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Golden Globe Nomination Reactions

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

“The King’s Speech” took home the most Golden Globe nominations with seven. “The Fighter” and “The Social Network” both came in second, with six nominations each.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which are responsible for the Globes, have long been considered a joke because it is made up of 90 foreign journalists, who are not really journalists. A lot of people, including myself, don’t treat the Globes very seriously.

It’s no surprise that “The King’s Speech” led the way in nominations, it’s just the type of film that the Globes would go for. The surprise showing for “The Fighter” could mean that it has a bigger presence in the awards season than I first thought. I was surprised to see Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell each get a nomination.

The Golden Globes split best picture into a drama and comedy/musical category. “The Kids Are All Right” should easily win the best comedy/musical award. It’s competition, including the terribly reviewed “The Tourist,” really has no shot of winning. I haven’t seen “The Tourist,” but I heard it was a horrible, and the nominations for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for their performances in the film, seems like a play for high profile celebrities to attend the event.

I think that “The King’s Speech” will win the best drama award. There is a small chance that “The Social Network” could eak out a victory. I still think that a Social Network loss would not stop its march to the best picture Oscar. Last year, “Avatar” beat “The Hurt Locker,” but we all know how that turned out when Oscar night came.

Some noticeable exclusions from the Golden Globes include “True Grit.” I wouldn’t be too worried about this snub being a forecast for the film’s Oscar chances. I’ve heard speculation that since “True Grit” and “The Fighter” are both from Paramount, the Globes simply threw its weight behind “The Fighter” and that it left nothing for “True Grit.”

Speaking of noticeable exclusions, Robert Duvall didn’t get nominated for “Get Low” and Leonardo DiCaprio was snubbed for both “Shutter Island” and “Inception.” “Winter’s Bone,” and “127 Hours” were also ignored for a best picture nomination.

Other noticeable things that I enjoyed seeing were Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams getting nominated for best actor and actress for “Blue Valentine.” I was also extremely happy to see Jacki Weaver get nominated for her terrific performance in “Animal Kingdom.”

Here is a list of the films nominated for Golden Globes. I’m not listing the TV side because I don’t give a damn. This is a film blog.

Best Picture (Drama)
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”

Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
“Alice in Wonderland”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The Tourist”

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
David O. Russell, “The Fighter”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Best Actor (Drama)
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”
Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”
Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter”

Best Actress (Drama)
Halle Berry, “Frankie and Alice”
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best Actor (Musical/Comedy)
Johnny Depp, “Alice in Wonderland”
Johnny Depp, “The Tourist”
Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Love and Other Drugs”
Kevin Spacey, “Casino Jack”

Best Actress (Musical/Comedy)
Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Anne Hathaway, “Love and Other Drugs”
Angelina Jolie, “The Tourist”
Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”
Emma Stone, “Easy A”

Best 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”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
Mila Kunis, “Black Swan”
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Best Screenplay
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, “The Kids Are All Right”
David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, “127 Hours”
Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Concert”
“The Edge”
“I Am Love”
“In a Better World”

Best Animated Feature
“Despicable Me”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

Best Original Score
Danny Elfman, “Alice in Wonderland”
Hans Zimmer, “Inception”
Alexandre Desplat, “The King’s Speech”
A.R. Rahman, “127 Hours”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”

Best Original Song
“Bound to You” from “Burlesque”
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”
“There’s a Place for Us” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”


The Social Network Keeps Racking up the Critics Awards

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

As I correctly predicted, “The Social Network,” swept the best picture awards from the Los Angeles and New York film critic groups. The film also racked up best picture honors from critics groups in Toronto, San Diego, Boston, Washington D.C. and the Southeastern Film Critics, whatever the hell that group consists of.

All of these critical wins helps propel “The Social Network” to the front-runner position at the Oscars. Last year, “The Hurt Locker” nearly swept all the major film critic awards and that helped it win the best picture Oscar over the highest grossing movie of all time, “Avatar.” The general consensus among award sites was that “The King’s Speech” would win best picture. I still think that “The King’s Speech” will be a formidable contender and it should do well when the Golden Globes are announced. Now that “The Social Network” is racking up these wins, expect a backlash against the film to begin.

Other than “The Social Network” and David Fincher winning the critics awards for picture and director, there isn’t much of a consensus in the other categories. We will have to wait until the Golden Globes and the guild awards announce their winners next year to get a clearer picture of where things stand. Colin Firth is probably the front-runner for best actor. Natalie Portman hasn’t emerged as the front-runner for best actress, and Annette Benning, and “The Kids Are All Right” received a much-needed boost from the New York Film Critics Circle. The best supporting actor contest appears to be a two-way race between Christian Bale from “The Fighter” and Geoffrey Rush from “The King’s Speech.” The best supporting actress contest is a wide open field with Jackie Weaver from “Animal Kingdom,” Hailee Stanfield from “True Grit,” and Amy Adams and Melissa Leo from “The Fighter,” all competing for the Oscar.

This site from is a great resource for keeping up with all the award mania occurring at the moment.

The National Board of Review Likes The Social Network

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

“The Social Network” was the big winner at The National Board of Review today. It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The National Board of Review is seen as the “official” start of awards season. The group usually faces criticism because it is made up of people who are not critics. Last year’s winner for Best Picture was “Up in the Air,” but the film fizzled at the Oscars, losing Best Picture to “The Hurt Locker.” In 2007 and 2008, the group awarded Best Picture to “No Country for Old Men” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” both films won the top Oscar.

I’m glad that “The Social Network” won big and I think this could possibly be the start of a string of victories. The New York and Los Angeles film critics announce their award winners on Sunday, and I think there is a strong possibility that “The Social Network” could win Best Picture at both those critics’ groups. I’m still skeptical of calling “The Social Network” the front runner for the Oscars. It’s main competition is “The King’s Speech,” which got shut out of by the Board.

Lesley Manville winning Best Actress for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” was a complete surprise. Presumed front runners Natalie Portman and Annette Bening were expected to win. I haven’t seen “Another Year,” but I suspect that Portman and Bening remain the front runners for the Best Actress Oscar.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Christian Bale win Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter” and Jacki Weaver win Best Supporting Actress for “Animal Kingdom.” Both gave great performances in their respected film and deserved the victory. I’m only surprised because sometimes great work is overlooked.

Speaking of overlooked, “Black Swan,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “127 Hours,” didn’t receive a single notice from The National Board of Review.

Here is a full list of all the winners:

Best Film: “The Social Network”
Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Best Actress: Lesley Manville, “Another Year”
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”
Best Foreign Film: “Of Gods and Men”
Best Documentary: “Waiting For Superman”
Best Animated Feature: “Toy Story 3″
Best Ensemble Cast: “The Town”
Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, “Restrepo”
Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, “Buried”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola, for for writing, directing, and producing “Somewhere”
William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin
NBR Freedom of Expression: “Fair Game,” “Conviction,” “Howl”
Top Ten Films (In alphabetical order): “Another Year,” “The Fighter,” “Hereafter,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “Shutter Island,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” “Winter’s Bone”
Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order): “Animal Kingdom,” “Buried,” “Fish Tank,” “The Ghost Writer,” “Greenberg,” “Let Me In,” “Monsters,” “Please Give,” “Somewhere,” “Youth in Revolt”
Top Five Foreign Films (In alphabetical order): “I Am Love,” “Incendies,” “Life, Above All,” “Soul Kitchen,” “White Material”
Top Five Documentary Films (In alphabetical order): “A Film Unfinished,” “Inside Job,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “Restrepo,” “The Tillman Story”