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Awards Season - King of the Globes, or at Least the Nominations

December 14th, 2010

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations early this morning, and there are some interesting surprises included in the mix. Leading the way was The King's Speech, which has long been seen as one of the major players this Awards Season. Meanwhile, The Fighter and The Social Network were right behind with six each. There were many, many other films nomination, including more than a few shocks. ... Mostly in one category.

The categories and nominations are...

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA

BEST FEATURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST SCREENPLAY

ACTRESS - DRAMA

ACTOR - DRAMA

ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

ACTRESS - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

SUPPORTING ACTOR

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

BEST SCORE

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Notes and Reactions...

  • As mentioned earlier, The King's Speech led the way with seven nominations, which is amazing, as a film can earn at most nine Golden Globe nominations without doubling in the acting categories. There is a chance this film could go seven for seven on 16th of January, while I would be a little shocked if it didn't win at least a few.
  • The Social Network is its main competition to be the big winner come awards night and it too could win a few of its six nominations.
  • On the other hand, The Fighter might go home empty handed with only Christian Bale being better than even money out of the film's six nods.
  • I think my biggest reaction to the list of nominations was, "Was it really that bad a year for musicals and comedies?" Of the five Best Picture nominees for Comedy or Musical, only The Kids Are All Right earned Award-worthy reviews. Red only managed a Tomatometer Score of 70%, which is good, but not great. Other comedies to top it include Ramona and Beezus (72%); Get Him to the Greek (73%); Kick-Ass (76%); Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (80%); Cyrus (81%); Easy A (87%), and Please Give (88%) among others.
  • And it is not like there were four amazing movies nominated and Red was the weak link. Alice in Wonderland earned 51% positive reviews, Burlesque earned 36% positive reviews, and The Tourist earned 19% positive reviews. Unacceptable.
  • There are a few other categories where one or two are considered the favorite, but none that are as lop-sided as Best Picture: Musical or Comedy.
  • On the other end of things, there are a few categories where none of the nominees can be considered real underdogs. For instance, all five directors have a realistic shot at winning. One could say, "Voters might decide to give Christopher Nolan their support for best screenplay instead, which could cost him best director." But even here, it wouldn't be a real shock if he, or any of the nominees won.

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