E: So there weren’t a lot of surprises there. Let’s take a look at the nominees, and see how they match up with Wednesday’s SAG nods, and what all this means for Oscar. (Also, huge congratulations to The Good Wife, Downton Abbey, Tatiana Maslany, Julianna Margulies, Hayden Panetierre and especially Josh Charles for their nominations! I say especially Josh because the television supporting categories take roles from TV movies, mini-series, dramas and comedies. After this brilliant start to season five it’s well deserved, and kudos to the Hollywood Foreign Press for acknowledging it!)
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:
M: Blah blah blah… Christmas blockbusters… blah blah blah… Oscar bait… and here they are:
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.