Golden Globes Hopes and Fears 2011

With the Golden Globes being presented in the early hours of Monday morning it’s about time we perused the nominees and favour those films we’ve actually seen.

Best Picture (Drama)
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Any but The Fighter really, Black Swan or The Social Network would be lovely.

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

It’s got to be The Kids Are All Right. Quite how The Tourist got so many nominations is boggling and surely Burlesque is a joke?

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)

The comments underneath Best Picture pretty much sum up this category too. Turns out 2010 was a better year for films than everyone thought at the time.

Best Actor (Drama)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter)

Jesse Eisenberg for playing a complete dick so well, and delivering Sorkin’s dialogue at the pace it requires.

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)

Portman all the way though it is the only performance on the list I’ve actually seen. Williams could easily take it home.

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)

If Depp does win it should be for Alice. It could be anyone’s really though let’s just say Giamatti for fun.

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)

Bening surely? She went and did an Emma Thompson in Love Actually and broke my heart a little. Major props to Emma Stone for being nominated for what would have been a forgettable teen comedy in another actress’s hands.

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Garfield or Rush easily. Not sure whether it should be Garfield to recognise a rising talent or Rush to commend a consistently great actor.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Kunis perhaps? Helena Bonham Carter was similarly good but not mind-blowing.

Best Screenplay
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

Aaron Sorkin all the way. Everyone else in Hollywood could learn something from his way with words.

Best Animated Film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Ordinarily I’d say it was Pixar’s award but The Illusionist has an unusual amount of buzz surrounding it.

Best Foreign Film
Biutiful (Spain)
The Concert (France)
The Edge (Russia)
I Am Love (Italy)
In a Better World (Denmark)

Erm… pass!

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech)
Danny Elfman (Alice in Wonderland)
A.R. Rahman (127 Hours)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Hans Zimmer (Inception)

Hans Zimmer hands down. No other nominee has become such a successful meme.

Best Original Song
“Bound to You” (Burlesque)
“Coming Home” (Country Strong)
“I See the Light” (Tangled)
“There’s a Place for Us” (The Chronicles of Narnia)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (Burlesque)

No Sex Bob-omb?

Best TV Series, Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

I’d rather Mad Men or Dexter but newcomer Boardwalk Empire could get it… as could any of the list.

Best TV Series, Comedy
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie, Modern Family or 30 Rock for sure. Glee has lost it’s way, The Big C never found it and I won’t acknowledge the sixth.

Best Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Cranston, Hall or Hamm? Maybe Buscemi? Probably not Laurie. I’d love Cranston to keep up his winning streak.

Best Actress, Drama
Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Elisabeth Moss and no one else. Never have a cheered for and despaired at any character as much as Peggy.

Best Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Alec Baldwin for getting the delivery of every joke pitch perfect.

Best Actress, Comedy
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Collette or Falco would be a pleasant surprise.

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie
Carlos
The Pacific
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

The Pacific is a perfectly blind guess.

Best Actor In a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian MacShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Dennis Quaid, I totally actually watched The Special Relationship!

Best Actress In A Mini-Series or TV Movie
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temle Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

I’ve never felt so lost. Jennifer Love Hewitt should never win an acting award though.

Best Supporting Actor In a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Eric Stonestreet to win this confusing mixed bag of a category.

Best Supporting Actress In A Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

All of the above please. Honestly, how can you compare comedy and drama performances?