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Saturday
Dec082018

Team Experience's Happy Gay Thoughts, Our Globe Reaction Finale.

Thank you for your robust comments on our the Golden Globe nominations, Globe snubs, and Vice/First Man nomination theorizing! Please do enjoy your weekend but it'll be busy here non-stop through the Oscar nominations so please check back in daily... or several times a day, bitches! To wrap up our Globe nomination reaction coverage, let's get happy and gay.

We asked friends and teammates at The Film Experience to share their giddiest thoughts and we hope you'll answer these final three questions, too. Here we go...

1. Which acting nomination were you most thrilled about?


DEBORAH LIPP: Alex Borstein 4Ever! I am here for any woman who appears on television in boxer shorts. 

MURTADA ELFADL: John David Washington because he is the real star born in 2018 and should be rewarded as such... 

PAOLO KAGAOAN: John David Washington. A subtle performance in such a wild movie. 

ERIC BLUME: Rachel Weisz.  She's often been left off the nomination lists over the years, and her performance in The Favourite is devilishly complex.

LYNN LEE: Elsie Fisher for Eighth Grade: She made me want both to hug her and to shake her, sometimes at the same time.  Which is just another way of saying hers was the most genuine portrayal of adolescence I've seen in a long time.

CHRIS FEIL: Charlize Theron for TULLY. I was afraid that one of the year's best films was going to walk away from this season without a mention and today proved that thankfully wrong, and Theron's performance is immersive in a way that no one is talking about right now. Now if we can just get the WGA and the writers' branch to pay attention to Diablo Cody.

BEN MILLER:  Charlize Theron.  Probably the most underrated actress of her generation, mostly because she is overwhelmingly beautiful.  For some reason, people can't equate beauty with talent.

NICK DAVIS: Charlize Theron's? Elsie Fisher's might be my favorite performance of the year, but Theron's isn't far behind, and I wasn't expecting the HFPA to circle back to her or to her excellent film.

GUY LODGE (VARIETY): Charlize Theron - one of the morning's few genuine surprises, and a very pleasant one.

SEAN DONOVAN: Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal. The Amazon miniseries's very low profile led me to forget it was even in contention, but I'm glad Whishaw's typically brilliant work shone through. It's a rare and precious thing for an actor to make a character's lack of intelligence charming in a way that isn't begging for easy punchlines, but is rather a well-rounded expression of nuance. And Whishaw crafted un-intelligence in an impossibly adorable "babe in the woods" portrait; I absolutely would have been one of the fools enabling the perpetually lost Norman. Also, I will gladly take an honor for Whishaw as a nod towards Paddington 2 wherever I can find it. 

JASON ADAMS Ben Whishaw should win awards for just getting out of bed in the morning... unless I'm in the bed he's getting out of, in which case he should stay.

 

 

2. Which non-acting nomination were you most thrilled about? 

LYNN LEE: The Americans for best TV drama: Better late than never!

SPENCER COILE:  The HFPA loves new shows, so the attention for Killing Eve, Homecoming, and Pose is delightfully expected. But the outpouring of support for The Americans warms my heart. 

BEN MILLER: Spike Lee.  I was sure BlacKkKlansman was the prototypical "movie that gets snubbed out of nowhere" (turned out it was Widows), and I was so happy to be wrong.

DANCIN' DANThe Good Place has consistently been the best comedy on TV since its first episode, but Fun Fact: The HFPA rarely nominates shows in the middle of their runs if they haven't nominated them before (if ever). So I was shocked and delighted when it was announced.

MATTHEW RETTENMUND (BOY CULTURE): Pose for TV drama. It took me a couple of episodes to get into it, then I realized I loved it all along.

JORGE MOLINA: Killing Eve for Drama Series. We will look back as a groundbreaking piece of television. 

NICK DAVIS: Desplat's nomination for Isle of Dogs. I know his presence in this category has become somewhat pro forma, but that's an extraordinary score.

 

3. Which is the gayest category? 

PAOLO KAGAOAN:  Best Actor, Drama. I'm shopping for tops.

SPENCER COILE: Julia Roberts' wig in Homecoming threw the first brick at Stonewall, so Actress in a Drama Series wins by default. 

NICK DAVIS: Nathaniel. Whyyyy'd you come around me with an obvious-ass question like that? Glenn and Stefani and Nicole and Melissa and Rosamund are all disappointed in you..

DANCIN' DAN:  The Marquise de Merteuil, Mother Monster, Satine, Bridesmaid Megan, and Amy Dunne... literally every single nominee in the Best Actress in a Drama category is a gay icon of some sort.

 

SEAN DONOVAN: I feel like there'd be a lot of bi-curious energy at a party with the Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie - Antonio Banderas, Daniel Brühl, Darren Criss, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Grant. Straight but not narrow! 

