Thursday, December 11, 2014

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Nominations

By s. Thursday, December 11, 2014 ,
Rosamund Pike, Best Actress in Drama - Gone Girl and Mark Ruffalo, Best Supporting Actor - Foxcatcher
 What did we learn today?

We learned that if your heart is pure (kind of) and you are rooting for the movie (that you haven't even seen yet) and it has your darling Fluffalo in it, amazing things can happen.

Foxcatcher which wasn't even present in most of critics' top 10 and nominations (while Boyhood triumphed, that sound you hear is me vomiting) got a big boost this week with Steve Carell getting both SAG and GG nominations and the film getting Best Picture nomination as well as the inclusion among AFI's top 10 11 of the year. But it did come with a price - apparently where it triumphed, Gone Girl was absent.

But let's focus on what's important - Mark Ruffalo is a double SAG and Golden Globe nominee this year. Oh, yeah!

(in celebration of Carell's nomination I'm gonna use some classic Michael Scott moments here)

Best Motion Picture - Drama
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory Of Everything"

The Theory of Everything is not even in my top 20 - and I've seen mere 34 movies this year (so far). Selma? The Imitation Game? Boyhood, the most forgettable soon to be BP winner in recent memory? And where is Gone Girl? Thank you for waking up from nominating mediocrity long enough to nominate Foxcatcher.
What is winning? Boyhood. Eh.

Where's Begin Again?!
Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Into The Woods"
"St. Vincent"

Once again let's nominate things here that aren't technically even comedy. And I so hoped for Neighbors and especially Begin Again.
What is winning? Birdman

Best Director
Ava DuVernay - "Selma"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - "Birdman"
Wes Anderson - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
David Fincher - "Gone Girl"
Richard Linklater - "Boyhood"

Gone Girl's BP snub makes less and less sense with every moment. Fincher gets nominated but not the best movie he did in years.
Who is winning? Linklater

Emily Blunt in Into the Woods
Best Actress In A Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams - "Big Eyes"
Emily Blunt - "Into The Woods"
Helen Mirren - "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Julianne Moore - "Maps To The Stars"
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Annie"

Laughing so hard at the inclusion of Wallis and eye rolling and Adams choice. But Emily Blunt got in!
Who is winning? A part of me hopes they will award Moore here - for what is actually her finest performance this year, not Still Alice - which would allow them to give Rosamund Drama trophy, but perhaps Blunt is winning?

Best Actor In A Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Michael Keaton - "Birdman"
Bill Murray - "St. Vincent"
Christoph Waltz - "Big Eyes"
Joaquin Phoenix - "Inherent Vice"

So let me get this straight - Waltz gets shit reviews, still gets in. Why, why couldn't you nominate someone who is in actual comedy and make him a triple nominee this year? Mark was absolutely flawless in Begin Again.
Who is winning? Batman, baby.

Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Best Actress In A Drama
Jennifer Aniston - "Cake"
Felicity Jones - "The Theory Of Everything"
Julianne Moore - "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike - "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon - "Wild"

Again, 3 ladies who made out with Ruffalo made the cut, just like on SAG. Ah, Jen. A living proof if you go to enough talk shows and look like shit in your film, they'll nominate you. The lack of Cotillard and the inclusion of bland Oscar baiting roles like everyone but Pike physically hurts me.
Who is winning? Here's hoping they'll give Ros this one. It's the surprise they can afford.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Best Actor In A Drama
Steve Carell - "Foxcatcher"
Benedict Cumberbatch - "The Imitation Game"
Jake Gyllenhaal - "Nightcrawler"
David Oyelowo - "Selma"
Eddie Redmayne - "The Theory Of Everything"

Seeing Steve Carell here is such a joy. I don't care who wins actual Oscar but I'd love for him to be at least nominated and this along with SAG greatly increases his chances. I think Gyllemhaal is definitely getting nominated now.
Who is winning?  I would not be surprised if either of them won, actually. With Keaton in another category they have a choice to go with same old Oscar bait win or actually award someone who took risks. I'm gonna say Gyllenhaal.

Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette - "Boyhood"
Keira Knightley - "The Imitation Game"
Meryl Streep - "Into The Woods"
Emma Stone - "Birdman"
Jessica Chastain - "A Most Violent Year"

At this point Meryl Streep can shit on the floor, film it and they'll nominate her. Very glad for Keira, Emma and Chastain. But we all know that
Who is winning? Arquette is unfortunately winning this.

Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall - "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke - "Boyhood"
Edward Norton - "Birdman"
J.K Simmons - "Whiplash"
Mark Ruffalo - "Foxcatcher"

What is Duvall doing in all those line ups? I'm so glad to see Mark among the nominees. He better be a lock for Oscar nomination now.
Who is winning? Unless Simmons soils himself or has sex with a cat (second The Thick of It reference of the day) he is winning EVERY. SINGLE. AWARD. OUT. THERE.

Best Screenplay:
Alexander Dinerlaris, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo - "Birdman"
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Graham Moore - "The Imitation Game"
Gillian Flynn - "Gone Girl"
Richard Linklater - "Boyhood"

Great to see Flynn getting nominated. Boyhood had a script?
Who is winning? Birdman? Probably.

Best Foreign Language Film:
"Force Majeure"
"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"

Yeah, I'm not a patriot but I've gotta see Ida. They've been talking about this nomination every other minute since it was announced. I think we are actually winning this.

Best Animated Feature Film
"Big Hero 6"
 "The Book Of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How To Train Your Dragon 2"
 "The Lego Movie"

I have no idea about animated films so I have no opinion here.

 Best Original Song
"Glory" from "Selma"
"Big Eyes" from "Big Eyes"
 "Mercy Is" from "Noah"
"Opportunity" from "Annie"
"Yellow Flicker Beat" from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1"

That Gone Girl snub in Best Picture is not the worst. Lost Stars from Begin Again not being included? That is the worst.
What is winning? Who knows? Maybe Lana?

Best Original Score
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory Of Everything"
"Gone Girl"

I'm so happy to see The Theory of Everything here. That was a gorgeous score. Gone Girl is still my favorite of the year.
What is winning? They are probably gonna give what they can to Birdman.

True Detective
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

So glad to see True Detective, Fargo and The Normal Heart here.
What is winning? True Detective should win this but we all loved Fargo, didn't we?

Best TV Series
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

The usual suspects but it is surprising to see The Affair here, which is only in its first season. Of course Game of Thrones is nominated for its weakest season.
What is winning? The Good Wife?

Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

So they don't nominate Veep, the funniest show on air right now but they nominate fucking Girls? For shame. Also - what the hell is Jane the Virgin?
What is winning? Orange is the New Black, probably.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair

So many fine actors here. I'm especially happy to see Spader who is always a treat to watch.
Who is winning? Spacey, perhaps?

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Louis C.K., Louis
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffery Tambor, Transparent

Loving that the previous host Ricky Gervais is nominated. You can tell this is gonna be a source for some epic jokes. 
Who is winning? Louis CK?

Ruth Wilson in The Affair
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama 
Claire Danes, Homeland 
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder 
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife 
Ruth Wilson, The Affair 
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

I'm so happy to see Ruth Wilson nominated. I've been rooting for her for years and I adore her work in Luther. Fantastic to see her getting attention.
Who is winning? Viola Davis is universally beloved so perhaps she is gonna win this.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy 
Lena Dunham, Girls 
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep 
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin 
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black 

Lena Dunham getting nominated again. Oh, Jesus. Well at least Veep got at least one nomination. Surprising that they snubbed Amy Poehler who is gonna host the ceremony again.
 Who is winning? Hopefully Dreyfus rightfully takes the trophy

Mark Ruffalo in The Normal Heart
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie 
Martin Freeman, Fargo 
Woody Harrelson, True Detective 
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective 
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart 
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo 

McConaughey and Mark being nominated in the same category. Lovely! I think given how Matt won last year this may go to...
Who is winning? Billy Bob Thornton for his outstanding work in Fargo

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie 
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge 
Frances O'Connor, The Missing 
Allison Tolman, Fargo 

Amazing actresses nominated all around but I think that...
 Who is winning? newcomer Allison Tolman may win here

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie 
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart 
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife 
Colin Hanks, Fargo 
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge 
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan 

