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Golden Globe nominations arrive

GoldenGlobe.jpgThe Golden Globe nominations for this year have been announced, the 2013 awards for the 2012 year, I always struggle with that. Anyway there are some interesting films in the various lists and there's a fair mix in there too.

Out of the American awards I tend to think that the Globes are the ones that are more giving to the good films of the year tending to stay away from the Oscar style of rewarding people for more than just the film they delivered this year.

So let's get straight into the Golden Globe nominations list for this year which comes through the BBC and from, obviously, the official Golden Globe site.

First up the Best Motion Picture Drama and I'm excited to see the diversity in the category which is reflected throughout the nominations.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Personally I think it's between Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty, with Lincoln in the lead and Argo pulling up in third. I think that Lincoln will be carried over with Steven Spielberg's weight in the Oscars but will Zero Dark Thirty win it here?

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Oh come now, do you really expect it to be anything but Les Misérables?

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Now, this could be tight but I'm thinking Kathryn Bigelow although if Lincoln doesn't get the best film then he could be walking away with this. Again I would love to see Ben Affleck take this one but I suspect he won't, not yet.

Best Actor - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
Denzel Washington, Flight
John Hawkes, The Sessions

What do you think? Daniel Day-Lewis or Joaquin Phoenix?

Best Actor - Musical or Comedy
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on the Hudson
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Jack Black, Bernie

Hugh Jackman or Bradley Cooper, but I'll go with Jackman.

Best Actress - Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Now this is a lot harder, and I really am not sure who to go with between Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts and Helen Mirren - I don't think Rachel Weisz will win it as the film hasn't been that widely seen or so well received.

Best Actress - Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Steep, Hope Springs

Maggie Smith or Jennifer Lawrence, or maybe perhaps even Meryl Streep?

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo Di Caprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Hope Springs
Christophe Waltz, Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman could walk away with this one although the unusual character that Leonardo Di Caprio is playing might win him a few extra votes.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Here's another list of strong female performances. While it's a bit easier to pick out one or two from the male categories I think the female ones are a lot tighter together. I wonder though if Anne Hathaway will pip even Helen Hunt and Amy Adams to this one?

Best Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Silver Linings Playbook

I think that this might go to a true story, so it's either Lincoln, Argo or Zero Dark Thirty, and considering the evolution of the script and the access the they managed to get, I think it might be Zero Dark Thirty although Argo is superbly well written and might get some additional votes for the Hollywood connections and the additional humour in the story.

Best Original Score
Life of Pi
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas

Best Original Song
Safe and Sound, The Hunger Games,
Skyfall, Skyfall
Suddenly, Les Misérables
Not Running Anymore, Stand Up Guys
For You, Act of Valor

Skyfall (Filmstalker review)? As much as I love Bond and Adele, I thought that was a rather forgettable tune.

Best Foreign Language Film
Rust and Bone (De Rouille et d'os)
Untouchable (Intouchables)
A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære)

With all three taking a rather downbeat tone and similar themes I think it will be a close fight between Amour, Rust and Bone and Untouchable (Intouchables).

Best Animated Feature
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck It Ralph
Hotel Transylvania

Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
Jodie Foster

Now that's well deserved isn't it and hopefully not something to indicate the end of the lifetime's achievements. Keep getting behind and in front of that camera Jodie Foster, you're a fantastic actress and director.

Right, onto the television side.

Best TV Series - Drama

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom
Boardwalk Empire

Best TV Series - Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV
Game Change
The Girl
The Hour
Hatfields & McCoys
Political Animals

Best Actor - Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress - Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Best Actor - Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress - Comedy
Zoey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Actor - Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Toby Jones, The Girl
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gelhorn

Best Actress - Miniseries or Motion Picture made for TV
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gelhorn
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Supporting Actor
Ed Harris, Game Change
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville



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