I covered the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations Wednesday. But it’s important to know that the Golden Globes are not like the SAGs or the Oscars. The SAG nominations are submitted by actors and actresses within the Screen Actors Guild, and the Oscar nominations are submitted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Golden Globes, however, are submitted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
In my opinion, the Golden Globes are kind of the lesser of the three award ceremonies. I would rate them from highest to lowest like this: the Oscars, the SAGs, the Golden Globes. Why? Well, because the Golden Globes kind of remind me of participation awards in that they expand the categories to allow more actor and actress nominations. Instead of taking five Best Actor and Best Actress contenders, they have two separate races for Best Actor and Best Actress, which are divided into Drama and Comedy or Musical categories. I mean, it’s nice, but at the same time, it kind of sucks because the SAGs and the Oscars only take five…period. So the Golden Globes just get people’s hopes up.
But let’s check them out! Once again, I’m not talking about television…only film. And I’ve linked my reviews for the movies I’ve seen.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
- Django Unchained
- Life of Pi
- Zero Dark Thirty
Well, since the Best Motion Picture – Drama is separate from the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, it allowed for more films to make the list. I’m SO happy to see Django Unchained because I love Tarantino. And I’m glad Ang Lee got a little recognition for his visually spectacular Life of Pi. Snubs? Anna Karenina has not made a list yet for Best Motion Picture, which makes me sad because Joe Wright (who also worked with Keira Knightley on Pride & Prejudice) is getting overlooked for this film, which (I still have yet to see at this time) I have heard is extremely beautiful.
Best Performance by an 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
With this category (again being separate from Comedy or Musical), we see the addition of Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea. I read a few articles saying that they thought she would be in the running for the Best Actress nominations, and I was surprised when she didn’t make the cut for the SAGs. Snubs? Where the hell is Keira Knightley for Anna Karenina?! I mean, yes, I still have to see Anna Karenina, so I don’t know for sure if her performance warrants a nomination; but considering her previous nominations, as well as the fact that she’s playing one of the most loved and hated literary figures in Russian and classic literature, I am shocked. Are people just getting tired of seeing her in period pieces? Or was the competition really just that steep this year? I hope it’s the latter. Again, child-actor Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild is also snubbed.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- Richard Gere, Arbitage
- John Hawkes, The Sessions
- Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
- Denzel Washington, Flight
Wow, Joaquin Phoenix managed not to piss people off enough. And I see Richard Gere was added for his performance in Arbitage. I really didn’t hear much about that movie at all, so “meh” on that one. Snubs? No Anthony Hopkins for Hitchcock. Really? He freaking played Alfred Hitchcock with creepy prosthetics and method acting!
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Les Miserables
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Salmon Fishing in Yemen
- Silver Linings Playbook
Moonrise Kingdom finally got something! God, Wes Anderson gets overlooked so much. I feel bad for his little indie films. No surprises with the rest of them, except Salmon Fishing in Yemen. I literally have not heard a single thing about that movie until now. Honestly, I can’t think of any snubs in this category.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
- Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in Yemen
- Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
- Maggie Smith, Quartet
- Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
God, Hollywood loves Meryl Streep and the British dames. Not that they shouldn’t be nominated. They’re all fantastic actresses. It’s just funny how many times they get nominated for things. Again, I can’t think of any snubs in this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
- Jack Black, Bernie
- Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
- Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
- Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in Yemen
- Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
First of all, what the hell is Bernie? Did that movie come out of nowhere? Yay, Bill Murray! Although, I’m surprised he didn’t get one for Moonrise Kingdom. Then again, I haven’t seen Hyde Park on Hudson, so it must have been better. Ewan McGregor FINALLY got nominated for something. I was hoping more for a drama nomination for The Impossible, but I’ll take this! Snubs? Uh…umm…
Best Animated Feature Film
- Hotel Transylvania
- Rise of the Guardians
- Wreck-It Ralph
Okay, with this is one, I am seriously pissed. I knew Disney was going to reap most of the nominations since they had a very good year with animated films. And I’m really happy about their nominations because all of those movies were great. But seriously? Hotel Transylvania and Rise of the Guardians got in over ParaNorman?! It was so amazing that I can’t even begin to describe my anger. STOP-MOTION IS AN ART, BITCHES. Then again, I don’t think the Academy Awards will overlook ParaNorman. After all, Coraline (which was made by the same people and was also a stop-motion film) made it to the Oscars. I’m crossing my fingers.
Best Foreign Language Film
- Amour (Austria)
- A Royal Affair (Denmark)
- The Intouchables (France)
- Kon-Tiki (Norway/UK/Denmark)
- Rust and Bone (France)
I don’t usually pay attention to foreign language films (for which I feel bad). So, uh, good job, guys?
Best Performance by an 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
Finally, someone gave Amy Adams the time of day for her role in The Master. But, unfortunately, Nicole Kidman and that damn Paperboy film are still there. Snubs? What about Frances McDormand for Moonrise Kingdom? Or Maggie Smith for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?
Best Performance by an 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
YAY, two supporting nominations for Django Unchained! I love Christoph Waltz. If I were a director, I would put him in so many movies because I have a huge talent-crush on him. Not surprised about any of the other nominations, though I’m still not a fan of Tommy Lee Jones being nominated for Lincoln. Like I said before, he was good, but not better than some of the other actors’ performances out there. Snubs? Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook. Apparently, that one is an issue of Hollywood Foreign Press Association politics, I’m afraid.
Best Director – Motion Picture
- Ben Affleck, Argo
- Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
- Ang Lee, Life of Pi
- Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
- Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
I’m just calling this one now because I am confident (even without having seen the movie) after everything I’ve been reading about the film. It looks like Kathryn Bigelow is the lock for this one. Although I would love to see Tarantino get it, I have a feeling Bigelow will seal the deal. But at least every director in this category deserves to be here. Snubs? Tom Hooper for Les Miserables. He won an Academy Award two years ago for The King’s Speech, so that’s really disappointing. Also, David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
- Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
- Tony Kushner, Lincoln
- David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
- Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
- Chris Terrio, Argo
Hmm, this one I’m not sure about. As I said in my review of Lincoln, the writing was marvelous. But I don’t know if it’s good enough to stand up to the other films in this category. Especially when my boy Tarantino practically ALWAYS takes home the screenplay awards when he’s nominated.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
- Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
- Alexandre Desplat, Argo
- Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
- Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
- John Williams, Lincoln
Thank God, someone is finally throwing Cloud Atlas a bone. That movie was so underrated, and I don’t know why. I thought it was hauntingly beautiful, as was the score. They’re the underdog here, but I’m glad to see them nominated. Always a pleasure to see John Williams nominated. I’m a huge fan of his compositions. Snubs? Howard Shore for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I am also a huge fan of Howard Shore, and I am appalled that he didn’t get a nomination for this one.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
- “For You” – Act of Valor, Monty Powell and Keith Urban
- “Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys, Jon Bon Jovi
- “Safe & Sound” – The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, and T Bone Burnett
- “Skyfall” – Skyfall, Adele and Paul Epworth
- “Suddenly” – Les Miserables, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boubil
The Hunger Games got nominated! Suck it, Twilight! Just kidding, I’m not 14. But dude, this is a tough one. I’m thinking Les Miserables will claim it, but Adele’s “Skyfall” was pretty amazing. Snubs? Does the “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey not count? It gives me chills. But seriously…you’re telling me there are NO original songs from The Hobbit?
The 70th Annual Golden Globes will be live Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC at 8pm E/7pm C.