Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Golden Globe Nominations

Yesterday the 68th annual Golden Globe nominees were announced and it might turn into a night of "royal" entertainment as the British film "The King's Speech" (2010) led with 7 nominations.

Other major nominated films included "The Social Network" (2010), the facebook movie, which won 6 nominations in a tie with the boxing drama "The Fighter" (2010), which also won 6 nominations. Also nominated were the box-office hit, "Inception" (2010), "Black Swan" (2010) and the indie hit "The Kids Are All Right" (2010).

Unfortunately missing were nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception" and/or Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" (2010), which was completely shut out. No nominations for Roman Polanski either and his film "The Ghost Writer" (2010), despite both Scorsese's film and Polanski's receiving generally positive reviews.

The Golden Globes, unlike the Academy Awards, separates the nominated films into two categories; drama and comedy/musical. The nominated films for "Best Picture" (drama) are; "Black Swan", "The Fighter", "Inception", "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network". The "Best Picture" nominees in the comedy/musical category are; "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), "Burlesque" (2010), "The Kids Are All Right", "Red" (2010) and "The Tourist" (2010).

In the acting categories the nominees for "Best Actor" (drama) are; Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), James Franco ("127 Hours", 2010), Ryan Gosling ("Blue Valentine" 2010) and Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter"). For "Best Actress" (drama) the nominees are; Halle Berry ("Frankie and Alice", 2010), Nicole Kidman ("Rabbit Hole", 2010), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone", 2010), Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") and Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine").

In the comedy/musical category the nominees for "Best Actor" are; Johnny Depp for his performances in "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Tourist", Paul Giamatti ("Barney Version", 2010), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Love & Other Drugs", 2010) and Kevin Spacey ("Casino Jack", 2010). For "Best Actress" the nominees are; Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right"), Anne Hathaway ("Love & Other Drugs"), Angelina Jolie ("The Tourist"), Julianne Moore ("The Kids Are All Right") and Emma Stone ("Easy A", 2010).

A lot of people dislike the fact the Hollywood Foreign Press, whom decides on the nominees, separate the two categories but I actually like their decision. So often comedy has to take a backseat to hard hitting dramas. Comedies rarely get their due. At least at the Golden Globes comedies have a chance to be celebrated too. However, in the "Best Director" category the nominees are the same five people who directed the "Best Picture" nominated films in the drama category. I guess none of the comedy nominees were finely directed.

A lot of the nominated films have not opened in Chicago yet; "The Fighter", "The King's Speech", "Frankie and Alice", "Rabbit Hole", "Blue Valentine" and "Barney's Version", so I don't know if the nominations were worthwhile. I also can't predict any winners. But I was surprised "Burlesque" scored a "Best Picture" nomination. The movie was universally panned by critics. Why not nominate the Woody Allen film "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" (2010) instead? Or how about James L. Brooks (usually a critical darling) and his romantic comedy "How Do You Know?" (2010)?

I also can't understand all the hype over "The Kids Are All Right". The movie played like sit-com material in my opinion. I also feel "The Social Network" has been over-hyped as well. Many people are saying that is a front runner for an Oscar. Dear God, what a mistake that would be. The comparisons to "Citizen Kane" (1941) are really over-blown. The children have to stop doing that.

The Golden Globes will air on Sunday, January 16, 2011 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais. For a complete list of all the nominated films and television shows visit here: