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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Golden Globes Make History, Completely Ignore Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Performance in BELLE

Whose bright idea was it to cram all the awards nominations announcements together like this? Seriously, we film dorks have had to reiterate the same arguments and adoration 2-3 times in the past week. Anyway, today's celebrity self-gratification comes in the form of the Golden Globe awards, which always has a few, er, interesting choices among their nominees. But the biggest news Thursday morning was that Selma director Ava Duvernay has become the first black female filmmaker to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe. *cue applause* (My full review of Selma will be posted soon)

Truthfully, I'm a little conflicted on this, only because -- like many firsts -- many, many great talents have preceded her who definitely should have been recognized. But perhaps the Globes are turning over a new leaf. I can only hope this starts a trend with other diverse talent who will be honored in years to come. Speaking of the Globes finally joining us in the new century, Latina actress Gina Rodriguez was also nominated for her hugely popular show, Jane the Virgin (a show I reluctantly gave up watching after a few episodes because, despite how great Rodriguez is on it, its soapiness became unbearable for me).

But back to the film end of things for a bit: am I the only one who thinks this year's lead actress frontrunners are hugely underwhelming? You already know how I feel about Reese Witherspoon in Wild, but Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and...Jennifer Aniston (Cake)? Surely we're just reaching at this point. While I have not seen Cake yet, I can tell you that Jones's performance in Theory isn't really anything to write home about. She has one great scene, and then many more wallpaper scenes. In my dream world, Boyhood's Patricia Arquette (who's inexplicably in the supporting actress category) and Belle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw could easily replace ANY of the nominated leads (except Rosamund Pike, who is seriously the bee's knees in Gone Girl). The rest can go. Oh also, if we're looking at Wild for performances, Laura Dern is the best in show and no one is even talking about her.

Let' circle back to Belle for a second. Is it not weird to anyone else that the Golden Globes, who love any and all things British costume drama, have joined their predecessors in ignoring Mbatha-Raw's performance? Would it have been too much to give Mbatha-Raw some love, especially in the already underwhelming category of lead actress? Come ON.

And don't even get me started on the fact that Grand Budapest Hotel is seriously one of the most astonishingly overrated movies this year. Oh, and was it a comedy? I didn't realize that...You know what could have easily taken its slot? Obvious Child. Now THAT is a comedy. Budapest is...I don't even know what that is. Just not good. Also, I really need these awards to get off their high horses and stop ignoring the greatness that is, um, was (*teardrop*) Sons of Anarchy. Creator Kurt Sutter has a nearly perfect final season, with amazing performances throughout. Actually, just thinking about this makes me really upset (that and the fact that The Walking Dead continues to get snubbed like it doesn't even exist).

But let me end this on a good note: I love that Gillian Flynn is recognized for her ah-mazing adaptation of her own novel, Gone Girl. Also, original songs "Glory" (Selma) and "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1) are fantastic choices (and will hopefully welcome back the more traditional movie soundtracks in the near future). And Ruth Wilson, whose fascinating performance in Showtime's The Affair I feared would go completely ignored, is honored here, along with her equally dazzling co-star Dominic West. Also, I am ecstatic to see David Oyelowo's name among the lead actor nominees (a super competitive category this year). Whether he wins or loses, his performance is spectacular in Selma. And let me not forget Mark Ruffalo, whose smaller yet vital performance in Foxcatcher provides the heart of the film. Glad to see him recognized as well.

Anyway, let me quit rambling so you can check out the full list of nominees here. Share your comments below.

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015, LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST).


Brittani Burnham said...

I didn't realize that about Ava Duvernay. Good for her! That's wonderful. If The Walking Dead wants to be nominated for anything other than make up and stunts, they need to step their game up in the writing department. Season 5 is doing better than season 4 (until we got to the pointless hospital arc)

I think I need to see Belle, I keep hearing such wonderful things about it.

Anonymous said...

I think Belle's main problem this awards season was the fact that it came out in May. That seems like forever ago. If it had been released, like, last month, I think that Gugu would have secured herself a running for the fifth Oscar spot over the likes of Aniston, Swank and even Cotillard (considering her film is foreign and she's not campaigning). Gugu is my favorite thing about this year in film so far, so I'm sad that she won't get that Oscar nom this year...but this is the type of girl who will win one pretty soon, so we can all be thankful her breakthrough happened this year. Now she needs to work with a high profile director in a baity role and snag that Oscar!

Wendell Ottley said...

I need to see Belle also. I just hate the fact that it coming out earlier in the year is a valid reason for it not getting as much love as it seems is warranted. It seems this happens nearly every year. It did last year to Fruitvale Station, in my opinion. How short are the memories of the various associations when a movie coming out in May is used against it.

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