Fantasy thriller, pair of dramas top Golden Globe contenders

LOS ANGELES, Antje Weser (dpa)- The Golden Globes will kick Hollywood's award season into high gear when they air Sunday. Considered an important Oscars prelude, much of the focus is on a fantasy thriller and a pair of dramas.
US cinema gets to show its stuff Sunday when the first major event of the annual awards season - the 75th Golden Globes - is aired, with fantasy thriller "The Shape of Water," and dramas "The Post" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" among the top contenders.

"The Shape of Water," which tells the story of a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who works in a remote US government laboratory and falls in love with a monstrous creature hidden there, tops the nominations with seven nods, including: best drama; best director for Guillermo del Toro; best actress in a motion picture drama; and best screenplay.
But the competition may be stiff in the best drama category, where Steven Spielberg's political drama "The Post," about the first female publisher (Meryl Streep) of a major American newspaper, will vie for the top prize along with "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," which follows a mother (Frances McDormand) who takes on her local police force after her daughter is murdered in Irish director Martin McDonagh's feature.
"The Post" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" are each up for six prizes.
Other contenders for best drama include Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller "Dunkirk," and the coming-of-age drama "Call Me By Your Name."
Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes have two categories of top awards - one for drama, the other for musical or comedy. That means there are two sets of best film and lead acting prizes.
In the best comedy/musical category, "Get Out," a horror-comedy about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's parents, is up against: James Franco's "The Disaster Artist;" the comedy-drama "Lady Bird;" the biographical musical film "The Greatest Showman;" and "I, Tonya," a black comedy about disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.
In the foreign film category, Cambodia's biographical thriller "First They Killed My Father," directed by Angelina Jolie, faces competition from: German-French crime drama "In The Fade;" Russian drama "Loveless," about an estranged couple searching for their son; Chile's "A Fantastic Woman," a drama following a transgender singer; and Swedish satire "The Square," in which a public relations team drum up buzz for an art museum.
For television prizes, "Black-ish," "Will & Grace," "The Crown," "Game of Thrones" and "The Handmaid's Tale" are among the nominated programmes.
The Globes' film awards have often provided a preview of Oscar nominees and winners. Those awards will be handed out March 4 in a live gala.
Seth Meyers will host the televised awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, where producer and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey will also be presented with the Cecil B De Mille Lifetime Achievement award.
First handed out in 1944, the Golden Globes are chosen by the 90-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards honour the best in television and film across more than 25 categories.
Last year's winners included "La La Land" for best musical or comedy, "Moonlight" for best drama, and Isabelle Huppert and Casey Affleck as best lead actors in the drama category.

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018
Antje Weser (dpa)

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