Musings on Golden Globes Nominations 2012

Hello all, I must be quite out of it this week that I didn’t realize the Golden Globes is today! Thanks to Anna from Defiant Success for pointing out to me via Twitter that Gerry Butler was one of the announcers for this year’s nominees. You can check out the video below the complete list.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES – MOVIES

(now updated with winners, highlighted in dark teal)

Drama 

The Descendants

The Help

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

War Horse

Comedy/Musical 

50/50

The Artist

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week With Marilyn

Actor, drama 

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Actress, drama

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Actor, comedy or musical Jean Dujardin, The Artist Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Actress, comedy or musical Jodie Foster, Carnage Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Supporting actor 

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks, Drive

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Animated film

Rango

The Adventures of Tintin

Puss in Boots

Winnie the Pooh

Arthur Christmas

Foreign-language film 

The Flowers of War

In the Land of Blood and Honey

The Kid with a Bike

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Original song

Hello Hello (music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin), Gnomeo & Juliet

The Keeper (music and lyrics by Chris Cornell), Machine Gun Preacher

Lay Your Head Down (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close), Albert Nobbs

The Living Proof (music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas),
The Help

Masterpiece (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), W.E.

Original score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Howard Shore, Hugo

John Williams, War Horse

I feel like this year I haven’t seen enough movies that are nominated here, which is a bummer! But hey, it won’t stop me from opining on the nominees… after all, these are simply my opinion, no science whatsoever in my predictions obviously.

Well, well, well, there aren’t a lot of surprises this year. I knew somehow The Artist would sweep a bunch of nominations and they do indeed with six. Lots of usual suspects again… Clooney, Pitt, DiCaprio, etc. Clooney is forever the GG King, seems like he’s never NOT nominated. He’s got TWO of his movies under the Dramatic category alone (The Descendants & The Ides of March)! Wow, he sure has a lot of clout in this business! Maybe one day I’ll get just what the fuss about him is [shrug]

The Artist

Even without having seen it, The Artist seems to be a shoo-in in the Comedy/Musical category, which translates to Jean Dujardin a highly likely winner for his performance in that category.

For the Dramatic Actor category,  I haven’t seen The Descendants yet but I heard George Clooney‘s performance was good, so I give him the benefit of the doubt. Somehow my gut says that Fassbender will perhaps walk away with the statue, though the other ‘it’ boy of the moment Gosling (I kind of think of Fassbender as the European version of Gosling for some reason) might also steal Clooney’s thunder. He’s got TWO nominations this year but none for Drive, which I thought is rather odd. So was his abs in Crazy, Stupid, Love really THAT spectacular??

Ok, I’m not gonna lie that I sort of wish Gerry Butler would pick up at least a nomination for his turn in Machine Gun Preacher, I really think he was good in it, but no, I’m not gonna say he’s snubbed as I haven’t seen the others’ performances.

In the Dramatic Actress category, I’d like to see Viola Davis win but with Meryl and Tilda, wow the competition is steep!! I can’t really say much on the Supporting Actor category as I have not seen a single one of those performances nominated [sigh] Just from seniority standpoint, I’d probably be cheering for Christopher Plummer as playing against type in Beginners (as a gay dad coming out in his later years) usually is popular with the voters.

Williams as Marilyn Monroe

The Supporting Actress category seems to be more up for grabs. I like Chastain in The Debt and Tree of Life, and I heard she was excellent in The Help so I’d love to see her win. But then again, if The Artist were to sweep most of the awards, there is a highly likely chance Bejo would walk away w/ the Globe along with Dujardin.

So Jodie Foster will battle it out w/ Kate Winslet in the Comedy/Musical Actress category for Carnage? That’s interesting, though I personally would rather see one of the noms go to Marion Cotillard instead for Midnight in Paris, anybody else feel that way too? In any case, if I were a betting woman, I’d probably put my money on the talented Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.

As for Best Director, well I like both Hugo and Midnight in Paris, the latter much more so, but despite both Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen being such celebrated auteurs, French director Michel Hazanavicius is likely to nab this award along with Best Picture in Musical/Comedy.

MORGAN FREEMAN TO RECEIVE CECIL B. DE MILLE AWARD

Just what is a Cecil B. DeMille award given every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Well, the award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Here’s what the HFPA website says about the marvelous 74-year-old actor:

After more than 20 years as a working actor he was finally catapulted into national prominence with the role of the volatile pimp Fast Black in 1987’s Street Smart, that earned him Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

He won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated three more times, for The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Oscar, and Invictus.

Woot woot, I’d say he deserves it!! Who doesn’t love Mr. Freeman? He’s got a smile that lights up a room, and a booming voice that matches his regal charisma. Whether he’s in a serious roles like in Shawshank Redemption or comedic ones like in Maiden Heist or RED, he’s always so wonderful to watch! Plus, his brief role as Lucius Fox in Nolan’s Batman flicks are such great scene-stealers, I really think Lucius had the best lines!! So congrats Mr. Freeman, can’t wait to see you in The Dark Knight Rises next year!

Speaking of Cecil B. DeMille Award, my beloved Gregory Peck (you know I’m gonna slip him in somehow right? :D) was one of the recipient of the award in 1969, along with other Hollywood legends like James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Joan Crawford, among others. Oh, his co-star in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn, was also one of the prestigious award recipient. Mr. Peck has won three Golden Globes in his career, and was nominated for more than a half dozen times.

Gregory Peck with Barbra Streisand at the 1969 Golden Globes Award

Well, that’s my thoughts on this year’s Golden Globes. Now what do YOU think?