Archive for December 15, 2011

The Golden Globes Nominations: An Analysis

Okay. We’ve covered the nominations, and before that, my guesses, so it’s time to see what this means for the Oscar season.

Let’s not waste time, let’s get into it right now. Fuck the foreplay.


The Descendants

The Help


The Ides of March


War Horse (more…)

Golden Globes Nominations Are In

I’ve literally just woken up, opened my computer and checked the nominations. And as I read through them, I was filled with nothing but hope and joy. Mostly because it wasn’t the wasteland I thought it would be, because, overall, the picks actually are pretty good, and, above all — no matter how much you try, it’s almost impossible to figure how much the Globes are gonna be the Globes.

At first glance (and I just woke up, so it really was that), it seems like all my picks were pretty solid, and then the slack (the stuff I was worried would would go to shitty picks that everyone’s been saying, or be left wide open for some random ass shit to come in) went to really solid picks. Solid in the sense — these are people the Globes would want to show up.

Overall, I think it’s a good start. The films I expected to possibly be left off were. The ones that haven’t been released/screened for that many people. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and to some extent, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (Not so much that one, but a little bit.) And I think it’s the perfect piece of the pie for the Jeffersons to get the other awards (PGA, DGA, WGA, BAFTA, other guilds, etc.) to fill in. I feel like these films will have a better showing at places that announce later, simply because there’s more time for people to see everything. It feels like everything is playing exactly into what the Oscars wanted by moving the ceremony up this year — the awards season isn’t going to drag on, and it forced the other shows to announce earlier, thereby allowing them to see more stuff and possibly throw in some surprises, rather than previous years, where it was literally possible to guess most, if not all, nominees in all the major categories, and also know what the potential spoilers were. Anyway, let’s go over these nominations… (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight. / Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the yuletide gay / Next year all our troubles will be miles away. / Once again as in olden days, happy golden days of yore / Faithful friends who are dear to us, will be near to us once more. / Someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow / Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow. / So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.”

Golden Globes Nominations: The Hastily Thrown Together Version

For 364 1/2 days, the idea of Oscar nominations is a really exciting idea to me. I think about what might get in, what won’t get in, and then when they’re announced, what will win, what trends are there, how they fit into history — all of that. But, when you get to the day of, you have to face the fact — they announce them at 5:30 in the fucking morning!

This is my first Oscar season on the west coast. I’m used to the nominations being announced at 8:30. And even at 8:30, it was no different. (I remember in college, walking across the tundra of a frozen soccer field to a 9 am film class, holding my laptop, trying to watch them announce the nominations, two years in a row. The other two years — one I watched from home, and the other I slept through.) But, when I think of 5:30 in the morning, I think — crack of dawn, some daylight out, you’re sitting there, trying to move as little as possible, freezing, no matter what the weather is. It’s always cold at 5:30 in the morning. And you’re not conscious at all, you feel unkempt. And anything you do at that time is not going to be graceful or professional. If you’re going out somewhere, you’re not gonna be showered. You’re gonna throw on a sweatshirt or whatever you wore yesterday, put a hat on to cover the mess that is your bed head. You’re going out and doing whatever it is you need to do and then getting the fuck back inside where you can shower and be warm.

That’s what this is gonna be like. The Golden Globes nominations are being announced — right about now, in fact. I figured, since my only planned post was just talking about the nominations — why not do it in stages? I’ll post this article now, then later in the morning (once I’m awake. Because I’m not fucking waking up at 5:30), I’ll just post the nominations, see how close or off I was, list surprises, reactions, whatever. Call foul on The Help getting so many nominations/laugh if it gets none. Then, as scheduled, in the afternoon, I’ll post an analysis of them. What it means, who will probably win — that stuff. Mmmkay? Mmmkay. Mmmkay, sera, sera, even. (more…)