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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…

BEST PICTURE — DRAMA

The Descendants

The Help

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

War Horse

Well, they went to 6. But remember when I put on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and said that, if anything else was gonna go on, it was Ides of March? Remember that? Yeah, I’m feeling pretty good about that too. Not that it was difficult. I knew they loved Clooney. I also figured on the J. Edgar thing, but then I remembered how badly they want Brad and Angie there. Overall, though, not a bad set. The Help is clearly the extra nominee here. It will never get a Best Director nomination anywhere, so really, it’s just gonna end up being this year’s The Kids are All Right, which means, it’ll be the film that everyone loves that I don’t, that I think (if it happens, which, it seems like a solid bet) will be nominated and I’ll shake my head in disgust, but then forget about it, since it has no shot in hell at winning anything anyway.

BEST PICTURE — MUSICAL OR COMEDY

The Artist

Bridesmaids

50/50

Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn

Did I guess this exactly? I think I guessed this exactly. The only mistake I made was putting 50/50 at the top as a numbered entry and not in alphabetical order. Still though, this seemed easy. Four clearly quality films and one zeitgeist. Simple enough.

BEST ACTOR — DRAMA

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

4/5, and I said it was quite possible for Oldman to be left off. And Fassbender was an obvious alternate. So that was pretty much as expected. You saw me call that Gosling nom, right? Totally did that.

BEST ACTOR — MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

I was never really sold on the Damon pick I had (I hadn’t seen that film show up anywhere, plus it’s a really late film) and I just figured — why wouldn’t they want Johnny? I underestimated just how sexy a pick Ryan Gosling seemed. For some reason, I never really thought of him as a possibility to be nominated from that film. Then again, I try to forget everything about this film, so it makes sense. And Gleeson — I know they like him. It was an alternate to Johnny. Slightly surprising, but I’ve seen his name thrown around, so the only surprise is that they didn’t just throw on Johnny or Downey because they could.

BEST ACTRESS — DRAMA

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

4 of the 5 were pretty much locked. Tilda is a name everyone said. I just figured — Keira, sexier name than Tilda. Still, not surprising at all. Meryl is so gonna destroy this category.

BEST ACTRESS — MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Jodie Foster, Carnage

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Oh man, Carnage! In the… musical/comedy category? All right. Still, Jodie and Kate are sexy names to put on, so this is the Globes being the Globes. Only the middle three were locked anyway. I’m glad they went the way they did. It strengthens the category. Michelle clearly wins this, though.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Albert Brooks, Drive

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close didn’t get in anywhere, so the von Sydow exclusion makes sense. Branagh’s been all over these estimates, so he was a natural inclusion. Jonah makes sense. I just figured Kingsley would get in. He’s more of an Oscar nominee. He’s totally getting in out of nowhere there. And Viggo makes sense. I went with the Armie Hammer shocker, but Viggo makes more sense.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

4 out of 5 seemed obvious, and I’m glad Bridesmaids didn’t get the extra nomination. This, while a bit weak, makes sense. I’m really curious to see how the Oscars end up. This is a weak ass category.

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Whoa, no Spielberg! Wow! And Woody! I guess that makes sense. They love Woody. I guess I was going on directorial effort and not popularity. My apologies. I forget sometimes. And they love Clooney, so it makes perfect sense that he got the Eastwood spot. Pretty standard.

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Artist

The Descendants

The Ides of March

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

Ides of March. By now, it should be clear that it was the “sweep” film. (Not win, nominations.) And Moneyball too. That’s pretty much what it is. Not really any surprise by this point.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Adventures of Tintin

Arthur Christmas

Cars 2

Puss in Boots

Rango

Makes perfect sense. That fifth spot was the only one up for grabs, and Puss makes sense. It was one of the three that could have gone here. It’s still Tintin‘s to lose.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

War Horse

W.E.

Who the fuck was gonna call the Madonna one? I guess they really wanted her to show up. This was pretty easy, though. No J. Edgar all the way through — this was gonna go to something else. Sure.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs

“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo and Juliet

“The Living Proof,” The Help

“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher

“Masterpiece,” W.E.

They love famous people here. Madonna, Gaga and Elton, Chris Cornell, Mary J. Blige. And apparently Glenn Close had something to do with her song. So that’s all 5. The Globes love that shit.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Flowers of War (China)

In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)

The Kid with a Bike (Belgium)

A Separation (Iran)

The Skin I Live In (Spain)

Don’t be surprised an American film is in this. Letters from Iwo Jima won this in its year. Plus it’s Angie. They want her to show up. That’s all it is. And they, unlike the Oscars, go for the mainstream stuff, which is why the Zhang Yimou and Almodovar films are here. Odds are, this will have less than two similar to the Oscar list (if any).

BEST TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA

American Horror Story

Boardwalk Empire

Boss

Game of Thrones

Homeland

No idea about these. I know a lot of people like American Horror Story, Game of Thrones and Homeland. No idea what Boss is. Whatever. Boardwalk is an easy winner here, right?

BEST TELEVISION SERIES — MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Enlightened

Episodes

Glee

Modern Family

New Girl

Nice New Girl love. Moden Family should have this won. No idea what those first two are.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Cinema Verite

Downton Abbey

The Hour

Mildred Pierce

Too Big to Fail

Doesn’t HBO always win this?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Kelsey Grammar, Boss

Jeremy Irons, The Borgias

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Interesting category. This could go anywhere. My gut tells me Grammar can win this. Buscemi seems like the easy choice. Which is why my gut says Grammar.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES — MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

David Duchovny, Californication

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

How does Baldwin not win this?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA

Claire Danes, Homeland

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Madeline Stowe, Revenge

Callie Throne, Necessary Roughness

Danes, Margulies and Stowe are favorites here. Margulies has won twice, right? Stowe is a gut choice just looking it it. Not sure why.

BEST PERFORMANCES BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES — MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

It always feels like they’re gonna go with Tina Fey. Zooey looks like she can sneak one. But I think Amy Poehler might be the bet. That’s just by looking. Who knows what I’ll guess come day of.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Idris Elba, Luther

William Hurt, Too Big to Fail

Billl Nighy, Page Eight

Dominic West, The Hour

Are these category titles getting longer?

Also, doesn’t William Hurt seem like such an obvious choice here? Or is that just me?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Romola Garai, The Hour

Diane Lane, Cinema Verite

Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey

Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Emily Watson, huh? They are good. They really know how to rack up a guest list.

Also, do we even need to discuss who is winning this?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

They are getting longer.

This also looks like that one category that’s totally wide open. Mildred Pierce is not an easy sweep, I think Modern Family won this last year, Giamatti won Best Actor — Musical/Comedy, and everybody loves Dinklage. Interesting.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Sofia Vegara, Modern Family

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

This is always a trap category. You think Evan Rachel Wood seems easy, but they’ll probably ignore her. Then Sofia Vegara is an upset bet. Maggie Smith is the veteran. She probably won’t be there, though. Kelly Macdonald seems like a favorite. But I’ll tell you — Jessica Lange is a prime candidate for a win here, judging by my first glance at the category. Remember, it’s the Globes. It’s not about how you did, it’s about who you are, especially in the TV categories.

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Okay, that’s it for the nominations. Later in the day (3-4 o’clock, I’d figure), I’ll analyze all the categories a bit more in detail, mostly the movie ones. I’ll just do the movie ones, since who cares about TV. But I’ll see what this means for Oscar nominations and all that.

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One response

  1. Yay, how exciting! I love this time of year when all the nominations for the movie awards start to be released.

    December 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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