The 2018 Golden Globes nominations are out. Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” leads the film categories with seven nominations; HBO’s “Big Little Lies” is tops in TV with six. Stay tuned for the Los Angeles Times’ live coverage of the nominations including the full list of nominees, reactions, snubs, surprises and more.
Rachel Brosnahan, star of the new Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” woke up to learning she was among the nominees for this year’s Golden Globes.
Below, she talks about series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the importance of women’s voices on TV, and her fear of freaking out Issa Rae of “Insecure” on awards night.
How’s your morning?
I’m in New York, I’m currently walking my dog and tying my shoe.
How did you find out?
I was asleep. I think I might still be asleep. My dog woke me up. My dog made a noise and I habitually picked up my phone and had lots of well wishes, which was very exciting.
The show just came out, were you surprised to be embraced so quickly?
I’m thrilled and surprised and so honored that the show’s gotten this recognition so fast. We’re in incredible company and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Is there anyone you’re excited to be in a room with?
You should see my face right now. Issa Rae is a hero of mine and I’m going to try not to completely creep her out. I love “Insecure.”
It’s one of my favorite shows on right now and I love how smart and capable specifically the two main characters are but, as any woman in their 20s can relate to, they’re struggling to get it together despite how amazing they are. I love the friendship between Issa and Molly so much. You don’t often see true depictions of a female friendship on TV that way, and I need to see Season 3 already.
Your show is about a friendship of sorts.
It’s a blossoming friendship They’re still in denial about it — or at least Susie [Alex Borstein] is.
I’m not sure they have much in common and I think that’s what’s exciting about it. I’m used to one-dimensional female friendships. It’s become a kind of trope. That’s what’s so exciting to me about it. They feel completely different from one another. Susie and Midge’s [relationship] is at completely different time but the friendship between Issa and Molly is one that I totally recognize. One where you can cuss each other out and tell each other that you hate each other and show up at their door the next day and drink wine and move through it. It’s complicated and it’s flawed and it’s beautiful.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is about this very specific scene and very specific time period in New York. Why do you think modern viewers are embracing it?
First of all it’s a fun show, and the world is on fire and it’s nice to escape for a little bit. But additionally I don’t think there are many women like Midge on TV, and there should be more.
I think a lot of the women in this category represent that — different kinds of women and different kinds of stories, and there are still so many more that need to be told. I hope that the success of this show and shows like “Insecure” and “SMILF” encourage people to make more content like this and tell more women’s stories.
And it’s about women in comedy, which is something we’re still having conversations about in 2017.
I would argue that our show hasn’t quite reached the conversation on a deeper level about women in comedy. At this point it’s still about this woman whose life has fallen apart, struggling to reinvent herself and find her voice. As we move forward we’ll get more into the conversation about what it means to be a woman in comedy.
There’s this repeated idea that people ask if Susie and Midge can sing because you’re not valuable unless you have other skills, because women can’t just be funny. Jane Lynch’s character [Sophie] says to her, you want them to laugh at you, not want to [sleep with] you. You need to be a character, or you need to have a [penis].
I think that’s also frustrating for Midge. That’s been Sophie’s experience of the world up to that point. Midge defying that is valid, but Sophie’s feeling that is also in response to her own experience.
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s dialogue is known for being really fast, were there any lines that gave you particular trouble or kept you up at night?
Yes, there were quite a few I think I still remember. The one that I had a lot of trouble with, I think it’s in episode 2 where she says, “I could be a cool chick with a doorman and a Kelvinator Foodarama refrigerator, can’t I?”
Also there’s one later on where Midge and Imogene are packing goodie bags for her son’s birthday and she says something like, “You’re putting the tiny Tina baby carriages in the boys’ bag.” I could not get that one out of my mouth. There is so much B-roll of my saying “the Tina Turner baby carriages.”
I also yelled at Amy at one point for naming my children Ethan and Esther. Trying saying “Ethan and Esther” five times fast.
So how do you prepare for that? Do you just say “rubber baby buggy bumpers” over and over?
I actually do. I do a full Shakespearean mouth warm-up and just vats of coffee. It’s really all of that, all those tongue-twisters — red leather yellow leather, unique New York unique New York. Or just saying the lines on repeat.
The reason I can say them is because I spent so much time rehearsing them. [Really, really fast] “You’re putting the tiny Tina carriages in the boy’s bag. You’re putting the tiny Tina carriages in the boy’s bag.” Just to try to get it out of my face.
So when do you go back to work?
We have a Season 2. I don’t know exactly when we’ll start, but I’ve been hearing rumors of sometime in the spring.
What are you up to until then?
Currently I’m at the dog park. Holidays coming up, so I am going to go see some family. I have a project or two swirling I may be able to squeeze in before we start again. But it’s up in the air in a lovely way.
Have you seen any of the nominated movies or shows?
No, I’m so behind. I don’t have a TV and I’ve been trying, I’m excited to see all of these projects, all of these movies, now that I’m back and all of the screeners are coming. I’ve been trying to put the technology down a little bit.
“Lady Bird” is top of my list. I can’t wait to see “I, Tonya.” It looks amazing. I saw “The Big Sick,” that was one of my favorite movies this year.
So before Midge, did people recognize you as Rachel from “House of Cards,” and do you feel like Midge is erasing that?
That’s probably the one I get recognized one from the most. But it’s only when I look like death and I’m leaving the gym or have gone to the dog park with pink zit cream on my face. I don’t know what that says.
I think one of the things I enjoy about acting is the transformation and part of that is certainly the physical transformation. If people are confused forever, wondering where they have seen me before, that feels like exactly where I want to live. It feels like something’s working.
How does it feel going into an awards season at a time when the industry is going through a serious reckoning about the treatment of women?
As somebody who’s never really previously been involved in the awards scene generally, I’m curious what that will feel like in person.
I’m hoping…it feels like we’re on the cusp of a major shift in this industry. I think shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” are one part of a very multifaceted solution to this problem. This is a show that is written, produced, directed, created by an extraordinary woman, and produced by an extraordinary man [Daniel Palladino] who loves extraordinary women, about an extraordinary woman at a time when women weren’t encouraged to be extraordinary.
This is a show that lifts women up, that highlights some of our battles and employs us behind and in front of the camera. Amazon gave and continues to give the money to make this production great, and so I hope that the success of shows like this is part of this new frontier in Hollywood.
There are so many other women’s stories out there that need to be told and I hope we recognize that as the way to move forward.
Where are you and how did you first hear about your nomination?
I am in my hotel room in New York City. I just got in last night to do “I, Tonya” press. So I got up very early this morning and had forgotten that this was Golden Globe morning because I was dealing with a bit of jet lag and trying to get into hair and makeup. I found out when I had just finished my segment on “Good Morning America.” My publicist came in with a huge grin on her face and said, “You’ve been nominated!”
I was so glad that they’d recognized the movie and of course, Margot. It’s a really, really special morning for me and all of us. And it makes it even more special for me because of my friendship with Steven Rogers, who wrote the screenplay and wrote this part with me in mind. So it just couldn’t be a more gratifying day.
Who is the first person you told?
Well, let me see. Actually, I didn’t tell anyone, everyone told me! All of a sudden my phone blew up. I had like 30 text messages so I was busy trying to respond to all of them. Everyone knew before I knew. These days it’s hard to break the news of anything happening to anybody.
What was your immediate reaction?
I was just incredibly proud and happy. Because of my friendship with [Rogers], it was even more special. We’ve been trying to work together for many years and it’s never worked out until this one so I feel like it was meant to be. I’m very proud of him and all of us, the entire cast and crew worked so hard it was just an impossible amount of scenes to shoot in 30 days — over 200 scenes to shoot in 30 days! — and Craig Gillespie is just a genius at the helm. Everyone was bringing their A-game and really happy to be telling this amazing story and one that’s very different from the original one.
We first heard about this story back when it happened.` It was a simple narrative of one good girl and one bad girl. [But] it’s a lot more nuanced than that so it was nice to be able to get the story told from so many different characters’ points of view. It’s a really interesting biopic. Not the ordinary or traditional biopic. I love the way they broke up the form.
How does it feel being nominated alongside Margot?
I am so proud of her. I mean, she’s the one that set the bar for this whole movie. Commitment, passion to this role and everything she had to learn to do: the skating, the accent and everything. She worked her ass off and she just made us all step up our games. Really proud of her. And I’m really happy that the movie got recognized too because so many people made us look good too.
It’s been a strong year for female-driven film. Do you think Hollywood is finally becoming more inclusive?
I think it’s a good step. I think yes, there’s always room for improvement but it is looking like things are maybe a little more equal in the world of casting and films. There’s still a long way to go but it’s a great start.
You’ve had a celebrated television career. How does it feel to be nominated for your first film Golden Globe?
Yeah, I mean it’s a different category and it’s thrilling. I’m really proud to be in this category and I love working in films. I love film, so to be included in this conversation and this world and this arena is a real thrill for me. I’m very proud of it.
What’s your favorite thing about the Golden Globes?
I think of what a fun party it is. I’ve been before in the TV world and everyone is very celebratory. There’s actors from every arena and you get to see a lot of old friends and you get to make new friends, you get to be star-struck. It’s just a lovely party with great food and drink so it’s a lot of fun. And I’m grateful that I’ve gotten to go before, but this time I will be with a wonderful movie so I’m very excited.
How do you plan to celebrate today?
Well, I just got two bottles of Champagne delivered to my hotel room from Tom Quinn, the head of NEON, one of the distributors for “I, Tonya.” Steven Rogers and I will be doing some Q&As tonight after the “I, Tonya” screening so after that I think we’ll come back to my room and drink Champagne [laughs].
