Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globe Nominations..."The Artist" leads the pack! Pitt, Clooney & Fassbender get coveted nods!

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association - often accused of being self-serving and politically-motivated (too much schmoozing and greasing of palms going-down in the smokey back-rooms of the major studios or so "they" say) have announced the nominees for the Golden Globes

"The Artist" is the front-runner this year leading the pack of Tinseltown hopefuls with six nominations.


"The Descendants" and "The Help" each scored five hits.

To some, it was not surprising that "My Week with Marilyn" was lumped in with the comedy genre.

In recent years, Golden Globe aficionados have caused many to shake their heads in disbelief - at not only their wild selections - but also their tendency to tuck features into the loopy categories that don't often appear to be a good fit.

"Bridesmaids" was given the nod for a comedy, this year, while "The Help" has fallen under the arm of the celluloid drama offerings.

Just maybe, something has been lost in the translations overseas, eh?
Although "Breaking Bad" has been getting top raves from tough critics, it got snubbed by the Foreign Press Association (which resulted in a few bruised egos).

On the other hand, bill-of-fare which doesn't generally garner acclaim from reviewers - or muster up nods for prestigious awards like a Golden Globe - were a attention-getters (such as American Horror Story).

They should hire me on for astute on-the-ball recommendations if they want to get a respectable spin in Tinseltown (and around the Globe) don't 'ya think?

For good reason, the curious will be tuned in on the night of the festivities, to see which way the fickle finger of fate goes!

Here's a run-down of the nominees:
Best Picture

War Horse
The Ides of March
The Help

Best Picture

The Artist
My Week With Marilyn
Midnight in Paris

Best Actor

George Clooney in The Descendants
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Leonardo DiCaprio in J.Edgar
Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender in Shame

Best Actress
Viola Davis in The Help
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Brendan Gleeson in The Guard
Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris
Joseph Gorden-Levitt in 50/50
Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Actress

Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn
Jodie Foster in Carnage
Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Kate Winslet in Carnage

Best Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks in Drive
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method

Best Supporting

Berenice Bejo in The Artist
Octavia Spencer in The Help
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants

Best Director

Martin Scorsese
George Clooney
(The Ides of March)
Michel Hazanavicius
(The Artist)
Alexander Payne
(The Descendants)
Woody Allen
(Midnight in Paris)

Best TV Series

American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Best Comedy Series

New Girl
Modern Family

Best Actor

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer in Boss
Jeremy Irons in The Borgias
Damian Lewis in Homeland

Best Actress

Claire Danes in Homeland
Mireille Enos in The Killing
Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe in Revenge
Callie Thorne in Necessary Roughness

Best Actor

Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
David Duchovny in Californication
Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane in Hung
Matt LeBlanc in Episodes

Best Actress

Tina Fey in 30 Rock
Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation
Laura Dern in Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel in New Girl
Laura Linney in The Big C

Best TV-Movie or Miniseries

Mildred Pierce
Too Big Too Fail
Cinema Verite
Downtown Abbey
The Hour

Best Actor
TV-Movie or Miniseries

William Hurt in Too Big Too Fail
Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey
Idris Elba in Luther
Bill Nighy in Page Eight
Dominic West in Appropriate Adult

Supporting Actor
TV-Movie or Miniseries

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti in Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce in Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins in Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family

Supporting Actress
TV-Movie or Miniseries

Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara in Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood in Mildred Pierce

Best Screenplay

Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Artist
The Descendants

Best Animated Feature

The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2

Best Foreign Film
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Flowers of War
The Skin I Live In
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation

Best Original Song

The Help
Albert Nobbs
Machine Gun Preacher
Gnomeo and Juliet

Best Score
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
The Artist

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