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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Golden Globe Noms Were Announced and They Score an "D" in Diversity and and "A" in WTF?

Well, this is getting scary. The Golden Globe Award nominees were announced this morning and, for the most part, they've copied pretty much every other precursor list. But the gaping omission of Samuel L. Jackson's career rejuvenating performance in Django Unchained is downright criminal at this point. It's also getting more and more clear that awards are just not ready to honor a slave retaliation performance, which probably explains Jamie Foxx's snub.

Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz were great in the film, which at least got more love from the Golden Globes than previous awards, but Jackson could have surely replaced Alan Arkin's slot for Argo. Or even Beasts of the Southern Wild's Dwight Henry. Besides, Arkin's accolades are completely overblown at this point.

And, let's be real, Nate Parker's performance in the small but poignant film Arbitrage is far more impressive than Richard Gere's quiet and unmoving one. I'll raise you a Parker for a Phillip Seymour Hoffman (I really don't need to reiterate how drab The Master is, but Joaquin Phoenix's performance at least delivered).

Two other MAJOR shutouts are Beasts of the Southern Wild and Paranorman. The former has been gaining plenty momentum this season and is very noticeably absent here. This solidifies the fact that, except for the best director nod for Ang Li's for Life of Pi and Denzel Washington's Flight nomination, there are no other nominees of color here. However, Django Unchained's multiple nominations (while deserved) for everyone except its black cast, and director Peter Ramsey's Rise of the Guardians nod for animated film could be seen as makeup points. But they're not.

And Paranorman is one of the top three animated movies of the year, hands down. That could have edged out either Rise of the Guardians or Wreck It Ralph, which are both good in they're own right but not as good as Paranorman.

Can we go a year without a Meryl Streep nomination? Clearly not. This Hope Springs nomination must be contractual. Other random nods are Life of Pi and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, along with Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea and Bill Murray in Hyde Park on the Hudson. Of those four, I've only seen The Deep Blue Sea, which was slow as molasses but the cinematography and performances were in the least committed to the rather bleak screenplay. In other words, Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis could have taken Weisz's slot.

End of rant. Read the full list of film nominees below:

Best Motion Picture, Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director, Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewen McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judy Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France)
Kon-Tiki (Norway/UK/Demark)
Rust and Bone (France)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Animated Film
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck it Ralph

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Argo (Chris Terrio)

Best Score for a Motion Picture
Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Argo (Alexandre Desplat)
Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
Lincoln (John Williams)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“For You” – Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift – The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” – Skyfall
“Suddenly” – Les Miserables

Anybody else mad at more than a few of these categories? The Golden Globe Awards will air live on January 13th at 8pm EST/5pm PST on NBC with hosts Amy Poehler & Tina Fey


Brittani Burnham said...

Your headline made me laugh. I'm really bummed that Quvenzhane didn't get a nomination. She was so damn precious. In fact, I'm bummed about Beasts being shut out of everything! I thought for sure it would be a good contender. Maybe the BAFTAs will at least take notice?

Daniel said...

I haven't seen Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray but everything I've heard is just horrible, real headscratchers across the board.

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