Good morning ladies and germs! Ahahahahaha, I’m just over here laughin’ with Tina and Amy, havin’ a grand ole time.
Awards season is finally here, and I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breath. There have been several “awards” shows already in 2014–The Gotham Awards, Governors Awards, The British Independent Film Awards, and the AFI Awards, as well as the nominations for the slightly more relevant Independent Spirit Awards, but we’re finally to a somewhat bigger show!!! The Globes! The SAGs announced yesterday as well, but there are a few more surprises here. A few.
Birdman led the list of film nominations with 7, followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game who each had 5 respectively. And on the smaller screen, Fargo got 5 nominations while True Detective scored 4. The big TV shocker of the day–no Modern Family :-O.
Here are my thoughts on each of the (abundant) categories:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”
No real surprises here in the category of Boyhood and everyone else. Oh wait, I haven’t gotten to see anyone else. And they’re all historical dramas… So go Boyhood. The only real disappointment here is that another period piece set in 1960s Poland, Ida, was not included here. If you haven’t seen it–see it.
Some flicks that could be considered drama snub–Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and American Sniper; both are due out on Christmas day.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
Is this category just Birdman and everyone else too? Yes. St. Vincent was very “meh” and who really wants a literal high school musical winning best comedy or musical, even one with Meryl Streep singing. So that just leaves Pride and The Grand Budapest Hotel. I was very pleasantly surprised to see Pride nominated, a film which hasn’t seen much buzz here in the US, along with Wes Anderson’s latest, but let’s face it, Birdman just may be a historically great film. This is its time to fly. No suspense.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Jake Gyllenhaal was quite creepy in Nightcrawler but have you seen Steve Carell in that prosthetic nose? That’s dayum creepy.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
JULIANNE MOORE BROKE MY HEART. You may have heard that Sony got hacked by some North Korean empathizers, releasing Angelina Jolie drama and a lot of Fury upon the Internet. But it also released Still Alice, a film about a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s. I may have seen it (I did) and it is absolutely devastating. Julianne Moore has to deal with Alzheimer’s AND having Kristen Stewart as a daughter in the film so let’s just give her an Oscar already.
While the crowded theater erupted in clamoring of “that crazy b***** during my viewing of Gone Girl, I was singing more of a “that brilliant Rosamund Pike!!” During Gone Girl. Obviously. If you haven’t seen it yet, where have you been? Adult movies for adults are kind of back in style.
The two surprising shut outs–Hilary Swank for The Homesman and Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant or Two Days, One Night. But look who got their spot, it’s Jennifer Aniston!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Hellen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Map to the Stars”
Quvenzhane Wallis – “Annie”
Julianne Moore with the double nomination! Sidenote: It’s Paul Thomas Anderson week over at Grantland, and you should check out their pieces on Boogie Nights. That movie just keeps on rockin’ and rollin’.
No one has probably seen any of these films yet as basically none of them are in theaters and who saw Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars? Oh wait, I have. It was a typically disturbing look at the human psyche, set in Hollywood. Moore is good. She’s always good. Is it a comedy? Sure…… no, Jenny Slate and Obvious Child (an actual comedy) has alas, been ignored.
Amy Adams continues her hot streak in life with yet another Golden Globe nomination for a Tim Burton movie no less and we welcome back Quvenzhane Wallis to the awards slate, despite the fact that Annie doesn’t look so great. Blame Daddy Warbucks.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
James Corden, “Into the Woods”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”
Michael Keaton Michael Keaton Michael Keaton
I would have liked to see Bill Hader score a nomination for one of my favorite films of the year, The Skeleton Twins here, but I’m sure James Corden was great at singing and being a baker and whatnot.
Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Patricia Arquette is going to take down Meryl Streep. That has to feel good. While Emma Stone is tremendous in Birdman, my dark horse pick is….. Jessica Chastain! 80’s crime drama, A Most Violent Year, has been seen by a lot of no one but it’s been getting some great buzz because we love the 80’s.
Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
I want to see Whiplash. Badly. Why hasn’t it been released here??
Best Director – Motion Picture
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu, “Birdman”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
This is quite a slate for best director, but it has to be Richard Linklater, does it not?
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Another strong category and I’m leaning towards GBH because that’s what the cool hipsters told me to say.
Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Book Of Live
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Everything is awesome.
Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majure – Sweden
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Israel
Ida – Poland
Leviathan – Russian
Tangerines – Estonia Georgia
Ida!! I’m so happy to see you here, but Leviathan may be the winner. Everyone seems to love that flick I haven’t bothered to see.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Big Eyes – Big Eyes
Glory – Selma
Mercy Is – Noah
Opportunity – Annie
Yellow Flicker Beat – Mockingjay
Randy Marsh Lorde vs. Lana del Rey? I’ll take Lorde.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Birdman drums for the win.
Best Television Series – Drama
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”
I didn’t even know what The Affair was until approximately 3 seconds ago. It’s on Showtime. Alright.
WHERE IS MAD MEN!?
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Jane the Virgin”
“Orange Is The New Black”
This category is far less dull, with a Louie shutout and a lot of young programs on the scene, including Hulu’s Transparent (starring Jeffery Tambor). This could be Hulu’s big year! Can’t believe I’m saying that.
Let’s all raise a glass to Modern Family getting shut out this year, and let’s smash a glass over The Mindy Project getting shut out yet again! No Veep, no Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and no Parks & Rec as well. But yayyyyy Girls, I guess.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Fargo>True Detective but is anyone > than Woody Harrelson or Matthew McConaughey? We’ll see…
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Viola Davis, while your Shonda Rhimes show is not my thing, I am happy to see you here.
I am not happy that once again, there is no Tatiana Maslanay for Orphan Black. But I just gotta shake it off.
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Rickey Gervais, “Derek”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
House of Lies continues to get nominated for stuff which is just beyond me.
This one’s Jeffery Tambor’s to lose. #HuluPlus
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is The New Black”
No Amy Poehler AND no Mindy Kaling. *overturns desk
Congrats to Gina Rodriguez though. Who would have though a telenovela remade for the CW would be getting award noms? Not this girl.
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Normal Heart”
This is quite a category, but Fargo v The Normal Heart looks to be the race. True Detective has lost its buzz. Though McConaughey hasn’t! ZING.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Not picking Frances McDormand (a hero of mine) or Jessica Lange (another hero of mine) is painful, but the favorite has to be Allison Tolman. But perhaps a Gyllenhaal will pull an upset January 11…
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Dominic West, “The Affair”
There are too many TV categories. And I’ve seen basically none of these shows. I may have more of a life than previously imagined…
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”
This is all Uzo. Also, since when is the show, Mom, a mini-series?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
Bill Murray with the double noms! I have no thoughts here. I’m finished!
The Golden Globes air January 11 on television, probably.