Golden Globes: Saoirse Ronan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin McDonagh and Caitriona Balfe up for awards

‘The Breadwinner’, by Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon, nominated for best animated feature

Saoirse Ronan chatting to Mary J Blige on the red carpet at the IFP Gotham Awards in November, while Greta Gerwig is interviewed. Ronan won an award for her role in Lady Bird, which Gerwig directed. Ronan has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award. Photograph: Rebecca Smeyne/The New York Times

Saoirse Ronan continues a seemingly inevitable run to a third Oscar nod with a nomination for best actress (comedy or musical) at the upcoming Golden Globes.

Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner, produced by Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon, received a nomination for best animated feature.

Daniel Day-Lewis, Wicklow resident and sometime Irish passport holder, gets a place in the best actor (drama) race for Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread.

In the television section, Catriona Balfe, the Irish actor and model, confirmed herself as a Globes regular with a third nomination for best actress in a series for Outlander.


Ronan's nomination came for playing a rebellious teenager in Greta Gerwig's hugely praised directorial debut Lady Bird. She will be seen as a slight favourite to win in that category. Margot Robbie, incandescent as the figure skater Tonya Harding in I,Tonya, will, however, give her a run for her money.

Official trailer for 'Lady Bird' starring Saoirse Ronan.

Co-produced by Angelina Jolie, The Breadwinner concerns a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan who must dress as a boy to support her family. The picture recently triumphed at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but it will struggle to get past Pixar's more high-profile Coco.

Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water, an eerie fantasy concerning the romance between a mute woman and a sea creature, topped the film nominations with seven mentions.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, the third feature from London-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh, was just behind with six nominations. McDonagh himself gets in for writing and directing.

Steven Spielberg's The Post, an examination of the Washington Post's attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers, also scored an impressive six nods. Big Little Lies, the gripping, glamorous Californian hyper-soap, topped the TV charts with six nominations.

As ever, pundits were discussing "snubs" before the announcement at dawn in Los Angeles has properly finished. Most conspicuously, Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick, seen as a contender in all comedy categories, received not a single nomination. Holly Hunter, who plays an eccentric mom in the film, is (or was) seen as one of those most likely to register in the Oscar race for best supporting actress.

Jordan Peele's Get Out, a satirical horror concerning the racial divide, scored in the comedy/musical categories for best picture and best actor, but there were no mentions for writing and directing. Two years after the #oscarssowhite debacle that may raise one or two heckles. There will be even greater unease at the news that no woman has registers in the best director race. Greta Gerwig was surely just outside the final five.

The Golden Globes are organised by the relatively small huddle of often-obscure journalists aligned with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Their reliability as a pointer to Oscar success is sometimes exaggerated, but an acknowledgment certainly demonstrates that you are in the race.

Ronan will have a tougher fight on her hands at the Oscars as, unlike the Globes, they do not split top awards into drama and comedy/musical categories. Her main competition for the Academy Award looks to be Robbie for I, Tonya, Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water and Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Meryl Streep will probably take the fifth Oscar nomination for her role as proprietor Katherine Graham in the hugely enjoyable The Post, but that performance has "sure nomination, no win" written all over it.

The Cartoon Saloon story remains an extraordinary one. Both that studio's The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea received Oscar nominations for best animated feature. The Breadwinner looked to be in trouble when the Academy changed its rules so that all members rather than just animation specialists (more tuned in to independent features) could vote for the nominations.

The film has, however, performed strongly so far in awards season and the Saloon can expect good news when Oscar announces its shortlist next month.

The 75th Golden Globes ceremony takes place on January 7th.

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

Call Me by Your Name


The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)

The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

Best Motion Picture (Animated)

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent

Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Tom Hanks, The Post

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Jessica Chastain, Molly's Game

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Meryl Streep, The Post

Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Director (Motion Picture)

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World

Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay (Motion Picture)

The Shape of Water

Lady Bird

The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Molly’s Game

Best Original Score (Motion Picture)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Shape of Water

Phantom Thread

The Post


Best Foreign Film

A Fantastic Woman

First They Killed My Father

In the Fade


The Square

Best Original Song (Motion Picture)

Ferdinand - ‘Home’

Mudbound - ‘Mighty River’

Coco - ‘Remember Me’

The Star - ‘The Star’

The Greatest Showman - ‘This Is Me’

Best Television Series (Drama)

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

This is Us

Best Television Series (Comedy)


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Master of None


Will & Grace

Best Television Performance by an Actor (Musical/Comedy)

Anthony Anderson - Black-ish

Aziz Ansari - Master of None

Kevin Bacon - I Love Dick

William H. Macy - Shameless

Eric McCormack - Will & Grace

Best Television Performance by an Actress (Musical/Comedy)

Pamela Adlon - Better Things

Alison Brie - Glow

Issa Rae - Insecure

Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Frankie Shaw - SMILF

Best Television Performance by an Actor (Drama)

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Best Actress Television Performance by an Actress (Drama)

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Best Television Performance by an Actor (Limited Series)

Robert De Niro - The Wizard of Lies

Jude Law - The Young Pope

Kyle MacLachlan - Twin Peaks

Ewan McGregor - Fargo

Geoffrey Rush - Genius

Best Television Performance by an Actress (Limited Series)

Jessica Biel - The Sinner

Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange - Feud: Bette and Joan

Susan Sarandon - Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon - Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor (Television)

Alfred Molina - Feud: Bette and Joan

Alexander Skarsgard - Big Little Lies

David Thewlis - Fargo

David Harbour - Stranger Things

Christian Slater - Mr. Robot

Best Supporting Actress (Television)

Laura Dern - Big Little Lies

Ann Dowd - The Handmaid's Tale

Chrissy Metz - This is Us

Michelle Pfeiffer - The Wizard of Lies

Shailene Woodley - Big Little Lies

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies


Feud: Bette and Joan

The Sinner

Top of the Lake: China Girl

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