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Thursday December 11, 2014

Random Thoughts on the Golden Globe Nominations

Michael Keaton in Birdman

“Give the people what they want: some good old-fashioned apocalyptic porn!”

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced its Golden Globe nominations this morning. Some thoughts on the film side of things:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Boyhood, yes. Looking forward to Foxcatcher, and The Imitation Game, and Selma (Jesus, Hollywood, spread this shit around, will ya?). A big NO for The Theory of Everything for these reasons

What's missing? For me, The Drop and Fury. But apparently that's just me. None of the other critics (the ones with megaphones and minibrains) are bitching. 

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

My first thought was ... Birdman? A comedy? In fact, I tweeted that yesterday morning. This was tweeted back within seconds:

At least it made me think for a second. “Yeah, why don't I think of 'Birdman' as a comedy while I have no problem with, say, 'Grand Budapest' as a comedy?” The answer? Birdman feels (ironically) heavier. Weightier. But point taken. Even though I could've done without the “um.”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

This is the toughest of categories, so you can't really fault the HFP, and I have yet to see, as I said, Foxcatcher and The Imitation Game and Selma, but I think I would've tried to make room for Tom Hardy in there. For either Locke or The Drop. Hey, maybe we can fit them in “Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy”!

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Love you, Ralph Fiennes. You, too, Michael Keaton. I would've nominated the kid from St. Vincent rather than Bill Murray. The others, haven't seen. Because it's mid-December and there's still ALL THIS TIME in which to release them. 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Hey, why wasn't Gone Girl listed as a comedy? Check the review. Fourth graf. 

Who's missing? Marion Cotillard, of course. Does the Hollywood Foreign Press have something against foreigners? Who aren't British, I mean. I also would've given serious thought to Agata Trzebuchowska as Aunt Wanda in Ida. Or Berenice Bejo in Le Passe? Or is that considered last year? Even though it didn't arrive here until this year. 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
  • Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
  • Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Yikes, I haven't seen any of these. And I've seen and written about more than 70 movies this year. Not a good sign, Hollywood. Not to mention Hollywood Foreign Press.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Really, HFP? The most stacked category is when you finally forget about the drama/comedy divide? Who's missing? Everyone. But let's start with Shia LeBeouf in Fury and Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop. Wait, is Lithgow supposed to be lead or supporting in Love is Strange? If so ... Aw, screw it. Too tough a category. 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Please, let it be Patricia Arquette, please let it be Patricia Arquette, please let it be Patricia Arquette. Although I haven't seen A Most Violent Year yet.
Guess when it opens in Seattle? Dec. 31. 

Best Director

To me it's a battle between Linklater, who spent 12 years making an everyday opus, and Inarritu, whose film just pulses with beauty and meaning. Question: If Gone Girl isn't among the 10 best pictures, why is its director among the five best directors?

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Birdman should take this. An incredible script. I'll also accept Wes Anderson or Richard Linklater. 

What about all you Buellers out there? Any thoughts?

Golden Globes air on January 11. By which time maybe half these movies will have been seen in American cities other than NY and LA. 

Posted at 06:19 PM on Thursday December 11, 2014 in category Movies - Awards  
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