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Golden Globe Nominee Madness

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...



  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • 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. 

Ryan Gosling drank the Clooney Koolaid in "Ides of March". So did the HFPA who gave Clooney 3 nominations and Gosling 2


  • 50/50
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

more after the jump


  • 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!  


  • 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). 


  • Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

It's been a bumpy awards season ride for "ALBERT NOBBS" but both of Rodrigo Garcia's stars, Glenn Close and Janet McTeer won nominations from the Golden Globes

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.


  • 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. 


  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

Cars 2 HFPA, really? We can't go without Pixar in their lemon year?


  • 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 



  •  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? 


  •  "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!


  • Morgan Freeman 




  • 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. 


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  •  Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • David Duchovny, Californication
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
  • Thomas Jane, Hung
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes


  •  Cinema Verite (HBO)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • The Hour (BBC America)
  • Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Too Big To Fail (HBO)


  • Romola Garai, The Hour
  • Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
  • Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
  • Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
  • Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce 


  • 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.


  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
  • Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce  


  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Paul Giamatti,
  • Guy Pearce
  • Tim Robbins,
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 

HOW IS ALL THIS SITTING WITH YOU? Or maybe you're still standing?


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Reader Comments (94)

Exciting! I hope they make a weird choice or two in a positive way.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim B.

@Tim B., WORD! I'd love to be not just surprised, but surprised surprised (in a positive way) lol

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

I hope War Horse get the nomination for Best Picture!

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNat Pontes

will there be a live stream online? couldn't find one so far...

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick


December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

Patrick -- i haven't found one but they're broadcasting on NBC here in the states. i know that probably doesn't help you.

December 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Here we are... I'm watching it online. Hope for nice surprises!

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

Terris -- where is your online feed?

December 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R


December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

you can watch online here:

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterremy

Wow- streams are really unforgiving to tech crews and their doings! All this insight into the off-air time!

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

first YAY! to laura dern in enlightened! : )

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterremy

Evan--- yeah, it's kinda of funny behind the scene! =)

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

Apparently they have already announced the TV nominees, right? I guess the main acting categories will be announced after the break...

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

At this rate...will the Globes' Madonna Love lead to mentions in Director and Picture - Drama???

Probably not. But that original song from W.E. is wicked catchy.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWalter L. Hollmann

Yeah- it was Tintin, Nathaniel.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBasti

No Redgrave again? Noooo... uh... =(

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

No Spielberg! Huh..

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBasti

So far, I'm disappointed to see no song nominations for "Muppets" and no screenplay for "Beginners">

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDS


December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

The Globe surely loves Gosling, with double nominations. These results are way better than last year. Exciting.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchand

And La Streep improves her record of GG nominations... this is her 26th!
Happy for her... and for Glenn!
Still confused about Viola Davis leading role in The Help... to me it looked much more a supporting one... but she is such an amazing actress that she deserves the best acknowledgements!
And what about My week? I haven't seen the movie yet... but I wouldn't have said it's a comedy...

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerris

The only thing of deep concern to me is the fact that Jonah Hill is looking more like an actual Oscar nominee now. SMH.

Also, the confusing resurgence of Idea of March. Honestly, did we NEED to honor that movie with nods? Really?!

Yay Fassy, Tilda, Jessica and Rooney!

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Have a 5 out of 5 for Best Actress Comedy/Musical, so proud! :D

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

I would've liked to have seen Drive replace all the Ides of March love. And, wow, Best Actress is tough! So many great options, it's a shame there can't be 10 nominees.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbia

The HFPA is taking forever to update their site! i want to double check the lsits

December 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Bia -- right? To some degree i think that's always the case. It's just that this year with a lack of consensus people noticed.

December 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

EW's not showing Cars 2-is it really a nominee?

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

I don't want to be the guy to trash nominations for things that I haven't seen, but I think it's fair to say that Callie Thorne for "Necessary Roughness" is kind of a surprise. And Isn't this just a year after the surprise Piper Perabo for "Covert Affairs"? Am I the one that's out of touch, or does the HFPA just watch a lot of USA?