So happy for Matt Bomer. He was absolutely heartbreaking in the movie, hopefully he will win here.
Who is winning? They may award Fargo big and go with Hanks but I'm hoping for Bomer

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie 
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black 
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show 
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey 
Allison Janney, Mom 
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective 

  Strong group of ladies here, but it should be pretty easy for..
Who is winning? Kathy Bates to win

Cecile B. DeMille Award: George Clooney

The Award season, as predictable as it is - no one is stopping Simmons, Arquette, Boyhood or Linklater now - has a few surprises each year. This year it's nominations like Naomi Watts getting SAG nomination yesterday or Wallis for Annie today but there's also a fair share of excitement - the winners are almost set in stone but the nominees? Will Gyllenhaal and Carell make it all the way to the end? Will Jennifer Aniston get her first Academy Award nomination?

For me the biggest surprise is the lack of love for Angelina Jolie. I'm not gonna name names (wink wink nudge nudge) but a certain fellow bloggers were predicting her new movie Unbroken for Oscar Best Picture win. I knew it won't win - Angelina is not a strong director and the film looked cliche even beyond Academy's tastes - but I am surprised that she didn't get any Globes love. After all these are the people who nominated her for The Tourist just to get her to attend the ceremony. It is after all what they are doing with Clooney this year.

We'll know the winners on Sunday, January 11th 2015.


  1. I have a feeling Moore is double winning this, ala Winslet in 08. She just has no competition in Comedy. Oh, and Gyllenhaal won't win. He's apparently great, but he's easily in the 5/6/7 slot when it comes to who will actually make it to Oscar. That Drama Globe is going to Cumberbatch or Redmayne, unless Oyelowo becomes the frontrunner in the next few weeks.

    Still, I strongly believe Keaton is winning the Oscar in a walk.

    1. Yeah but she has some competition in Drama, it's the Globes who knows they may even award Aniston :) I think these two categories may be surprises....

      I think Keaton is winning too :)

    2. Ah, I don't know. I'd love for someone else to take the drama globe, but I think Moore has this wrapped up.
      We'll see.

    3. She has underwhelmed hugely with the critics group so I still have hope :P

  2. Nice rundown of the nominees! My favorite film of the year is Boyhood, so I'm hoping that it takes lots of awards, but it sucks that you didn't like it :/ I am happily surprised by some nominations (Moore for Maps, Gyllenhaal, the nods for Grand Budapest and Gone Girl), and very disappointed by some (Basically the Comedy or Musical Actress category except Blunt and Moore). I hope you see Ida soon! It is a slow film, and I was indifferent towards it when I first watched it, but on a re-watch, I really feel in love with it.

    In TV, I am happy that True Detective, Fargo Olive Kitteridge and The Normal Heart got lots of noms! I need to see Jane the Virgin, but I doubt that it's a better show than Veep and Parks and Recreation :/ Also, yay Ruth Wilson! I haven't seen Luther, but she was one of the best parts of Saving Mr. Banks so I'm happy to see her get recognition :)

    Also, your new Gone Girl edits are fabulous!

    1. Boyhood really did nothing for me, it's also one of those movies where I'm genuinely puzzled as to what exactly do people find so good about it

  3. No Marion Cotillard or Jessica Chastain? FACKING BULLSHIT!

    I hope Rosamund wins the Best Dramatic Actress prize and Julianne Moore gets the Comedy Actress although I'm baffled into why Maps to the Stars is considered a comedy when it's really a dark film. I'm happy that Mark Ruffalo got... not one... but 2 nods. Let's hope he wins both so he can use them as his balls protectors.

    1. Chastain got nominated :)

      It was dark but I actually laughed a lot, she was quite funny in that :) Oh yes. His balls should be protected. All of him should be :)

  4. "At this point Meryl Streep can shit on the floor, film it and they'll nominate her." So true it's actually kinda embarrassing. Streep getting nominated has become parody at this point. XP

    I dunno, I know you didn't like it, but now that it looks like Interstellar's not gonna be much of a player this awards season, I'm suddenly finding myself kinda uninterested. I suppose I don't have too much objection to most of the acting noms at least...

