Talking 'bout Wonder Woman, Three Billboards, and more, after the jump....
2) Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri getting nominated for Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay is no surprise; Director was a sliiiiightly longer shot, but still understandable given the general acclaim for the movie. Its nomination for Original Score, though, was unexpected, and I think a true testament to how people are responding. Much is being on Twitter about the recent "backlash" (a term that, like "Oscar bait", is increasingly used to easily dismiss conversations you'd either rather not or are unable to have), but the people who dig Three Billboards, really fucking dig it. I am not a fan, but the friend I saw it with was laughing and crying openly throughout and defended it as a beautiful plea for kindness. I don't see it, but he's not the last person to tell me how much he loves it. To these near-sighted eyes, it's between Three Billboards and The Post for the Best Picture Academy Award...as of now.
3) On Facebook, my friend and I were talking about Wonder Woman's absence from today's nominations. And it is surprising! I would think the Globes wanted Gal Gadot's zeitgeisty starpower on their show - did Justice League taint it? Would she have gotten in if they still had that Most Promising Newcomer award? Even a nomination for Sia's Original Song "To Be Human" would have been a way to acknowledge Wonder Woman's success, but that category already has superstars in Nick Jonas, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Hugh Jackman, and Disney. I suppose we must be satisfied with Gadot's inevitable appearance as a presenter.
4) I really, really love Lady Bird, and every new accolade it receives just delights me. Best Picture! Best Actress! Best Supporting Actress! Best Original Screenplay! Yes!
5) When All the Money in the World was a film where Kevin Spacey had a lot of makeup, I filed it under, "Will See If Necessary." Christopher Plummer replacing him and now getting a Golden Globe nomination within a span of, what, three or four weeks, makes it a Must-See Event. One hopes the performance itself lives up to the story, but God, wouldn't it be something if the man came out of nowhere and won for a performance he did over a lunch break?
6) The Screen Actors Guild announce their nominees Wednesday. I am hoping for something for Murder on the Orient Express, not necessarily because I think it features the best acting of the year (though Michelle Pfeiffer...), but because that would be bonkers. I suppose I should put up some predictions before then, so stay tuned for that.