What was once obvious is now official. The Hollywood Foreign Press loves the star. Even though moviegoers have moved on from that gimmick, the HFPA haven't seemed to follow suit. With Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, and The Tourist receiving nominations for Best Comedy/Musical, that category is forever plagued (The Kids Are All Right is a fine choice, but the only fine one at that). Johnny Depp gets nominated for both his roles this year for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist, which critically, is probably his worst year in a decade, but Leonardo Dicaprio (Shutter Island & Inception) gets shut out completely from quite possibly the best year of his career? Doesn't matter here though. Also picking up the most undeserved nomination is Angelina Jolie in The Tourist, also her worst year critically in a long time). Still doesn't matter though. They are laughing their way through this. As well they should be. But I digress...
The Best Drama category had no surprises, but I do like that Black Swan is making headlines. Natalie Portman deserves a clean sweep to the Oscars. Inception, The King's Speech, and The Social Network were expected (and although I haven't seen The King's Speech yet, these look like the three favorites). The Fighter was a nice surprise, although I don't see it having a chance of winning the big award come Oscar night. However, Christian Bale does. If he doesn't win Best Supporting Actor, there is no justice in this world. WHAT DON'T YOU F#!*&@% UNDERSTAND?!?
Toy Story 3 will win the animated feature category (no surprises there), and if you're interested in any other categories, check them out below. I want to talk more about this Best Comedy/Musical category shenanigans.
I know that the Golden Globes are all about honoring the big stars. I get it. In fact, most of the time the ceremony is more entertaining than the Oscars. It's more laid back, the celebrities are allowed to drink, and everyone seems to actually enjoy being there. But that is no reason to give nominations to movies like The Tourist, Burlesque, and even Alice in Wonderland. First off, was The Tourist a comedy? I didn't see it, but by the looks of it, it's not. Alice in Wonderland is also not a straight-up comedy, but I guess it's closer than a drama. But the film was a disappointment, and certainly not Tim Burton's best effort. And then there's Burlesque, which only seems to be in there because it's the only actual musical out there. This is why comedies are shut out of the Oscar race, because the deserving ones rarely get nominated. The Kids Are All Right is a fantastic movie, and I think it's either Annette Benning's or Natalie Portman's race to lose. Given Benning's veteran status, she may be the favorite.
I think this category sums up a year of movies that was truly the worst in a long time. Besides the handful of exceptions like Inception, 127 Hours (which I think was snubbed), Black Swan, The Social Network, and Toy Story 3, this best comedy category is literally scrapping the bottom of the barrel to find nominees. I'm sure Red was a fun movie, but what about something a little more groundbreaking like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or even Kick-Ass? Again, this year has been tough on the comedy genre, but sometimes there are no excuses. If The Tourist wins, which I'm almost certain it won't, but if it does, we are looking at a new low point in Hollywood. One which after this summer of movies, I didn't think was possible.
Here is a complete list of nominees of the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards:
• Picture, Drama:
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"
• Picture, Musical or Comedy:
"Alice in Wonderland"
"The Kids Are All Right"
• Actor, Drama:
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"
Halle Berry, "Frankie and Alice"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"
• Actor, Musical or 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"
• Actress, Musical or Comedy:
Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
Anne Hathaway, "Love and Other Drugs"
Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"
Emma Stone, "Easy A"
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"
• Supporting Actress:
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"
• Foreign Language:
"I Am Love"
"In a Better World"
• Animated Film:
"Toy Story 3"
"How to Train Your Dragon"
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, "127 Hours"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David Seidler, "The King's Speech"
Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network."
• Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat, "The King's Speech"
Danny Elfman, "Alice in Wonderland"
A.R. Rahman, "127 Hours"
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"
Hans Zimmer, "Inception"
• Original Song:
"Bound to You" (written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler), "Burlesque";
"Coming Home" (written by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges), "Country Strong";
"I See the Light," (written by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater), "Tangled";
"There's a Place for Us" (written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey), "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader";
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," (written by Diane Warren), "Burlesque."
• Series, Drama: "Boardwalk Empire," HBO; "Dexter," Showtime; "The Good Wife," CBS; "Mad Men," AMC; "The Walking Dead," AMC.
• Actor, Drama: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Hugh Laurie, "House."
• Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"; Piper Parabo, "Covert Affairs"; Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"; Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer."
• Series, Musical or Comedy: "30 Rock," NBC; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "The Big C," Showtime; "Glee," Fox; "Modern Family," ABC; "Nurse Jackie," Showtime.
• Actress, Musical or Comedy: Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Tina Fey, "30 Rock"; Laura Linney "The Big C"; Lea Michele, "Glee."
• Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"; Steve Carell, "The Office"; Thomas Jane, "Hung"; Matthew Morrison, "Glee"; Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory."
• Miniseries or Movie: "Carlos," Sundance Channel; "The Pacific," HBO; "Pillars of the Earth," Starz; "Temple Grandin," HBO; "You Don't Know Jack," HBO.
• Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Hayley Atwell, "Pillars of the Earth"; Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"; Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"; Romola Garai, "Emma"; Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Client List."
• Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, "Luther"; Ian McShane, "Pillars of the Earth"; Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack"; Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"; Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos."
• Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"; Jane Lynch, "Glee"; Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"; Julia Stiles, "Dexter"; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family."
• Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Scott Caan, "Hawaii Five-O"; Chris Colfer, "Glee"; Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"; Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"; David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin."