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Globe Nomination Announcement

The Globe Nominations were announced bright and early... I followed on CNN the only live stream that seemed to be working. They began with the credits for their 70th anniversary and a weird applause break (without initial applause) for Cecil B DeMille Tribute winner Jodie Foster. After that the first Mr Golden Globe was revealed (Sam Fox, son of the Michael J Foxes) along with our usual Miss Golden Globe (this time that's Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint & Francesca)

Megan Fox started us the announcements but Jessica Alba also joined in.

For You -Act of Valor (Keith Urban)
Not Running Anymore - Stand Up Guys (Jon Bon Jovi)
Safe and Sound - The Hunger Games (Taylor Swift) *not eligible for Oscar consideration*
Skyfall - Skyfall (Adele)
Suddenly -Les Misérables (performed by Hugh Jackman)

Best Song is a tough category to predict for Oscar but Globes always go for the stars so they obviously want Adele, Taylor Swift and the rest to attend. They're tripling down to make sure Nicole Kidman and her man are there with 2 nominations for Nicki and one for Keith.

Life of Pi
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas

Mychael Danna has never had any luck with Oscar but will Life of Pi change that? The music is pretty noticeable and that usually helps. I've noticed a lot of online fandom for the Cloud Atlas score. Is that merely a case of the score being such a central part of the plot and the main theme being repeated like crazy? And is it just me or is Alexandre Desplat's score for Argo actually the weakest of his 18 scores this year? I'd much prefer to have seen him nominated for Moonrise Kingdom , Zero Dark Thirty or Rust & Bone or one of the 13 others. Of this batch of nominees, I think it's safe to say that I'm all about Anna Karenina

Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
Django Unchained

The Globes don't differentiate between adapted and original and so their nominee list usually swings prestige which means adapted (for reasons I've never quite fathomed because original screenplays are where it's at baby, year in and year out... well maybe not this year but whatever). Only DJANGO from their nominee pool here is the usual type of original, while Zero Dark Thirty (which feels like an adapted because of the true story and research factor) can also qualify.

Amour - Austria
A Royal Affair - Denmark
Intouchables - France
Kon Tiki - Norway
Rust & Bone - France *not eligible for Oscar consideration in their correlative category*

Three French language films and two Scandinavian films for the Globes this year. They kept it regional. 

Hotel Transylvania
Rise of Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph


Utter rubbish, since snubbee ParaNorman is easily superior to 60% of this list. The smaller films just aren't catching for awards groups this year which is a shame since GKids has been working their asses off to diversify the animated medium for audiences. 

Do you think the Hotel Transylvania nomination is just an excuse to get Adam Sandler to their show?

Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Cooper & Jackman may well be competing for the fifth Oscar slot since the Academy usually takes 4 from drama and 1 from here. It shouldn't surprise me but the nominee that does is actually not McGregor but Murray who I keep forgetting about since Hyde Park on Hudson has been lambasted by critics and isn't passing the test with audiences either.

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs 

Dame Maggie is ready for your applause

I am quite unhappy to report that there isn't anything remotely award worthy to Quartet, including our dear Maggie Smith who is wasted in a bland film which can't ever muster much in the way of drama or comedy or suspense or tears or anything really... just a lot of sitting around waiting for backstory to emerge.

It's a shame that the Globes annually ignore actual comedies in this category. This might have been a nice place to throw a bone to Leslie Mann (This is 40) or especially Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect... which also fits the musical bill) if they wanted a younger star present. I wonder if Streep will show? She's generally a good sport about these things and shows to everything but she's definitely lying low post Oscar win -- no campaign for Hope Springs -- so maybe she'll skip?

Joe warned us on the podcast that Emily Blunt was beloved by the Globes like few stars have ever been beloved. So this shouldn't surprise us as much as it does.

Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DicCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Once again we see Matthew McConaughey snubbed despite giving one of the year's best and most talked about performances. Weirder still he's definitely a Globe-friendly type star. I didn't want to be right, movie gods, I didn't want to be right! Awards bodies just have such problems with eroticized men (see also Michael Fassbender last year getting the big Oscar snub for Shame) 

I'm not entirely sure that these high profile nods for Django Unchained will help it since it doesn't narrow the focus much by including both Leo & Christoph.

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy 

Identical to the SAG list but for Adams in place of Maggie Smith in "Best Exotic" which is a bit strange when you realize that Best Exotic made their Best Picture list. Still... the Globes were far more responsive to The Master than SAG was and it is a Weinstein effort and Weinstein & Globes are generally happy bedfellows.

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz , The Deep Blue Sea

will she or won't she?