    1. It really is silly. I'm sure she is fine in the movie, but her winning for something like The Iron Lady and getting nominated for everything is the kind of stuff that becomes ridiculous.

      I get how you feel, if Foxcatcher or Gone Girl were out I'd care little too.

  5. What gets into my attention, first, before anything else is: There's no song from Begin Again? How could that be? This is a silly race in the Best OST.
    Yet, it's a great race in Motion Pictures and Acting category. Learning from the reception, I think Birdman will win big; but I haven't watched it yet, so that will be a bias.
    But, this is a good question: Maps to the Stars in Comedy or Musical? or perhaps, they think satire is a comedy too.

    Well, I'm actually being so sad---I haven't watched most movies of award races. Poor me.

    1. The exclusion of Lost Stars is really the worst thing here.

      I think if they had August Osage County in that category last year, Maps to the Stars is not that big of a leap :)

      But that's the most fun part - there's still so many movies to watch!

  6. This is awesome. Having not seen Birdman or Foxcatcher, or any other animal-related film, I'm pulling for JG in Nightcrawler big time. He was tremendous. And your man, Ruffalo? How the fuck does his role in Begin Again not get any love? Maybe my favorite performance of his ever.

    1. Yes, same here! He was so funny and sweet and also at times heartbreaking in Begin Again. So glad you liked his work there!

  7. LOL I can legitimately say that Birdman is a comedy, but Budapest is not (and not even a good film). I LOVE Boyhood! I love everything Gone Girl, and it needs to be nominated in every category. PERIOD. steve carrell and mark ruffalo were both amazing in foxcatcher. Team Fargo/The Affair/True Detective. CANNOT BELIEVE Veep isn't here!

    1. Veep snub is honestly just awful. It's such a fantastic show and they are obviously familiar with it since Julie is nominated. That comedy category is ridiculous.

  8. Oh, so many great little surprises for me. Jane the Virgin is actually a rather good ironic take on South American soap operas and it is the biggest surprise of this fall season's newcomers. It's not for everybody but I'm sure enjoying the hell out of it.

    Also, a nomination for Tangerines is like my pride moment.. just the nod enough is a great encouragement for our filmmakers.

    Congrats on the Mark nominations and hopefully some wins! :)

    1. I don't think Mark is winning but I'm sure going to enjoy seeing him attend all those ceremonies :)

  9. LOL. I said the same thing "What the hell is Jane the Virgin?" I really hope Gyllenhaal wins here because Keaton is so winning that Oscar.

    Also if Pike doesn't win, I WILL punch someone.

    Boyhood is probably going to win everything just for the fact that it took 12 years to film.

    1. Yeah I literally never heard about that show!

      I want to punch someone too :)

      It's so lame :/

  10. I had to come check this out to see--holy crap, an Estonian film actually got nominated! This is so cool that I don't even care about any other categories. Which is probably a good thing, seeing how pissed you are. Maybe next year? Maybe Streep will stop and GG will get its priorities straight? I'm crossing my fingers.

    1. Next year what? I think Meryl's priorities are fine.

  11. Reading over these nominations makes me realize how far out of the loop I am this year. I would have really liked to see Gone Girl get nominated for Best Picture, too, but I would settle for a Pike win for Best Actress. She was so perfect for that role.

    1. I really want Pike to win everything. Moore's role winning with this would be embarrassing to witness.

  12. The Golden Globes always do crazy things, but no Begin Again is terrible. How did that not get a single nomination?!

    Birdman is my favorite of the year right now (Go Keaton!), and I'm growing tired of all the Boyhood wins. I love that Linklater is getting his due, but the film has slowly been dropping for me lately. It was my #2 - now it might not even make my top 10. I want to see it again before I finalize my list though.

    1. I have no idea. But it's all quite crazy, what the hell with GG not in Best Drama line up ? :/

      I have not seen Birdman yet but I really want to, I'm sure I'll like it more than Boyhood which is not even getting near my top 20

  13. Uhhh, Robert Duvall was nominated because he's probably the best frickin' actor on the planet. "The Judge" definitely isn't his best work, but we're talking about an actor who did 40 years of roles before he ever repeated a general characterization. Most of his best work, unfortunately, is in films that only about 12 people saw - most of them associated with playwright Horton Foote.