Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Golden Globe Nominations Announced
Leading the pack for film nominations were The King's Speech with 7 nods and The Social Network tying with The Fighter at 6 nominations a piece.
The five films chosen for Best Motion Picture - Drama were The King's Speech, Inception, The Social Network, The Fighter, and Black Swan. The Director's category is a mirror image of Best Picture. None of this is particularly surprising, and we can likely expect all five to find places in the 10 nominee Oscar category as award season continues. The acting categories in Drama proceed much the same way:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE- DRAMA
Halle Berry / Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman / Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence / Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman / Black Swan
Michelle Williams / Blue Valentine
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE- DRAMA
Jessie Eisenberg / The Social Network
Colin Firth / The King's Speech
James Franco / 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling / Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg / The Fighter
And then, you arrive at the almost always problematic nominations from the Musical or Comedy category. While this year featured a noticeable absence of musically inclined films, it was apparently also lacking in comedic ventures. Who would have thought? Look at this hot mess:
BEST MOTION PICTURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
Um, whoa. Whoa. Flat out: The Kids Are All Right will take this category. It's the ringer, in essence because it's the only one that belongs on an awards list. Alice in Wonderland? Are you kidding me? Is the Hollywood Foreign Press now made up of texting kids in between visits to Hot Topic? The Tourist? If you believe the critics, it's a massive stinking bomb. Where's Scott Pilgrim vs the World? City Island? Please Give? Even Get Him to the Greek, Morning Glory, or Easy A are more worthy than this round-up of mediocrity. The actress category makes up for a little bit of this absurdity, sneaking in Emma Stone to round up group (though, seriously, I'm pretty sure Catherine Keener should be on this list):
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE- COMEDY
Annette Bening / The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway / Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie / The Tourist
Julianne Moore / The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone / Easy A
But then we get to the Actor category and we see that there's more weirdness afoot. Johnny Depp got 2- nominations in a year in which neither of his films surpassed a failing grade on Rotten Tomatoes. I mean, I love Johnny Depp, but that's just ridiculous. Not to mention, his turn as the Mad Hatter seems more appropriately filed under "Supporting Actor." For your consideration, HFPA: what exactly was wrong with Russell Brand in Get Him to the Greek? Or, though Due Date sucked, RDJ did a decent job. Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim? Andy Garcia in City Island? Anyone?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE- COMEDY
Johnny Depp / Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp / The Tourist
Paul Giamatti / Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal / Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey / Casino Jack
Serious snubbery going on here. Is it so hard to assess comedy, or were these other films actually not put in contention by the studios?
In the Television categories, there were few surprises. Past winners including Mad Men, Glee, 30 Rock, and Breaking Bad all made the grade, with notable new inclusions for The Walking Dead, The Big C, and Boardwalk Empire. Laura Linney FTW.
Yeah. This whole thing is seriously messed up. See the full list of nominees here.