Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globes 2012: Nominations Announced


Not to let the Screen Actors Guild have all the fun, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation (HFPA) announced their cracktastic Golden Globe nominations this morning. Even though everyone acknowledges these are crazy every year and says they don't matter when it comes to the Oscars, every year we make a big friggin' deal about them because 1) they are televised, 2) sometimes they do effect the Oscars and 3) we just can't help ourselves.

So without further ado, some thoughts on the 2012 Golden Globe nominations and the full list of nominees...

A few quick thoughts about the announcements first. Why, oh why, does Sofia Vergara keep getting signed up for these things when she cannot pronounce any names? On the plus side? Woody Harrelson joking about Rampart's lack of nominations and HFPA president Aida Takla O'Reilly referring to show host Ricky Gervais as a "naughty, naughty schoolboy." I guess we'll see how she refers to him after this year's ceremony. I would imagine a few more curse words in there.

Now let's get TV out of the way, since it is a pretty laughable crop. It's hard to get riled up about snubs here, especially in the supporting categories in which drama, comedy, miniseries and made-for-TV movies are all clumped into one. So if Nick Offerman doesn't have a chance for Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, his odds of a Golden Globe nomination are slim to none. Then again, I guess the same could be said for actors like Thomas Jane and David Duchovny, but the HFPA just looooooves these two to death. Look at it this way: of the eight actors/actresses who won Emmy awards in September, only two of them—Dinklage and Margulies—were even nominated today.

A few fun surprises in TV? Amy Poehler thankfully grabs a nomination, Homeland gets the recognition SAG denied it and Game of Thrones gets some loving both for series and Peter Dinklage. It also seems the HFPA recognizes how downhill Glee has gone: last year, four actors (Colfer, Lynch, Michele, Morrison) were nominated in addition to the series; this year: only the series gets a nod, and most likely only as a way to get some more star power into the ballroom on awards night. I'm sad to see Friday Night Lights got snubbed, but the show never received a Globe nomination before, so it wasn't much of a shock.

As with SAG, the movie categories tend to hold a little more weight because this is all a part of the road to the Oscars. Of course, with everything but the supporting categories split into drama and comedy, it's hard to say what will be nominated. It's mostly just worth noting what seems to be gaining momentum and what is being left out in the cold.

Highlights of the movie categories:

  • With Clooney, DiCaprio, Fassbender, Gosling and Pitt, Best Actor is hands down the hottest category. Try not to faint when they show all those men together during the broadcast.
  • Films getting a lot of love? Ides of March, The Descendants, The Artist, The Help. Most of those aren't surprises, but Ides sure seems to be gaining momentum when many had counted it out.
  • It seems Ryan Gosling is the actor of the moment, with two nominations for two different movies.
  • As with the SAGs, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close gets completely shut out. Due to late screenings? Maybe, but then how do you account for the multiple nominations for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Not looking too good.
  • Also absent from this list: The Tree of Life. Jessica Chastain is getting all the praise for The Help instead, and Brad Pitt is putting his eggs in the Moneyball basket. I'm expecting more Oscar attention for Malick's film.
  • W.E. grabs two nominations, most likely so they can get Madonna to go to the show.
  • Melissa McCarthy's lack of a nomination, especially when there is a separate comedy category, probably doesn't help her chances of an Oscar nod, but there's still hope. At least Bridesmaids got love for Kristen Wiig and Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
  • War Horse gets the Best Picture nod, but Steven Speilberg is left out of the director category. Didn't see that one coming.
Take a look at the full list of nominees. What are your biggest surprises/disappointments?

Best Motion Picture - Drama 
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - 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

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Jodi Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Director - Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Michael Hazanvicius, The Artist
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Lay My Head Down," Albert Nobbs
"Hello Hello," Gnomeo and Juliet
"The Living Proof," The Help
"The Keeper," Machine Gun Preacher
"Masterpiece," W.E.

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

Best Television Series - Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family
New Girl

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 Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Bucemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

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

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
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

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 Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

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


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