Musings on the 2011 Golden Globe Noms: The Good, the Bad and the WTF

Well, you’ve probably read the full Golden Globes nominees by now (if not, head over to this post). The usual suspects of buzzed-about movies of the year once again make an appearance. In fact, all five nominees in the Best Motion Picture Drama: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, Social Network, and The King’s Speech are hardly surprising.

The King’s Speech reigns with seven nods, including Best Picture. Though I haven’t seen the film, I find myself rooting for this one. I’ve always loved royal period dramas and the fact that this one isn’t about romance makes it all the more interesting. It’s probably going to be the Award-winning movie that I’d enjoy watching over and over again, one that is impressive as an art form but also warms the heart.

But as I made my way down the list, as Univarn astutely foresee in his GG post, I went “Yay, good pick… good pick… good… WTF!!?!?!… good pick… good pick… WTF!?!?!?” 😀 Well, since I’ve got nothing better to do, why not make a list of ’em? It’s not so much a grumble as my way of ‘venting’ about the HFPA picks 🙂 So here goes…

The Good:

  • Seeing Christian Bale on the list of nominees! Man, it’s about darn time! I sure wish Oscar will follow suit.
  • Colin Firth is the industry award darling for 2 years in a row, wow! But hey, can’t happen to a nicer fellow. I hope he wins this time.
  • Yay for Andrew Garfield getting recognition alongside Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network. Both young actors are phenomenal and have proven their chops time and again. Curious as to why Never Let Me Go is absent from the list given all the buzz surrounding it, hmmm. In any case, I’ve got Boy A next in line from Netflix, looking forward to seeing more of the young Brit’s fine body of work.

    The future Spiderman Andrew Garfield
  • It seems it’s been ages ago since I saw Inception. I obviously love that movie so it’s cool to see the movie and Christopher Nolan on the list, though it’s such a tough competition this year that it’s probably not the favored to win. Glad that Leo DiCaprio is NOT nominated, as his acting really wasn’t all that spectacular.
  • I absolutely adore two of the animated features nominated: How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3. Impossible to decide which one I like better! But if I absolutely must choose, I probably go with Dragon as it’s not a sequel and the story is so original. But I definitely won’t cry foul if TS3 wins… I hope it’ll came down to these two.
  • This is the sixth time Helena Bonham-Carter is nominated for Golden Globes, but she hasn’t walked away with the statue! Perhaps the Susan-Lucci streak will end this year if King’s Speech ends up sweeping all of the awards.

    On the TV Front:
  • Glad to see the massively talented Toni Collette is nominated again for The United States of Tara. She’s already won last year playing a woman with multiple personalities.
  • Scott Caan

    As one of my favorite shows this season (well, one of only three shows I watch actually), Hawaii Five-O, Scott Caan is one of the major reasons why I love the show! He’s such a comic relief as the smug, tie-loving, Jersey-native Dano. Happy to see he’s getting recognition for the role, so hopefully Five-O won’t suffer the early ax like the previous two Alex O’Loughlin shows 🙂

  • I was beginning to wonder whatever happen to such a talented young actress like Julia Stiles. She seemed to have disappeared from the big screen, but glad to hear she’s doing well on the TV world. Stiles is nominated for her supporting role in Dexter, which seems to be an HFPA favorite as it’s never been absent from nominees list since 2007.
  • Pillars of the Earth (POTE) has been on my radar for a while, and though I’ve only seen Part I, it certainly is a pretty gripping period drama worth being nominated. The same goes for Ian McShane who’s nominated for the juicy role of the sinister bishop Waleran.

The Bad:

  • Happy to see POTE nominated… but no nod for Rufus Sewell?? Come on! He was fabulous as Tom Builder as the honorable but conflicted stonemason who’ve always dreamed of building a cathedral. Right from the start, one can’t help but empathize and feel for his character, and not just because I’ve admired his work as an actor. I also enjoy Matthew MacFayden’s sensitive portrayal as Prior Philip, I’d be equally happy to see him being shortlisted.
  • Boyle directing James Franco in 127 Hours

    With all the buzz surrounding the Aron Ralston biopic 127 Hours, I’m stunned the movie and Danny Boyle aren’t nominated. Now, I’ve been curious about it but I’m too chickened to see the amputation scene of the big screen… but from what I’ve read, it’s a film that’s very well-received by both critics and audiences alike. But no, apparently this isn’t as good as um, The Tourist [shrugs]

    Which brings me to…

The WTF:

  • Well, the first WTF reaction on the list goes to The Tourist nomination. WOW, Seriously??! I don’t always agree with critics but I’ve seen it and ‘award-worthy’ never came to mind as I watched it. I mean, it probably doesn’t deserve a Razzie but Best Musical or Comedy?? Come on! The only thing probably worth any sort of award is its gorgeous cinematography. It’s probably news to director Donnersmarck as well as I’m not sure he had ‘comedy’ in mind when making this flick. As if that weren’t absurd enough, BOTH Jolie and Depp are nominated, too. Geez louise, since when is posing equals acting? If there’s a Best strut or Best red lipstick category, then I have no doubt Jolie would win hands down. I’m not as appalled (but still shocked) with Depp getting a nod, but it’s hardly one of his strongest roles. Plus, it seems excessive to give him TWO nominations when there are dozens of other actors more worthy to be included (i.e. Jeff Bridges in True Grit perhaps?).
  • Jeff Bridges & Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

    Speaking of which, where is True Grit?? Now, the movie hasn’t come out yet and one ought not judge a movie by its trailer but isn’t the Coens brothers normally an award-favorite? It’s probably one of the more well-received remakes, which is quite a feat in itself considering the original with John Wayne is a classic. Even as a non Western fan, I thought the preview looked pretty darn good and the early reviews seem to indicate as such. Look for my True Grit post sometime later this week as it’s become one I’m anticipating for this year.

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All right, that’s my list. What’s your delight and gripes about this year’s GG noms? Let’s hear it!