Dec 14, 2010

Golden Globes 2010

This morning, the nominations for the 2010 Golden Globes were announced. As I read through the drama categories, I was kind of pleased (sure, 127 Hours had missed best picture, but acting categories more than made up for that). The direction, (most) of the acting...

Then, the comedy. Oh, the comedy. In a year that brought us Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Get Him to the Greek, and Kick-Ass, the selections seemed poor, especially when you check the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, which show that TWO of the selections are below 50%.

While I cannot say I take the Golden Globes as serious as the longstanding Academy Awards, my love of legitimate award shows for cinema has helped expose me to the interests and politics of upper scale critics and voters. Every year, I stand by my picks (trying to root for the often obscure choices that should win) and for those few weeks, I have enough stats to keep me drooling for more.
True, my pick doesn't always win (I still believe Up in the Air was the best picture of 2009, not the Hurt Locker, though it was a worthy adversary), but the intensity every year makes the winner announcement worth it.
So, despite my dismay, the Golden Globes have been announced. Where do I stand? What should have been nominated?

Here are my two cents.

Best Movie: Drama

-Black Swan
-The Fighter
-The King's Speech
-The Social Network

Should Have Made It: 127 Hours is byfar more emotionally complex than the Social Network. While James Franco gets an acting nomination, the execution, along with director Danny Boyle's style, should've given it a spot. However, with a very tight list, I'm not going to argue.
My Winner: Again, everything about this is list is tight. My winner is definitely Inception, though I wouldn't be offended if Black Swan wins.

Musical or Comedy: Movie

-Alice in Wonderland
-The Kids Are All Right
-The Tourist

Should Have Made It: Oh, for fuck's sake... look up these titles. THREE of them are 51% and lower on Rotten Tomatoes, Alice in Wonderland is a fantasy film, the Tourist is an "action" film, and Red (while garnering 70%) has been called lackluster (however, probably only picked because of the terrifically underused cast). ANYTHING should've made it besides these. Since this is an illegitimate list, I pick either I'm Still Here, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, or Get Him to the Greek.
My Winner: Easily the Kids Are All Right. Depending on the other alternative nominees, I would have still chosen this title. However, due to such a terrible list, this is the only qualifying title, and in fact, should win just for such an entertaining, fun movie.

Drama: Actor

-Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
-Colin Firth, The King's Speech
-James Franco, 127 Hours
-Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
-Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Should Have Made It: I cannot really argue with such a tight list. It seems like they knew what they were talking about with the drama category. However, if I had to pick one, I'd say Leonardo DiCaprio for either Inception or Shutter Island (while
not terrifically noteworthy, it's the only other choice I could think of)
My Winner: Isn't it obvious? Even before I saw 127 Hours, I've loved James Franco. I am so glad he's finally getting some credibility as an actor instead of appearing in junk like Tristan and Isodole. However, I have heard that Colin Firth's performance is noteworthy (thank you, limited release for handicapping my lack of knowledge on these titles), so he may qualify as my back-up.

Drama: Actress

-Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
-Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
-Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
-Natalie Portman, Black Swan
-Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Should Have Made It: I haven't seen too many compelling female performances this year. However, I'd say a wild card could be the great Noomi Rapace in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Dakota Fanning in the Runaways.
My Winner: As much as I am on the Jennifer Lawrence wagon and want her to win, my vote will be with Natalie Portman, who has proven herself as a talented actress over the years. With Black Swan, she appears to be proving, like James Franco, how versatile she has gotten over the years.


-Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
-David Fincher, The Social Network
-Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
-Christopher Nolan, Inception
-David O. Russell, The Fighter

Should Have Made It: Every name on here is excellent, almost to the point I don't care about not including Martin Scorsese for Shutter Island. I'd love to see Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) on here, but only in my world.
My Winner: I would love to see Christopher Nolan win, just because of those amazing visuals. My back-up vote is for Darren Aronofksy, who manages to make ballet into a beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy.
Musical or Comedy: Actor

-Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland

-Johnny Depp, The Tourist
-Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

-Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
-Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Should Have Made It: Besides wasting a spot with a double Depp, the category is a joke, speaking none of these roles were particularly great. What about Joaquin Phoenix for I'm Still Here or Russell Brand for Get Him to the Greek? Both roles were more worthy of a nomination. And also, disregarding Kieran Culkin's scene stealing brilliance from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a travesty.
My Winner: While I am a sucker for Love and Other Drugs, I think it was because of Anne Hathaway. I'd have to go with Paul Giamatti, who definitely has proven his chops and deserves to win.
Musical or Comedy: Actress

-Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
-Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

-Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
-Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
-Emma Stone, Easy A

Should Have Made It: For starters, let's go with Mary Elizabeth Winstead for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. True, it wasn't a spectacular role, but in one of the few categories that actually seems redeemable, the choice would've given this What the Hell?!?! year a real solid wild card instead of Angelina Jolie for the WRONG movie (Salt should've been her nomination if anything).

