Golden Globe Nominees Announced!

Yes, the road to awards season has begun with the announcement of the Foreign Press’ nominations for the Golden Globe awards for 2012.  I won’t waste much time here, as I’ll comment on each category when I have something to add.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominees:

Jessica Lange for American Horror Story (2011)
Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Maggie Smith for Downtown Abbey (2010)
Sofía Vergara for Modern Family (2009)
Evan Rachel Wood for Mildred Pierce (2011)

I’ve been putting off starting American Horror Story, despite people telling me to start it, and constant “insane” references from multiple sources.  Kelly Macdonald is decent in Boardwalk, but nothing to give an award to.  I’ve yet to see Downtown Abbey or Mildred Pierce, although I heard good things about both.  Sofia Vergara is great on Modern Family, but this isn’t the Emmys.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominees:

Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones (2011)
Paul Giamatti for Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV)
Guy Pearce for Mildred Pierce (2011)
Tim Robbins for Cinema Verite (2011) (TV)
Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family (2009)

While Eric Stonestreet is agreeably hilarious on Modern Family, this isn’t the Emmys.  It is, however, great recognition for the show’s continued success, which it deserves.  I’ve yet to see Cinema Verite either, so I don’t know if Tim Robbins is in Catch A Fire mode, or what.  Too Big To Fail was good, but mostly as an ensemble piece.  Recognition for Giamatti is never unwarranted though, so I can’t argue.  However, this award should already belong to Peter Dinklage, who has been masterful on Game of Thrones.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominees:

Romola Garai for The Hour (2011)
Diane Lane for Cinema Verite (2011) (TV)
Elizabeth McGovern for Downton Abbey (2010)
Emily Watson for Appropriate Adult (2011)
Kate Winslet for Mildred Pierce (2011)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominees:

Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey (2010)
Idris Elba for Luther (2010)
William Hurt for Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV)
Bill Nighy for Page Eight (2011) (TV)
Dominic West for The Hour (2011)

I love seeing both Dominic West and Idris Elba up here, both alumni of The Wire.  I haven’t seen either show, in fact, the only thing I saw was Too Big To Fail, which was very well made, and I would say William Hurt shined brighter than Paul Giamatti.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominees:

Laura Dern for Enlightened (2011)
Zooey Deschanel for New Girl (2011)
Tina Fey for 30 Rock (2006)
Laura Linney for The Big C (2010)
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation (2009)

Another case of too many new shows I haven’t seen yet to really comment, Fey and Poehler both deserve the recognition, and Zooey Deschanel is the new “it” girl, and hey, the show is funny to boot.  I haven’t seen The Big C despite hearing good things, and I have no idea what Enlightened is, so I have to look into that.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominees:

Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock (2006)
David Duchovny for Californication (2007)
Johnny Galecki for The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Thomas Jane for Hung (2009)
Matt LeBlanc for Episodes (2011)

Duchovny really is doing the best work of his career on Californication, and while Hung, Big Bang Theory, Episodes, and 30 Rock are all well made, funny shows, but especially with season 4, Californication  really has them all licked.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominees:

Claire Danes for Homeland (2011)
Mireille Enos for The Killing (2011)
Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife (2009)
Madeleine Stowe for Revenge (2011)
Callie Thorne for Necessary Roughness (2011)

I’ve only seen The Killing, and Mireille Enos was excellent in it.  With that said, I’ve heard nothing but praise for Homeland, despite the fact that I don’t like Claire Danes as an actress much.  Everything else, I’m in the dark.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Nominees:

Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad (2008)
Kelsey Grammer for Boss (2011)
Jeremy Irons for The Borgias (2011)
Damian Lewis for Homeland (2011)

Strange to see Grammer up there, I’ll have to look into Boss.  Great to see Damian Lewis nominated, and this is further inspiration to check out Homeland.  Bryan Cranston is doing career-best work on the best written show on TV, Breaking Bad, so I won’t be mad if he walks away with it.  Buscemi has found his calling as Nucky Thompson on Boardwalk Empire, the other best show on TV.  I’ve heard praise for Irons in The Borgias, although I’m yet to watch it myself.  I believe it though, Jeremy Irons tends to only be excellent.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominees:

Cinema Verite (2011) (TV)
Downton Abbey (2010)
The Hour (2011)
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV)

I liked Too Big To Fail and it seems HBO walks away with this award every year no matter what, but I really want to see The Hour.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominees:

Enlightened (2011)
Episodes (2011)
Glee (2009)
Modern Family (2009)
New Girl (2011)

Now this is where Modern Family gets its Golden Globe.  Glee  has a strong following, but it’s not as critically acclaimed and nationally beloved.  Surprising New Girl is on there just because it is so new, but it’s funny.  Still no clue what Enlightened is, but I can say Matt LeBlanc is doing his career best work on the show.

