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 Ides of March
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
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.
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.
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
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
Puss in Boots
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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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
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
Game of Thrones
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
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
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.