Another nod for Rachel Weisz in what is an increasingly competitive Best Actress year. And yet year after year no one will listen to me when I say "BUT IT'S NOT A WEAK YEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS. YOU SAY THIS EVERY YEAR!" 

The two high profile snubs here are Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) both are which had a disadvantage with the Globe preference for household name stars. A lot of people are thrown by the Riva snub but the Globes are probably the last place they should have ever expected to see her nominated.

Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight 

The Globes extend another mash note to Richard Gere who has come up short despite a few solitary voices crying for traction. Lewis, Washington & Hawkes are all locked up now in Best Actor.

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Tarantino is the only "new" name in terms of awards traction. But can he make it to Oscar. Django seems like it might be more Globe friendly than Oscar friendly. I've been predicting Michael Haneke for a Best Director nomination for months and months now. Should I start losing confidence in my somewhat ballsy prediction? 

Les Miz won 4 key nominations but response from the Musical Friendly Globes couldn't been much stronger. What's going on?

Here we see the age old "musicals direct themselves!" thing though affecting Les Miz. And don't say it was a judgment call (even if you think it was a good judgment) since Globes are hardly the most discerning precursor in this category. 

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Nothing too unexpected here though this is frankly terrible news for The Master considering how much they did like it overall. I'd say it's hopes for a Best Picture nomination are done. The passion for #1 placements on Oscar ballots probably just isn't there in a year with this many well received dramas from major auteurs.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook 

Salmon Fishing is the sole surprise here and probably came at the expense of Bernie, which has been doing pretty well this season. But newsflash: The Globes REALLY didn't like This is 40. I also believed Ted might have a shot here given its blockbuster status. But I guess there were enough  Oscar friendly choices to fill this one up.

What's your takeaway this morning?

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Reader Comments (120)

I'm anxiously-excited sitting across the ocean in Norway and await your blogging about the announcement

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne


December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan


December 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'm refreshing this page every 5 seconds LOL, so anxious now.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

Hotel Transylvania gets in over Paranorman?! I guess the best animated movie of the year can't win this award now...

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

JUHU! that is amazing :)))

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

Only two nominees in the best song category?

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStu

you see Nathaniel?

The moment you completely deserted Maggie Smith in Quartet, she's back with a nomination bang :)

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

No Riva again ? Are you kidding me?

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrami (ramification)

Poor Matthew McConahey.... Magic Mike losing steam no sag or Globe!

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Django is back in the game.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wolfman

The omission of Riva is disappointing but Nicole got nominated for The Paperboy! Perhaps an Oscar nod will follow?

(And did they really snub Mad Men in Drama?)

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannes

Wow, Salmon Fishing came out of nowhere and grab 3 noms. Not bad.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

They really liked "Salmon fishing in the Yemen", didn't they? 3 nominations! As I have boundless love for Ewan McGregor, I'm very happy.

And Nicole Kidman again!!

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

Random early thoughts:

• Let the Django Unchained Oscar buzz begin!

• Let the fanboy-inspired drive to promote Hobbit Oscar buzz begin. (Note the lack of an exclamation point there.)

• Remember, everyone: When it comes to reading Oscar tea leaves in the GG nominations, Drama nomination > Comedy/Musical nomination. In Actress, it's safe to say that the only Comedy/Musical nominee for AMPAS is Jennifer Lawrence; for Actor, it's just Hugh Jackman.

• Hmmm. I can't tell which one is the annual starfucker nomination. Leo for Django, maybe?

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

J.P. --- maybe all of the Django nods. We shall see.

December 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Quite unlikely Oscar's gonna go with 2 supporting actors from the same movie. That has not happened in quite some time. When was the last time they did so? 90s? They prefer to do so with supporting actress.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

As for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, remember that they need to round out the Comedy/Musical nominations, and quality pickings are usually slim. If it weren't for Les MizerAHbl, they'd be desperately looking to include anything that resembles a musical, like Burlesque or that time in 1998 when they plucked Still Crazy out of absolute obscurity because it had some songs in it. What, you don't remember Still Crazy? My point exactly.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

the last time two supporting actors were nominated for the same film was 1991, Keitel and Kingsley for Bugsy.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrami (ramification)

PJ - This last time there were two best supporting actors nominees from the same film at the Oscars was in 1991 (64th Academy Awards); the nominees were:
Jack Palance City Slickers
Tommy Lee Jones JFK
Harvey Keitel Bugsy
Ben Kingsley Bugsy
Michael Lerner Barton Fink

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

Not an embarrassing line-up this year...surprised they stopped themselves from choosing Brad Pitt for Killing Them Softly.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? I saw the trailers, but it looked like such a bore. Obviously, they loved it.

