Golden Globes: ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominate 2018 Nominees

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman lead the pack; Guillermo del Toro’s team makes a splash

It’s a good day in Monterey.

The fictional, dysfunctional families of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and the lovable oddballs of Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” lead the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Presented early Monday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “Big Little Lies” dominated the major TV categories with six nominations, including: Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; Best Supporting actor and actress nods for Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard; and Best Actress Drama nominations for its producers and stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Critical darling “Shape of Water” fetched a Best Picture Drama nomination, Best Director for del Toro, Best Actress in a Drama for Sally Hawkins, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Richard Jenkins, Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer as well as screenplay and best original score nominations.

Swimming dangerously close to the underwater love story is Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with six nominations each. That includes Best Picture nods for both; Best Actor and Actress drama nominations for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks of “The Post”; a Best Actress drama nom for “Three Billboards” firebrand Frances McDormand and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for her co-star Sam Rockwell.

Spielberg and McDonagh were also Best Director nominees.

On the TV side, FX’s limited “Feud: Bette and Joan” came closest to the well-heeled ladies of “Big Little Lies.” Ryan Murphy’s franchise kick-off about notorious pop culture rivalries followed the bitter tale of movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon were both nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie, for their portrayals of Crawford and Davis, respectively. Alfred Molina scored a Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the same format for playing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” director Robert Aldrich.

FX’s “Fargo,” NCB’s “This Is Us” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” trailed “Feud” with three nominations each.

Fox Searchlight, and its parent 20th Century Fox Film, emerged as the most-nominated film companies with 15 and 12 nominations each. Indie darling A24 trails them with 7 nominations, for films like “Lady Bird” and “The Disaster Artist.”

HBO racked up 12 nods to become the most-nominated TV network, with Netflix behind them at 9 total nominations.