The nominations for 70th Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday, with the usual amount of snubs and surprises. The main event itself will be held Jan 13th with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting (ah-mazing!). I mean, just look at their first promo!
Now let's talk a bit about them. I've always thought that the separation of drama and comedy has its pro's and con's. Pro: acting categories (more nominees and appropriate categories), con: directing category (with total of 10 best film nominees but only 5 best director, many great directors will get shut out, like Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and David O. Russel (Silver Linings Playbook)).
Golden Globes are given out by Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which is notorious for favouring stars with big names and being kinda easy to persuade, which is most likely to have happened with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It has been MIA in almost all other award ceremonies, and yet it pops up here with three nomination, for Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor (who has been lobbying for nomination for The Impossible, but did not get nominated for that like his co-star Naomi Watts) and for Best Comedy. I was also surprised that Maggie Smith got nominated for Quartet instead of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (maybe it was too long to write on the ballots).
There have been so many great performances this year in film, so there are bound to be big snubs through-out the award season. You can write them in the comments if you feel like I should mention some one in particular.
Few words about the TV noms then. The two most glaring surprises was the nomination of Newsroom over Mad Men in drama category and Smash getting nominated for Best Comedy/Musical instead of one of the great comedies on air. Don't get me wrong, I love Smash and Newsroom is pretty awesome too, but still it was surprising that more people voted them.
I really don't get the idea with the current acting categories. Why on earth is there different categories for lead actors/actresses in Drama and Comedy, but then every single supporting category is smashed together (Comedy, Drama, Miniseries and TV movies). This makes it almost impossible to predict who will walk home with the Supporting Actor/Actress Globes.
The Best Song category was pretty star-studded too. Adele, Jon Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Les Miserables (with new brand new song not in the stage musical, so that it will qualify for Best Song awards). Here is a small featurette of the making of that song:
Though this event might not be very good prediction when preparing for Oscars, it will surely be entertaining. Weekly post coming Sat/Sun.