Nicole Kidman gets to continue on with her buzzy comeback into the awards race this week.

Wow at snubbing Mad Men...guess they weren't into Megan. Ooph.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Salmon Fishing is a Comedy?? Definitely not for the salmon. Oh wait, or is it a musical??

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRic

I'm not sure the two supporting nods helps DJANGO actually since buzz needed to coalesce fast around someone and this is just more "what?"

December 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

With Riva snubbed again, we can assume the fifth nominee is between Weisz and Mirren? And depite the fact that Mirren is now a default nominee, maybe they can see the effin screener and choose the best performance?


I think this is a clear Laura Linney in The Savages situation. Sometimes you just can't deny a performance.

I think Wallis is over now, right?

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Just noticed the Hooper snub.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.


Previous nominees in the Acting Categories:
SAG Lead Actor 3/5
SAG Lead Actress 5/5
SAG Supp. Actor 5/5
SAG Supp. Actress 5/5
GG Lead Actor Drama 4/5
GG Lead Actress Drama 5/5
GG Supp. Actor 5/5
GG Supp. Actress 5/5

I find this almost shocking.
If most of it translates 4/5 or 5/5 to the Oscar nominations, which is usually the case, we will have a year like we haven't had for a long time, and like I never imagined to see. The rule in the past years seemed to be that there is at least one nomination newby in each category, and the average number of previous nominees per category is 3/5.
I would actually find it quite boring if it would really turn out this way.

(I can't say anything about which performances would deserve nomination IMHO, as usual I haven't seen any *real* Oscar contenders so far. I rarely have the chance to see any before the awards. Most movies start 2-3 months later here in Germany than in the US, and I can't manage to go to the movie theater quite as often as I'd like to anyway. I see most movies only when they are on DVD or even when they are on television.)

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDominik

Also, so sad that not even the Globes would recognize Anna Karenina...ugh, shame that's over.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

they sure do love Emily Blunt at the Globes don't they...

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrami (ramification)

Everyone hates The Master. This is so depressing. Alan Arkin is so boring.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Oh wait, even with all the starfucking nominations they missed out Robert de Niro in supporting actor. Is he still locked fir Oscar?

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

It's crazy to me that Kidman's momentum is coming from the mainstream, not the critics. Her reviews are as good as anyone's this year so it must be a good sign that she's being embraced in a popular sense. She won't be eligible for a BAFTA nod which will keep me nervous until the day nominations are announced. But wouldn't it be great if she won the Globe? I could kind of see it.

Also, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are really confusing me in this cycle. Both seem like possible Supporting Actress contenders, but HFPA went for their alternate leading bids. And I can't take Helen Mirren seriously as long as she's hogging buzz from more potent contenders like Riva and Wallis. Dames are really unpredictable this year.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

Wasn't Freddie Prinze jr. a Mr. Golden Globe?

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonn

I think we can assume some locks now, at least in acting:

Almost there:
Washington /Hawkes
Fighting for two slots:
Jackman/ Cooper/ Phoenix

Locks: Chastain /Lawrence
Almost there: Cotillard / Watts
Fighting for the last slot: Mirren / Weisz

Locks: TLJ / Hoffman / Arkin
Fighting for two slots: McConaughey / DiCaprio / Waltz / De Niro

Locks: Hathaway / Hunt / Field
Almost there: Kidman / Adams
I don't think so: Dowd / Smith

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

The best thing about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was the Brilliant Kristin Scott Thomas and yet she is the one not nominated!!

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisD

Re Hooper snub: Since the Golden Globes started announcing nominees, only twice has someone they overlooked completely went on to win the Best Director Oscar: 1973, George Roy Hill, The Sting; 2002, Roman Polanski, The Pianist.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

I agree on Desplat. I can't speak about Zero Dark Thirty or Rust & Bone as I haven't seen them yet, but Argo is not a strong score. It's serviceable but nothing special. Moonrise Kingdom has a lot more personality, especially if you count the church operetta as scoring rather than original songs.

Cloud Atlas has a lovely score and the theme is central to the plot. That's why it's getting attention. You can't watch that film and not notice the score because half of the stories tie-in directly: the composer/apprentice, the journalist investigating the power plant, and Neo-Seoul. Even if you look beyond the Sextet, the other compositions in the composer/apprentice story are better than most of the original scores this year. There's some good sweeping moments and the style shifts with each time period.

