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: Holy crap, are you kidding me? Are you KIDDING me? There are so many damn layers to that episode it makes an onion look like a rutabaga, smooth and bland. I can’t shut off all the connections in my brain; that was so beautifully written and acted, there’s just too much. It was extraordinary.
Just when you think Season 5 is settling down into a groove, they do this. It’s going to give me a lot to think about over the holiday hiatus, that’s for sure.
E: Wow, guys. I got a real 80s nostalgia vibe off this week’s episode. Mary Stuart Masterson is in the house, doing her best Robin Wright impression. That’s some kind of wonderful! Or at least it is for some of our characters. And whack-a-mole! Like new LG addition Damian Boyle, I can proudly say that I too have played whack-a-mole and have fond childhood memories of doing so at arcades and the occasional Chuck-E-Cheese.
Oh, yeah, and the Mommy Dearest routine? Very 80s. What’s old is new again.
E: What a flurry of events! Thanks heaven for a little resolution this week, as Florrick/Agos gets its first new client, its first real office and its first win. We get another course in hating the American government (or at least the Immigration system). Lockhart/Gardner gets a re-branding, Eli gets romantic, and Will’s rebound Isabelle gets even weirder. Who knew that was possible?
One thing we all knew was possible, however. There’s not a word about Jeffery Grant, not a word about ratting or Zach getting into a fight at school, not a word about the Gopnik adoption suit. Sigh.
E: Well that was a confounding episode! I know we all love our ambiguity here at The Good Wife, but there’s a difference between an ambiguous ending and a woefully incomplete one. I’m not going to say I didn’t like it, because a lot of great stuff happened too, but with two major plots left unresolved I definitely feel frustrated! Some very entertaining guest stars reappear. Predictably, lines are crossed (oh, so many lines) and backs are stabbed. Strange threads dangle. We see the return of Zach the secretive computer genius/sleuth. It’s war, and it’s peace. It’s unity and discord. It’s moral dilemmas every where you look. It’s sympathetic clients who apparently lie.