The Tangential Thinker

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 Fighter


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

Best Actor—Drama

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)

Best Actress—Drama

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


The Tourist

    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. 

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