I'm all for Anna Karenina winning, though. That score really helped sell the story as living stageplay conceit and the dance sequences were lovely.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

cal, it's a mistake to assume that the every Oscar nominee for acting has to get a GG nomination first, and yet that's pretty much what your chart is showing, save for Supporting Actor.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

Just noticed the Richard Gere nom for Arbitrage... That's interesting...

Also, No Madeline Stowe for Revenge :-( They nom'd her last yr...

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I would keep the Haneke prediction! After all, Meirelles and Almodovar showed up with zero precursor support.

and yay Kidman!

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Weirdest nomination has to be 'Smash' for Best Comedy/Musical Series. Where did that come from? It only nomination and the show ended badly with critics tearing it apart??? :/

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

I'm starting to get worried for Beasts of the Southern Wild, its score, Quvenzhane Wallis, Emmanuelle Riva, and Les Miz.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

So glad Rachel Weisz was nominated for that beautiful performance hope she gets in to the Oscar lineup. Don't think she had a chance to win but at least more people will be aware of her fine work. Same goes for Ann Dowd.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

One more statistic and I'll go:

In the three years since the Academy expanded the Best Picture nomination field, 15 of the 16 Golden Globe nominees for Best Picture–Drama went on to an Oscar nomination. (Sorry, Ides of March.)

For Best Picture–Comedy/Musical, it's 3 for 15.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

Yay Streep! 27th Golden Globe Nomination! I think she will be there no matter what just to have fun....

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

the real surprise here is even the Golden Globes wouldnt recognize Lindsey Lohan's perfomance in the TV actress category ha ha

Good Call Globes!! Could you just see Maggie Smith and Lohan chatting during commercial breaks?


December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHyannis

This is probably one of the better comedy/musical line-ups the Globes have had in years. Say what you will about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, but I just watched it the other day and found it a solid romantic comedy. It's not breaking any new ground in the slightest, but I found it enjoyable -- not awards-worthy enjoyable, but it's not an embarrassment that it was nominated. I haven't seen This is 40 yet -- and not sure that I'm going to as I'm fundamentally opposed to Apatow's insistence that his movies be over 150 minutes long.

If anything, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is more disappointing of a nomination. [As is the Silver Linings Playbook nom for Best Comedy, but I know I'm alone on that one -- loved the performances, found that the movie couldn't live up to them.] Maybe I needed to be thirty years older to appreciate it, but I just found that one a bit of a dud. And the SAG nomination for Maggie Smith utterly boggles my mind.

Also, it appears now that Arkin is a shoo-in for Argo which I don't get either. His role was decent, but if there's any movie that screams ensemble to me, it's Argo. I loved the film -- it's my favorite of the year so far -- but if I had a ballot, I don't think I'd nominate anyone in any of the acting categories. That's not a slight to the cast at all. In fact, it's more of a recognition of the fact that no one "overpowered" anyone else, creating a true ensemble that melded together quite wonderfully.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Nathaniel, I think you are dead right with Helen Mirren being a default nominee this year. I like her a lot, but it is frustrating when there are other contenders doing very strong work in MUCH stronger films (aka Weisz, Wallis, Riva). I think Chastain and Lawrence are obviously locked, while Watts and Cotillard are very, very likely (and in my opinion, I think a lot of their appeal this year is that voters are recognizing them not only for their strong performances, but for consistently good work since their previous nominations/wins). If Helen Mirren can edge out Tilda Swinton giving the performance of a lifetime in Julia, then I'm sure she can make it in for Hitchcock. She's the new Dench.

There are so many unanswered questions leading up to the Oscar nominations this year, which makes it exciting...can Phoenix knock out one of the best actor contenders (if so, I think it will come at the expense of Hawkes or Washington and not Cooper)? Can Nicole Kidman really get nominated for such a ballsy performance in a highly divisive film? And what will come to be of the great Dames (Dench, Mirren, Smith)? I can't wait!

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Where's de Niro in here?

I would love to see Riva's name along with Cotillard, Weisz, Lawrence, and Chastain come Oscars nomination day.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJediah

Now it's pretty clear that some of us won't get the pleasure of watching Cotillard, Riva and Weisz in the same line-up. That would too much to ask for.

I haven't seen Django. Should I blame DiCaprio or Waltz for leaving Bardem out?

PS TV, please

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I don't remember Arkin having all that buzz before the movie opened. Everybody assumed Cranston would be the nominee. Then, people saw the movie and loved Arkin...

I would not nominate him, but I can´t deny that he steals the movie and the his line readings are awesome. Not really a three dimensional part, but he got the job done nicely.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

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