Posted by: ckckred | December 17, 2011

Golden Globe Nominations: Better then last year, but not by much

The Golden Globes don’t have a great reputation.  They pick strange nominees and often appear to care more about ratings than credibility.

Last year the Globes picked weak nominees, ranging from The Tourist to Glee.  This year was an improvement, but only slightly.

The Globes nominations are still weak, which led Hollywood Reporter TV Critic Tim Goodman to say ” This is a little like getting a lump of coal for Christmas, then rewrapping it and opening it again. Or, if this rings a little truer to people, sticking a pencil in your eye, pulling it out and ramming it in your ear.”

First, let’s talk about movies.  I’m okay with drama nominees, even Ides of March.  The Globes could have done worse.  Also, the comedy section is okay, though I’m scratching my head about Carnage.  The rest of the nominations are mediocre.  Really, no Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?  And don’t get me wrong, George Clooney is a good director, but Ides of March wasn’t his best work.

As for the TV nominations, they’re pretty absurd as well.  Breaking Bad was snubbed (though Bryan Cranston got a nomination, but no Aaron Paul?)  Again.  So was Friday Night Lights and Justified.  The comedy section may even be worse.  Are New Girl and Glee more deserving than Parks and Recreation, Louie, or Community?

At least the Globes gave Amy Poehler a nomination.

Nominees below, with credit to Gold Derby:

BEST DRAMA
”The Descendants”
”The Help”
”Hugo”
”The Ides of March”
”Moneyball”
”War Horse”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”
Ryan Gosling, “The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton, “We Need To Talk About Kevin”

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL PICTURE
”50/50″
”The Artist”
”Bridesmaids”
”Midnight in Paris”
”My Week with Marilyn”

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Joseph Gordon Levitt, “50/50″
Ryan Gosling, “Crazy Stupid Love”
Brendan Gleeson, “The Guard”
Owen Wilson, “Midnight in Paris”

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS
Jodi Foster, “Carnage”
Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”
Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”
Kate Winslet, “Carnage”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”
Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Viggo Mortensen, “A Dangerous Method”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo,  “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
George Clooney, “The Ides of March”
Michael Huzanivicius, “The Artist”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

BEST SCREENPLAY
”The Artist”
”The Descendants”
”The Ides of March”
”Midnight in Paris”
”Moneyball”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
”The Artist”
”W.E”
”The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
”War Horse”
”Hugo”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG 
”Lay Down Your Head” – “Albert Nobbs”
Music: Brian Byrne; Lyrics: Glenn Close

“Hello Hello” – “Gnomeo and Juliet”
Music: Elton John; Lyrics: Bernie Taupin

“The Living Proof” – “The Help”
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas

“The Keeper” – “Machine Gun Preacher”
Music & Lyrics: Chris Cornell

“Masterpiece” – “W.E”
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

BEST ANIMATED FILM 
”The Adventures of Tintin”
”Arthur Christmas”
”Cars 2″
”Puss in Boots”
”Rango”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
”Flowers of War”
”The Land of Blood and Honey”
”The Kid with A Bike”
”A Separation”
”The Skin I Live In”

DRAMA SERIES
”American Horror Story”
”Boardwalk Empire”
”Boss”
”Game of Thrones”
”Homeland”

DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”
Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Mireille Enos, “The Killing”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge”
Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness”

COMEDY SERIES
”New Girl”
”Enlightened”
”Episodes”
”Glee”
”Modern Family”

COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
David Duchovny, “Californication”
Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
Thomas Jane, “Hung
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

COMEDY ACTRESS
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Laura Linney, “The Big C”

TV-MOVIE/MINISERIES
”The Hour”
”Downton Abbey”
”Cinema Verite”
”Mildred Pierce”
”Too Big to Fail”

TV-MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
William Hurt, “Too Big Too Fail”
Bill Nighy, “Page Eight”
Dominic West, “Appropriate Adult”

TV-MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS
Romola Garai, “The Hour”
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”
Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”
Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big Too Fail”
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce”
Tim Robbins, “Cinema Verite”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

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Responses

  1. I got to be honest, I think they did an excellent job with their picks this year!


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