My Winner: I would love to see Anne Hathaway win as she manages to save the movie. My second vote would be for Julianne Moore because she was the better half of the two nominated for The Kids Are All Right.

Drama: Supporting Actor

-Christian Bale, The Fighter

-Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
-Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

-Jeremy Renner, The Town
-Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Should Have Made It: Michael Shannon in the Runaways may be the most under looked supporting role of the year. His charismatic turn as the angry road manager was pretty damn impressive.
My Winner: Easily Andrew Garfield. When I saw The Social Network, it wasn't the story that captured my interest, but the best friend that managed to keep the movie together and hold my interest, even when the movie treaded into legal mumbo jumbo.

Drama, Supporting Actress

-Melissa Leo, The Fighter
-Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
-Mila Kunis, Black Swan
-Amy Adams, The Fighter
-Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Should Have Made It: Wild card What the Hell?!?! choice is Kristen Stewart for the Runaways. I'm sorry, but that movie deserved more recognition. Also, either Ellen Page or Marion Cotillard for Inception would've been nice.
My Winner: Tough, since I haven't seen any (thanks, limited release). I'll put my money on Amy Adams simply because she was great in Enchanted.

Foreign Language

-The Concert
-The Edge
-I Am Love
-In a Better World

Should Have Made It: Really? How could you ignore The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, perhaps one of the most talked about foreign films in years. It was great and Noomi Rapace better get more recognition at the Oscars. Also, check out A Prophet... an excellent prison movie.
My Winner: I thought I saw the big titles this year, but apparently I missed them. My money is on Biutiful, which is probably the most interesting of the nominations, followed by I Am Love.

Animated Film

-Toy Story 3
-The Illusionist
-How to Train Your Dragon
-Despicable Me

Should Have Made It: I really have no idea... there's only x amount of animated movies to draw from and the best stick out like sore thumbs. At least Shrek Forever After wasn't nominated.
My Winner: Obviously Toy Story 3 because it is that good and would've won simply because of it's association with Pixar (though I hope to not see Cars 2 on this list next year).


-127 Hours
-The Kids Are All Right
-The King's Speech
-The Social Network

Should Have Made It: Nothing too offensive with this line-up. Besides Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I cannot think of a script that didn't seem authentic and original enough to be considered.
My Winner: This one is tough. Majority of these have solid scripts overall. I'm probably going to stick with Inception, which is some of the best subtle, complex writing I have seen in years.
Original Score

-The King's Speech
-Alice in Wonderland
-127 Hours
-The Social Network

Should Have Made It: Nigel Godrich's ability to turn bleeps and bops into an impressive score for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is perhaps one of the more original scores of the year. While it isn't the best, it captures the atmosphere better than Alice in Wonderland ever did.
My Winner: I don't think there has been a more memorable score this year than Inception. However, if there was one to beat it, I'd place my money on The Social Network.

Original Song

-Burlesque, "Bound to You"
-Country Strong, "Coming Home"
-Tangled, "I See the Light"
-The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, "There's a Place for Us"
-Burlesque, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"

What Should Have Made It: I really think numerous songs from Get Him to the Greek should have been fair competition. Like what? "Beans and Mash" or "African Child" are hilarious romps, a side of all awards shows that are highly under looked. Also, since this year's list is bullshit, how about I'm Still Here song "I'm Still Here" or 127 Hours song featuring Dido and A.R. Rahman?
My Winner: Let's go for "I See the Light" simply because I don't care who wins, as long as it isn't Burlesque.

The votes are:
Best Movie, Drama: Inception
Best Movie, Comedy or Musical: The Kids Are All Right
Actor, Drama: James Franco, 127 Hours
Actress, Drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Director: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Supporting Actor, Drama: Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Supporting Actress, Drama: Amy Adams, The Fighter
Foreign Language: Biutiful
Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Screenplay: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network
Original Song: Tangled, "I See the Light"

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