Depending on their choices, Globe voters could clarify standings in the Oscar race. That contest — the first in nearly 30 years without Harvey Weinstein pulling strings — has so far been a free-for-all, with the World War II epic “Dunkirk,” the gay romance “Call Me By Your Name,” the satirical horror film “Get Out,” the coming-of-age movie “Lady Bird” and others jockeying for position.
Below are five things to consider before the Globes nominations are unveiled starting at 8:15 a.m. Eastern.
Will ‘The Post’ Make Headlines?
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This Watergate-era drama about the famed publisher of The Washington Post, Katharine Graham, has been trying to hang back: It won’t arrive in wide release until Jan. 12. But early buzz has been strong — the National Board of Review named it the best film of the year — and Globe voters could turn “The Post” white hot. Nominations are expected in the big four categories: best drama, director (Steven Spielberg), actress (Meryl Streep) and actor (Tom Hanks). No other movie is expected to pull that off.
Plenty of Contenders for Best Director
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Because the press association gives a prize for best drama and best comedy, Hollywood often looks to directing nominees for clues about what film truly rose to the top at the Globes. Joining Mr. Spielberg will likely be Christopher Nolan, the force behind “Dunkirk.” Two other safe bets include Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”) and Guillermo Del Toro, who directed “The Shape of Water,” a fantasy focused on a mute janitor and her romance with a mysterious merman.
That leaves one slot. The strongest contenders for it are thought to be Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Joe Wright, whose “Darkest Hour” examines Winston Churchill’s early days in World War II.
Who will be left out?
Diversity Remains an Issue
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If you trust the handicappers at Gold Derby, an entertainment honors site, this year’s Academy Award nominations could be #OscarsSoWhite all over again. Currently, the prognosticators indicate there’s a the possibility that only the supporting actress category would feature an actor of color: Mary J. Blige, for her sagacious matriarch in “Mudbound,” a Netflix drama about racial tension in rural Mississippi in the 1940s.
The Globes could prod other worthy candidates forward, including Tiffany Haddish, the breakout star of “Girls Trip”; “The Big Sick” lead actor Kumail Nanjiani; Daniel Kaluuya, who helped propel “Get Out” to box office heights; and Hong Chau, a scene stealer in “Downsizing.” Octavia Spencer, a former Oscar winner who is featured in “The Shape of Water,” could also be in the mix.
A Repeat of the Emmys?
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Globe voters like to make agenda-setting choices with their television awards. They paid early attention to “Transparent,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Crown,” helping to catapult those series into the cultural firmament. But Emmys voters may have beaten them to the punch this year.
At the most recent Emmy Awards, multiple trophies went to rookie shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies,” both of which are also likely to receive numerous Globe nominations. The newest series that Globe voters could rally behind on Monday are actually reboots of old ones: NBC’s “Will & Grace” or perhaps Showtime’s little-watched “Twin Peaks.”
The meandering HBO drama “The Deuce” and Netflix’s period serial killer series “Mindhunter” could also receive nominations.