Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Golden Globe Nominations - The Movies

Today's the the day that the awards ceremony with the inferiority complex (No, seriously, we're almost as prestigious as the Oscars! Seriously! Fuck it, we've got booze, okay?) announces their nominations. Let's take a look.

I'm going to make this a two-part post, and begin with a look at the movies before moving on to TV in part two.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
· AVATAR
· THE HURT LOCKER
· INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
· PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
· UP IN THE AIR

I haven't seen every one of these films yet. In fact, shamefully I have only seen Up in the Air and Inglourious Basterds. I'd say that while the former certainly deserves its spot, I found the latter to be an almost great film, held up by its episodic unevenness. It was the boldest film I've seen this year, though.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
· EMILY BLUNT
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
· SANDRA BULLOCK
THE BLIND SIDE
· HELEN MIRREN
THE LAST STATION
· CAREY MULLIGAN
AN EDUCATION
· GABOUREY SIDIBE
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE

Amazingly enough, I have yet to see any of these films, but I really want to see Precious. I suppose it's possible Sandra Bullock could deserve her nomination, but only in a Twilight Zone episode would she beat out Helen Mirren for anything other than a Blockbuster Video Award.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
· JEFF BRIDGES

CRAZY HEART
· GEORGE CLOONEY
UP IN THE AIR
· COLIN FIRTH
A SINGLE MAN
· MORGAN FREEMAN
INVICTUS
· TOBEY MAGUIRE
BROTHERS

Jeff Bridges is due. It's that simple. I haven't seen the flick, but he's fucking awesome in everything. He is simply overdue.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
· (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
· THE HANGOVER
· IT’S COMPLICATED
· JULIE & JULIA
· NINE

Unless Nine is incredible, it should really go to (500) Days of Summer.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
· SANDRA BULLOCK
THE PROPOSAL
· MARION COTILLARD
NINE
· JULIA ROBERTS
DUPLICITY
· MERYL STREEP
IT’S COMPLICATED
· MERYL STREEP
JULIE & JULIA

How is it possible Bullock is nominated twice? WTF. And Duplicity? I mean it was okay, and she was fun, but what about Zooey Deschanel?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
· MATT DAMON
THE INFORMANT!
· DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
NINE
· ROBERT DOWNEY JR
SHERLOCK HOLMES
· JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
· MICHAEL STUHLBARG
A SERIOUS MAN


Shit, Daniel Day-Lewis queers everything. I mean, he's a genius. A living legend. If he weren't around, I would strongly push Gordon-Levitt, who's close to being the next huge thing.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
· PEN√ČLOPE CRUZ
NINE
· VERA FARMIGA
UP IN THE AIR
· ANNA KENDRICK
UP IN THE AIR
· MO’NIQUE
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
· JULIANNE MOORE
A SINGLE MAN

From what I hear, it's Mo'nique's to lose.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
· MATT DAMON
INVICTUS
· WOODY HARRELSON
THE MESSENGER
· CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
THE LAST STATION
· STANLEY TUCCI
THE LOVELY BONES
· CHRISTOPH WALTZ
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

A tough one. This used to be a mortal lock for Christoph Walz, who stole that movie from Brad Pitt and Tarantino, but his heat has cooled a little. Plus, Christopher Plummmer may get the legendary vote.


BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
· KATHRYN BIGELOW

THE HURT LOCKER
· JAMES CAMERON
AVATAR
· CLINT EASTWOOD
INVICTUS
· JASON REITMAN
UP IN THE AIR
· QUENTIN TARANTINO
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Some big guns here. I think Bigelow may get it. While I'm psyched that a sci-fi flick is being touted so highly, I'm not sure Cameron will really pull off the upset he needs. Invictus has yet to get the rapturous response Eastwood usually gets. Up in the Air is a quietly affecting film, and may suffer some backlash. Basterds is simply too divisive. The Hurt Locker is the scrappy little underdog and that may allow her to take the prize.

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
· NEILL BLOMKAMP, TERRI TATCHELL
DISTRICT 9
· MARK BOAL
THE HURT LOCKER
· NANCY MEYERS
IT'S COMPLICATED
· JASON REITMAN, SHELDON TURNER
UP IN THE AIR
· QUENTIN TARANTINO
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

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