With Monday’s announcement of the 2018 Golden Globe nominations, it seems clear that nothing can measure up to famous people playing famous people.
Keep in mind that the following nominations don’t include artists nominated for nominally playing fictionalized versions of themselves, including Aziz Ansari in “Master of None,” Issa Rae in “Insecure” or Pamela Adlon in “Better Things.”
Take a look at who got nominated for playing whom in what:
- Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff in “The Wizard of Lies”
- Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown”
- Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
- Alfred Molina as Robert Aldrich in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Ruth Madoff in “The Wizard of Lies”
- Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in “Genius”
- Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in “Feud: Bette and Joan”
- Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes”
- Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in “Molly’s Game”
- Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in “Victoria & Abdul”
- James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist”
- Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee in “The Post”
- Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman”
- Allison Janney as LaVona Golden in “I, Tonya”
- Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”
- Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World”
- Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya”
- Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes”
- Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in “The Post”
- Michelle Williams as Gail Harris in “All the Money in the World”
A Golden Globe nominee in previous years for her work in “Brooklyn” and “Atonement,” Saoirse Ronan was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Monday morning for her portrayal of the title character in “Lady Bird.” A vivid account of a mother-daughter relationship, the film is also a contender for best picture in the musical or comedy category.
Below, Ronan shares her secrets to having fun at awards shows as well as “Lady Bird” and its writer-director, Greta Gerwig.
Where are you?
I’m back in Ireland now — just outside of Dublin. It’s 20 past four. I’m having a glass of Prosecco and my dog is laying next to me. We think she’s a west Highland terrier and golden retriever. She’s asleep, so she doesn’t seem too excited. My mam is lighting candles to set the mood.
Will she come to the Globes with you?
Yeah. [To her] Mam, you’ll come to the Golden Globes? She says ‘maybe.’ She might have to look after the dog.
Did you finally see “Lady Bird” with her?
Yes, and it was amazing. I said to her before we went in — “OK, mom, let’s go to a regular screening and see it with a normal audience — not film people. Every screening has been pretty packed, so forgive me if I have to keep my head down when we go into the cinema.” I’m preparing to go into the theater in disguise, and there were like six people in the whole cinema.
But she absolutely loved it, and the thing that stayed with her the most was Laurie’s performance and how well she captured what it was to be a mother.
But you’ve said you guys didn’t butt heads quite as much as Lady Bird and her mom, right?
No. I wish I was as ballsy as Lady Bird — but I’m sure mam wouldn’t have appreciated me throwing myself out of the car.
You’re a veteran of award shows at this point — do you still get excited by nominations?
It definitely doesn’t lose its sparkle. If it’s a film you really loved, it’s even more exciting. Over the last month or so, Greta and I have gotten to share in all this.
Greta didn’t get nominated for directing, nor did any female filmmakers. How do you feel about that?
I think Greta should win all the awards and she’s deserving of them all. Not only because it’s her first film and it’s so impressive, but this is the first time she’s officially done it on her own. I mean this without being biased, really — she’s made a film that even technically speaking is spot-on.
I think it’s really important we got the best picture nomination. That is essentially hers, so she has been represented in that way. But I guess it’s an onward journey to make sure that female filmmakers are being represented. I think the people who have been nominated — even like myself and Emma Stone — we can all go out there with our heads held high, because the talk of the town right now are the great female filmmakers.
What’s your trick to having fun at award shows?
You have to bring someone that you know you’re going to have fun with. So I would usually bring my mam or one of my best mates, and whenever I’ve brought them with me I end up having so much fun. It’s great if you win, but it’s also totally fine if you don’t because you’re going to have a few drinks and see people you like. And you can go off afterwards and have a laugh.
I’ve gone to McDonald’s or In-N-Out after award shows and that’s been the best part of the night.
How was your experience hosting “Saturday Night Live” recently?
It was weird, because “SNL” is sort of a combination of being on a film set and being in the theater. Once you get through the monologue, you’re fine. With the clothing changes, you’re basically just thrown from one place to the next, and you have to stand there as they pull things off you and bring you over to the set. You get such a rush from it, you’re literally just sprinting from set to set.
While streaming services and cable networks showed their dominance when the Golden Globe nominations were announced Monday morning, broadcast darling “This Is Us” held its own.
After picking up three nominations last year when it was the breakout new show of the season, the time-jumping NBC drama returned in its second season with another trio of nominations, including best drama and individual acting nods for Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz.
We spoke to show creator Dan Fogelman about riding high on the show’s momentum.
It already feels like it’s 5 p.m., right?
Why do they do it so early?
Why, indeed. Do you even bother checking anymore? It’s seems like such a given for this show to be nominated.
I have a bad habit of sleeping with my phone next to my bed because I am constantly working—my wife gets mad at me. My phone started lighting up very early this morning. It kind of woke me up. I knew it was today. It’s not like I am living under a bubble and unaware that every one is stressed out about it.
