Indy Film Fest

21Dec/101

Oscar’s Kid Brother

If the Oscars are the big man on campus during Awards season, then the Golden Globes - presented each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - are the kid brother. They're fun for a while, cute in their own way and have a striking resemblance to their more strapping counterpart, but overall, you just can't take them all that seriously.

That couldn't be more appropriate than now, as the HFPA has announced their nominees. Taking a look at the list, it's hard to take the line-up seriously, given the blatantly snubbed, the inexplicably included and the antiquated comedy/drama structure to the categories. As if that's all there is.

At first glance, it's a fairly expected list - the films getting most of this year's awards buzz cleaned up pretty nicely. The King's Speech snagged the most nominations, a feat it may just repeat come Oscar time in late January. Behind it in quantity is The Fighter, with Mark "Say hi to your Motha for me" Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The ratings controversy around Blue Valentine didn't stop it from getting a couple nods for indie powerhouses Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

So far, so good.

But that, my friends, is just the Drama category. Everything really starts to unravel when we take a look at the Comedy/Musical (musical?) categories and the wonders of cinematic achievements that will now get to tout themselves as Golden Globe-nominated films. These treasures include the Christina Aguilera vehicle Burlesque, and the biggest flop of the season, the tepidly-received The Tourist, that in which Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp have zero chemistry.

These films are up against Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and, what's sure to be a shoe-in for the category, The Kids Are All Right, for which both Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were nominated for their work. Alongside Angelina Jolie. And...I kid you not...Emma Stone for Easy A. EASY A! What the...?! I'm as big a fan of Emma Stone as anybody but, um...a Golden Globe nod for a movie like Easy A? Really?

Perhaps the biggest gaff in all this isn't what's on the list, but what's been left off. Jeff Bridges returns to the screen after his (well-deserved) award-winning turn in Crazy Heart, this time getting attention for the Coen's True Grit reinvention. But did the film, which seems to be getting a much warmer reception than the likes of Tourist or Burlesque, get any love from the foreign press?

Not one single nod. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip.

Am I still going to watch the Golden Globes when they air January 16? Of course.

Have they lost a pretty significant amount of cred given their latest list of award nominees? That they have.

You can view an entire list of nominees here. What do you think of the list the HFPA landed on?

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  1. The weirdest thing about the nominations is that the best comedy category includes two movies that aren’t comedies. Even putting aside the fact that they aren’t any good, who actually thinks The Tourist and Alice in Wonderland belong on that list?

    It may not have been the greatest year for Hollywood comedies, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The Other Guys would have filled those slots nicely.


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