Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golden Globes Noms - My Sandra Bullock prediction came true, TV Categories signal a changing of the guard

Hey there, fellow film fans!

Around 5am Pacific time this morning, The 67th Annual Golden Globe nominees were announced from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and there were many surprises (and snubs!). My selection for the win will be highlighted in RED. My Commentary follows the last nominee in the category.

Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical):
"30 Rock"
"Modern Family"
"The Office"
"30 Rock (finally) has something to worry about. This season has provided some really nice comedy additions to primetime. "Modern Family" is really strong - the cast, writing and pacing are really top-notch - and the show hasn't really missed a step since its premiere. The humor is relatable, and the lack of canned laughs tells the audience that the show trusts us to know what's funny. It's a refreshing addition to the primetime landscape and fully deserves the honor. Now if only the cast had gotten the same respect indivdually...

Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical):
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
David Duchovny,
Thomas Jane,
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"

It's really a shame (and a shock) that Ed O'Neill has been left out of this category. As the patriarch of the Modern Family clan, his blunt, matter of fact delivery is the backbone of much of the show's best moments. Had he been included, Alec Baldwin might have needed to keep his acceptance speech in his tux pocket. Alas, the remaining field doesn't offer much of a challenge to unseat him, so history looks to repeat itself...unless by some miracle the HFPA was watching "Glee"when Morrison's Mr. Shue learned of his wife's deception..

Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical):
Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"
Courteney Cox, "Cougar Town"
Edie Falco,
"Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Lea Michele, "Glee"

Lea Michele probably did a cart wheel and sang a high note - her nomination is validation that her talents are substantial beyond Broadway. Basically, she got a shout out from the HFPA. This race will be a tug-of-war between 30 Rock's Fey (the old guard) and Tara's Collette (current Emmy winner in the Drama category). The wild card is Cougar's Cox, who could come out on top on account of Cox and Fey splitting the vote, since supporters of both are pretty stubborn, and there's a lot of HFPA members anxious to reembrace Cox from her Friends days, for which she was never singularly honored. Should be an interesting contest.

Best Television Series (Drama):
"Big Love"
"Mad Men"
"True Blood"
What a diverse field. Still, no "Breaking Bad"? Where's "Lost"? Nevertheless, this is a strong field of contenders, and better still, they couldn't be more different from each other. House doesn't stand a chance against 4 cable dramas. Mad Men is the incumbent, but Dexter had an amazing season, and both of its stars were nominated in their respective acting categories. "True Blood" and "Big Love" still haven't reached their full potential yet, but HBO should still be proud that two of their dramas took up the field.

Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama):
Glenn Close, "Damages"
January Jones, "Mad Men"
Julianna Margulies,
"The Good Wife"
Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick,
"The Closer"
The Closer's Sedgwick is a perpetual nominee - always a bridesmaid... But maybe this could be her year. Except for Damages' Close, no other challenger in this category has been nominated more than she, and there's something to be said for consistency. Anna Paquin enjoyed this honor (surprisingly) last year, but the momentum has definitely shifted to more mature performances this time around. Jones' Betty Draper was put through the ringer this season and wrapped up her performance strongly by season's end. However, its uncertain whether she individually warrants recognition - Mad Men's ensemble is greater than the sum of its parts.

Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama):
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Bill Paxton, "Big Love"

Poor Bryan Cranston. Hot of his Emmy win, and he couldn't even score a nod in this category. Nevetheless, the field is tight and Michael C. Hall is pretty tough competition. Simon Baker is pretty delicious and likable, but that isn't enough for the win. At least, not yet. Jon Hamm - see Best Actress above. Hugh Laurie may be accused of staying at the party too long, but his ability to shift gears between humor and drama make him an understandable choice. Bill Paxton does really solid work on HBO's Big Love, but Showtime's Hall is a better bet.

Best Director for a Motion Picture:
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron,
Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture:
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, "District 9"
Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker"
Nancy Meyers,
"It's Complicated"
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
"(500) Days of Summer"
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"Julie & Julia"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard, "Nine"
Julia Roberts,
Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated"
Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Matt Damon, "The Informant!"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Nine"
Robert Downey Jr.,
"Sherlock Holmes"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "(500) Days of Summer"
Michael Stuhlberg,
"A Serious Man"

Best Motion Picture (Drama):
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"

"Up in the Air"

Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama):
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Tobey Maguire, "Brothers"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama):
Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan,
"An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson,
"The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci,
"The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Vera Farmiga,
"Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Monique, "Precious"
Julianne Moore, "A Single Man"

Best Animated Movie:
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"

Best Supporting Actor (Television):
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
William Hurt, "Damages"
John Lithgow, "Dexter"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"

Best Supporting Actress (Television):
Jane Adams, "Hung"
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love"
Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm"

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