It's the last of the big three precursor nominee announcements this morning. Hot on the heels of the BFCA and the SAG announcement we have the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, more commonly known as the Golden Globes. Film and television stars Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Sofia Vergara announced the nominees at 8:30 AM EST which went like so...
BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
- The Descendants
- The Help
- The Ides of March
- War Horse
For a split second when we reached five nominees I thought War Horse would be shut out and for once the Globes wouldn't stump for one of the big movies that was about to open, but nope. The Ides of March is the iffiest film here for an Oscar transfer given lukewarm reception but it's still possible. Especially since it's right in their wheelhouse.
BEST PICTURE, COMEDY or MUSICAL
- The Artist
- Midnight in Paris
- My Week With Marilyn
People are wondering how Marilyn is a comedy. But, you know, Kenneth Branagh is very funny in it.
It's like teaching Urdu to a badger.
Plus it's got musical numbers so I think it qualifies for their split. The Artist probably has this in the bag but for the Globes willingness to surprise (i.e. far more than other groups)
- Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
- George Clooney, The Ides of March
- Michel Hazanavicus, The Artist
- Alexander Payne, The Descendants
- Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Sofia Vergara garbled cutely as she does. "Marine Scorsez" is quite the auteur! Expected list here but for Clooney who was an already a guaranteed show at the ceremony due to the Best Actor nom. The HFPA gets a lot of flack for star-fucking but some of their decisions can't really be explained that way. The star doesn't get to show up twice if you nominated them thusly, and you've cut off the opportunity for another star to show.
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
People are going to love Mara as "Lisbeth Salander" in that movie so this isn't too much of a surprise. Plus there was room with Williams heading to Comedy/Musical. This omission hurts Kirsten Dunst's campaign. Her traction seemed to begin and end with the Cannes prize for Melancholia. Also shut out was Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY or MUSICAL
- Jodie Foster, Carnage
- Charlize Theron, Young Adult
- Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
- Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
- Kate Winslet, Carnage
In perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning, Carnage snagged 40% of the Female Comedy honors though the film didn't garner a comedy film nod and having Foster and Winslet (who was already coming for Mildred Pierce) knocked out their opportunity to invite Cameron Diaz or somesuch. See what I mean about cock-blocking their own star-fucking?
I think they can mail this one to Michelle Williams.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
- George Clooney, The Descendants
- Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
- Michael Fassbender, Shame
- Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
- Brad Pitt, Moneyball
The most glamorous Best Actor lineup in aeons... even at the Globes. Crazy. Though I weep that DiCaprio now looks poised to steal a spot from someone worthier at the Oscars. It's honestly like you just have to be cast in a biopic to participate in Oscar glory. What you come up with once you start filming hardly matter!
BEST ACTOR, 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
The snub as far as Globe-friendly stardom goes is Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo) and Johnny Depp (Pirates 4). Methinks the HFPA recognizes that they overplayed the Depp card last year.
I guess this means I need to watch my screener of The Guard. It's one that got away (the initial release, not the screener).
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
- Jessica Chastain, The Help
- Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
- Octavia Spencer, The Help
- Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
This is looking suspiciously like the Oscar shortlist to come. The big shutouts here are Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids (despite love for the film elsewhere) and Vanessa Redgrave (snubbed again!) for Coriolanus. McCarthy's hurdle to Oscar nod is the nature of the film and her role and that's a big hurdle for the comedy averse. And with Vanessa, people must just not be watching their screeners.
This was last chance-ville for Carey Mulligan though, wasn't it. She's just not getting traction for Shame.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
- Albert Brooks, Drive
- Jonah Hill, Moneyball
- Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
- Christopher Plummer, Beginners
So happy for Viggo right now! It's such a clever performance but people have trouble differentiating performances from films and too few people are into this movie to recognize his work. So a pleasant surprise. As I was typing this up I actually typed "Albert Brooks, Moneyball" ... heh. What a different movie that would have been.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
- The Adventures of Tintin
- Arthur Christmas
- Cars 2
- Puss in Boots
Cars 2 HFPA, really? We can't go without Pixar in their lemon year?
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
The Globes went for big stars here -- Christian Bale & Zhang Yimou, Angelina Jolie, and our Pedro. But A Separation continues its march towards Oscar. I'm having trouble believing it can win since Oscar rarely goes for the challenging and incredible in that category but we'll see.
- Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
- George Clooney and Grant Henslov, The Ides of March
- Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
- Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
- Steve Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
- Ludovic Bource, The Artist
- Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
- Howard Shore, Hugo
- John Williams, War Horse
No Desplat!? Isn't that against the rules now?
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
- "Hello Hello" Gnomeo & Juliet
- "The Keeper" Machine Gun Preacher
- "Lay Your Head Down" Albert Nobbs
- "The Living Proof" The Help
- "Masterpiece" W.E.
The HFPA bought stuck in The Moopets apparently. They just weren't having Bret McKenzie's Muppet songs!
CECIL B deMILLE AWARD
- Morgan Freeman
BEST DRAMA SERIES
- American Horror Story (FX)
- Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
- Boss (Starz)
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Homeland (Showtime)
- Whoa, they went all cable this year. Nearly all premium cable at that. I don't know this Boss show.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
- Enlightened (HBO)
- Episodes (Showtime)
- Glee (Fox)
- Modern Family (ABC)
- The New Girl (Fox)
You can slam the Globes all you like for their star fucking and 'NEW TOY!' ADD but it's important to remember that these things can accidentally lead to awesome things like lineups that don't feel like they could have been drafted 4 years ago. I've only seen one episode of Enlightened but thought it was very very promising and The New Girl is hilarious unless you're allergice to Zooey Deschanel and tweeness which I understand some of you surely are. Your loss!
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
- Claire Danes, Homeland
- Mireille Enos, The Killing
- Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
- Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
- Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness
STOWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Myself in 1992-1994 would be so thrilled by this turn of events in 2011.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
- Laura Dern, Enlightened
- Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl
- Tina Fey, 30 Rock
- Laura Linney, The Big C
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
SO preferrable to the SAG lineup. See... The Golden Globes can bring good things to the world.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
- Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
- Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
- Kelsey Grammar, Boss
- Jeremy Irons, the Bourgias
- Damien Lewis, Homeland
No Michael C Hall though Dexter has definitely seen better days. I can't believe they're doing yet more seasons. It's just a shadow of its former self now. Lesson to all shows: Quit when people will still miss you.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
- Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
- David Duchovny, Californication
- Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
- Thomas Jane, Hung
- Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
BEST TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
- Cinema Verite (HBO)
- Downton Abbey (PBS)
- The Hour (BBC America)
- Mildred Pierce (HBO)
- Too Big To Fail (HBO)
BEST ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
- Romola Garai, The Hour
- Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
- Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
- Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
- Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
BEST ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
- Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
- Idris Elba, Luther
- William Hurt, Too Big To Fail
- Bill Nighy, Page Eight
- Domiinic West, The Hour
Sometimes while watching Dowton Abbey I'll have flashes to Iris suddenly remembering Hugh played the young Jim Broadbent.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE
- Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
- Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
- Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
- Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION MOVIE
- Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Paul Giamatti,
- Guy Pearce
- Tim Robbins,
- Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
TOTAL SHUT OUTS:
The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
HOW IS ALL THIS SITTING WITH YOU? Or maybe you're still standing?