Golden Globes: Who will win this Sunday??

Kendall Gill, Writer

The nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards have been announced in full. This year’s awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.  These awards will mark a landmark anniversary for the establishment, and there are already large preparations in anticipation for the special occasion. As is common, the nominations have been subjected to debate as equal representation for women and people of color is being pushed to the forefront in the selection process of nominees.

At this year’s awards, there is one film that seems to have gained support following its universal praise, the film The Shape of Water. With seven total nods, the film leads in the movie nominations category, followed by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Post each receiving 6 nominations. Behind but with significant recognition is the film Lady Bird with four nominations and I, Tonya, The Greatest Showman, and Dunkirk follow with three.

Moving on to the TV portion of the nominations, all eyes are on shows such as six time nominee Big Little Lies as well as Feud: Bette and Joan, receiving four. Also noteworthy is the 3 nominations for NBC’s This Is Us as well as for FX’s Fargo and Hulu’s Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale.

Some controversy has already stemmed from the official award nomination announcement with many unhappy at the seemingly notable snubs of Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot. Also without recognition at this year’s ceremony is Girl’s Trip, the summer comedy that has grossed over $15 million since its opening weekend. Controversy surrounding the film’s lack of nominations are being championed by actress Jada Pinkett Smith as she speaks out on behalf of women of color in the industry whom she feels are underrepresented and without recognition.

After interviewing several members of the community, it became clear that for many people of color this feeling of underrepresentation is common. One man, who asked that his name not be used, resonated with Smith, describing, “I don’t want to blow anything out of proportion but it is frustrating to see people who are clearly talented and deserving of recognition being ignored. When you throw in the fact that their skin color is different than the people being nominated you can’t help but wonder why.”

Race relations and representation are not the only controversies regarding nominations this year. Moving into the TV side of the awards, people are divided over actress Katherine Langford’s praise for her role as Hannah Baker in the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Many fans are unsure of whether or not they support Langford’s nomination on account of the fact that she played a teenage girl who commits suicide, a role that gained national attention and disapproval as many said it was romanticising mental health and suicide. A fan of the show, and a Junior at Oakdale, Sidney Causey, contemplates about the award mention, “Obviously I really liked the show and the actors definitely deserve recognition, but I do understand why people are upset. I think that for people who struggle with the issues from the show it may seem like they’re capitalizing off of the themes of other people’s suffering.”

With the Golden Globes rapidly approaching, it’s increasingly clear that despite the array of significant controversies surrounding the awards, the night will be nothing short of quality entertainment for the film community and its fans alike.