Awards Season Nominees: Golden Globes
The Golden Globe nominations were released last week and I should have written about them sooner; but hell, it’s Christmas week and I’ve been kind of busy. My Christmas cards are still not in the mail, guys. The majority of my family and friends will be getting them on like, the 29th.
Anyway, the Globes encompass both movies and TV, so I want to throw out some quick impressions of the TV noms and then delve into movies.
The Best Drama and Comedy/Musical series nominations are ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I wrote a whole rant about it the day of but I deleted it because, in retrospect, it was dumb to get so outraged by something that is, in the grand scheme of things, kind of stupid. The Golden Globes have been nominating stupid stuff throughout their entire history. So all I’m going to say about it is that the idea that any Drama series, much less American Horror Story, are better than Breaking Bad (which, unlike Mad Men, was eligible for the Globes this year: see Bryan Cranston’s nomination in Best Actor in a Drama) is patently and objectively untrue. The Comedy/Musical nominations are senseless, too: I haven’t heard good things about Enlightened, or Episodes—I can’t watch those shows without cable, but I have read and listened to multiple reviews and nobody in the critical community actually likes those shows—and New Girl has only aired nine episodes! It has bothered me forever that, falling where they do in the TV year, the Golden Globes can nominate a series in its unfinished first season for its excellence. Nobody knows yet! Also, Parks and Rec isn’t there and that’s almost as wrong as Breaking Bad.
I did kind of like seeing Madeleine Stowe in there as Actress in a Drama for Revenge. That show is supremely entertaining, almost 100% because of her icy bitchiness. So good on them for that at least. Hope she wins.
No surprises here. These are all the same movies I’ve been seeing on all the other lists all season, with the exceptions The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and We Need to Talk About Kevin, both of which just barely opened in time to get nominated here.
There are a few weirdnesses in Best Song and Score: a song from Gnomeo & Juliet, and one from Machine Gun Preacher! From Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell! Also a song and the score from Madonna’s already-notorious flop, W.E.
The necessity of me seeing movies I don’t care about is broadening every second. Multiple noms for Albert Nobbs, Moneyball, The Help, My Week With Marilyn, Hugo, War Horse. I’ve been looking over last year’s nomination lists and you know, last year was a way better year for movies. I saw all ten Best Picture nominees last year and they were all good, ranging from pleasantly enjoyable to mind-blowingly good. And the majority were stories that appealed to me on a basic level. The majority of the movies here are unappealing to me on a basic level. After seeing them, I might find some of them good. But so far, I am underwhelmed.
In the pleasantly interesting category, Drive is still getting nominations, this one for Albert Brooks (he and Ryan Gosling both got Independent Spirit Awards nominations) and that movie actually seems fun. It’s in my Netflix queue. Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical includes Brendan Gleeson for something called The Guard that I’ve never heard of. I like Gleeson a lot, most especially in In Bruges, so I could put that one on the list. I like that Young Adult got some nominations because I was going to see that anyway. Also, I was completely right about Joseph Gordon Levitt and 50/50.