The nominations are out for the Golden Globes. What follows is a long list of them, with my thoughts and comments. Enjoy.
Best film - Drama
The big winner in terms of nominees, but will it win out on the night? I can’t comment as this was the other movie I had to give up a ticket for when I went to NYC recently. It opens in the UK next month.
An amazing film. Looks like my prediction of it being overlooked at awards time was wrong.
Didn't see it. Am dying to and will see it the instant it's out on DVD.
A very very good if not entirely great film. I think it’s getting a lot of the attention for its subject matter and its performances rather than the finished product
Doesn't open in the UK until January so again I have no comment.
Best film - Musical Or Comedy
Little Miss Sunshine
Another film I managed to miss, much to my chagrin. Nobody who saw it has a bad word to say about it so it would be nice if this was the little film that could and picked up the award on the night.
However, if this film doesn't walk off with the big prize, I will be shocked.
The Devil Wears Prada
Not overly sure the film as a whole merits a nomination. Yes it's cute and yes it's funny but really.
Thank You For Smoking
Another film that passed me by. For some reason I really couldn't be bothered to drag myself to the movies much over the summer.
Best director - film
Clint Eastwood - Flags of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood - Letters from Iwo Jima
So Clint gets two nominations for director. And yet Flags wasn't considered good enough for a Best Picture nod? Man, I bet Martin Scorcese hates him. Chances are though the dual nominations will end up cancelling each other out.
Stephen Frears - The Queen
I seriously doubt he's in with a shot of winning but the direction of the movie is brilliantly understated so it's a deserved nomination.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Babel
If only because he directed Amores Perros, he should win.
Martin Scorsese - The Departed
It's a return to form that does truly deserve all the accolades. I am really surprised to see the nomination though, I honestly thought it would be a little too much for awards ceremonies. But then, GoodFellas got like eight million nominations so what do I know?
Best performance by an actress in a film - Drama
Penelope Cruz - Volver
I know it's wrong, but I hate her. She's apparently much less annoying and a far better actress when she's using her native language but I don't know if I agree with that. However, Volver is yet another film I didn't see, so I don't know if I hate her in it. But I do hate her.
Judi Dench - Notes on a Scandal
This woman can do no wrong. Seriously. None.
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Sherrybaby
She's so effing talented and it's nice to see her being nominated for anything, frankly.
Kate Winslet - Little Children
Helen Mirren - The Queen
This is the performance to beat though. Mirren has done pretty much a clean sweep since the film debuted on the festival circuit so if she doesn't win, I'll be stunned.
Best performance by an actor in a film - Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed
Another dual nomination, one very much deserved (The Departed), the other, judging from the trailer as the film doesn't open in the UK until next year, very much not. His accent in Blood Diamond is a joke, for starters.
Peter O'Toole - Venus
I didn't even know this performance had any awards buzz about it.
Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness
Eh, I find him inoffensive enough but dear CHRIST this film looks bad. It looks like the worst kind of cloying sentimental claptrap. I wouldn't see it with someone else's eyes.
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland
The male Helen Mirren. If he doesn't walk off with the Globe, I'll be stunned.
Best performance by an actress in a film - Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening - Running With Scissors
Toni Collette - Little Miss Sunshine
Beyonce Knowles - Dreamgirls
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
Renee Zellweger - Miss Potter
I've only seen one of these performances (Streep) so I will not do individual comments on them this time. But if Beyonce wins, I'll be furious.
Best performance by an actor in a film - Musical Or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat
Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean
Is that a joke? He was horrendous in this movie. He barely deserved his nomination for the first film, where he was actually good.
Aaron Eckhart - Thank You for Smoking
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Kinky Boots
Will Ferrell - Stranger than Fiction
Again, I haven't seen those last three performances so I can't really say anything. I would love to see Ejiofor win though, purely because he's incredible in everything I have seen him in.
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a film
Adriana Barraza - Babel
Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal
Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi - Babel
Wow I suck. I've only seen one of these performances too. And it's the nomination I'm probably happiest about. Emily Blunt is just glorious. Good for her.
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a film
Ben Affleck - Hollywoodland
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson - The Departed
Brad Pitt - Babel
Mark Wahlberg - The Departed
Ok, so continuing on the theme of sucking, I have only seen two performances here. And I am so shocked at Marky Mark's nomination. He was the one blot on The Departed's landscape. Horrible. Matt Damon was much more deserving of a nod.
Best foreign language film
Crazy Mel's follow up to The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre hasn't been anywhere near as successful but the critics seemed to love it, which would explain this nomination I suppose.
Letters From Iwo Jima (US)
Will more than likely be the winner in this category, I would think, given the head of steam it's building up (which would explain why the release date was moved up from February 07).
The Lives of Others (Germany)
Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico)
I would love to see this movie win though. It's just so fucking amazing.
Best animated feature film
I haven't seen any of these. My inner child hates me.
Best screenplay - film
Guillermo Arriaga - Babel
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta - Little Children
Patrick Marber - Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan - The Departed
Peter Morgan - The Queen
Why don't the GG's split adapted and original? That doesn't really seem very fair.
Best original song - film
Listen - Dreamgirls
Never Gonna Break My Faith - Bobby
The Song of the Heart - Happy Feet
Try Not to Remember - Home of the Brave
A Father's Way - The Pursuit of Happyness
Does anybody honestly think anything other than Dreamgirls will take this category?
