"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Golden Globes 2011 nominations

There are award winners and nominations pouring out of every corner.  Critics are releasing their best of lists from all across America and I promise I'll try to cover as many of them as I can.  But one of the biggest  awards nights of the season for movies and television, the grand party of them all is the Golden Globes and they just announced their nominations for 2011.   Let's have a look at the movie nominations.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

My Take: All worthy nominees here.  I'm a bit surprised that the critically loved Winter's Bone didn't make it but seeing as it's an independent film, the big awards sometimes don't always acknowledge them.

Best Motion Picture -Comedy/Musical
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

My Take: What in the world is Burlesque doing on this list?  What are they thinking?  In my opinion, the race is between Alice in Wonderland and The Kids are All Right.  The rest should be just happy to be nominated.  
Best Director - Motion Picture
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

My Take: Now this is a race for best director! Hurray for Nolan, Fincher and Aronofsky who are at their creative best in this year's films.  Who's missing? No Danny Boyle for 127 Hours, or Lisa Cholodenko for The Kids Are All Right or Debra Granik for Winter's Bone.  I would have hoped that after Kathryn Bigelow's win, we could see more female nominees.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

My Take: Mark Wahlberg made it on to the list edging out Leonardo DiCaprio who had a double chance at making it with his performances in Shutter Island and Inception.  Shame, really!  Both Colin Firth and Jesse Eisenberg have been the top of most critic's lists so it will be interesting to see who gets the big price in January.  Ryan Gosling and James Franco could also be the dark horses if the Globes decide to go another way.  
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

My Take: The lone and sole nominee for Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence's performance couldn't be ignored.  All of the women here are capable nominees but I feel the award already belongs to Natalie Portman.  Could she be one of the youngest Best Actress winners? 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

My Take: I really don't know what to say in this category.  I'm glad the Golden Globes does divide it according to category but the nominations are usually so random for comedy/musical.  I'm happy for the Johnny Depp double nomination and hurray for Jake Gyllenhaal in Love & Other Drugs (I really want to see this movie!) but this is a wide open category, people.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

My Take: Sorry to say, but Angelina Jolie is the odd woman out in this category.  I'm sure they could find another worthy performance this year.  I'm truly surprised that Julia Roberts didn't sneak in for Eat Pray Love.  Everyone loves Julia but not the Golden Globes this year, it seems.  I'm really happy to see Emma Stone recognized for Easy A.  Younger actors never usually get noticed and Stone's was really a breakthrough performance for the year.  But seriously, the competition is between Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for The Kids Are All Right with Bening having the edge here.  

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
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
My Take:  Christian Bale has been on almost every critic's list for Best Supporting Actor so it's no surprise to see his name here, he's the frontrunner.  Everyone else, be glad for the nomination and smile for the cameras.  Nice to see Michael Douglas recognized for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; he also had another worthy performance in Solitary Man.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

My Take:  Ditto here for Melissa Leo for The Fighter although she's got competition from Amy Adams but do not count out Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech.  Dark Horse of this category could be Jacki Weaver who just won the Australian Film Institute award for the same role.    

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

My Take: As much I love and am in love with Inception and its deeply complicated screenplay, I know the screenplay award is Aaron Sorkin's to lose.  It's his year.  

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

My Take: Out of all the films, I think the most impact through music shown would be Inception.  It was the soundtrack that everybody was talking about this summer.  However, I haven't hear the soundtrack for 127 Hours or The King's Speech so I can't comment on that.  But kudos to A.R. Rahman to making back on the list again.  Not a one-hit wonder for Slumdog Millionaire.  I would have liked to see How To Train Your Dragon and John Powell make an appearance here.  

Best Original Song - Motion Picture 
"Bound to You," Burlesque
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," Burlesque
"There's a Place for Us," The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"Coming Home," Country Strong
"I See the Light," Tangled 

My Take: Again, I haven't heard any of these songs here but I've read positive reviews of "I See the Light" from Tangled so I'll go with that.  We'll take your word for it, Golden Globes.   
Best Animated Feature Film 
Despicable Me 
How to Train Your Dragon 
The Illusionist 
Toy Story 3
My Take: I haven't seen Tangled or The Illusionist yet as they haven't released here but I'm hoping to correct that before the big awards.  All worthy nominees here although I'm bummed not to see Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole here.  As usual, Pixar has the edge but I'm hoping to see an upset with How To Train Your Dragon.

Best Foreign Language Film 
Biutiful, Mexico/Spain 
The Concert, France
The Edge, Russia 
I Am Love, Italy
In a Better World, Denmark

My Take: This one is an eclectic bunch.  The Concert from France made the list but I was expecting to see another French film, Of Gods and Men here.  No mention of the critically-acclaimed Mother from Korea or the big winner from Cannes, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from Thailand.  Surprising!

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