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Shape of Water, Big Little Lies lead Golden Globe nominees

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From left, Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Alfre Woodard announced the 75th Golden Globe Awards nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday morning, Dec. 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

As often the case, Golden Globe Award nominees, revealed in Los Angeles on Monday by Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone, have a grab-bag feel.

With Seth Meyers hosting, the awards will air live at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

On the movie front, Guillermo Del Toro’s fantastic, R-rated fairytale “The Shape of Water” leads with seven nods, while director Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” starring the great Frances McDormand, and Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee, got six nominations.

Some have noticed that while “Get Out” got nominated for best movie comedy or musical, writer-director Jordan Peele wrongly wasn’t nominated for screenplay or direction. And while Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” got nods for screenplay and acting (Saoirse Ronan, for her role as the title character), the movie didn’t get nominated for best picture or director.

Oddly, Christopher Plummer — who took over for the scandal-ridden Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s not yet released drama “All the Money in the World” — got nominated for supporting actor.

In terms of television, “Big Little Lies,” HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, was widely recognized, as was “Feud,” the cable offering with Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. Other nods in the limited TV series or movie-for-TV category included “Fargo, ”“The Sinner” and “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”

Interestingly, “Will & Grace,” which had 27 Golden Globe nominations and no wins during its first run (although it has 16 Emmys) got nominated for its revival, in the best musical or comedy series along with “Black-ish,” “Master of None,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “SMILF.”

For best TV drama series, nominees are: “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things” and “This Is Us.”

MORE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Famed chef Mario Batali is the latest celebrity to go down in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

He stepped down from his ABC TV show “The Chew” and from daily operations of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (an empire he heads up with Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich) after the website Eater reported that four women accused him of inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior spanning 20 years.

In related news, The New Yorker fired its Washington DC correspondent Ryan Lizza — best known for reporting on Anthony Scaramucci’s wild stint as White House communications director — over “improper sexual conduct.”

Douglas Wigdor, an attorney for Lizza’s accuser, said she came forward to help other potential victims and wants her identity to remain confidential.

QUICK TAKES

Two new entertainment spots — August Hall, a live music and special event venue, and Fifth Arrow, a bar, restaurant and gaming parlor with bowling — are slated to open in The City in spring 2018 at 420 Mason St., the former home of Ruby Skye. In an announcement on Monday, proprietors Nate Valentine, Scott Murphy, Justin Roja and Chad Donnelly called the project “a dream come true.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Mayim Bialik is 42. … Actress Regina Hall is 47. … Actress Jennifer Connelly is 47. … Singer-drummer Sheila E. is 60. … Actor Bill Nighy is 68. … Singer Dionne Warwick is 77. … Singer Connie Francis is 80. … Game-show host Bob Barker is 94.

— Staff, wire reports

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