Let this be stated at the start here: I’m not exactly the biggest fan of the Golden Globes.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association makes some of the strangest picks each year for who they nominate and give their awards to, and at this point all I can really do is sigh, slump into my chair, and continue collecting skin and hair samples for my Hollywood Foreign Press Association voodoo dolls.
It’s a tough life for all of us.
Now on to the nominees! Just the movie-related ones here- television’s got its own article.
I’m not gonna lie to you all and say I actually saw every movie nominated for these awards. I didn’t. I didn’t even come close, really. But I don’t plan on letting that stop me from giving you my unfettered opinion on all the major awards given out tonight.
Best Motion Picture- Drama
The Ides of March
Out of the actual list of nominees, my vote would have gone to War Horse (I thought a lot of the character development in The Descendants was kind of a mess), but from this group, The Descendants seems to have gotten the most hype and it wasn’t a stretch to see the HFPA go for a Hawaiian win here. In a perfect world this award might have gone to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or Drive, but that’s neither here nor there.
Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marylin
No arguments here. The Artist’s not without its flaws, but it’s a beautiful throwback to the silent film days with a couple of outstanding performances. Hooray.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama
George Clooney- The Descendants
Leonardo Di Caprio- J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender- Shame
Ryan Gosling- The Ides of March
Brad Pitt- Moneyball
Just like before, The Descendants is your best option if you feel like ignoring Fassbender, Ryan Gosling in Drive, Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and (ok I haven’t seen it but I’ve heard great things so you just keep quiet) Michael Shannon in Take Shelter. Clooney does a fine job, but this was by no means the best dramatic performance by a male actor this year.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin- The Artist
Brendan Gleeson- The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt- 50/50
Ryan Gosling- Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson- Midnight in Paris
This is why you have a a comedy/musical genre. Jean Dujardin was a lock for this one from the beginning, but there’s no other way to give Brendan Gleeson any recognition for one of the most upsetting-and-hysterically-funny-at-the-same-time roles of the year. I don’t hate this at all. Thanks, Golden Globes.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama
Glenn Close- Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis- The Help
Rooney Mara- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin
Ok. Fine. You win. I haven’t actually seen any of these movies. I’m primarily a TV-centric critic. And yeah, I know that’s sad but there’s nothing I can do at this point. Although I’ll say that Meryl Streep seems like just the right balance between ‘actual award-winning performance’ and ‘seems like the type that should win’ that fits the Golden Globes so well.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster- Carnage
Charlize Theron- Young Adult
Kristen Wiig- Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams- My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet- Carnage
Dammit. Not counting Bridesmaids, I’m in the same situation here. I really gotta get my actress-watching butt in gear, huh. Anyway, Michelle Williams’ win seems about in line with everything else here, considering she was nominated last year for Blue Valentine.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh- My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks- Drive
Jonah Hill- Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen- A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer- Beginners
First of all, why is this category not split into Drama and Comedy/Musical? Bizarre. Anyway, I was gunning for an Albert Brooks win (as it’s the only recognition Drive got), but Christopher Plummer’s a hell of an actor and plus this keeps Jonah Hill from winning anything.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo- The Artist
Jessica Chastain- The Help
Janet McTeer- Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer– The Help
Shailene Woodley- The Descendants
First of all, why is Berenice Bejo bumped down to the Supporting Actress tier? I’d say she was of equal importance (and had equal screentime) as her Best Actor co-star Jean Dujardin. But, that being besides the point, I get the win for The Help here. Granted, I still haven’t seen The Help (in my defense, I will have seen every major nominee movie by the time the Oscars roll around- the Golden Globes don’t really merit the same deadline), but with all the great press it’s been getting (and with all the buzz surrounding Octavia Spencer), it seems like she’d be the easy winner in the eyes of the HFPA.
Best Director- Motion Picture
Woody Allen- Midnight in Paris
George Clooney- The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist
Alexander Payne- The Descendants
Martin Scorsese- Hugo
Call me mean-spirited, but this feels like Martin Scorsese getting an award for being Martin Scorsese. I’d have much rather seen this award fall into the hands of Hazanavicius, or (heaven forbid) nominate Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive and then throw him a bone.
Best Screenplay- Motion Picture
Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash- The Descendants
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon- The Ides of March
Woody Allen- Midnight in Paris
Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian- Moneyball
This sort of makes sense. The Artist has been at the forefront of everything else, but in being a silent film the screenplay isn’t the familiar thing everyone’s been used to seeing for the past eighty or so years. Again, not my first choice, but I don’t have high-ranking authority in the HFPA.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
This contest was never not between Tintin and Rango, and as this stuff is largely political, Tintin gets points for Spielberg’s name alone, while Rango’s off-the-wall weirdness sees it getting (unofficially of course) second place. Also… Arthur Christmas?
Best Original Score
Ludovic Bource- The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski- W.E.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore- Hugo
John Williams- War Horse
War Horse had some memorable themes, but ultimately the music in The Artist played such a crucial role in the tone and the character of the film (and played that role so well) that Bource deserves this win and so much more. Also as a John Powell fan who felt his heart explode into tiny fragments when Reznor and Ross beat Powell’s How To Train Your Dragon last year, I can’t help but smile every time Reznor loses an award.
That sounds mean spirited.
But I love those damn dragons.
Check the corresponding TV-centric awards article for, well… the TV-centric awards!