Golden Globe nominations offer diversity, competitive season

This morning the nominees for the 69th annual Golden Globes were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). While many of the nominees read off by Rashida Jones, Woody Harrelson and other stars were guaranteed to make an appearance, there were also several surprises along the way.

The Golden Globes are known as a serious indicator for each year’s upcoming Oscar ballot, but the award show often makes decisions that leave critics and audiences shaking their heads (a Best Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination for last year’s “The Tourist”).

Fortunately most of the surprising bids announced today were of the “I’m glad they thought of that” variety.

Leading the pack is “The Artist,” a silent black and white film that has been scooping up numerous awards since it’s release, with 6 nominations. “The Help” and “The Descendants” each earned 5 nods, and “The Ides of March” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” snatched 4 nominations each.

The aforementioned surprises were mostly nominations that many were displeased to find missing from the recent Screen Actors Guild ballot. This includes a Best Actor -Drama nomination for Michael Fassbender in the NC-17 “Shame” and Ryan Gosling in both “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “The Ides of March” (the former is a nominee for the Comedy or Musical category).

Also missing from the SAG list but finding redemption this morning were Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”), Christopher Plummer (“The Beginners”) and Albert Brooks (“Drive”).

Surprising film nominations that were not SAG make-up calls are George Clooney for Best Director (“The Ides of March”) and Best Picture nods for “50/50,” “Moneyball” and Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse.”

As for the TV side of the Globes, the stage is set for old favorites to face off against the new kids on the block and the battle should be intense.

Showtime’s “Homeland,” Starz’s “Boss,” and FX’s “American Horror Story” will be up against the cultural icons that are “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” in the Best Drama Series category.

Best Comedy Series sees a struggle between Showtime’s “Episodes,” HBO’s “Enlightened,” and a host of more famous shows like “Glee,” “The New Girl” and the most recent must-watch comedy “Modern Family.”

Unlike last awards season, when everything was “The Social Network” vs. “The King’s Speech,” the Golden Globe nominations have assured critics and audiences that the race to the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26 is wide open.

Good afternoon and happy viewing.


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