Archive for December, 2011

December 15, 2011

Looking at the 2012 Golden Globe Movie Nominations


  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
6 nominees? Am I the only one that is confused. The big one left off is Moneyball, even after it did so well in the other categories. I’ve always been suspicious over how much love there is for that movie.


  • 50/50
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Midnight in Paris
  • My Week with Marilyn
This is one of the strongest “Comedy” slates I’ve seen in a while. It’s so strong that Crazy Stupid Love couldn’t even squeeze in with all of the drama coming from Marilyn.  I’m shocked The Muppets didn’t get in, but I’m elated that 50/50 managed to be the indie darling of the Golden Globes. And it will need all the help it can get in squaring off against Beginners for those precious indie original screenplay slots.


  • Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
  • George Clooney – The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  • Alexander Payne – Sideways
  • Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Obviously George Clooney is a bit of a surprise here, but it does show that Scorsese has more heat than anyone thought. Allen and Clooney may just be products of the HFPA celebrity induced nominations, but it is a sign that Spielberg was not nominated and is certainly in their wheelhouse.


  • George Clooney – The Descendants
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
  • Michael Fassbender – Shame
  • Ryan Gosling – The Ides of March
  • Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Am I the only one who is absolutely floored that Demian Bichir didn’t get nominated? I kid. But there is no love for Gary Oldman nor Tinker Tailor at these awards. Fassbender is zeroing in on a spot come Oscar nominations and I think he just might be able to pull it off.


  • Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Brendon Gleeson – The Guard
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50
  • Ryan Gosling – Crazy Stupid Love
  • Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris
And Ryan Gosling is a double nominee, which is super appropriate considering the year he has had. I can’t think of an alternate nominee for any of these except maybe Steve Carell for Crazy Stupid Love. Either way, this sheds no light on future races.


  • Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks – Drive
  • Jonah Hill – Moneyball
  • Viggo Mortensen – A Dangerous Method
  • Christopher Plummer – Beginners
So many surprises! Viggo Mortensen? That would be fun if this led to something more substantial, but it won’t. And Jonah Hill needs this help to get a nomination for the Oscars. But I don’t think he will end up getting it just like poor Andrew Garfield last year. Notable absences include: Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life), anyone from Tinker Tailor or The Ides of March (especially considering how much the HFPA loved it), Corey Stoll, Patton Oswalt, Max Von Sydow, Ben Kingsley, and a million others. This is such a wide open category.


  • 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
While this doesn’t give strength to anyone in the top 5 or 6, this does firmly lock out Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones (as if we didn’t already know). It’s enough fretting over breakthrough this and indie award that. It’s not gonna happen. Put all of your eggs in Tilda’s basket.


  • Jodie Foster – Carnage
  • Charlize Theron – Young Adult
  • Kristin Wiig – Bridesmaids
  • Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
  • Kate Winslet – Carnage
I’m glad Kate Winslet became a double nominee tonight. Much beyond that, this just allows for the conversation of best actress to be muddled over category confusion. I’m also kind of shocked not to see Cameron Diaz here for Bad Teacher, but also pleasantly surprised. This is so high brow!


  • Berenice Bejo – The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain – The Help
  • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer – The Help
  • Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
There are many valuable lessons here. The first is that we will continue to see the same 6 names bounce around and only one will miss on Oscar morning. Today it was Vanessa Redgrave. At the SAGs it was Redgrave and Woodley with Melissa McCarthy’s ubiquitousness slipping in. I don’t know who it will be Oscar morning, but Jessica Chastain has staked her ground firmly for The Help and I think that is great. This is a huge help in solidifying that as her horse and I think she will be in the group Oscar morning. I personally think Janet McTeer has the least amount of heat and will ultimately miss, but only time will tell. This is certainly the biggest nail-biter of the categories.


  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

The inclusion of Tintin looks good for the Academy considering it as actual animation. However I have to give the compulsory eye roll for Cars 2. Not Rio or Kung Fu Panda 2?


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

No big surprises. All big name directors, with big international stars. I’m a little surprised not to see In Darkness, but only a little.


  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Ides of March
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Moneyball
It’s not really a surprise to see The Ides of March pop up here, but I am shocked to see The Help missing. It’s a popular book, but it wasn’t written by someone famous and I guess that’s what matters.


  • The Artist – Ludovic Bource
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Hugo – Howard Shore
  • W.E. – Abel Korzeniewski
  • War Horse – John Williams
They only went with one of the two Williams which I guess is fine, although I’m not happy about which they chose. It also looks like Reznor and Ross are here to stay in the original score world, and they might be a pleasant shake up come Oscar morning. Don’t expect to see Korzeniewski show up at the Oscars though, because he got a Golden Globe nomination for his AWESOME work on A Single Man and that was later snubbed. That should be replaced by… more Williams? Maybe Dario Marianelli’s Jane Eyre score… if we’re lucky.


  • Hello Hello – Gnomeo & Juliet
  • The Keeper – Machine Gun Preacher
  • Lay Your Head Down – Albert Nobbs
  • The Living Proof – The Help
  • Masterpiece – W.E.
Well, the HFPA loves Madonna. I’m absolutely floored that The Muppets got snubbed here. As did Captain America’s retro tune. However, this gives a major push not to W.E. or Machine Gun Preacher, but Gnomeo & Juliet and the chances of getting a song nomination for Lady Gaga, future Oscar nominee.

Winners: The Artist, The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Chastain, Lady Gaga, Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Jonah Hill, 50/50

Losers: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Young Adult, War Horse, Crazy Stupid Love, Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Steven Spielberg, Bennet Miller, Beginners (but only because 50/50 did well)

Unaffected: The Muppets – they’ll get the song nominations anyway, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – not enough time since the movie has screened, Glenn Close – will she fall off?!?!?