‘Tis the Season: “Golden Globe Awards Nominations, Part I”

IMG_1828.JPGHello, hello! Welcome back to another wonderful day of awards nominations! Yesterday saw the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations (SAG) announced, and what a whirlwind it was! Surprises and predictability abound, per usual! What’s not usual, is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

A lot of the time the HFPA manages to pick the ones expected, whether they deserve the nomination or not. Then, like in 2010 with “The Tourist”, they select films and actors nobody saw coming or thought deserved the nominations given. I’m sure there’s been others like this, but this was the first to come to mind.

And now, without further ado, the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”

Truth be told none of these nominees are that surprising or at all undeserving. “Selma” was really the only one that could’ve gone either way, as “Unbroken” was supposed to be a major contender, but as is constantly being shown, isn’t doing as well as expected or was simply overhyped when it came to likability or quality of film. So, when you think about it, these films, all of which look incredible! are really the right picks and the ones most likely to be nominated in in the Oscar category for Best Picture; an advantage when there’s nine open slots.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Julianne Moore- “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike- “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon- “Wild”
Felicity Jones- ‘The Theory of Everything”
Jennifer Aniston- “Cake”

Déjà vu! The exact same women that were nominated yesterday for SAG Awards are now Golden Globe Award nominees! Wow! I’m truly not surprised, again, except by Aniston. Somehow this previously very little heard of film and its star are making waves. Does this mean she’ll be included in this group of women for the Academy Award nominations? No. If she’s not chosen then I don’t think anyone will be a surprise. This is where it’s fun to see how the HFPA chooses and who it doesn’t choose. Even going so far back as the 1960s, there have been some films chosen and not chosen, that go on to be nominated for and Academy Award. There’s still some hope for something else.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Eddie Redmayne- “The Theory of Everything”
Steve Carell- “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch- “The Imitation Game”
David Oyelowo- “Selma”
Jake Gyllenhaal- “Nightcrawler”

More or less another repeat from yesterday, and not surprising either. This too, with a somewhat up in the air possibility of Oyelowo and Gyllenhaal, is what your Oscar nominees will look like. Each of the first three nominees have taken on pretty complex people, in pretty fantastic looking movies, so this isn’t surprising. Only because of Drama and Comedy separations with the HFPA, does one actor not appear in this list of five, but luckily allows for Oyelowo to come in, as was expected. Gyllenhaal, it’s sad to say, is in a film I kind of skipped over, in all aspects, so I’ll have to go back and see if the film itself looks good and whether this nomination is deserved.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

“Into the Woods”
“Birdman”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“St. Vincent”
“Pride”

Why hello there! The first major surprises comes here. “St. Vincent” and “Pride” are both smaller films, that I didn’t even begin really considering. “Pride” came out a while ago and then was gone and “St. Vincent”, for me, was just another film coming out. What’s really surprising is that “Begin Again” a musical comedy, was shut out in this, as it’s the perfect film for this category.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Julianne Moore- “Maps to the Stars”
Amy Adams- “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt- “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren- “The Hundred Foot Journey”
Quvenzhane Wallis- “Annie”

Now, as none of these actresses got nominations yesterday, this could be surprising. If you know the Golden Globes at all, not so surprising. Adams, I’m surprised hasn’t been talked about more for playing the real life painter Margaret Keane, finally got recognition. It’s sad, that other than critics society awards, she probably won’t get any other nominations. Blunt is only expected as she does star in a musical called “Into the Woods”. That nomination screams no brainer. Mirren is great to see nominated, but somehow it seems surprising. Her film does look good and funny, but I’m not sold on why she was nominated. Moore, to me only seems surprising because I don’t know what the rules are to qualify for a Golden Globe. The film did a few festivals earlier in the year, but then, for some reason, the studio chose to push the release date to next year. I pretty much thought this took “Maps to the Stars” out of consideration completely. Apparently not. And Wallis. I just loathe her film “Annie” so much. It doesn’t look good, and certainly doesn’t look award nominee worthy. I’m certain I’m not the only one who thought this today.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Michael Keaton- “Birdman”
Bill Murray- “St. Vincent”
Ralph Fiennes- “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Christoph Waltz- “Big Eyes”
Joaquin Phoenix- “Inherent Vice”

There you are Keaton! Expected nominee. Waltz, like Adams, is a very nice and welcome surprise! He plays a pretty despicable person in the film, and deserves a bit more notice. Although, that could be my bias speaking. Murray, Fiennes, and Phoenix, when you consider comedy category nominees, aren’t surprising to many. They come as nice inclusions, mainly because each film was pretty much like a lot by critics and was thus talked about. I, however, don’t see them facing an easy fight for inclusion when it comes to Oscar nominees next year.

