Jan 16, 2011

The Golden Globe Awards 2011

Director, Christopher Nolan, at the World Premiere of Inception, 2010. Photo Copyright Ninha Morandini.
So, folks, we're just hours away from the start of the 68th Golden Globe Awards. The Film nominations for this year, if you please: 

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Social Network
Our vote:  The Social Network - David Fincher's finest effort to date.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, RED, The Tourist
Our vote: The Kids Are All Right - fantastically realistic comedy at it's best. We're still shocked The Tourist was nominated. Have people seen the movie?
Best Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Tangled, Toy Story 3
Our vote:  Hands down, 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)
Our vote: I Am Love  - by far, the best in a fairly weak bunch.

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
Our vote:  Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network. The highly-underrated Adventureland actor gets a nod where it's deserved.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp/The Tourist, Johnny Depp/Alice in Wonderland, Paul Giamatti/Barney’s Version, Jake Gyllenhaal/Love and Other Drugs, Kevin Spacey/Casino Jack
Our vote: Nope, sorry. Left up to us, none of them would be shortlisted for these efforts.

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
Our vote: Natalie Portman or Michelle Williams. Both are extremely deserving; both took on very different roles outside their comfort zone.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening and Juilianne Moore/The Kids Are All Right, Anne Hathaway/Love and Other Drugs, Angelina Jolie/The Tourist, Emma Stone/Easy A
Our vote: It's a tie between newcomer Emma Stone and the radiant duo, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

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
Our vote: Who doesn't just love seeing our Geoffrey act alongside Mr. Darcy? We mean, Colin Firth.

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
Our vote: Mila Kunis for Black Swan. She's come a long way since That 70's Show.

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
Our vote: Christopher Nolan for Inception. We may have seen it in Washington D.C. in a heatwave, but we swear that doesn't affect our judging capabilities. Absolutely mindblowing.

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
Our vote: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg forThe Kids Are All Right. Such wit! Such pith! Large amounts of Mark Ruffalo.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Bound to You/Burlesque, Coming Home/Country Strong, I See the Light/Tangled, There’s a Place for Us/Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me/Burlesque
Our vote:  Wisely, we're declining to comment on this one.

 Best Original Score - Motion Picture
The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Inception
Our vote: The work Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor did on the score for The Social Network surpasses everything else last year, in terms of originality and appropriateness.

You only have to skim through the list above to see that many of the nominations for this year are a joke. Alice in Wonderland? You must be toying with us.

Leave your votes in the comments below and check back for the list of winners, red carpet photos and commentary post-awards. 
Next up: Television Nominations for The Golden Globe Awards 2011

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