The Geeky Golden Globes: 2011 noms

The Geeky Golden Globes: 2011 noms

Ah, the Golden Globes!  The Bizarro World version of the Oscars and the Emmys! 

You can always count on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to give you at least one WTF nom, and they have not disappointed in the announcement this morning.

Drumroll….Piper Perabo for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Covert Affairs.

Wha-?

The show had 11 episodes in its first season.  I never saw it (and I’m really, really not alone in that), and maybe Perabo’s performance is one of the top five female lead performances in drama series this year…but I still think (despite good ratings and a season two pickup) this will be a surprise to mainstream TV watchers.

Here’s another shocker…The Tourist is a comedy or musical?  My guess is that the studios get to submit in their choice of categories, and they figured they wouldn’t have a shot with The Tourist as a drama.  That gives us the odd spectacle of Johnny Depp competing against himself for a best actor – comedy award in a spy fi movie…and as the Mad Hatter.

Here are some of the other interesting noms…you can see all of them

Official Blog announcement

  • Inception, The Social Network, and The Black Swan as Best Picture – Drama
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA  (AKA Best Performance by an Actress in a movie nobody saw):  Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)…okay, I know movie geeks might have seen some of these🙂
  • Jesse Eisenberg for Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama for The Social Network
  • What do Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, RED, and The Tourist have in common?  According to the HFPA, they are all musicals or comedies.  I’m betting if you don’t see every movie that comes out, though, you haven’t seen all of these.  I’m thinking there weren’t a lot of double features of Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right, for example…
  • Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were both nominated for The Kids Are All Right as lead actors…opposite Angelina Jolie in The Tourist.  Emma Stone got some serious buzz for Easy A, and it’s nice to see her nominated here.  Anne Hathaway is nominated for a Golden Globe and hosting the Oscars…awkward! 😉
  • Don’t you hope they’ll sit the Best Movie Comedy actors at the same table…and let us listen in?  Johnny Depp (twice), Paul Giamatti, Jake Gyllenhall, and Kevin Spacey
  • 5 solid nominees for Best Animated feature: Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Tangled, and Toy Stoy 3
  • Congrats to Mila Kunis for her nom for Black Swan as Supporting!  Good year for her: The Book of Eli, Date Night, and Black Swan…would you have picked her for the breakout movie star with serious critical acclaim from That 70s Show?  Topher Grace was in Predators… 😉
  • His Globey sense is tingling…Andrew Garfield got a nom for Supporting Actor for The Social Network…wait, Michael Douglas was supporting in Money Never Sleeps?
  • Here’s another table where I want a microphone: Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, and Christopher Nolan are all nommed for Best Director, along with Tom Hooper and David O. Russell…this may not be that talky a bunch, though…maybe brainscans would be more interesting😉
  • Christopher Nolan is up against Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for best screenplay
  • You kind of wonder if Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer have a San Francisco Giants/L.A. Dodgers rivalry going by now.  That’s okay, Trent Reznor breaks it up with The Social Network getting a nom for Best Original Score
  • Carrie Underwood is nominated for Best Song…and it isn’t for Country Strong?  It’s for Narnia.  Christina Aguilera, Diane Warren, and Alan Menken also have noms
  • The Walking Dead gets a Best Drama nod…quick, fire the writers!  ;)  Dexter is also nominated…that would make an interesting crossover, wouldn’t it?
  • Another interesting table, although this might make a better after party: Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, and Hugh Laurie for Best Actor in a Drama TV series
  • Six noms for Best Comedy/Musical series…yes, Glee is one of them.  The others are 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Big C, Modern Family, and Nurse Jackie
  • Lea Michele was a lead on Glee this year? 
  • Wouldn’t you like to see Lead Actor in a Comedy/Musical settled in a 70’s style WWF Battle Royale?  Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Thomas Jane, Matthew Morrison, and Jim Parsons…you might bet on Jane, but I suspect Parsons is suprisingly scrappy😉
  • Temple Grandin is nominated for mini-series…seriously, read the books
  • This is where the HPFA shows the love…Jennifer Love Hewitt nominated for The Client List
  • Dennis Quaid is nominated for The Special Relationship…gee, I wonder if Randy will show up to cheer him on? 😉
  • Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Julia Stiles, Hope Davis, and Kelly MacDonald…I hope they share a cab and it gets recorded
  • Chris Colfer deserves to win for I Want To Hold Your Hand…and so much else.  He’s up against Scott Caan, Chris Noth, Eric Stonestreet, and David Strathairn
  • HBO had 12 noms to Showtime’s 8
  • The King’s Speech was the most nominated movie at 7…Glee was the most nommed TV series at 5

The awards  will be announced and broadcast (with returning host Ricky Gervais) January 16, 2011…it will take two days to clean up the ballroom afterwards…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. 

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