E: Yep, that’s right. While the general public is focused on Christmas shopping, Hollywood stars, studios and publicists have engaged in a fierce war for Oscar nominations. The biggest pre-Oscar bump a film or performance can get? Being nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press for a Golden Globe. The Golden Globes are the second most prestigious award in Hollywood, and by all accounts the best party with the highest density of stars in attendance. In January Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the actual awards ceremony; this Thursday, Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde will tell us who’s in contention not just for a Golden Globe but for us to debate and monitor through the entire irrational season.
A fascinating difference between the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards is that the Hollywood Foreign Press opens up separate categories for drama and for musicals/comedies. Their definition of comedy can be a little suspect, leading to films like The Tourist getting nominations in that category – and of course also very serious musicals like Les Mis end up paired with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Still, it’s fun to look at the breakdown. So here they are – your Golden Globe contenders:
E: October was good, but November is going to be even better. In fact, I’m not sure even December can beat this November for awesome and exciting looking movies.
M: I know I have movies I’m VERY excited for, and have been waiting for for a long time! Heck, I’m starting the month by going to the theater on the 1st, and will be going to a midnight show later in the month, too. Woohoo!
E: This November has a little something for everyone – animation, documentaries, epic action, biopics, literary adaptations, football movies, the works. It even has the most promising romantic comedy in years. Continue reading →
C: Formerly known as Fringeday, I’m not sure what Friday thinks it has to offer now. Are there even shows on?
E: Yes, there are TV shows on Friday nights. Quite a few, actually, including some bonafide hits.
M: As we’ll note below, Friday seems to be a little schizophrenic these days, serving the dual role of being one step away from cancellation for some shows, and a less crowded home where they can find their audience for others.
E: In past years we’ve included Saturday’s programming here, but it turns out that there’s genuinely nothing this year on Saturdays at all except the college sports game of the week. Here’s a quick key to help you as you read:
Titles in blue are new this season
Each * means one Quibbling Sibling will be tuning in