I’m perpetually shocked that people are getting up that early in the morning. So I started work early because then I was awake at that point. I’m editing an episode.
What did the group text chain look like today?
There were a lot of “congratulations” and a lot of GIFs. That was a big part of why my phone was lighting up so much this morning. Sterling has discovered the “like” and “laugh” buttons on texts. So Sterling and Sully [Chris Sullivan] “like” and “ha ha” at everything so it creates like five extra texts for me. I feel like my phone is going to run out of memory soon. I don’t quite know what to do about it.
And Mr. Ken Olin? How was he this morning as the No. 1 fan of the show?
Ken did a very sweet, “Congratulations, everyone, I am proud of everyone.” And left it at that.
What the approach to this year’s big night? Last year, if I recall you telling me, you got wasted.
I will probably get drunk again. Last year was my first awards show. First time I put on a tuxedo for any kind of awards ceremony. Now I’m an old pro. I’ll wait until after the ceremony to get drunk, though.
There was a lot of momentum leading into this season. Talk about riding that wave and not feeling pressure of having all eyes on you.
We didn’t really do things differently. It’s a bunch of normal people making a television show. We try not to read too much or overthink too much. It’s all about trusting our gut instincts.
There’s pressure on big things. Like, with our season premiere, we wanted to make sure to get things right. The upcoming Super Bowl episode will have a lot of eyes on it. You don’t want to leave anything to chance. But for the most part, we’re doing the same thing we’ve always done.
Is there a moment or storyline from the season so far that you’ve been excited to see come to life?
I’ve been really happy with the season. I was really happy with our trilogy on the Big Three. The first episode coming back from this break has caught me by surprise because we had just done this high degree of difficulty trilogy and the episode coming back is one of my favorite of the series so far. I just finished editing it.
And it caught me by surprise how much I liked it. There’s a scene in it that is just tour de force performances from our actors. Mandy Moore just crushes. I’m really excited to come back from our break with that one.
Has the Jack question changed?
Yeah, it;’s interesting. I think the season 2 premiere has actually alleviated that. That, combined with the idea that we’ve said we’re going to show everything and tell everybody everything this season. I’m not getting it as much as I was during the off season and heading into the premiere. Maybe it’s because I’ve just been working and I’m not out. But it feels like we’ve given people enough and more is coming sooner rather than later. I think those two factors has allowed people to ask questions about our other storylines. Is Kevin going to be OK? Are Kate and Toby going to have a family?
Those who make TV shows often don’t have time to watch TV shows. But have you had a chance to watch any of the other shows “This Is Us” is nominated alongside?
Oh, yeah. I watch them all. I’ve seen every episode of all of them. My wife and I, last night, were just about to start season 2 of “The Crown.” I’m just completely obsessed with all of them. “Game of Thrones” is appointment viewing in my house. I’m excited to be in any category with that show, which has become such a part of my existence. I randomly had dinner with George RR Martin in New York a couple of weeks ago.
It’s a long weird funny story.
Did he ask you about Jack?
Ha! No, he’s the coolest guy. I was in New York finishing a movie. My buddy and I got tickets to the Bruce Springsteen show. My buddy saw George go into the show and walked right up to him and somehow exchanged pleasantries and phone numbers. And he texted him after the show and we wound up going for pizza.
It was truly random and one of the coolest things. We had like a 2-hour meal. It was really cool.
After receiving a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actress in a TV series/limited series/TV movie for playing the fearsome Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ann Dowd talked Monday about her morning and the bits of hope coming in Season 2.
Tell me about your morning. How are you feeling?
How’s this for boring: I feel really happy. I got my son off to school, I was in really good spirits. Then I got this lovely text from my publicist saying you were nominated. Smile.
Here I was, texting with [Elisabeth Moss] and she’s working, mind you, shooting a scene. I’m not working this week. She is on set shooting, and she said I’m trying to be a good actress and not care. So we were texting back and forth. I am so happy for her and the show. It’s pretty darn thrilling, that’s for sure.
You’re shooting Season 2 now, correct?
Season 2. We’re way in. I go back next week. We don’t wrap until the end of March, pretty much. We have 13 episodes that we’re shooting. So we’ll have a good break at Christmas then back until the end of March.
Aunt Lydia’s backstory is kind of a mystery. Do you have thoughts about what her life was like before Gilead?
I asked Bruce Miller, our wonderful writer, what did he think? He said her being a teacher made complete sense. I thought, oh yes, she either taught at a public school where she was humiliated day after day or taught and appalled at what she was seeing around her, or she was in a Catholic girls school with uniforms and so on.
I think she is a true believer. For whatever reason, there’s usually something going on when someone’s line of vision is so narrow. What was it? Did she have a baby at 13 and promised God on her hands on knees, help me figure this out and I’ll do anything? I don’t know what the reason is that she’s so devoted, but she is genuinely so.
