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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globe Awards Continue to Make Love to "The Help," and Throw a Bone at "Midnight in Paris," Mara, Fassbender

This morning brought the announcement of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, as voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press. And it adds a bit of flavor to the predictability of some of the previous award nods. Sure, we see some of the same folks mentioned here, but we've also go a few curve balls.

For instance, the Hollywood Foreign Press sure do love Moneyball. The semi-true baseball story nabbed nods for Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, best dramatic picture, and best screenplay.

Unlike the Screen Actors Guild snub of Michael Fassbender's unparalleled performance in Shame, The Golden Globes showed it some love. Other pleasant surprises? The Skin I Live In for best foreign picture, Rooney Mara for best actress in the highly-anticipated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and all the nods for the stage-to-film adaptation, Carnage (two best comedic actress nods for Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster)

We would be remissed to omit complete mention of the well deserved attention Midnight in Paris has received from the Foreign Press--best actor nod for Owen Wilson (in, hands down, his most mature performance to date), best screenplay and best director nods for Woody Allen (also one of his most mature projects).

Wilson's performance dwarfs that of Ryan Gosling in the severely lackluster romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid Love. But, while we're talking about Gosling, we need to talk about why he wasn't nominated for Drive, but got a nod for the less superior movie, The Ides of March...Go figure

Check out the full list below. The Golden Globes will air live on NBC on January 12, 2012.

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)

The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse


BEST PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)

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


BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

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

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

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

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

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 ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michele 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

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shaline Woodley, The Desecendants

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazavanicious, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST SCREENPLAY

Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants
Moneyball


BEST FOREIGN FILM

The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood of Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Ludovic Bource , The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss In Boots
Rango


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Hello Hello," Gnomeo & Juliet (Elton John)
"Lay Your Head Down," Albert Nobbs (Sinead O'Connor)
"The Living Proof," The Help (Mary J. Blige)
"The Keeper," Machine Gun Preacher (Gerard Butler)
"Masterpiece," W.E. (Madonna)

Thoughts on the nominees?

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