The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. These are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press and are usually considered a precursor to the Oscars. I see it more as "Oscar lite". The Globes tend to take more risks and have some surprises. THE ARTIST received the most nominations at 6. THE DESCENDANTS and THE HELP both received 5. Ricky Gervais will again host the ceremony on January 15th. Here is the full list of nominations with my personal opinion of each category:
BEST PICTURE, DRAMA "War Horse" "The Ides of March"
"The Help" "Moneyball" "Hugo" "The Descendants"
I had pretty much counted out THE IDES OF MARCH, but it is a good place to get recognized. The rest are pretty much expected.
BEST PICTURE, COMEDY "The Artist" "50/50" "Bridesmaids" "My Week With Marilyn" "Midnight in Paris"
Great to see BRIDESMAIDS and 50/50 get recognized. It will be tough to win over THE ARTIST.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA George Clooney in "The Descendants" Brad Pitt in ''Moneyball'' Leonardo DiCaprio in ''J.Edgar'' Ryan Gosling in ''The Ides of March'' Michael Fassbender in ''Shame''
No real surprise here. Would have like to have seen Woody Harrelson for RAMPART get a nomination.
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA Viola Davis in ''The Help'' Meryl Streep in ''The Iron Lady'' Tilda Swinton in ''We Need to Talk About Kevin'' Rooney Mara in ''The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'' Glenn Close in ''Albert Nobbs''
Would like to have seen Kirsten Dunst and/or Elizabeth Olsen on the list.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY Jean Dujardin in ''The Artist'' Brendan Gleeson in ''The Guard'' Owen Wilson in ''Midnight in Paris'' Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ''50/50'' Ryan Gosling in ''Crazy, Stupid, Love''
Brendan Gleeson for THE GUARD is a surprise. I read a couple good things about this movie and Gleeson's performance, but didn't think I would hear from it again.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY Michelle Williams, ''My Week With Marilyn'' Jodie Foster, ''Carnage'' Kristen Wiig, ''Bridesmaids'' Charlize Theron, ''Young Adult'' Kate Winslet, ''Carnage''
Huge mistake to leave out for Melissa McCarthy in BRIDESMAIDS. Way too many nominations from CARNAGE.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Albert Brooks, ''Drive'' Christopher Plummer, ''Beginners'' Kenneth Branagh, ''My Week With Marilyn'' Jonah Hill, ''Moneyball'' Viggo Mortensen, ''A Dangerous Method''