I think prior to Gilead taking over, when they had the meetings, she was front and center, well prepared to take over the teaching. Lots and lots of experience as a teacher and also fully believes in what should be changed. Really appalled at the rampant sex, the language, the pollution, the birth rate going down. I think the sense of rage was all-present for her.
Were there any real-life women you looked to in creating the character? Fundamentalist leaders or the like?
I’ve said this before and I hesitate just slightly, but I was educated by Catholic nuns and nothing was ever like Gilead or Aunt Lydia in terms of the cruelty, but we did learn a work ethic and what it meant to commit to something, and that when you start something you don’t stop until it’s completed. You defer to authority, you defer certainly to the church.
I had that sort of background. I had experiences and they were loving by comparison with really strict teachers, who would just say, “Come back here, that’s just not done.” So I think Lydia has a bit of that in her.
Everyone has remarked on the timeliness of the show and it feels like it’s only become more so since it premiered, not only with what’s happening politically but also within Hollywood, where we’re seeing this big reckoning about the sexual harassment of women. Just on Friday there were a lot of “Handmaid’s Tale” jokes about Rep. Trent Franks.
The shock value just never ends. The fact that Roy Moore is being supported by the president of the United States. If someone wrote that, you’d say “come on.” But in fact it’s true. The number of people who have come out, you would never suspect.
I hope to God I’m not naive at this stage of the game, but it’s so far-reaching. And what is it about? When you sit there thinking OK, I’m going to force to someone to have sex with me, I’m going to say something sexually inappropriate to someone I respect. I don’t understand it. We think of “Handmaid’s Tale” as are we ever going to get to that point? No, we’re not because women are prepared.
Katie Couric came to our show. I respect her quite a lot. And she interviewed a few of us. I couldn’t answer [some questions] at the time, but one of the things she asked was do you see this is a tipping point? And this was just when the Harvey Weinstein stuff came out. And at the time I said no, I don’t really think this is the tipping point, because until we get to the bottom of it — meaning, what is the behavior about?— it’s just going to get quiet and it’s going to come back.
However, the number of people who have stepped up, the number of accusers, the number of women who have the confidence and the strength to stand up and say, “Excuse me, this is what happened and this is who did it.” I am impressed by that hugely because it takes tremendous courage. And how about the ones who can’t?
My point is, I do think something is shifting, because there’s less tolerance. Although, again, there’s Roy Moore, there’s Trump.
Your career has really exploded in the past few years. Do you think something has changed in the industry to afford you those great opportunities?
In retrospect, as you go along in a career, you just keep going. I never went down the avenue of “Well, what if it doesn’t work out?” I never dreamt of it. The fact that it actually did work out is, oh my God, talk about my good fortune. I look at all these wonderful actors who are out of work and I don’t know what accounts for my good fortune, but I’m grateful for it.
I’m a little scared about Season 2.
Be a little scared. But there’s big doses of hope too. There’s stuff that will blow your mind, quite honestly. In the best sense.
Laurie Metcalf has two previous Golden Globe nominations for her Emmy-winning work on TV’s “Roseanne” (which is set to return to the small screen next year). But this year she’s celebrating her first nomination for a film role, thanks to Greta Gerwig’s breakout indie “Lady Bird.”
The film, which has been burning up the box office in limited release, also scored nominations for best motion picture (comedy or musical), best screenplay and best actress, for star Saoirse Ronan.
Metcalf, who plays Ronan’s mother in the film, has also been racking up critics awards for her turn. But as well as “Lady Bird” has been doing, the film also suffered a mysterious snub when Gerwig was left out of the Globes best director race.
Good morning, how are you?
I’m doing well. It’s my morning carpool so I’m in the car.
You were amazing in “Lady Bird.” Where did you draw inspiration for your performance from?
I drew it from Greta. I drew it literally from the script. She had everything in there that any actor could dream of. The themes were so well constructed, and because of that they just have a naturalness to them that was fun to play once we got on the set.
How did you find out about your nomination and who is the first person you told?
This morning? Well, I woke up and I had a text from my best friend in Miami. So that was exciting but then I had to get my daughter’s lunch together [laughs]. And get in the car and pick up the other kids for carpool. So I really haven’t talked to anyone about it yet. My daughter knows, so that was cool. And then my other daughter actually did call me but I was in traffic so I couldn’t talk. And I just pulled into the “Rosanne” lot because we’re taping an episode of “Roseanne” this week and my son is working there, so I’ll tell him. [Laughs]
How does it feel though to be nominated for your third Golden Globe?
I remember going a long time ago and it was for “Roseanne.” Oh. Well, see, it’s been 150 years so I imagine the Globes have changed a little bit and I’ll get to be able to see that.
How do you feel about Greta being snubbed as best director?
