Gaga on Dick – Golden Globe Nominees Announced!

I hope you enjoyed my weeklong streak of reviews, and if not, I hope you enjoyed the week off you had from my ramblings. I was on vacation, visiting my family in upstate New York, introducing them to my girlfriend, and meeting my newborn nephew. He was due this week, but he came early on Halloween night. I will be severely disappointed if he doesn’t end up the most emo and/or goth kid at his high school.

Anyway, it’s the last night of the trip, and lo and behold, I have news! The nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning! Now, I put very little stock in the artistic judgment of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. It’s a group of 90 publicly-known people who are very easily bribed to swing their votes one way or the other. Also, given their organizational name, they are biased towards non-US productions.

That said, the nominations tend to be something of a bellwether for the Oscars, with many of the films and people up for the Globe also finding themselves shortlisted or nominated by the Academy, which happens just after the Globes air. It doesn’t always portend the eventual winners, but it’d be way more surprising to see unique nominees for the Oscars than not at this point.

As before, I will list the nominees (except for the TV ones, as that doesn’t matter for the purposes of this blog), along with links to relevant reviews and/or release information for movies that have yet to be released. The full list of nominees is available here.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Panther – On Blu-Ray and Netflix
BlacKkKlansman – On Blu-Ray
Bohemian Rhapsody – In Theatres Now
If Beale Street Could Talk – In Theatres 12/14
A Star is Born – In Theatres Now

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close – The Wife – In Theatres Now, on Blu-Ray 1/22/19
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer – In Theatres 12/25
Melissa McCarthyCan You Ever Forgive Me? – In Theatres Now
Rosamund Pike – A Private War – In Theatres Now

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate – In Theatres Now
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased – In Theatres Now
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians – On Blu-Ray
The Favourite – In Theatres Now
Green Book – In Theatres Now
Mary Poppins Returns – In Theatres 12/19
Vice – In Theatres 12/25

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade – On Blu-Ray
Charlize Theron – Tully – On Blu-Ray
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale – Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Robert Redford – The Old Man & The Gun – In Theatres Now, on Blu-Ray 1/15/19
John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie – In Theatres 12/28

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Incredibles 2 – On Blu-Ray
Isle of Dogs – On Blu-Ray
Mirai – In Limited Release Now
Ralph Breaks the Internet – In Theatres Now
Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse – In Theatres 12/14

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Capernaum – Lebanon – In Limited Release 12/14
Girl – Belgium – In Limited Release 12/28, Netflix TBD
Never Look Away – Germany – In Limited Release Now
Roma – Mexico – On Netflix 12/14
Shoplifters – Japan – In Limited Release Now

Best Performance By An Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man – In Theatres Now
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy – In Theatres Now
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay – Vice
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place – On Blu-Ray
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” – Black Panther
“Girl in the Movies” – Dumplin’ – In Theatres Now
“Requiem for a Private War” – A Private War
“Revelation” – Boy Erased
“Shallow” – A Star is Born

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My first impressions are that, per usual, the HFPA has no idea what it’s doing. There’s WAY too much love for A Star is Born, and not nearly enough for Isle of Dogs. Similarly, it’s one thing for Oscar contenders to get released in the last week of December in order to be eligible. It’s quite another thing for the Globes to nominate films that not only aren’t out yet, but NO ONE HAS EVEN SEEN, including critics! Such is the case for Vice and Mary Poppins Returns. Obviously, I don’t know if either movie is going to be good or not, but it almost defeats the purpose because such early nominations basically amounts to a marketing ploy. “Wow, I thought another Mary Poppins movie was just a cynical cash grab from the Disney remake/reboot/sequel machine, but now that it’s nominated for stuff, I guess I’ll see it. Bye, money!”

Also, is it just me, or does the HFPA not know how the difference between its own self-imposed genres? Why is A Star is Born nominated as a Drama instead of a Musical? Why isn’t BlacKkKlansman considered a Comedy? The same goes for Black Panther, which almost seems like a misplaced upturned nose at the Academy, which briefly added, then retracted, the horrible, ill-advised “Popular Movie” category, which was reportedly created to give comic book movies like those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe an extra prize beyond the hundreds of millions of dollars they got at the box office. In other words, the HFPA are a bunch of tools!

Anyways, stay tuned for more Awards Season news!

Join the conversation in the comments below! Do you watch the Golden Globes? Who’s your favorite host? Does HFPA sound like a dangerous flu strain? Let me know!


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