Golden Globe Nominations 2011: Reactions

E: The Hollywood Foreign Press announced its nominees this morning in film and television.  Hmmmm.  Interesting.  While there’s stuff I expected, there were definitely a few things that came out of left field, and that’s always fun.  The Best Actress Oscar derby clarified itself just a little; Gwyneth and Reese are pretty much out, while Halle and Julianne and Michelle are hanging on, and Jennifer might just be in. Look below for a list of nominees, as well as reflections on what I picked and what I think it all means. Not to mention a little confusion. The Tourist is a comedy?  Really?  Somebody ought to tell whoever made those trailers, because I thought it was a sexy spy thriller.

Or do you suppose Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp sing while fleeing through the canals of Venice, and it’s just not in the commercials?

Let’s start with my best category, shall we?

Best Picture, Drama 5/5

I picked & HFP picked:

The Black Swan
Inception
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Yay!  I felt pretty solid about this group,  and I was right.  Now, on to a category where I failed spectacularly.

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical: 1/5

I picked:

The Kids Are All Right
Country Strong
Eat Pray Love
How Do You Know
Toy Story 3

Alternates:
I Love You Phillip Morris, Easy A, Burlesque*, Red*, How To Train Your Dragon, Casino Jack, Alice in Wonderland*

Actual nominees:

Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

Boy, and here I was thinking it was odd they considered Alice in Wonderland a comedy.  The Tourist?  Really?  And they’re going to pick Red and Burlesque over Toy Story 3?  I don’t know what to say, other than that I was even more wrong than I expected to be.

Best Actor, Drama: 3/5

Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Alternates:
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine*; Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole; Leonardo Di Caprio, Inception or Shutter Island; and Robert Duvall, Get Low

The Actual Nominees:

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlburg, The Fighter

Ouch.  I meant to list Wahlburg, truly I did, but – as I’m being honest – I really didn’t think he had much of a shot.  I should have realized that the HFP’s love for The Fighter could easily extend to its lead actor. And, hmm.  I wonder what this means for Gosling’s Oscar chances?  Is Bridges really out of the big fight?  I think we can now officially consider Eisenberg, Franco and Firth the men to beat, though I do still wonder if the Academy will choke a little on Eisenberg.  And man, it’d be a super young slate for the Academy, too. 4 actors under 40?  Has that ever happened?   I still think Wahlburg’s less likely to make the move to Oscar, but I guess we’ll see how it goes when the film opens wide.  Bardem’s candidacy (especially considering his tiny tiny film) takes a huge hit here. 

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical 3/5

My picks:

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Robert Downey, Jr., Due Date
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love And Other Drugs
Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Alternates:
Paul Rudd, How Do You Know; Jim Carrey, ILYPM; John C. Reilly, Cyrus; Bruce Willis, Red

The Nominees:

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

I knew the loved Johnny Depp, but seriously, how is either of his movies a comedy? Particular The Tourist.  And I’ve never even heard of Giamatti’s movie.  I got nothing here.  Guess they didn’t like I Love You Phillip Morris like I thought.

Supporting Actor: 3/5

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Matt Damon, True Grit

Andrew Garfield OR Arnie Hammer OR Justin Timberlake, The Social Network
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Alternates:
Jeremy Renner, The Town*; Bill Murray, Get Low; Sam Rockwell, C;, Sean Penn, Fair Game; Michael Douglas, Wall Street*; Stanley Tucci, Burlesque

The Nominees:

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Well, at least this time the ones I got wrong were on my alternate list.  Is Ruffalo now totally out?  Should Douglas and Renner be considered real contenders?  If Justin Timberlake was going anywhere, it would have been here.  Does Garfield now automatically trump Arnie Hammer, or could it still be hammer-time?  Sorry.  Resistance to some puns is futile.

Best Actress, Drama: 4/5

My picks:

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Leslie Manville, Another Year
Natalie Portman, The Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Alternates:
Hailee Steinfield, True Grit; Sally Hawkins Made in Dagenham (unless this is a comedy?  I don’t feel like it is, but I’ve seen it listed as such), Hilary Swank, Conviction; Tilda Swinton, I Am Love; Naomi Watts, ;, Noomi Rapace, The Girl With…

The Nominees:

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, The Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Bah, I didn’t even list Berry.  I did think about it, but even more than with Wahlburg, I really just did not think she was in play.  The reviews I saw of the film, they were not good. Sigh.  So what does this say about Manville?  Is she gone?  Will Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lawrence accompany Bening, Portman and Kidman to the Kodak?  I think it’s looking pretty fantastic for Lawrence, even if her picture didn’t sneak in as a sixth Drama nominee like I thought it might. Am I overly bullish on Kidman?   I’ve considered her a lock before and been totally wrong.

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: 3/5

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs or Julia Roberts Eat Pray Love
Julianne Moore, TKAAR
Gwyneth Paltrow, Country Strong
Reese Witherspoon, How Do You Know

Alternates:
Helen Mirren, Red; Emma Stone, Easy A*; or, highly unlikely, Christina Aguilera, Burlesque

The Nominees:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, TKAAR
Emma Stone, Easy A

Speaking of being totally wrong!  So much for the Globe’s love of celebrity.  No Mirren, no Roberts.  When summing up this category yesterday, I said:

“If Paltrow can’t score a nod here, you have to feel like her Oscar bid is totally dead; ditto for Witherspoon.”

I can’t say it plainer than that.  Also, I’m still dumbfounded that they consider The Tourist a comedy.  Is that in some sort of existential sense?
Supporting Actress: 4/5

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The Kings Speech
Marion Cotillard, Inception
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Alternates:
Sissy Spacek, Get Low; Barbara Hershey, The Black Swan; Winona Ryder, TBS; Mila Kunis, TBS*; Blake Lively, The Town; Rooney Mara, The Social Network; Miranda Richardson, Made in Dagenham.

Okay, I admit it.  I’m totally surprised that it’s Kunis.  I have a lot of trouble seeing her make the Oscars.  The other 4 have a really solid shot, though.  Looks like Jacki Weaver really is here to stay.  And hurrah for the women of The Fighter!  I’m really excited about that cast and that movie now.

Now, I didn’t attempt to predict director, but I would like to observe the slate of Darren Aronofsky (The Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Christopher Nolan (Inception), and David O. Russell (The Fighter) largely corresponds to the now becoming clarified “top five” films.  And they went 5 for 5, dramatic movies to director.  All of which means that The Fighter, particularly, is looking better every day.  The National Board of Review’s snubbing of The Black Swan seems to have been a fluke.

I also want to note the five Best Animated Feature nominees:

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

I bet The Illusionist is spectacular, but I’m sorry not to see the delicious Megamind not make the cut.

I didn’t make any predictions in the television categories, but I would like to say hurray about the following: Idris Elba for Luther (even if I can’t bring myself to watch the last episode, he was terrifying and enthralling as a great and also bad cop), Judi Dench for Return to Cranford, Romola Garai for Emma, and The Good Wife for best dramatic series.  I fully expected Julianna Margulies to be recognized for best actress in a drama series, but more surprising, and so more exciting, is Chris Noth for his role as the ‘bad’ husband.   The supporting awards in the tv category are a catch all, including folks from dramas, comedies, movies and miniseries, which means the competition is brutal.  Go Chris!  Also, go Glee‘s Chris Colfer and (hee!) Hawaii Five-0‘s break out star, Scott Caan; that was a totally delightful shock.

And now, off to buy a copy of Despicable Me!  While I’m out, write in with your reactions, joys, disappointments and comments.

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