LOS ANGELES – “The Shape of Water” by Mexico’s Guillermo del Toro starts off as the big favorite at the 75th Golden Globes with seven nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Drama), and Best Director (Motion Picture), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) reported Monday.
Del Toro, who has never before been honored by the organization, finally cast his spell upon the Golden Globes.
His movie won nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).
In the top category – Best Motion Picture (Drama) – Del Toro’s work will vie for the prize with “Dunkirk,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Post” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
With a dazzling cast made up of Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Shape of Water” tells a tale of love between a mute cleaning woman and a sea creature in the year 1962, with all the fairytale aesthetics so typical of its creator.
In the Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) category, the nominees were “The Disaster Artist,” “Lady Bird,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Get Out” and “I, Tonya.”
Meanwhile, “Coco,” the Pixar film about Mexico’s traditional Day of the Dead, was nominated for Best Motion Picture (Animated), to compete with “Boss Baby,” “Breadwinner,” “Ferdinand” and “Loving Vincent.”
The film is also in the running for Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” composed by Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez.
The Chilean production “Una Mujer Fantastica” by Sebastian Lelio will fight it out for Best Foreign Film with “In the Fade” (Germany), “Loveless” (Russia), “The Square” (Sweden) and “First They Killed My Father” (Cambodia).
In the television category, the miniseries “Big Little Lies” looks to be the frontrunner with a total of six nominations, including those for Best Television Performance by an Actress for Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
The Golden Globes will be handed out on Jan. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, with the popular comedian Seth Meyers as host.