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.


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

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

  1. I was so very annoyed that “Breaking Bad” didn’t get a nomination in the TV category, but “Dexter” and “The Walking Dead” did get nominations. I enjoy those last two shows just fine, but “Breaking Bad” runs laps around both of them. And as much as I enjoy “Dexter”, the writing has become a joke. I don’t mind it quite as much since it’s presumably based off of last season- the Rita season- and not the dreadful one they just completed.

    All the same, it bugs me. It happens most years- people take a peek at Cranston’s acting and he’ll probably win his respective award, but the show itself doesn’t get nearly the plaudits it deserves. I think it’s the best written show on TV, the best acted show on TV… heck, the best SHOW on TV.


    1. @ Fitz & John, pardon my ignorance but I’ve never seen Breaking Bad so I’d have to just take your word for it.

      Did you hear about the news that the guy playing Dexter and his real life spouse (who plays his sister) is splitting up? They’re wondering how that’s going to affect the show.

      1. Probably for the worst. And you have to watch Breaking Bad. You’ll have plenty of time to catch up as the show doesn’t come on until summer and there is only about 30 episodes.

        1. Yeah I’d imagine so, that’s always a problem when co-stars hook up on a show.

          Well if it isn’t a horror show or overly violent, I might check it out. I’m usually late when it comes to TV series, besides, catching up on dvd is easier so I don’t have to follow a particular schedule.

    1. Shutter Island seemed doomed as it was ineligible from last year’s race and now it’s released so long ago that people kinda forgot about it.

  2. Well you know the Golden Globes nominations were scandalous even for me, who usually couldn’t care less for awards and the likes.

    One thing is that Toy Story 3 and even How To Train A Dragon should be in the Best Picture category. It’s easy to make a Best Animated Film category and send them all there but it takes guts to nominate them for Best Picture. As for The Tourist, Depp and Jolie, you already know my feelings 😉

    1. I never cared for it until I had this blog, now it’s fun just talking about it… I mean, we movie bloggers love to chat about movies right? And GG certainly gives us plenty to talk about, whether good or bad.

      I agree with TS 3 and HTTYD included in Best Picture. Even Oscar had recognized an animated feature in that category last year. A good movie is a good movie, no matter what format it is.

  3. yep, often when I write those victorious posts on the winners in one of my polls I find out that many of the most amazing actors never got an Oscar or a Globe. Bale is one of them. I hate it when there’s no justice in the world 😦

        1. I’m hopeful this year for Bale… but let’s face it, even the guy himself probably couldn’t care less. I was reading the celebs’ reaction to their noms yesterday and none from Bale. I give him respect that he doesn’t get caught up in the whole self-congratulatory affair, but yet he constantly turns up good performances.

  4. Yes, I can’t believe some of the nominations that made their way up! Especially The Tourist!!! You would like to think that the nominators read our sites from time to time! LOL.
    Nice pic about Scott Caan. He doesn’t get that much attention and is deserving. He always ends up being “that guy” in movies and I’m glad that he is doing well in Hawaii Five-O.
    here’s a thought. Perhaps some of us bloggers should have our own Nomination Forum and place our nominees up for a vote. At least we would ensure a fair outcome!! I’d love to see that happen. There’d be less “WTF” moments that way! 🙂

    Great Post!!

    1. I’m done ranting about The Tourist, my only hope is they won’t win any.

      Caan is so much fun to watch. I initially watched the show because I have a soft spot for O’Loughlin from Moonlight but I end up liking Dano more. Do you watch the show?

      He..he.. I nominate calling our award MBGA (Movie Bloggers Guild Award), ahah. If I have organization skills, I’d love to start such a blogathon. Maybe you can be the captain? 😉

  5. I always like the Golden Globes because I like their nominations mostly. But this year, just makes me laugh. The Tourist nominated for 3 awards??? You have got to be kidding me! I mean they could have at least nominated plenty of other films for Best Comedy. Here would have been my Nominations for Best Comedy:

    Toy Story 3

    Another Year

    The Kids Are Alright

    Easy A

    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

    This one would have been a little been more interesting, than the one this year. But hey, I still will watch this year’s awards so it doesn’t bother me that much.

    1. Glad you feel the same way about that movie. I don’t hate it but I’m irritated because it certainly isn’t worthy to be included.

      I have only seen one out of the five you nominated, but I like the idea of including TS3 in Best Pic category instead of under Animated Feature, as Castor already suggested.

      Though I may disagree with their picks, I still might watch the show and might even do live-blogging like I did with last year’s Oscar. It’s all in good fun.

  6. PrairieGirl

    So I’ve seen the first two POTE episodes, and aside from his scenes being brief, Rufus is great in it. I get to see the remaining episodes this weekend, so will know for sure whether he deserved a nomination or not, but I have a sneaky feeling he certainly was snubbed.

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