Best Television Series – Drama Nominees:

American Horror Story (2011)
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Boss (2011)
Game of Thrones (2011)
Homeland (2011)

I really need to watch American Horror Story, I didn’t expect to see it here.  I still think Boardwalk Empire is the best overall show on TV, but Game of Thrones was a great new arrival, and I’m curious to see Boss.  Again, I’ve got to watch Homeland.

Best Foreign Language Film Nominees:

The Flowers of War (2011)(China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)(USA)
The Kid with a Bike (2011)(Belgium)
A Separation (2011)(Iran)
The Skin I Live In (2011)(Spain)

I still need to see The Skin I Live In.

Best Animated Film Nominees:

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Cars 2 (2011)
Puss in Boots (2011)
Rango (2011)

Although it’s very possible it will happen, I can’t see anything but The Adventures of Tintin winning, just for finally putting mo-cap to great use.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture Nominees:

The Artist (2011): Ludovic Bource
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Hugo (2011/II): Howard Shore
War Horse (2011): John Williams
W.E. (2011): Abel Korzeniowski

Best Original Song – Motion Picture Nominees:

Albert Nobbs (2011): Brian Byrne, Glenn Close(“Lay Your Head Down”)
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011): Elton John, Bernie Taupin(“Hello Hello”)
The Help (2011): Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas(“The Living Proof”)
Machine Gun Preacher (2011): Chris Cornell(“The Keeper”)
W.E. (2011): Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry(“Masterpiece”)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Nominees:

The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants (2011): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
The Ides of March (2011): George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Midnight in Paris (2011): Woody Allen
Moneyball (2011): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin

I also need to see The Artist, it’s a heavy favorite for the Oscar but I have to check it out.  The Ides of March had a great screenplay.

Best Director – Motion Picture Nominees:

Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (2011)
George Clooney for The Ides of March (2011)
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (2011)
Alexander Payne for The Descendants (2011)
Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011/II)

Another category I haven’t seen enough of to know, but I’m glad to see familiar names back up there that haven’t been up there often enough.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominees:

Bérénice Bejo for The Artist (2011)
Jessica Chastain for The Help (2011)
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs (2011)
Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011)
Shailene Woodley for The Descendants (2011)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominees:

Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Albert Brooks for Drive (2011)
Jonah Hill for Moneyball (2011)
Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method (2011)
Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)

Albert Brooks was masterful in Drive, if he’s not recognized for a career-defining role, I don’t know what awards are for.  Jonah Hill is odd to see up there for Moneyball, but good for him.  Viggo Mortensen was borderline awful in A Dangerous Method, so maybe it doesn’t make any sense anyway.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Nominees:

Jodie Foster for Carnage (2011)
Charlize Theron for Young Adult (2011)
Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids (2011)
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Kate Winslet for Carnage (2011)

Great to see both female leads for Carnage up here, and very glad to see Kristen Wiig recognized for Bridesmaids.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Nominees:

Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)
Brendan Gleeson for The Guard (2011)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50 (2011)
Ryan Gosling for Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Owen Wilson for Midnight in Paris (2011)

I’ve really got to see The Artist.  Glad Joseph Gordon-Levitt get nominated, same with Brendan Gleeson.  Seems like they gave Ryan Gosling a nomination in this category as a consolation prize for not getting a nomination for Drive, which I sure hope gets more love from the Academy than it did from the foreign press.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominees:

Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs (2011)
Viola Davis for The Help (2011)
Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)
Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

If Tilda Swinton doesn’t win, then God might hate America.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominees:

George Clooney for The Descendants (2011)
Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar (2011)
Michael Fassbender for Shame (2011)
Ryan Gosling for The Ides of March (2011)
Brad Pitt for Moneyball (2011)

Really a toss-up, it will be very interesting to see who wins.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Nominees:

The Artist (2011)
Bridesmaids (2011)
50/50 (2011)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Very interesting group.

Best Motion Picture – Drama Nominees:

The Descendants (2011)
The Help (2011)
Hugo (2011/II)
The Ides of March (2011)
Moneyball (2011)
War Horse (2011)

And I think minus Hugo, we might have our 10 Oscar nominations right up there.

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