The 2011 Golden Globe nominations have been announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press. While prestigious in and of themselves, the Golden Globes are best known for being the prognosticator for the Oscars. Here is the underwhelming list of mediocre nominees.
Best Motion Picture—Drama
The Black Swan
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
I haven’t even seen it and I can tell you The King’s Speech is a lock. It’s about royalty. It stars European actors and Colin Firth has to be the most appealing actor in Hollywood right now.
Snubbed: Secretariat, The Town, Hereafter, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg: The Social Nertwork
Colin Firth: The King’s Speech
James Franco: 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling: Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg: The Fighter
Not only was Colin Firth overlooked for Tom Ford’s brilliant A Single Man, but he has to be the most overdue actor in Hollywood. Eisenberg is too new. Franco is too weird. Gosling’s film was too obscure, leaving Mark Wahlberg as his only real competition. He, too, is deserving, but this year, barring some unforeseen scandal, it’s Firth.
Snubbed: Matt Damon (Hereafter) Matt Damon (True Grit) Ewan MacGregor (The Ghost Writer) Michael Douglas (A Solitary Man) Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)
Halle Berry: Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman: Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence: Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman: Black Swan
Michelle Williams: Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman has this running away. Snubbed: Diane Lane (Secretariat)
Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
If ever there were a testament to how truly bad the movies were this year, it’s this list of nominees. Alice in Wonderland is neither a comedy nor a musical. Burlesque and The Tourist were mediocre at best, and as much as I liked Red I would include it on an awards list when pigs fly. Did these people not see City Island?
Snubbed: City Island
Best Actor—Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp: Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp: The Tourist
Paul Giamatti: Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal: Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey: Casino Jack
Where was I? I dozed off there for a second.
Snubbed: Justin Timberlake (The Social Network)—thank goodness.
Best Actress—Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening: The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway: Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie: The Tourist
Julianne Moore: The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone: Easy A
Emma Stone? Seriously? That’s like nominating Lindsay Lohan for Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. It’s a two-woman show here, much like the movie they starred in.
Snubbed: Barbara Hershey (The Black Swan)
The Golden Globes air Sunday, Jan. 16, on NBC.