Best Animated Feature

“The Lego Movie”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”

“The Lego Movie”!!! I absolutely love this movie!! I can see it in my collection from where I am currently!! The other films I just haven’t seen, nor do I really know what animated films were seriously in the running. I am expecting this to pretty much be your list for Oscar nominations as well as with other awards nominations that have yet to be announced.

Best Foreign Language Film

“Ida” [Poland/Denmark]
“Force Jajeure Turist” [Sweden]
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett” [Isreal]
“Tangerines Mandariinid” [Estonia]
“Leviathan” [Russia]

Oh, foreign films. They’re important. We’ve gotten some really good nominees and winners in the past, and they showcase the talent we’d normally not see. That being sad, I know even little about which film were up for consideration or even these five films. I can say, I’ve heard the names “Ida” and “Leviathan” mentioned a few times, so I guess that’s a good thing.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Jessica Chastain- “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley- “The Imitation Game”
Patricia Arquette- “Boyhood”
Meryl Streep- “Into the Woods”
Emma Stone- “Birdman”

Here we have four more of the expected. It says a lot of Knightley, Arquette, and Stone, but I’m still convinced that Streep could go either way, or simply doesn’t deserve being nominated. Sure she’ll be great, she is, but that doesn’t mean we need to outright give her nominations. Time will tell. Chastain, who I’m always ready to support, is a fantastic alternative to Naomi Watts, one I would’ve rather seen yesterday. Her character, not to mention the film itself, look complex, powerful and flat out good! It’s a good sign she’s not just some kind of a fluke nominee when critics nominate films, but that she does stand a chance at another Oscar nomination.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Ethan Hawke- “Boyhood”
Robert Duvall- “The Judge”
Edward Norton- “Birdman”
J.K. Simmons- “Whiplash”
Mark Ruffalo- “Foxcatcher”

At this rate, I should just have something written out ahead of time and copy and paste. Another exact duplicate list of nominees for Supporting Actor! I can live with this, mainly as I don’t see this list changing too much in the Oscar nominations or BAFTA nominations, which come later.

Best Director- Motion Picture

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

With so many films, it’s hard to think who deserves a nomination for director. “Boyhood” and “Selma”, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, are the only four to have nominations in Best Picture so it’s definitely anyones game still. I didn’t like “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, so that’s why I’m surprised with Anderson, but I know a lot of people tend to favor him most of the time. Fincher can’t do wrong it seems, and his film does look incredible, so there’s that. Inarritu isn’t all that surprising nor is “Selma” which could still be swapped with “Unbroken”. “Boyhood” at this rate is a given for any award it seems. Does it deserve it? Possibly. Linklater is a pretty smart filmmaker and has yet to fully disappoint me.

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture

Wes Anderson- “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn- “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo- “Birdman”
Richard Linklater- “Boyhood”
Graham Moore- “The Imitation Game”

Screenplay here looks at both adapted and original, so it should be fun later on. Here, there’s “The Imitation Game”, “Boyhood”, and “Birdman”, as your expected nominees. You can’t seem to nominate these films in one place without a screenplay nomination. I’m certainly okay with each of these as they look incredible and probably have amazing scripts too. Now to just read them later. Flynn is surprising as I’m not sure how the final film looks compared to her source material. I’m sure the film adaptation had to be greatly different, but by how much? Lastly, Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, is just weird. Yes, that’s also a good factor for why it was chosen, but I’m not liking it right now as a nominee or a winner.

Best Original Score- Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat- “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson- “The Theory of Everything”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross- “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez- “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer- “Interstellar”

Score is probably the hardest to predict all the way through. I’ve heard Desplat’s score for “The Imitation Game”, so not only am I not surprised by his nomination, I’m excited he got nominated! It was really good and not just straight forward orchestral or something in line with the time period. Reznor and Ross for “Gone Girl”, which I’ve also heard, isn’t surprising. It was good, but that wasn’t the indicator. They’ve been nominated twice before, also while working with Fincher, and those scores were good or at least deserving a nomination. Zimmer, while I’ve heard mixed things on the score, isn’t that surprising. He does consistently good work and it was really the only area “Interstellar” could’ve gotten a nomination. I’m sure it’ll be fun to listen to as the other film’s he’s worked on with Christopher Nolan also had pretty good scores. The others, I simply don’t know. I’ve never heard of Johannsson or Sanchez, nor have an idea of what their respective scores could possibly be like.

