Analysis of the Golden Globe Nominations

salmonfishingintheyemen_imageThe stars have aligned for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  They announced their nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.  For the first time, their nominees don’t seem as blatant for trying to have the biggest stars in Hollywood join together for a dinner party.  Of course, there are some glaring omissions from a few categories but many of the films and performances cited were for the most part, respectable.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the tally with seven nominations including Best Picture and Director.  Daniel Day-Lewis nabbed his seventh nomination along co-stars Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.  Lincoln remains a definite favorite to win in nearly every category.  To some surprise, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was able to grab five nominations including a double Supporting Actor citation for Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz.  Tarantino was also nominated Best Director and Screenplay.  Missing in the director’s field, Tom Hooper for the dynamite musical Les Miserables, which did grab four nominations in total.  

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is still able to stay afloat, at least for the time being.  The three stars, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, were all nominated for their performances.  The film however, was omitted from the Picture, Director, and Screenplay lineups.  A sign that not even the HFPA could warm up to the film.  Perhaps those Best Picture nomination chances are dimming by the minute.

Talk about the little film that could, Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was released back in March was nominated for three Golden Globes this morning.  Stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt were both nominated for Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy or Musical as well.  Unfortunately, those mentions came at the cost of films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the utterly talented Logan Lerman.

life-of-pi2The race for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) seems to be a very heated race indeed.  Along with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Les Miserables, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook were cited by the HFPA.  In the Best Picture (Drama) category, Lincoln and Django Unchained will do battle with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Ben Affleck’s Argo, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.  The Best Director lineup matched the Best Picture lineup, five for five.

The big misses today included anyone involved with Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry were both snubbed along with the musical score for the film which should have been an easy get for the Fox Searchlight hopeful.  Emmanuelle Riva from Amour, a performance that seemed assured just a few days ago, was left off in place of Helen Mirren in Hitchcock and Naomi Watts in The Impossible.  It’s interesting how we judge these nominations in comparison with yesterday’s SAG announcement.  With Mirren showing up in both precursors and Riva missing, is it safe to say Mirren is officially in the Best Actress lineup?  Nearly a week after Rachel Weisz won NYFCC for her work in The Deep Blue Sea, she scored an Actress in a Drama mention.  Momentum may be on her side in the end.

NicoleKidmanPaperboyWhat’s surprised me about many of the guilds thus far is the inclusion of Nicole Kidman for her work in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, a film that was panned by critics.  Kidman’s work is impressive but standing next to other contenders that missed today and yesterday like Ann Dowd, Samantha Barks, and even Kelly Reilly, it’s surprising to see her embraced by her peers this much.  And our nail in the coffin today seems to be for Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar chances as many, including myself, believed that his nomination for Magic Mike from the Globes was locked and ready to go.  Put his omission next to his snub from SAG yesterday and his chances are no longer looking good, even with New York citing.

My personal gripes of the day include the finger given to Ted, a film that screams brilliant, raunchy comedy.  I thought the Globes would have loved to cite the film in Best Picture.  Though split with critics and audiences, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths wasn’t able to muster any mention for the film or stars Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell.

Who lied to the Hollywood Foreign Press and told them that Hotel Transylvania was a better film than ParaNorman?  That snub was the most head scratching but I blame Focus Features who have not campaigned their arsenal, including Promised Land, the way they should during Phase 1.

Also, where was Jonny Greenwood’s mention for The Master, who was finally deemed eligible for Oscar consideration recently.  Alexandre Desplat is probably the composer of the year delivering in Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty.  It looks like Argo may be his representation for the year if he is indeed nominated for an Academy Award.  Desplat is probably the most overdue composer and the favorite to win.

Things I personally LOVED today:

I held onto the notion of Richard Gere scoring his first nomination earlier in the season but as Hugh Jackman is solidifying himself by the day, Gere’s chances have dwindled to nearly nothing.  His work in Arbitrage is one of his best performances and it was nice that his mention for the year will be at the Globes.  If SAG cited him, I’d be singing a different tune but perhaps this is a reminder to some voters as they start filling out their ballots.

I love that the Globes didn’t run for Javier Bardem’s good, not great, work in Skyfall in Supporting Actor in place for Christoph Waltz who is brilliant in Django Unchained.

My absolute favorite mention of the day was when the tri-composers of Cloud Atlas landed their deserved nomination in Original Score.  Hopefully many voters will feel the same way and feel compelled to check the film off for Oscar.

The Golden Globes are set to air on NBC, Sunday, January 13 @ 8:00ET.