I was hoping that she would be recognized because having been on the set, I can vouch for the cast and the crew by saying what a terrific job she did. It’s really her movie. I mean, I don’t mean it’s her in the movie, she crafted it in such a way that there was never a time on the set where people were looking around thinking, “Well, this isn’t working, what are we going to do here instead? Can we rewrite this?”
Everything had been worked out meticulously, which is a really grounded feeling for the actors and the crew. She had done her homework to the point where it freed up everybody to do the job that they were supposed to do. I feel like I’m spoiled rotten now having worked with her. She creates such a wonderful atmosphere on her set: It’s very open, collaborative, there’s no stress, you wouldn’t know that it’s her first time directing solo. She made everybody feel comfortable and valued. So I can’t speak highly enough of her as a director and I hope I get a chance to work with her again.
It’s been a strong year for female-driven film. Do you think the Hollywood is finally becoming more inclusive?
I don’t know if it comes in waves or if this was planned but the timing couldn’t be better. And with “Lady Bird” helmed and written and starring a really strong female character carrying the show, and it’s gotten such a really great response from audiences, I hope people put two and two together.
You’ve been nominated for 12 awards for “Lady Bird.” What about this performance do you think resonated so much with critics and audiences?
I guess people see the mother’s character, the fact that it’s a three-dimensional character: You can relate to her at her age or you can see her through her daughter’s eyes if you’re more of that age. But it’s seeing a mom through a different pair of eyes. And seeing frustrations and things that are coming from the heart just coming out in the wrong way because she cares so much for her daughter and wants her to be the best that she can be, and also furious that her daughter’s not living up to her potential and using the opportunities that she has.
And I think the mom even has a streak of jealousy about that because she wasn’t able to have this opportunity. It’s just very complicated and layered, and I think Greta just did a great job at showing the dimensions of a character who is “the mom” who could be just the thorn in her daughter’s side or just the monster of the movie. I think Greta did a really nice balancing act.
How do you plan on celebrating?
Well, I’m going to do a table read with the “Roseanne” cast. And believe it or not, that to me is like being able to celebrate. Because it’s like, “Here’s your next script for the week.” And I love getting new material and it starts my brain going and I start feeling creative and it makes me really happy.
Armie Hammer scored a Golden Globe nomination — for best actor in a supporting role in any motion picture — Monday morning for his performance in the acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name,” costarring Timothée Chalamet, who was also nominated.
I just got off the phone with Timothée, who was saying how much he values your friendship.
You make movies and form really intense but short bonds with people — but this film was a special experience. He’s such an amazing and special person that we’ve kind of kept our friendship up.
Do you feel how much he looks up to you?
No, not completely. I’ve been through the ringer in ways that he hasn’t, so I’ve given advice and pointers. But he’s an incredibly emotionally intelligent person, so there are things he’s talked me down from too.
Do I hear a child in the background?
Yes, that’s my daughter, so I’m juggling the phone and making breakfast. Today we went off and it’s milk and cereal, which is a treat. Normally, I like to make everybody breakfast, so she thinks cereal is a treat because it’s not an omelette.
So you were up already when the noms were announced?
I was awake, but just trying to avoid it. I didn’t want to be bothered by it or thinking about it — like, “It’s 6:30 and no one is calling!” I was up and putzing around, and then my phone suddenly got deluged. Last night I picked out a couple of scripts I was late on reading and said, “I’m gonna read these and not think about it.”
As someone who has been the recipient of a lot of hype, does this nomination feel particularly gratifying?
On this project, specifically, it feels particularly gratifying because it’s something we all believed in so much. We all made personal and professional sacrifices to go to a small town in Italy and make a movie that costs next to nothing. I poured my blood, sweat and tears into it, so that feels special.
You recently deleted your Twitter account, and people are sad.
It’s funny — I feel great not being on Twitter. I feel like I have at least an hour more to my day than just sitting and looking at my cellphone. I am still on Instagram, because I love the visual medium it presents. But Twitter, to me, was becoming more and more like a toxic environment where people go to say not nice things. I was voluntarily subjecting myself to it. People are so massively addicted to it that it really shocks people that you can just get off Twitter!
And it’s easier than quitting cigarettes.
Or maybe it isn’t.
You’ve been speaking out a lot this award season — on James Woods, Casey Affleck — and you recently walked back some comments you made about Affleck. In the wake of all that, do you feel like you’re going to approach press differently?
Part of me realized that that’s not necessarily the best way to handle press. I can get out there and try to make a big, honest point with nuances or subtlety to it, but that’s not how it gets treated. They grab one sentence and make a headline out of it. So I should do press for the reason you’re supposed to do it — to talk about your movie, and talk about what you believe in, to an extent. But at the end of the day, I’m not here to tell everyone what I think.
There are a lot of Golden Globes parties. Are you worried that when you go out on the dance floor, everyone will be watching you now?
I’m 6-foot-5. Every time I get on the dance floor, period, everyone is looking at me. Will I dance at the Globes? It depends on how much alcohol I consume. If you want me on the dance floor, that’s the way to make it happen.
