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Fil-Am composer, Kevin Spacey replacement, record-holder actress among Golden Globe nominees

By: -Columnist
/ 12:20 AM December 14, 2017

From left: HFPA president Meher Tatna, Golden Globe ambassador Simone Garcia Johnson, Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, Alfre Woodard, Barry Adelman of dick clark productions—Photos by Ruben V. Nepales

LOS ANGELES—Robert “Bobby” Lopez, the composer whose stirring “Remember Me” song (from “Coco”) with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, was a source of consolation when he lost two of his beloved Filipino relatives.

Ridley Scott, the director who deleted all the scenes of Kevin Spacey as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World” when the sexual allegations against the actor surfaced. Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin in the scenes that Ridley reshot in an unprecedented move that took just over a week.

They were among the folks who woke up last Monday morning (US West Coast time) to learn that they (and their films) earned nominations to the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

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Sharon Stone, Kristen Bell, Alfre Woodard and Garrett Hedlund announced the nominations before media at Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Even at that ungodly hour of 5 a.m., Sharon stood out and exuded good old Hollywood star aura. With her poise, bearing and charm, the actress—coiffed and stunning in a red lace dress—had the photographers screaming louder than usual: “Sharon!” “Over here, Sharon!”

Sharon Stone

The four presenters were joined in the ceremonies by this year’s Golden Globe Ambassador (formerly Miss Golden Globe), Simone Garcia Johnson, the daughter of actor Dwayne Johnson; Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or HFPA, which votes on and presents the awards show honoring excellence in film and television; and Barry Adelman of dick clark productions, which coproduces the show.

After the nods were announced, Meryl Streep solidified her status as the most-nominated performer in Golden Globes’ history. She now has 31 nods, thanks to her best actress-drama nomination for her portrayal of pioneering female newspaper publisher Katharine “Kay” Graham.

Angelina Jolie emerged with two nods for producing two films.

Guillermo del Toro’s beguiling “The Shape of Water,” about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a fishman, garnered the most nods in the film categories, with seven citations.

In television, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” bagged the most nods.

The Golden Globes will be broadcast live in the Philippines from the United States on Monday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. on Blue Ant Entertainment, which is available on SKYcable channels 53 (SD) and 196 (HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53 and Cablelink channels 37 (SD) and 313 (HD).

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Kristen Bell

The following are the reactions of some of the nominees:

Robert “Bobby” Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, original song, “Remember Me” (“Coco”): We were thrilled to hear we’d been nominated for a Golden Globe award. “Coco” and our song “Remember Me” are about the Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos, a holiday that is also celebrated in the Philippines, where my ancestors hail from. Kristen and I are very grateful to our Filipino fans.

The song is very personal to us and our family—it has consoled us on the loss of my grandmother, who emigrated to the US from Manila in 1945, and my mother, who passed away this year in August.

Ridley Scott, director, motion picture (“All the Money in the World”): I am especially proud that the beautiful performances of Michelle Williams and Chris Plummer were celebrated today.

Christopher Plummer, supporting actor, motion picture (“All the Money in the World”): I am deeply impressed by the remarkable team Ridley Scott put together—they pulled off a miraculous feat over the last month.

Alfre Woodard

Angelina Jolie, foreign language motion picture (“First They Killed My Father”) and animated motion picture (“The Breadwinner”): I’m sincerely moved and overwhelmed by the foreign language film nomination. I’m grateful to the HFPA for acknowledging our film.

Loung Ung, foreign language motion picture (“First They Killed My Father”): In the Khmer Rouge genocide, an estimated 90 percent of artists were killed. Now, almost 40 years later, a new generation of artists came together to make this film in Cambodia.
I am so proud of them all, and honored to be part of it alongside everyone who brought their talents, love and compassion to the set every day. Awkoon (thank you very much in Khmer).

Judi Dench, actress, motion picture-musical or comedy (“Victoria and Abdul”): The Golden Globes, hooray! What wonderful news on such a snowy day in London.

Meryl Streep, actress, motion picture-drama (“The Post”): I’m thrilled for the movie, for Steven (Spielberg) and Tom (Hanks), and for the incredible ensemble of actors who made this movie need its moment in history.

Garrett Hedlund

Steven Spielberg, director, motion picture (“The Post”): I am particularly happy for our nominees who made this movie happen—Meryl and Tom, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger and, of course, John Williams.

Caitriona Balfe, actress, TV series-drama (“Outlander”): I am thrilled to be nominated for portraying the fierce and courageous Claire.
This role has been a dream to play—a woman who loves and fights with equal ferocity, whether it’s against the patriarchy or for the safety of her family.

Hong Chau, supporting actress, motion picture (“Downsizing”): When I first read Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne’s script for “Downsizing,” I was blown away by their creativity, ambition and insight on the flaws and beauty of our humankind. They created a heroine unlike any other I’ve seen in cinema.

Guillermo del Toro, director, motion picture (“The Shape of Water”): I cannot begin to thank the HFPA for recognizing the very spirit in which we made this film.

Sally Hawkins, actress, motion picture-drama (“The Shape of Water”): I am very humbled by this acknowledgment. Every piece of this film was and is a gift for me. Working with Guillermo was one of the most extraordinary heart-expanding experiences.

Alan Yang, TV series-musical or comedy (“Master of None”): Aziz (Ansari) and I are thrilled and honored by the nomination.

Graham Broadbent, motion picture-drama (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”): We are very happy to have the Hollywood Foreign Press … be such champions of “Three Billboards …” now. It is great to see the film recognized across the board.

Champagne at dawn, anyone? Waiter serves Moet and Chandon, the official champagne of the Golden Globes, to guests during the early morning nominations announcement which opens doors at 4:00 a.m.

Emma Stone, actress, motion picture-musical or comedy (“Battle of the Sexes”): Thank you beyond measure to the one and only Billie Jean King. She is a brilliant, brave and game-changing human being.

Ansel Elgort, actor, motion picture-musical or comedy (“Baby Driver”): I can’t believe this! I honestly never expected this would happen to me. Wow, wow, wow.

James Franco, actor, motion picture-musical or comedy (“The Disaster Artist”): Thank you so much for supporting this real Hollywood movie. This means so much to us, James, a California boy from Palo Alto, and Tommy (Wiseau, whom James played in “The Disaster Artist”), a ragin’ Cajun from New Orleans.

Reese Witherspoon, actress, limited series or a motion picture made for TV (“Big Little Lies”): We’re incredibly proud of the fact that we made a show that exposes the terrifying dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the repercussions of violence against women in our society.

Peter Morgan, TV series-drama (“The Crown”): Bring on the Globes. It’s the best night of the industry year by far. Thrilled!

E-mail rvnepales_5585@yahoo.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/nepalesruben.

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