Thursday, December 13, 2012

70th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominations Announced

Right on the heals of yesterday's SAG announcement, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced their nominees for this year's 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The members of the HFPA consists of 93 journalists from around the world, all of whom cover the American entertainment industry. Fourteen different movie awards are presented, with most splitting up categories both for Drama and Comedy/Musical. The group also votes on a variety of television awards, but again, we'll just stick with the movies here.

The announcements were made this morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The nominees were introduced by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Aida Takla-O’Reilly along with notable actors Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms. The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 13 hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Hit the jump for a rundown on each of the nominees, as well as some of my brief thoughts on inclusions and omissions!

Pairing these announcements with last night's SAG nominees provides quite a bit more insight into what the atmosphere is this season. It's hard to get a full sense of the vibe just yet, as the total number of films and actors are ostensibly doubled with separate categories for both Drama and Comedy. Still though, we can see some names that have surprisingly repeated, and a few that continues to get left out. Again, I'll give some of my thoughts on the grouping after the categories.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
ARGO
Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures
DJANGO UNCHAINED
The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures
LIFE OF PI
Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox
LINCOLN
DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures
ZERO DARK THIRTY
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, LINCOLN
RICHARD GERE, ARBITRAGE
JOHN HAWKES, THE SESSIONS
JOAQUIN PHOENIX, THE MASTER
DENZEL WASHINGTON, FLIGHT

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JESSICA CHASTAIN, ZERO DARK THIRTY
MARION COTILLARD, RUST AND BONE
HELEN MIRREN, HITCHCOCK
NAOMI WATTS, THE IMPOSSIBLE
RACHEL WEISZ, THE DEEP BLUE SEA

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Blueprint Pictures/Participant Media; Fox Searchlight Pictures
LES MISERABLES
Universal Pictures, A Working Title Films/Cameron Mackintosh Productions

MOONRISE KINGDOM
Indian Paintbrush; Focus Features
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
CBS Films
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
The Weinstein Company

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JACK BLACK, BERNIE
BRADLEY COOPER, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
HUGH JACKMAN, LES MISERABLES
EWAN MCGREGOR, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
BILL MURRAY, HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
EMILY BLUNT, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
JUDI DENCH, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
JENNIFER LAWRENCE, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
MAGGIE SMITH, QUARTET
MERYL STREEP, HOPE SPRINGS

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
BEN AFFLECK, ARGO
KATHRYN BIGELOW, ZERO DARK THIRTY
ANG LEE, LIFE OF PI
STEVEN SPIELBERG, LINCOLN
QUENTIN TARANTINO, DJANGO UNCHAINED

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
ALAN ARKIN, ARGO
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, DJANGO UNCHAINED
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, THE MASTER
TOMMY LEE JONES, LINCOLN
CHRISTOPH WALTZ, DJANGO UNCHAINED

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
AMY ADAMS, THE MASTER
SALLY FIELD, LINCOLN
ANNE HATHAWAY, LES MISERABLES
HELEN HUNT, THE SESSIONS
NICOLE KIDMAN, THE PAPERBOY

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
MARK BOAL, ZERO DARK THIRTY
TONY KUSHNER, LINCOLN
DAVID O. RUSSELL, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
QUENTIN TARANTINO, DJANGO UNCHAINED
CHRIS TERRIO, ARGO

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BRAVE
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
FRANKENWEENIE
Walt Disney Pictures
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
DreamWorks Animation; Paramount Pictures
WRECK-IT RALPH
Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AMOUR (AUSTRIA)
Les Films Du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film; Sony Pictures Classics
A ROYAL AFFAIR (DENMARK) (En kongelig affære)
Zentropa Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures
THE INTOUCHABLES (FRANCE) (Les Intouchables)
The Weinsten Company, Quad Productions, Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, Ten Films, Chaocorp
KON-TIKI (NORWAY/UK/DENMARK)
Nordisk Film Production, Recorded Picture Company
RUST AND BONE (FRANCE) (De rouille et d’os)
Page 114, Why Not Productions; Sony Pictures Classics

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
MYCHAEL DANNA, LIFE OF PI
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, ARGO
DARIO MARIANELLI, ANNA KARENINA
TOM TYKWER, CLOUD ATLAS
JOHNNY KLIMEK, REINHOLD HEIL
JOHN WILLIAMS, LINCOLN

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
FOR YOU, ACT OF VALOR
Music by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban; Lyrics by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban
NOT RUNNING ANYMORE, STAND UP GUYS
Music by: Jon Bon Jovi; Lyrics by: Jon Bon Jovi
SAFE & SOUND, THE HUNGER GAMES
Music by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett; Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
SKYFALL, SKYFALL
Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth; Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth
SUDDENLY, LES MISERABLES
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyrics by: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg


What stands out to me most right off the bat is the five nominations for "Django Unchained". As expected, I've heard a lot of polarizing opinions on the film so far, and I'll be very curious to see if the film can culminate in anything more than a Supporting Actor nomination come Oscar time. This is a good start, and though it's facing incredibly stiff competition in the Drama categories, if it's able to come away with a win or two, it would be seen as a huge success and might mean that there's more support here than initially expected.

On the opposite end, again "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was completely shut out. I thought an acting nomination or two was in line, as well as my hope for a Best Original Score nomination. This was one of the surprise films of the year for me, and I'd really like to see it commended, even if it's only in nomination.

I was surprised to see "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" with three nominations, even as that was another pleasant surprise for me this year. As it's mostly foreign members of the press who vote on these awards though, it doesn't surprise me that this story resonated well with many of them. If this film translates at all to the Academy Awards I'll be quite surprised.

The acting awards seemed pretty expected, other than Nicole Kidman showing up again for her performance in "The Paperboy". Is this going to be a thing? I'm on board!

While it wasn't much of a surprise, it's still crazy for me to see that Walt Disney Pictures has three of the five nominations in the Best Animated Feature category. Even if there were only three nominations, you might expect these to be the top three this year. I'm still not very familiar with most of the animated films yet this year, but I'd say, in some form or another, Disney sweeps all of the animated categories this year.

Finally, I was happy to see Adele's theme song from "Skyfall" show up in the Best Original Song category. This hasn't been getting nearly the attention that I hoped it would get, so I'm glad to see it mentioned here. Without being familiar with most of the other nominees, it seems hard to bet against anything from "Les Miserables" right now. An upset here would really shake things up though.

Now that we have our first two major players in for this season, what are your thoughts? Any surprises that I didn't point out?

As we get closer to the actual ceremony, a few of us here will throw out some of our predictions as to who might walk away with these awards.