Are you bugging?
I am in total shock right now. I could never have expected this in a million years. The other actors in the category are people that I’ve been studying and admiring for years, so I keep scratching my eyes trying to see what the fifth name is, seeing my name, and then scratching my eyes again.
OK, but for real? Everyone has been saying you’re a front-runner.
Yeah! I didn’t want to anticipate it in any capacity. I really mean it when I say I’m in shock. I’m so happy for Armie [Hammer, his costar]. I don’t think he was expecting it either. We’re just trying to keep our expectations low.
So Armie has really become like a brother to you, huh?
He really has. Most recently, at that party we were at the other night [GQ Men of the Year] — because even in situations like that, he’ll give life advice. For acting, he’s a brother I can turn to. I can’t speak more highly about what a talented actor he is. And now I have a best friendship with him and he’s a mentor to me.
What’s the best advice he’s given you?
Just to keep one’s expectations low and realize it’s a director’s medium. And also in a positive, grounding sense, to realize that this is momentary and that’s why it should be celebrated in the moment. It’s 11 a.m. in New York, and I’m sitting here with a huge smile on my face.
You and your supposed doppelganger Freddie Highmore will finally be in the same room at the Globes!
I had not had that thought yet! I’ve heard before that we look alike, and I cracked that joke on Kimmel the other night.
You’re a noted fanboy of other celebrities. How are you going to maintain your chill at the Globes?
I’m expecting to be a periphery member of an ensemble, there to support the film. There will be a couple of people though that I freak out over. Half the people there I will have seen at Q&As I went to when I was in school, or watched them in YouTube videos online. I’m a big fan at heart. This is why I wanted to leave school [NYU] and start acting — the thrill of getting to do this at 21 is being contemporaneously inspired by people. Wait, my phone is blowing up right now, Amy. Armie is calling. (Picks up other phone) Congratulations, brother!!! I’m on a call!!!
Have fans talked to you about how meaningful this movie has been for them?
Yes, since Sundance on the first night it premiered. Luca [Guadagnino, the film’s director], Armie and I all turned to each other and noticed that people were genuinely reflecting upon the movie as a medium to come out and be more in touch with a personal life that wasn’t present before the film.
Guillermo Del Toro for “The Shape of Water.” Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk.” Ridley Scott for “All the Money in the World.” Steven Spielberg for “The Post.”
These are the five nominees for best director at the Golden Globes and not one of them is a woman. In a year dubbed by the African American Film Critics Assn. as the “Year of the Woman in Cinema” for the unprecedented number of female-helmed projects, the absence is noticeable — and many on Twitter are not letting it pass by quietly.
They cite Dee Rees for “Mudbound,” Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman” and Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird” as snubs, coming just a couple of years after April Reign created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite calling for industry-wide inclusion for women, people of color and other diverse people.
Another notable snub in the director category was “Get Out’s” Jordan Peele, someone many thought to be a lock for recognition.
(Gerwig did get a nomination for best screenplay, as did Vanessa Taylor, who co-wrote “The Shape of Water” with Del Toro, and Liz Hannah, who co-wrote “The Post” with Josh Singer.)
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As if Frankie Shaw wasn’t juggling enough titles as the creator, writer, executive producer, sometimes director, and star of the Showtime comedy ‘SMILF,” there is one more to add to the mix: Golden Globes nominee.
“SMILF,” which is loosely based on Shaw’s life and follows the struggles of a working-class single mother who splits her time between tutoring and acting to make ends meet, received a Golden Globes nomination for best comedy. In addition, Shaw nabbed a lead actress in a comedy or musical nomination for her role as Bridgette Bird.
The Times spoke to Shaw about her already eventful morning.
How did you get the news?
I actually woke up at 4:20 a.m. to do a radio show in Boston — there’s this show called Matty in the Morning for KISS 108. It’s the station I listened to in high school. I was up to do it, and I had a guest sleeping in our living room so I was outside, on the street, barefoot, doing this interview. And then I got a call from the show, and then my agent, and then Showtime, and I was live on the air.
I tried to put the morning show on speaker so I could text my publicist to ask what was going on because people kept calling me. It was kind of nutty. To be honest, it’s too much to process.
How long before Isaac [Shaw’s son] found out the news?
Oh my god. I went back to bed after the radio interview so I could answer emails. And I woke him up for school, made him breakfast, and I was about to drive him to school … I didn’t want anybody else to tell him, but I also try not to be focused on the results of things, especially since he’s a kid.
So I was just like: “So guess what, we got good news.” He just freaked out. He was like, “Mom, I’m so competitive. I know you don’t care, but I care. You know I’m telling everyone.”
And I was like, “Isaac, can you practice talking about it so it doesn’t sound like you’re bragging. Something like, “I’m just so proud of her.” And he said, “Mom, that doesn’t sound like me. I’m just telling you now, I’m going to sound like I am bragging when I tell them. You can do what you want.”