Best Original Song- Motion Picture

‘Big Eyes’- “Big Eyes”
‘Glory’- “Selma”
‘Mercy Is’- “Noah”
‘Opportunity’- “Annie”
‘Yellow Flicker Beat’- “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I”

Song, like score, is also a big toss up. Many pundits, in predicting, seemed to think “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” could get nominated. It’s fun and keeps the bits from the film song, but as original song, not really the right kind of song. I’ve heard “Yellow Flicker Beat” and “Opportunity”, so I guess I’m okay with these choices. Not fully for “Opportunity” as I think it’s a horrid sounding song in an equally horrid looking movie. But, when it comes to song there’s no set selection or default nominees. The other three are interesting, mainly because I had no idea “Selma or “Noah” had songs to submit. Each year is certainly up in the air.

Television Programs:

Best TV Series, Drama

“Downton Abbey”
“The Affair”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“The Good Wife”

Okay, so four out of five are repeat nominees. I’ve seen each, and they have their own drawbacks and positive points that make them good, but one could argue it’s sad to see the usual nominated. I feel this applies more to “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey”, which don’t seem to be as great as they once were. “House of Cards” was on fire in its second season, so this nomination is greatly deserved! “The Good Wife”!! First off, it’s the only broadcast show nominated, I’m not counting “Downton Abbey” (two reasons, first it airs in the UK before the U.S. and second, PBS is considered a public television station, so it just doesn’t seem to fit, even if it’s a given broadcast channel), second it’s continued to excel in creative storytelling and acting, not to mention the actors that join or return to the show! It truly is the best show on broadcast television. “The Affair” just brings new life, as we’ll see in the television nominations this year, there’s a lot of new blood. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that while one may be nominated this year, the same can’t be said for next year.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Viola Davis- “How to Get Away with Murder”
Claire Danes- “Homeland”
Julianna Margulies- “The Good Wife”
Robin Wright- “House of Cards”
Ruth Wilson- “The Affair”

Three are repeat nominees, and winners in this category, but we get to welcome back Danes! Predictability plays a bit in this category, but each woman plays strong characters. You want to befriend them and fear them. Davis is really starting to seem like a no brainer nominee. Not that she as an actress isn’t a good actress, but here, she just carries a bit of the obvious with her. I’m still not sure if I like her character 100%. She’s interesting, to say the least, but offers very little to genuinely like about her. Wilson is just a fresh face. I’ve only heard good things about the show, but have yet to even see the pilot, so now I may just have to. Now to find the time.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Kevin Spacey- “House of Cards”
Clive Owen- “The Knick”
James Spader- “The Blacklist”
Dominic West- “The Affair”
Live Schreiber- “Ray Donovan”

Spacey, Spader, Schreiber (three ‘S” names) are each repeat nominees, so there’s that. Owen and West are mixing things up for once. It’s been awhile. I’m not sold on needing or wanting to see Owen’s show, but I do know he’s a capable actor. West just gives me incentive to see “The Affair”.

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

“Orange is the New Black”
“Girls”
“Jane the Virgin”
“Transparent”
“Silicon Valley”

Huh. Well this is awkward. I’ve seen two episodes of “Jane the Virgin” and that’s it. What? It was too annoying. “Girls” I stopped watching after the first season proved too unfunny for me. Everything else, I just haven’t. Not sure if it’s more opportunity or that I deliberately chose not to. Does anyone think these five shouldn’t have been nominated? Well, I think “Jane the Virgin” shouldn’t have, but that’s where the HFPA get’s its reputation from. Nominating off beat or unlikely shows, not to mention little seen shows, for awards.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus- “Veep”
Edie Falco- “Nurse Jackie”
Gina Rodriguez- “Jane the Virgin”
Lena Dunham- “Girls”
Taylor Schilling- “Orange is the New Black”

Louis-Dreyfus just seems to pop up again and again. She’s good, don’t get me wrong, but at times, you can’t help but wonder who else could’ve been nominated. Rodriguez, based on a few episodes seen, is likable and fun to watch, but I’m sure some other woman deserved her spot. Thank you HFPA for another surprise. The other The other women are your repeats, although Schilling is in a different category this year, and with good reason. It should definitely be a fun night seeing who wins in this category, especially since none of the women nominated has ever won for the shows they’re currently in.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Don Cheadle- “House of Lies”
William H. Macy- “Shameless”
Ricky Gervais- “Derek”
Jeffrey Tambor- “Transparent”
Louie C.K.- “Louie”

C.K., and Cheadle are the only repeats, but now have some new serious competition. Cheadle hasn’t won in awhile and C.K. wasn’t even nominated last year. Macy, Gervais, and Tambor are seeing first nominations for their shows and are really shaking things up big time! This too will be fun to watch unfold.

