The nominations for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards have been announced, which annually signal to the world the official start of the Hollywood awards season. The noms have only been out a few hours and they’ve already got many folks buzzing … first, about the films who scored nominations (Red?! The Tourist?! ALICE IN WONDERLAND?!?!) and the films and actors who did NOT receive nominations (True Grit was completely shut out of the big film categories). Here’s a run down of who was nominated for what — and who wasn’t — for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards:
A proper British story. A gritty gym-rat drama. A Showgirls-esque opus starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. We cannot wait to see the seating arrangements at the Beverly Hilton … The King’s Speech, the critically acclaimed historical drama about King George VI, cemented its reputation as the film to beat at the Oscars with a Globes-best seven nominations. The Fighter, the Mark Wahlberg-produced boxing biopic, and The Social Network, the Facebook movie, earned six nods each. Burlesque, the “dishwater dull,” “crockpot-stew of leftovers” backstage dance movie, received two more nominations than Toy Story 3, including one big one for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Angelina Jolie’s and Johnny Depp’s even more critically dismissed The Tourist had an equally good day, likewise picking up three nods, and likewise competing for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. The television categories were led by Glee, which glided right past any perceived second-season storyline woes with five nominations. As expected, The King’s Speech will vie for Best Motion Picture Drama against The Social Network, The Fighter, Inception and Black Swan. If you had faith that the star-worshipping Hollywood Foreign Press would not disappoint with a “crazy” nomination (or two), then you were not at all surprised that Burlesque and The Tourist will compete for Motion Picture Comedy or Musical opposite Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right and the oldester action flick Red. Of those films, only The Kids Are All Right is considered legit Oscar material.
There is a lot of craziness in this year’s Golden Globe nominations. Except for the True Grit omission, the Best Drama Film category is pretty spot on (The King’s Speech, The Social Network, The Fighter, Inception and Black Swan). The Best Comedy or Musical category is complete idiocy! Except for The Kids are Alright, none of the other films IMHO is worthy of the nomination. From what I understand (because I did not see the film), The Tourist is neither a comedy nor a musical … and yet, it got a nomination (as did both Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the acting categories). Alice In Wonderland, while a cute movie, is simply not nearly good enough to be considered an award contender. To be honest, some of the noms read more like they came from the MTV Movie Awards rather than the second biggest film awards show of the year. Thankfully, the big important films (The Social Network, Black Swan, The King’s Speech) got noms … but they stand alongside the worst films of the year for awards … it makes no sense. Click HERE for a full run-down of just-announced Golden Globe nominations and make sure you tune in on January 16 to find out who gets to go home with awards this year. What do y’all think of this year’s nominations? Do you agree with me that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were smokin’ Salvia when they came up with some of this year’s noms?