The bagels and cream cheese, when you were trying to write your first script in college, have led to this moment.
I know. It’s just … it’s really wild. That’s what I was talking about with Zach [Strauss, her writer-producer husband]. Just remembering every step of the way. He remembered being in the writer’s room for “NCIS: New Orleans.” And everyone there had made a pilot. So even at that step, everyone was like, “Yeah, good for you guys.”
But even before that, starting all those drafts in his office sitting next to him, I couldn’t have imagined getting here. How did that little bit of putting pen to paper lead me to here? We were looking at the names of the nominees — I probably shouldn’t say this — but it was like, “which name doesn’t belong in this category; what name doesn’t go with the others.”
What is it about this show that you think people have responded to?
Part of it is that everyone can relate to finding levity in the struggle. There’s a lot of real struggle, and I think everyone has their stuff they’re trying to deal with each day. And with this show, people can feel all sorts of things in an episode. They can laugh, cry, get angry. Just like life.
Sexual violence is one of the many issues the show tackles. What’s it been like to witness Hollywood’s moment of reckoning?
It feels really powerful that all these women are telling their stories now. The timing is kismet. We were always planning on focusing on sexual violence and sexual harassment in this season. The finale, which airs New Years Eve, shows Bridget facing her abuser. I’m excited for people to see that.
It feels just really timely. I was really unsure how all of it would be received because it wasn’t something being talked about so publicly. And now that it is, it feels more part of the movement rather than an anomaly.
Your show’s Season 2 renewal vs. Golden Globe nominations: How do they stack up?
This feels so different. Season 2 was so great to find out. The ratings were good, but we were surprised to find out that early. This feels … I mean, there’s so many shows out there. So it feels really incredible to get that kind of recognition.
Also because we’re six episodes in. We haven’t even aired our last two episodes, which I think are some of the strongest. It’s exciting that maybe more people, more eyes will be on it.
James Franco and “The Disaster Artist,” his acclaimed new film about Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic, “The Room,” had a momentous Monday morning. The movie picked up two Golden Globes nominations, including for best motion picture (musical or comedy) and best performance by an actor in a motion picture (musical or comedy) for Franco.
He spoke to The Times soon after the announcement.
Did you watch the nominations?
We were hoping, so I got up this morning. I’m down at the beach. So the sun was rising while we were watching the “Today” show.
Have you spoken to Tommy Wiseau yet? Will you take him to the awards show?
I have not spoken to Tommy. He’s a particular guy. But I spoke to Greg [Sestero], who is sort of the Tommy whisperer for me. We’re both very excited.
I mean, now that we’re up for best comedy, maybe we’ll get a table. So I’m trying to get those guys there. That is the most full-circle ironic dream come true. What’s crazy is when the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.] saw “The Disaster Artist,” they wanted a press conference with Tommy. They don’t even give directors press conferences and they wanted one with Tommy. It was the most insane thing ever.
But as a lot of people know, Tommy kept his movie in theaters for two weeks to qualify for the Academy Awards, and the fact that this movie about his life is getting all this recognition is just amazing. I am going to include him in as much of it as I can.
Say what you will about the Golden Globes, but it must feel good that they recognize comedies.
It’s amazing that they have this category and are nominating something that is a comedy. Fortunately for us, we made a movie that is a comedy in a time that I think a lot of people need some levity, but it’s also just an unapologetic love story, a buddy story about following your dreams. I think that has helped us a lot, too.
What do you think people are responding to? It presents Tommy and Greg as an inspirational story.
The responses have been crazy. This past weekend I’ve gotten so many texts, and I’m blown away. I’ve never directed anything that’s gotten this kind of response. It’s almost like we get away with so much heart because it’s underneath such an insane, unusual story and character. But really, at its core, it’s just an inspiring go-get-’em story about two friends who had nobody else but each other to depend on. That’s something that I always as an actor thought about. Whether I’m playing a villain or a wacky character in a comedy, I always look for the heart. And that’s what this movie has unapologetically.
Your colleague Maggie Gyllenhaal was nominated for “The Deuce,” but you weren’t recognized for your dual roles and the show didn’t get any other noms. How do you feel about that?
Everybody knows David Simon and George Pelecanos are two of the greatest television creators and writers ever, and their shows have historically been tricky for awards for whatever reason. My guess is the show is going to get recognized for more things. They did get a WGA [Writers Guild of America] nom, and Maggie is undeniably incredible in the show. I think that fact that Maggie is nominated, I feel really, really good about that. She just sears through the TV screen, or whatever screen you’re watching it on. And my guess is the writers on that show, my guess is they’re going to get some more recognition.
Congratulations again. I can’t wait to see Team “Disaster Artist” on the red carpet.
We pretty much have to bring Tommy, I think. Now that you put it that way, it’s tuxedos and footballs all the way on the red carpet.
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