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDS

No Redgrave and McCarthy misses here but not at SAG? Supporting Actress is going to be crazy, but I think that this may be the lineup for Oscar.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Whoops-never mind on Cars 2-it did (oddly) make it. The producers of Winnie the Pooh hopefully didn't check EW and jump for joy only to have their imaginary nomination taken away.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

oh wow REVENGE snubbed again? poor Madeline Stowe :( haha

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Melissa McCarthy not nominated in either TV or Film categories.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Isn'it funny that Philip Seymour Hoffman failed to get awards attention for both Moneyball and The Ides of March and Jonah Hill is nominated by SAG and GGs?

Can anyone try to explain me why his performance in Moneyball is stronger than PSH's?

That's a bizarre nomination. He is not bad, but people are only nomination because he is not in Superbad anymore. That's it.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

oh wait STOWE *WAS* nom'd!!!! YAY!!!!!! the full list is at Nathaniel :)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Claire Danes for "Homeland" (2011)

Mireille Enos for "The Killing" (2011)

Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" (2009)

Madeleine Stowe for "Revenge" (2011)

Callie Thorne for "Necessary Roughness" (2011)

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Cal -- i personally thought he was way better than PSH who only had a couple of things to play in that movie though I was quite glad that he didn't overplay them as is his usual prerogative.

David -- hmmm. maybe she pissed them off somehow.

December 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

the Marilyn as a Musical/Comedy contender is beginning to irk me because we all totally walked out of that movie thinking, wasn't Michelle Williams just hysterical?!

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

This Comedy/Musical film nominations are a lot less out there than last year which was such a mess. I agree with the earlier poster that this Supporting Actress list could be the Oscar one, unless Redgrave gets a late surge and / or McCarthy replaces Bejo or McTeer. Interesting that HFPA did not go for McCarthy at all not even in the tv category after her Emmy win, but maybe she's not considered starry enough for them yet?

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterramification

I'm kinda bummed that Kirsten Dunst's oscar chances are pretty much over at this point. I thought she was mesmerizing in Melancholia. Oh well, at least she showed that she has the chops to one day be nominated -- have to say, I never thought she had it in her. Still, I suppose I am excited for Tilda Swinton... great performance in a movie that for whatever reason, just didn't do it for me.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Ryan

Also surprised for the Gosling double nomination , surely one of the Carnage men might have been close to landing in the Musical /Comedy category instead of him

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterramification

I can see Mara kicking out Swinton for that last spot at the Oscars if the box office on Dragon Tattoo ends up being massive.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbia

I'm so confused...

Xanax sales are going to increase on the eve of the Oscar nominations announcement.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Well, could've been worse, considering the mess that was last year. At least we didn't get a Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts combo for Larry Crowne! And Claire Danes! There she is! Also really, really glad for Madeleine Stowe making the cut.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohnn

Tim burton were not nominated even for Edwood ,how can Clooney nominated for ides of march? Where is Spielberg for Best Director? Hill nominated for moneyball and Gosling two catogary? And now are they forget Depp should be nominated for pirate 4 or rum diary.?Where is Gary Oldman? And about foreign movieswhere are “ in darkness , la havre, Where Do We Go Now”?What’s the hell? It’s belong Clooney ,Pitt and everybody they like? .what about TV? Simon Baker is great in mentalist or Jim parson in big bang theory. Where are they? It’s One of a silliest list.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlight

So happy for Joseph Gordon Levitt although it just doesn't feel quite right to include him and not have any mentions for Anjelica Huston who was so awesome in 50/50. At least she got a Spirit nomination out of it.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Sad not to see any love for Drive. Genuinely perplexed that Jim Parsons doesn't figure into the Best Actor in a Comedy nominations. I like Galecki, but Galecki and LeBlanc over Parsons isn't the way tv awards tend to work.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

Really happy that Brendan Gleeson got a nod for The Guard - he was fantastic in that film, and it's a genuine odd-ball choice

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Gary Oldman getting snubbed this year: On the one hand, this is very disappointing. On the other hand I'd think the ship of wanting Oldman to get a LEAD actor nom sailed in 1993 so it doesn't surprise me that much. Hopefully he'll get heat to win next year for The Dark Knight Rises or The Wettest Country in the world.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Oldman's performance is wonderful but its not very 'showy' and I think that hurt it.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterramification
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