Golden Globe nominations announced, are terrible


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominations for the Golden Globes, a show even less worthwhile than the already insignificant Academy Awards, and the choices are predictable and awful. Of my five favorite films of the year (though, admittedly, I’ve missed some contenders), two are nowhere to be found (The Muppets, Bellflower), two only appear in actor nominations (Drive, Shame), and only one gets any kind of Best Picture nod (50/50).

Something I found quite interesting is the nomination of The Artist for “Best Screenplay.” I am pretty happy about this, actually, because it acknowledges that a screenplay is much more than dialogue, but the script for last year’s winner, The Social Network, is an absolutely atrocious screenplay, so I don’t know that I have faith that the HFPA members actually read the screenplays they nominate. If they do actually read them, I will absolute accept this nomination (because the screenplay is awesome and essentially the polar opposite of The Social Network‘s) and reject last year’s decision even harder.

But enough about that. I have many more complaints with their choices, but you are probably bored by now, and I will leave it alone. The entire list can be found after the break. What do you think about the choices? Predictable, boring, worthless? All of the above?

[Via HFPA]

Cecil B. DeMille Award

  • Morgan Freeman

Best Motion Picture – Drama

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 (Iron Lady)
  • Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
  • George Clooney (The Descendents)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)
  • Michael Fassbender (Shame)
  • Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Best performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
  • Jodie Foster (Carnage)
  • Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
  • Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
  • Kate Winslet (Carnage)
Best performance 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 in Paris)
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Film
  • The Flowers of War (China)
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey (US)
  • The Kid with a Bike (Belgium)
  • A Separation (Iran)
  • The Skin I Live In (Spain)
Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Help)
  • Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Help)
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
  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • George Clooney (The Ides of March)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Best Screenplay
  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash (The Descendents)
  • George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon (The Ides of March)
  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • Aaron Sorkin, Seven Zaillian (Moneyball)
Best Original Score
  • Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
  • Abel Korzeniowski (W.E.)
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
  • Howard Shore (Hugo)
  • John Williams (War Horse)
Best Original Song
  • “Hello Hello” (Gnomeo & Juliet) [Music By: Elton John | Lyrics By: Bernie Taupin]
  • “The Keeper” (Machine Gun Preacher) [Music & Lyrics By: Chris Cornell]
  • “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs) [Music By: Brian Byrne | Lyrics By: Glenn Close]
  • “The Living Proof” (The Help) [Music By: Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige and Harvey Mason, Jr. | Lyrics By: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas]
  • “Masterpiece” (W.E.) [Music & Lyrics By: Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry]