie is very much expected to pick up the Award for ‘Best Foreign Language Film‘ for ‘First They Killed My Father’.

Angelina Jolie on location directing her film, ‘First They Killed My Father’ . Credit: Deadline

We can surely expect a lot of acceptance speeches on the topic of sexual harassment from the award winners, which brings us to the next piece of gossip ahead of the Golden Globe Awards.

In another interesting yet non-surprising piece of news, “God” aka Harvey Weinstein (as he was famously called by Meryl Streep not so long ago) is close at hand, after having been recently spotted in Beverly Hills, ahead of Sunday’s Award ceremony. Well, it’s still a free country, you know? Plus, Rose McGowan got that 5-part E! series so…

Credit: EllenBarkin/Twitter

One of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers Rosanna Arquette Tweeted, “I smell a rat”.

You just can’t get rid of Harvey Weinstein that easily. Surely his story is just scratching the surface of Hollywood’s seedy underbelly, perhaps? Anyway, who doesn’t love a bit of glitz and glamour now and again, right? So, will Harvey still have some influence over who wins and who loses those gongs? Probably not, after even being booted out from the Academy. But, why are people so surprised and acting so offended after he was spotted in Beverly Hills? Maybe, it’s due to his casting couch rap sheet, which has been the talk of the town once it was outed, but surely everyone knew about it many years beforehand. Yeah, that’s probably why.

Of course, Harvey Weinstein is in town, films and the casting couch were his life. Credit: Probe-Media 

Anyway, now for the nominees in Film for The Golden Globes 2018. Looking at this list, it may also help to give us an idea of who may be nominated for the Oscars on January 23rd as well…

FILM

Best Motion Picture, Drama

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

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama

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

Best Actress, 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

Best Actor, Motion Picture, 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

Best Actress, Motion Picture, Comedy

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

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture

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

Best Screenplay

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

Best Original Song

“Home”, Ferdinand
“Mighty River”, Mudboumd
“Remember Me”, Coco
“The Star”, The Star
“This Is Me”, The Greatest Showman

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

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

Ridley Scott could win the Golden Globe for Best Director, after impressively re-shooting Kevin Spacey’s scenes in a heartbeat (in less than a month) for the film  ‘All the Money in the World’. Credit: NPR

Yes, that’s quite the list of exciting nominations for all the films this year, don’t you think? We’d really like to see an award for ‘The Disaster Artist’ because it’s something different, as well as an award for Christopher Plummer who bravely stepped in to replace Kevin Spacey, but we don’t decide these things, do we?

Now onto television, and you better believe that it’s just as exciting as film, if not more so these days. Well almost… Here’s the Television nominations for The Golden Globes 2018… (drumroll)

TELEVISION

Best Television Series, Drama

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

Best Television Series, Comedy

Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Best Limited Series or Television Movie

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

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie

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

Best Actor, Limited Series or Television Movie

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

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 Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Actress, Television Series, Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better 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 Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Best Supporting Actress, Television Series

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

Best Supporting Actor, Television Series

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

Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard had great on-screen chemistry in ‘Big Little Lies’, which could see them win in their respective categories.  Credit: TheZoeReport

Quite the comprehensive list of nominees in Television. We’d probably like to see Alexander Skarsgard win Best Supporting Actor and Nicole Kidman win for Best Actress in Limited Series or Television Movie, despite the very lame and unbelievable ending to ‘Big Little Lies‘. Oh well, you can’t have it all in the believability category, especially when you need to wrap up a TV series hastily in the last episode, right?

Also, it sure is funny or ironic that Robert De Niro is nominated for a role in ‘The Wizard of Lies’, after his establishment anti-Trump speech in April of 2016, plus to that of the more recent cringeworthy plea speech at the UN to rebuild Barbuda, after he had heavily invested in a hotel beach resort, exactly there! Whilst only claiming to deeply care about the people of Barbuda after it was severely hit by Hurricane Irma. Wow, ‘The Wizard of Lies’ sure is an ironic production for De Niro to be nominated for right now…

Anyway, plus with viewer numbers expected to be much lower this year (due to virtue signalling celebrities) than that of previous years, some people will still surely be tuning in to see who’s going to be going home with the Globes this time around. Let’s hope that we can tune in as well, to catch all the entertainment as it unfolds.

The host of the Golden Globes this year will be the ever silly-smiling Seth Myers, who’s almost got more terrible Trump jokes than Jimmy Kimmel does. Who’s less funny or more camp? Do let us know in the comments section down below.

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Now for an eye opener, since we couldn’t help but share the following video that we recently saw, where an anonymous insider actress has shared her experience in Hollywood via an online forum from five years ago (way before Weinstein Gate), so we thought we would share it with you at the end of this article.

Not because it’s got anything to do with the Golden Globes, per say, but it does give away some interesting insight to the business of giving away acting roles in the industry. There’s been so much emphasis on sexual scandals recently, perhaps the video down below will go some way to make things a little clearer for people that don’t quite understand how such a thing is even possible. Even whilst many women will reportedly be dressing in black this awards season to show their support for those who have experienced sexual harassment or even worse, in the lower and upper echelon of seeking film roles, there’s still a culture of the casting couch. No doubt about it.

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Watch the video down below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Is it that unbelievable, or is it simply secrets from underneath the red carpet, so to speak? One thing is for sure, what Sir Ian McKellan recently said about Hollywood sex scandals was that some “women were partly to blame” for creating or giving into the casting couch culture. Not to mention, you have strange sex cults like DOS and rumours of secret sex rituals in the industry within other cult groups.

Just how else do people get ahead with so many actors and actresses vying for the same roles in an industry where 99% of actors are usually out of work. Luckily, it doesn’t happen to everyone, but to think that it doesn’t go on would be naive. In saying that, it could just all be a conspiracy theory, right? Anyway, let’s try to focus on the Awards.

 

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