Best TV Movie or Mini-series

“Olive Kitteridge”
“Fargo”
“The Missing”
“True Detective”
“The Normal Heart”

After the SAG Awards nominations, I’m definitely not surprised by four of the nominees. They make sense. “The Missing”, which I’ve only sort of heard about, is a bit surprising, and that’s it. I can’t even think of a thing to say about it because I know nothing of it. I need to see “Fargo” and “Olive Kitteridge”, but am pretty sure any of the four left would be very deserving of a win in this category.

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Jessica Lange- “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Maggie Gyllenhaal- “The Honorable Woman”
Frances McDormand- “Olive Kitteridge”
Allison Tolman- “Fargo”
Frances O’Connor- “The Missing”

Lange is the expected (and tiresome) nominee in this category, while Tolman is not that surprising as she got the Emmy nomination earlier this year. Gyllenhaal and McDormand really make a lot of sense. They’re both incredibly talented and Gyllenhaal did a phenomenal job with her character in “The Honorable Woman”! Every bit of that mini-series was captivating and gripping. O’Connor is just strange as I’m not sure many people know what this show is. I guess that’s the beauty of the HFPA. They can bring to the forefront the lesser known shows. It doesn’t mean they’re right in the choices of nominees and winners.

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Martin Freeman- “Fargo”
Matthew McConaughey- “True Detective”
Woody Harrelson- “True Detective”
Billy Bob Thornton- “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo- “The Normal Heart”

Okay, so the last four nominees as a whole aren’t surprising. There’s yesterday’s nominations and the Emmy nominations to look towards when thinking about this. McConaughey and Harrelson only benefit from entering in a different category, although I’m sure they’d have been nominated in Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama anyway. Freeman is a delightful addition mainly because it’s not for “Sherlock” Can’t say if that’s because he didn’t submit or if the HFPA just like him better in “Fargo”.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Kathy Bates- “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Uzo Aduba- “Orange is the New Black”
Joanne Froggatt- “Downton Abbey”
Michelle Monaghan- “True Detective”
Allison Janney- “Mom”

Wow! A list of women who are first time nominees for their respective work. Incredible! Monaghan I’m surprised by mainly because I can’t remember who she played in “True Detective” let a lone how many times she appeared. Bates and Froggatt are good when it comes to their characters, but arguably, don’t really bring anything special to get nominated. Janney, who I love, is fantastic on “Mom”, and that’s from the half of season one I did get to see. I need to catch up! She also won the Emmy award for this show too, so there’s that working for her. Aduba, is sadly just someone I haven’t seen yet. She also won at this years Emmy Awards as a guest actress, which makes this nomination seem weird. It’s all about the qualifying rules.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Bill Murray- “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight- “Ray Donovan”
Matt Bomer- “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming- “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks- “Fargo”

Voight is the repeat nominee and last years winner, but he’s oddly the only one. The other’s are all first timers for this category. Hanks and Murray, as is clearly becoming a thing, are in programs I have yet to watch, so I can’t say whether I like them. Bomer had a demanding role in “The Normal Hearth”, and contributed greatly to the cast and movie, so it’s very fitting he be nominated. Cumming, who’s always been good in “The Good Wife” finally get’s noticed! This year, however, I feel like somehow, he brought something different to the character and it showed. Whatever it was, it’s still great to see him nominated and for the show to get another nomination for acting.

Whew! And there ya have it! The nominees! Most of which, movie wise, were not all that surprising, and I’m not just saying that. TV, as usual, is such a diverse field now, when you factor in the eligibility of digital streaming content, it’s even more unpredictable than usual. As with the SAG Awards nominees, a piece on the commonly mentioned snubbed movies and shows should follow at a later time. In the mean time, enjoy or cry, about those listed or not listed, and stick around, for I hear, next week! the Critics Choice Awards nominees shall be announced!! Maybe not considered a major one, but I’ve found it equally as exciting. Stay tuned…

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