Golden Globe Nominations: The Reaction

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film.

Awards season kicked into high gear this week with nominations for awards from the Broadcast Critics’ Association and the Screen Actors Guild announced. But it was the nods announced for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 69th annual Golden Globes that most awards-mongers salivate over, and in this case, baited breath quickly shifted to a yawn.

Why? Because this year’s roster included pretty much every name that’s been tossed around all year. Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady? Check. Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs? Check. Albert Brooks for Drive? Check. Two films that have most dominated awards conversation for months, The Artist and The Descendants, led the nominees with six and five nominees, respectively. Summer sleepers like Beginners,Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris were touted as likely year-end nominees, and all ended up on this list (Woody Allen being singled out with a Best Director nod for Paris was a bit of a surprise, though it makes sense, since Vicky Cristina Barcelona was an enormous hit with HFPA.)

But if you hadn’t mounted a heavy campaign for yourself, you didn’t have a shot here. The Help, which also earned a Best Picture – Drama nod, received acting nominations for Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as predicted. But writer-director Tate Taylor, who had not enjoyed any similar media blitz, went 0-2. Does this make sense? A movie this beloved didn’t have superlative writing or direction?

Frequent cover guy Ryan Gosling earned dual nominations for The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love. The George Clooney-directed March also was nominated for Best Picture—Drama, Director, and Screenplay (a nomination bestowed on the triumvirate of Clooney, producing partner Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, who wrote the play on which it was based), despite very mixed reviews. I believe this takes Clooney’s nomination tally this year to something like 18. Clooney and Gosling will face off against each other in the best Actor – Drama race alongside two other major Hollywood players, Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) and frontrunner Brad Pitt (Moneyball), and relative newcomer Michael Fassbender, who made quite an impression in Shame. Meanwhile, Fassbender’s A Dangerous Method co-star, Viggo Mortensen, was the closest thing to a surprise this year with his Best Supporting Actor nod for that movie.

Meanwhile, save for Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius, the other Best Director nominees are all previous Globe winners: Allen, Clooney, Descendants’ Alexander Payne and Hugo’s Martin Scorsese. (Best Picture –Drama nominee War Horse’s director Steven Spielberg is a notable absence.)

Some of the nominations felt like gerrymandering. My Week with Marilyn wasn’t a heavy film, but to group it in the comedy category feels false – and yet it does seem to pave the way for a deserving Best Actress – Comedy victory for Michelle Williams. And in the television category, Madeleine Stowe is more of a supporting than a lead player in Revenge. Conversely, Kelly McDonald emerged as a dominant protagonist this season on Boardwalk Empire; she should have been nominated as lead.

HFPA also displayed some awkward show loyalties. Thomas Jane continues to do great work on Hung, which enjoyed its smartest season yet, but does past winner David Duchovny need another nod for playing his Californication lothario? Meanwhile, 30 Rock was nominated again, so voters were attuned to television that aired last spring. Yet there was no love for another past winner, Steve Carell, for his swan song on The Office (nor in the film category for Crazy, Stupid, Love.) Also, yet another past winner, Jim Parsons, but Big Bang Theory co-star Johnny Galecki did get another nomination.

The Globes continued their penchant for grabbing onto new shows, including no-brainer nods for Boss,Game of Thrones, and Homeland. Hit show New Girl got in, as many predicted. Nominating American Horror Story isn’t a total surprise: Ryan murphy’s other shows, Glee and Nip/Tuck, both did amazingly well with HFPA from the get-go. Glee was nominated again, though none of its cast got a nomination; also, only Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara of Modern Family were singled out.) I was most pleased to see that Enlightened got well-deserved love in the Best Comedy and Lead Actress category for Laura Dern. This may be the boost the low-rated show needs to get a second season pickup.

And for that, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, I thank you.


Best Motion Picture-Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-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 Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama
George Clooney-The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio-J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender-Shame
Ryan Gosling-The Ides of March
Brad Pitt-Moneyball

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Pictue-Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster-Carnage
Charlize Theron-Young Adult
Kristen Wiig-Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams-My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet-Carnage

Best Perfomance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin-The Artist
Brendan Gleeson-The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt-50/50
Ryan Gosling-Crazy, Stupid Love
Owen Wilson-Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tin Tin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (United States)
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium)
A Separation (Iran)
The Skin I Live IN (Spain)

Best Performance by an Actressi n a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo-The Artist
Jessica Chastain-The Help
Janet McTeer-Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer-The Help
Shailene Woodley-The Descendants

Best Performance by an Actor In a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh-My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks-Drive
Jonah Hill-Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen-A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer-Beginners

Best Director-Motion Picture
Woody Allen-Midnight in Paris
George Clooney-The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius-The Artist
Alexander Payne-The Descendants
Martin Scorcese-Hugo

Best Television Series – Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game Of Thrones

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes – Homeland
Mireille Enos – The Killing
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe – Revenge
Callie Thorne – Necessary Roughness

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer – Boss
Jeremy Irons – The Borgias
Damian Lewis – Homeland

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Modern Family
New Girl

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern – Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Laura Linney – The Big C
Amy Poehler –

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
David Duchovny – Californication
Johnny Galecki – The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane – Hung
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big To Fail

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Romola Garai – The Hour
Diane Lane – Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern – Downton Abbey
Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet – Mildred Pierce

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Idris Elba – Luther
William Hurt – Too Big To Fail
Bill Nighy – Page Eight
Dominic West – The Hour

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story
Kelly MacDonald – Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones
Paul Giamatti – Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce – Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins – Cinema Verite 
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

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