JASON ADAMS: I haven't seen two of the nominees but I really want to say that Actor in a Limited Series one and not even because of Darren Criss and Ben Whishaw, but entirely due the outlandishly homoerotic scene in The Alienist where Daniel Bruhl ordered Luke Evans to tie his boots for him

CHRIS FEIL:  Original Song features Dolly Parton, SZA, Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox singing about Roz Pike's eyepatch, and a white twink. You do the math.

DEBORAH LIPP: Best Motion Picture Drama has Lady Gaga and Freddie Mercury. And they're both in musicals.

ILICH MEJIA:I counted 7 wigs in Best Motion Picture Drama and I think I missed a few. Final answer.

 

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Reader Comments (19)

Acting Nomination: I'm really happy for Whishaw and Grant, because they are fantastic and the show is so worth watching. These nominations will lead more people to watch A Very English Scandal over the holidays. But I'm happiest for McCarthy, because I feel she needed this nomination to secure an Oscar nod, and she gave my favorite actress performance of the year.

Non-Acting Nomination: Spike Lee. As Ben said, it was starting to feel as though BlackKklansman was going to be snubbed this year.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Love Suzanne's answer in the comments (she's my pick in that race, too), and despite my accusation that Nathaniel was being basic re: the gayest category, Chris Feil's amazing response gives one pause.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

All the he love for Theron is welcome.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I've only ever understood the Whishaw Thing in Bright Star, but go get it, y'all. More for everybody.

I hope John David Washington's fans are seeking out Monsters and Men, too, an even better movie with an even better JDW performance. I see you, Spirit Awards!!

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

Off topic, but I must say this is one of the few websites I visit frequently. As a British person I very much appreciate the dry sense of humour. Keep it up!

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMikeyC

Definitely Elsie Fisher and Charlize Theron. Hopefully both can crack the Oscar field but I know that's a long shot.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered Commentertr

#1 and 2 are Good Place nominations. Kristen Bell has stepped it up this season and I am so happy this show is being talked about and recognized.

#3 would be supporting actress. King is worshipped, Stone and Weisz and Foy have played characters on a sliding sexuality scale, and Adams was in Nocturnal Animals one of the gayest movies I have ever seen.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

Julia Roberts is receiving all round praise for her work in Ben is Back. Why haven't awarding bodies been warming up to her performance?

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKD

and the hfpa were one the few groups to nominate charlize for her brilliant mavis in young adult - they like her, they really like her

1. kristen bell - her first nomination for a major award after all these years

2. the good place - finally

3. all of 'em - it's a freakin' glitzy showbiz award. everybody bow down

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I want Terrence McNally to write a play about Glenn Close getting reading for the Globes night knowing she will lose to Gaga. It will be a monologue, the Master Class of our era.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

"...so please check back in daily... or several times a day, bitches!" Oh Nathaniel, I love how only you can make a line like this seem so 'Steve Buschemi 30 Rock gif*

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGwurl

1. Lucas Hedges without a doubt.

2. None. There were no pleasant surprises in the non-acting categories. So I'll just second everyone else on the Charlize Theron nom instead.

3. Any category associated with Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s

@Peggy Sue

That was insightful, hilarious, on-point and sobering at the same time. I'd like to see that play. A variation of Ellen Burstyn's role in Requiem for a Dream with a dash of Clarissa Dalloway.

And a shout-out for Homecoming. And even if The Romanoffs did not (won't ever, probably) get love from viewers and critics, I still think there were wonderful performances in each episode. The eighth and last episode alone can be expanded into a series.

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

In light of the Kevin Hart/AMPAS’ recent controversy, is it even appropriate nowadays to ask a question like ‘Which is the gayest category?’ Somebody is bound is to offended and It’s Cold Outside...
For most thrilling acting nod-I do have to credit the Foreign Press for something like, Charlize Theron in Tully. By picking performances from The Wife, blackklansman, crazy rich Asians and Eighth Grade-it shows that, unlike the 6000 short attention span members of the AMPAS who can’t see recall anything released before December 1st - at least this group considers performances from throughout the year.

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTOM

Tom -- and "It's Cold Outside" LOLOL

Par -- i just started watching GOOD PLACE. Love it so much and it's so surprising. Every time i think "this can't possibly sustain itself as a series" there will be a big shift and I'm like "OMG let this show stay on forever"

December 9, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Now even when actors are doing nothing we call them subtle, JDW performance is not awards worthy, no matter who his father is.

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRichard56

John David Washington was fine in BK, nothing more. The true acting MVP's of that movie are Corey Hawkins and the Finnish actor who played Felix.

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

SO happy you're watching THE GOOD PLACE right now Nathaniel. We all thought the exact same thing. The best thing about the show, other than being funny with a great cast, is that it DOES keep surprising and reinventing itself. It's a high-wire act that they somehow make work.

I'm also thrilled the HFPA recognized THE AMERICANS for the first time for their final season. Better late than never indeed.

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

nathaniel - so happy you're on board. now if only sag would reward the brilliant ensemble

December 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

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