Biopics Dominate the 2018 Golden Globe Nominations

The 2018 Golden Globe nominations are dominated by biopics in both television and film — from 'The Crown' to 'The Post.'
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Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown.'

The nominated movies and TV productions honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association cover a wide variety of biographical subjects – from royalty (The Crown; Victoria & Abdul) to Hollywood (Feud: Bette and Joan).

All told, 11 biopics from 2017 earned 2018 nominations – seven movies and four made-for-TV productions that will be celebrated at the 75th Golden Globe Awards show, hosted by Seth Meyers, this Sunday on NBC.

And the biopic nominees are:

‘The Post’: Together For The First Time: Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks

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Howard Simons (David Cross), Frederick “Fritz” Beebe (Tracy Letts), Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), Arthur Parsons (Bradley Whitford), Chalmers Roberts (Philip Casnoff), Paul Ignatius (Brent Langdon), Meg Greenfield (Carrie Coon, seated) and other members of The Washington Post in 'The Post.'. 

Two of the world’s most honored actors – Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks – were nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor Golden Globe awards for The Post, the first movie in which the two stars ever acted together. In the movie set in 1970, Streep plays the long-time publisher and principal owner of The Washington Post, the late Katharine Graham, and Hanks plays the legendary Post editor of that era, Ben Bradlee. Streep has been nominated for 19 Oscars (winning three) – the most of any individual performer in the history of motion pictures – and Hanks has been nominated five times, winning twice. The Post is nominated for a total of six Golden Globes.

‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Crawford, Davis Face Off Again

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Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in 'Feud: Bette and Joan.'

It is somehow fitting that the two stars of FX’s critically acclaimed limited series about the famous, years-long feud between Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford will themselves face off for Golden Globe awards for playing the famous pair. Susan Sarandon (who played Davis) and Jessica Lange (Crawford) are both nominated for Best Actress Golden Globes for Feud: Bette and Joan

Criminal Minds: The Getty Kidnapping, Bernie Madoff, Tonya Harding

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Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in 'I, Tonya.'

Movies about real-life crimes accounted for a total of eight Golden Globe nominations. Two (one each) were earned by the two co-stars of Wizard of Lies, HBO’s TV-movie treatment of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme saga – Robert De Niro, who played Madoff, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who played his wife, Ruth.

Speaking of money, All the Money in the World – about the 1973 kidnapping in Italy of 16-year-old Getty oil scion John Paul Getty III – earned three Golden Globe nominations. One of them was for Christopher Plummer – Best Supporting Actor (Drama) for the role of J. Paul Getty, the boy’s grandfather who initially refused to pay the ransom the kidnappers demanded.

I, Tonya, the movie about the infamous 1994 assault on U.S. Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan by a man hired by Kerrigan’s rival on the U.S. team, Tonya Harding, also earned three Golden Globes, including one for Best Picture (Drama) and one for Best Actress (Drama) for Margot Robbie, who played Harding.

English Patience: ‘The Darkest Hour,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Victoria & Abdul’

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in 'The Darkest Hour.'

Gary Oldman was rewarded with a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination for his critically acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill and how he rallied the British people on the eve of World War II in The Darkest HourJudy Dench was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of an earlier stalwart English leader, Queen Victoria, in Victoria & Abdul. Victoria was once England’s longest-serving monarch until the present Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her in 2015. Claire Foy, who plays the young Elizabeth in the Netflix series The Crown, was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role.

Let’s Put On A Show: ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘The Greatest Showman’

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Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in 'Battle of the Sexes.'

Two movies about showmanship – and their relatives: hype, promotion, publicity and performance – were honored with Golden Globe nominations. The two lead stars of Battle of the Sexes, about the sensational tennis match of 1973 that pitted the biggest star of women’s tennis, Billie Jean King, against an aging male pro, Bobby Riggs, both earned acting nominations – Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs. Hugh Jackman earned a Golden Globe nomination for his exuberant performance in the title role of The Greatest Showman, a movie inspired by (and loosely adapted from) the life of America’s premiere showman of the 19th century, P.T. Barnum

Disruptor: Albert Einstein, ‘Genius’

Geoffrey Rush received a Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Albert Einstein in the National Geographic limited series Genius. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, first published in 1915, is described by some historians as the most significant single event of the 20th century. 

The 75th Golden Globe Awards airs January 7th at 8ET/5PT.