Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the Golden Globe awards this morning.  Here they are (with TFF #38 films Bold and Large):

Best Picture – Drama
“War Horse”

Best Picture – Comedy

Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar” 
Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
Ryan Gosling – “The Ides of March”
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

Best Actress in a 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 Actor in a Comedy/Musical
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Brendon Gleeson – “The Guard”
Ryan Gosling – “Crazy Stupid Love” 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “50/50”
Owen Wilson – “Midnight in Paris”

Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical
Jodi Foster – “Carnage”
Charlize Theron – “Young Adult” 
Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”
Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”
Kate Winslet – “Carnage”

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh – “My Week with Marilyn”
Albert Brooks – “Drive” 
Viggo Mortensen – “A Dangerous Method”
Jonah Hill – “Moneyball”
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners” 

Best Supporting Actress
Bernice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

Best Director
Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris”
George Clooney – “The Ides of March”
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”

Best Screenplay

Best Original Score
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“War Horse”

Best Animated Film
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Arthur Christmas”

Best Original Song
“Hello Hello” – “Gnomeo and Juliet”
“The Keeper” – “Machine Gun Preacher”
“Lay Your Head Down” – “Albert Nobbs”
“The Living Proof” – “The Help”
“Masterpiece” – “W.E.”

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War - China
In the Land of Blood and Honey - USA
The Kid with the Bike - Belgium
A Separation - Iran
The Skin I Live In – Spain

Total of 19 Telluride Golden Globe Nominations.  
The Artist = 6
The Descendants = 5
Albert Nobbs = 3
One each for Shame, A Separation, The Kid with a Bike, We Need to Talk to Kevin and A Dangerous Method.

At this point, the Globes aren't necessarily a predictor, but can serve as a reminder or a goad to Academy members who are making up their minds about who/what to put on their ballots.
Comment...The Artist is probably the front runner as of this morning with (by my estimation) Hugo and The Descendants the most likely films to challenge it for Best Picture. 

The Artist led all films with 6 nominations followed by The Descendants and The Help with 5 a piece.
Good news this  morning for both Glenn Close and Shailene Woodley, keeping them both in play.
Hugo, Midnight in Paris and Moneyball definitely did well enough to continue to be a part of the conversation.

Surprises (at least to me):
*Viggo Mortensen's nomination for A Dangerous Method.  
*The success of The Ides of March (maybe it gets back into the conversation because of this morning).  
*Kristen Wiig gets in for Bridesmaids but Melissa McCarthy did not.  
*No Vanessa Redgrave for Coriolanus...Is her campaign losing steam?
*No In Darkness for Foreign Film
*No song nominated from The Muppets
*No Tree of Life anywhere to be seen

In other thoughts...
I was personally happy to see Michael Fassbender and Janet McTeer get acting nominations.  Also was pleased to see A Separation in the foreign film category (I'd still love for it to sneak into the Original Screenplay category come Oscar time).  Sad that there was no other love for Shame (especially for Carey Mulligan).

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