Twenty four hours after everyone else posted their reactions, I’ve finally decided I better blog re: the Golden Globes. Considering the awards season portion of this blog is rather sizeable, it would be odd not too.. but after the beginning of this week’s non stop critic’s madness, I found myself caring less and less what the Globes had to say. And then, after reading reaction after reaction, I read Nikki Finke’s blog and thought, hey, I agree with her, maybe Ill just link to what she has to say and move on..
What she did have to say is as follows:
Once again, I predict that whoever lobbied the so-called Hollywood Foreign Press Association the hardest will win. Which is why the Globes are never an accurate forecast of Oscar nominations. And, while I’m on the subject, be aware that the motley crew who belong to the scandal-riddled HFPA won’t grant membership to the real international journalists who work for the prestige newspapers across the world. Which is why I, for one, refuse to hype the HFPA’s b.s. every year and will never offer you an analysis of the nominations or wins. Trust me, they’re as meaningless as the crappy organization that gives them out.
And she’s right. And in the context of her blog, doing so makes sense. But, truth be told, I’m just being lazy and not necessary political if I copped out on Globes blogging, so my perhaps too-little-too-late reactions are after the jump.
First off, my predictions. They weren’t the best. Of the ten I went for, I only managed one perfect category (best actress – drama), but did manage at least 3/5 in every one.
In case youre curious (or need a recap), here are the nominations in all their ridiculous glory.
I mean, Nikki’s right, who knows what skeezy influences brought these names into play. I mean, Julia Roberts? SEVEN best drama nominees including The Great Debaters? Nikki Blonsky (who is great in Hairspray but competition is just so tight) over the near-perfect Laura Linney? NOT EVEN A FREAKING SONG NOMINATION for Once!?!? The atrocities are rampant.
But there’s no denying that these nominations have an effect on the Oscar nominations. And some of these effects are actually quite positive in my books: Viggo Mortensen is actually looking pretty good for a nomination these days, and Ryan Gosling is suddenly a wee bit in the running. But mostly they are annoying. Please don’t let John Travolta get nominated. Or American Gangster. Or Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth. There are too many other deserving contenders out there in this great year for that kind of crap.
Into The Wild was really hurt by it (though I think the Academy won’t care), losing a drama picture slot despite the aforementioned SEVEN contenders. And Atonement and Sweeney Todd were probably the ones given the biggest boosts, as I feel that Charlie Wilson’s War is still dead no matter how many flirtinis were fed to the voters during the film’s HPFA luncheon.
Anyway.. I’ll certainly be watching come January 13th to see what comes of the winners.. And I’ll try and be early instead of late right now by offering my predictions (and throwing in TV for good measure).
Best Film – Drama: Atonement
Best Film – Comedy or Musical : Sweeney Todd
Best Actor – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley
Best Actor – C/M: Johnny Depp
Best Actress – C/M: Marion Cotillard
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Director: Tim Burton
Best Screenplay: Diablo Cody
Best Foreign Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Song: “Grace is Gone”
Best Score: Atonement
Best Series – Drama: Mad Men
Best Series – Comedy: 30 Rock
Best Actor – Drama: Michael C. Hall
Best Actress – Drama: Glenn Close
Best Actor – Comedy: David Duchovny
Best Actress – Comedy: Christina Applegate
Best Supporting Actor: Ted Danson
Best Supporting Actress: Katherine Heigl