The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and I'd like to aim a big congratulations to everyone who was nominated. That said, now that I've had time to process the news, I'd like to share my reactions at the categories — both good and bad.
- First off, I'm so happy for all the nominees from films that I truly enjoyed this year, particularly in the dramatic motion picture categories. Inception, The Social Network, The King's Speech, The Fighter, and 127 Hours are among my personal favorite movies of the year, so I'm pleased to see them get recognized.
- Among those deserving of its nominations is The Social Network, which is up for six awards. For a movie that had lots of awards buzz for its other actors, like Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer, I think that those who did land nominations, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, were the appropriate choices.
- As for the folks I was pleasantly surprised to see nominated? Emma Stone for Easy A and Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams for romantic (and rating-victorious) Blue Valentine. I was also glad that Jeremy Renner got recognized for his impressive performance in The Town — even if the film didn't get a lot of love as a whole.
- With that said, I couldn't believe that Javier Bardem's name didn't show up in the best dramatic actor category. His performance in Biutiful is reportedly groundbreaking and has already earned him accolades.
- There weren't a ton of surprises in the TV category, but I give props to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing standout new shows Boardwalk Empire, The Big C, and The Walking Dead.
To see the nominations that really surprised me, just read more.
- And now onto the "really?!" reactions. Pretty much the entire best motion picture, musical or comedy category. With the exception of The Kids Are All Right, the films that earned nominations seem to have been chosen based on the virtue that they existed. It's a head-scratcher that promising, yet-to-be-released movies How Do You Know and Country Strong weren't nominated against critically panned flicks like Burlesque. Hopefully the Hollywood Foreign Press is wrong, or this doesn't bode well for those movies.
- Speaking of movies that are still waiting in the wings, I was shocked that there was no love at all for the Coen brothers' forthcoming Western, True Grit. The film has been earning buzz for months, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it get a little more love at the Oscars.
- I love Johnny Depp, we all love Johnny Depp, but two nominations for best actor in a comedy or musical? It's not his acting I have any problem with, it's the films he's being praised for: Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist, two films that are underwhelming. I think the HFPA may just have a crush.