Best original score - film
Alexandre Desplat - The Painted Veil
Clint Mansell - The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolalla - Babel
Carlo Siliotto - Nomad
Hans Zimmer - The Da Vinci Code
I can only assume Zimmer's nomination is a joke of some kind. I love Clint Mansell's work generally so it would be nice to see him win. The Fountain tanked and has absolutely no buzz whatsoever though so I don't really think his triumph is likely.
Best television series - Drama
This nod would be for the 5th season, which I have to say I didn't think much of. They really had to s t r e t c h out the plot to get it to the full 24 episodes.
Can we say boring? I'm willing to give it a second chance on DVD but the first two episodes bored me so intensely I didn't watch any more of it.
God I love this show. And the second season was pretty fucking incredible. So it would be nice, after it left the Emmys with egg all over its face, to see the show pick up the award here.
Starts in the UK in February and I seriously CANNOT wait.
This nod is for the second season, which was a little bit shit. And not just because it had a tough act to follow after its brilliant first season. It was a little bit shit because it did nothing for the majority of the season. All this great promise was squandered and the bollocks with the hatch and the button was particularly annoying. I seriously hope it doesn't win.
Best performance by an actress in a television series - Drama
Patricia Arquette - Medium
Love her. And she is utterly mesmerising in this show. Her style is perfect for the role.
Edie Falco - Sopranos
I've never seen a single episode, but Edie Falco pretty much kicks ass in everything she does.
Evangeline Lilly - Lost
Ellen Pompeo - Grey's Anatomy
Oh fuck off, really? She's hateful awful in the show. I have said it before but it takes a talented actress to take someone as patently unloveable and annoying as Meredith and make you care about her and you, Ms Pompeo, are not that actress.
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Never seen it but I've also never seen a bad Kyra Sedgwick performance.
Best performance by an actor in a television series - Drama
Patrick Dempsey - Grey's Anatomy
He's so hot. He's really grown into his looks and his talent.
Michael C Hall - Dexter
I've not seen this show but it would be nice for Hall to win if only to make up for the lack of love he was shown for his on the money performance as David Fisher in Six Feet Under.
Hugh Laurie - House
I've only seen a handful of episodes but Laurie has been pretty outstanding in all of them. It's a brilliantly written character and Laurie has one of the most convincing American accents around.
Bill Paxton - Big Love
If they give it to him, will he stop taking his clothes off on the show?
Kiefer Sutherland - 24
His character had no arc this season. All he did was shout for 24 episodes.
Best television series - Musical Or Comedy
The second season sucked. I gave up on it.
Absolute comedy genius.
I hate the UK version so I have no desire to ever see the US one.
I have only seen a few episodes (I have the whole first season on DVD I just haven't watched it all yet) but it's top notch stuff, judging on what I have seen.
Not on in the UK yet...
Best performance by an actress in a television series - Musical Or Comedy
Marcia Cross - Desperate Housewives
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds
I'm starting to bore myself now and I am sure nobody is still reading by this point, so I'll just say if anyone but Parker wins this, there will be hell to pay.
Best performance by an actor in a television series - Musical Or Comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Zach Braff - Scrubs
Steve Carrell - The Office
Jason Lee - My Name is Earl
Tony Shalhoub - Monk
As much as I love Zach Braff, I think if there's any justice the award will go to Jason Lee.
Best mini-series or film made for television
Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Surely this award belongs to Bleak House. It was an epic adaptation, ambitious as well as innovative and packed to drawstrings with great performances.
Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or film made for television
Gillian Anderson - Bleak House
Whatthefuckever. Hers was probably the weakest link in a very strong chain. That Anna Maxwell Martin has been overlooked is travesty.
Annette Bening - Mrs Harris
Helen Mirren - Elizabeth I
Helen Mirren - Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Not content with winning every film award under the sun, Mirren doubles her TV award chances with this dual nomination. Her final performance as Jane Tennison is richly deserving of all the praise being heaped upon it.
Sophie Okonedo - Tsunami: The Aftermath
Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or film made for television
Andre Braugher - Thief
Robert Duvall - Broken Trail
Michael Ealy - Sleeper Cell: American Terror
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Tsunami: The Aftermath
Bill Nighy - Gideon's Daughter
Ben Kingsley - Mrs. Harris
Matthew Perry - The Ron Clark Story
Why so many nominations in this category? Bill Nighy was wonderful in Gideon's Daughter, it has to be said.
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or film made for television
Toni Collette - Tsunami: The Aftermath
Emily Blunt - Gideon's Daughter
Katherine Heigl - Grey's Anatomy
Sarah Paulson - Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Elizabeth Perkins - Weeds
Gosh I am actually torn here. I documented my love for Ms Blunt at the beginning of what has now become the world's longest blog entry. But Heigl was superb in Grey's, her character arc was the most interesting and challenging of the lot. And Perkins performance in Weeds is a joy to behold.
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or film made for television
Thomas Haden Church - Broken Trail
Jeremy Irons - Elizabeth I
Justin Kirk - Weeds
Masi Oka - Heroes
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
They probably needn't have bothered with the first four nominees. This award has Piven's name all over it.
So there you are. That's my not terribly coherent take on the Golden Globes. I am very hungover right now so cut me some slack.
Friday, December 15, 2006
The nominations are out for the Golden Globes. What follows is a long list of them, with my thoughts and comments. Enjoy.