Is it just me or do the Golden Globes seem to have landed on us mighty quickly this year? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have zip power in la la land, but have traditionally put on one of the most important award events of the year. In a year that is terrible for female roles, the best actress in the bunch had to play a man.
Best Motion Picture – Drama is between The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides Of March, Moneyball and War Horse. I confess I’ve only seen The Ides of March and Moneyball, both for which were ok, but nothing I thought was award-winning. This category sets the tone for the other nominations, though, it’s all the Hollywood big guys this year; The Descendants is Clooney, Hugo is Scorsese, The Ides Of March is Clooney again, Moneyball is Brad, War Horse is Spielberg. In their masculine midst is The Help, the only female-led film of the bunch.
Best Actor in a Drama This one is like a Top-5 of the most gorgeous men in Hollywood; George Clooney for The Descendants, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar, Michael Fassbender in Shame, Ryan Gosling in The Ides Of March and Brad Pitt for Moneyball. There is a wee bit of LGBT interest in this one as J. Edgar Hoover was a mo, although there is no news yet about how obvious they are about this in the film.
Best Actress in a Drama This is a surprisingly interesting category with all of the roles jet-black serious, full-on acting. Glenn Close looks like the obvious winner for Albert Nobbs, but never write-off Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). Viola Davis’s nom for The Help is a nod to the success of the film and Tilda Swinton scared the bejeesus out of everyone in We Need To Talk About Kevin. The surprise inclusion here is Rooney Mara for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, queer-tastic!
Best Movie – Comedy or Musical Again, I must apologise for my lack of knowledge on this one. I actually haven’t seen any of them. For shame! We have 50/50, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight In Paris and My Week With Marilyn. The Artist is a shoo-in. This is the thing about awards ceremonies, you don’t even have had to see the films to know who’ll win; it’s all politics and media.
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical Usually this category is full of hilarity, but these roles are actually very poignant; Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Brendan Gleeson for The Guard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50, Ryan Gosling for Crazy, Stupid, Love and Owen Wilson in Midnight In Paris. I’d love to say that our Brendan will win this one, but again this is all about The Artist.
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical For this one, who effing cares who wins? They’re all epic actresses and no one could begrudge any of them. Check out this list of talent; Jodie Foster in Carnage, Charlize Theron for Young Adult, Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn and Kate Winslet in Carnage. You just know Kristen Wiig has no speach prepared.
Head here for the rest of the nominees. Who do you think will win? Do you care?