Golden Globe Nominations: The Reaction

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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 69thannual 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 inThe Iron Lady? Check. Glenn Close asAlbert Nobbs? Check. Albert Brooks forDrive? Check. Two films that have most dominated awards conversation for months,The ArtistandThe Descendants,led the film nominees with six and five nominees, respectively. Summer sleepers likeBeginners,BridesmaidsandMidnight in Pariswere touted as likely year-end nominees, and all ended up on this list (Woody Allen being singled out with a Best Director nod forPariswas a bit of a surprise, though it makes sense, sinceVicky Cristina Barcelonawas 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 forThe Ides of MarchandCrazy, Stupid, Love.The George Clooney-directedMarchalso 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 majorHollywoodplayers, Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) and frontrunner Brad Pitt (Moneyball), and relative newcomer Michael Fassbender, who made quite an impression in Shame. Meanwhile, Fassbender'sA Dangerous Methodco-star, Viggo Mortensen, was the closest thing to a surprise this year with his Best Supporting Actor nod for that movie.

Meanwhile, save forArtisthelmer Michel Hazanavicius, the other Best Director nominees are all previous Globe winners: Allen, Clooney,Descendants' Alexander Payne andHugo's Martin Scorsese. (Best Picture ?Drama nomineeWar Horse's director Steven Spielberg is a notable absence.)

Some of the nominations felt like gerrymandering.My Week with Marilynwasn'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 inRevenge. Conversely, Kelly McDonald emerged as a dominant protagonist this season onBoardwalk Empire;she should have been nominated as lead.

HFPA also displayed some awkward show loyalties. Thomas Jane continues to do great work onHung, which enjoyed its smartest season yet, but does past winner David Duchovny need another nod for playing hisCalifornicationlothario? 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 onThe Office(nor in the film category forCrazy, Stupid, Love.) Also, yet another past winner, Jim Parsons, butBig Bang Theoryco-star Johnny Galecki did get another nomination.

The Globes continued their penchant for grabbing onto new shows, including no-brainer nods forBoss,Game of Thrones, andHomeland. Hit showNew Girlgot in, as many predicted. NominatingAmerican Horror Storyisn't a total surprise: Ryan murphy's other shows,GleeandNip/Tuck, both did amazingly well with HFPA from the get-go.Gleewas nominated again, though none of its cast got a nomination; also, only Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara ofModern Familywere 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



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 inParis

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 theLandofBloodand 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 inParis

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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