Normally, there isn’t much motivation for horror fans to watch during awards season. Horror films are consistently snubbed during not only the Oscars, but also the earlier award shows like the Golden Globes. This year seems to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between us Fiends and the Awards. Nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes have been announced, and both Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Jordan Peele’s Get Out are very well represented.
The Shape of Water led all other films on the list with seven total nominations, including Best Motion Picture for the Drama category. The film, which was released to select theaters on December 8th, was also nominated for Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Screenplay (Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor). The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the non-profit group of journalists and photographers that puts on the Golden Globes, is known to be more friendly to genre films in the past than other awards shows. This showing of support for The Shape of Water, however, is above and beyond what it normally gives.
Jordan Peele’s masterpiece Get Out, on the other hand, received much less recognition than del Toro’s. It received a nomination for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy (this designation was an abomination in its own right, but that’s a different article) and for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Daniel Kaluuya. These are two very prestigious categories, for sure, but it is the categories where it has not been nominated that is the travesty. Jordan Peele was skipped over for a Best Director Nomination, and his incredible screenplay was also ignored.
How can a film be one of the best of the year, but it’s director not be recognized as one of the best? Inversely, how can someone be one of the five best directors of the year and yet not make one of the best films? It has been a debate surrounding award shows for many years and I think it’s a reasonable knock against this year’s nominations. We are all very proud of Guillermo del Toro and will be cheering him on like there’s no tomorrow, but the fact that Jordan Peele was not included in the conversation for his work is almost shameful.
The ceremony will be hosted by Seth Meyers and will air January 7th on NBC. Check out Jon and Kim’s awesome Drive Home From the Drive-in episode on Get Out HERE, and be on the look out for their thoughts on The Shape of Water in the upcoming podcast episode airing Thursday, December 14th. In the meantime, head over to our Facebook Group and let us know what you think about this year’s Golden Globes nominations.