The Golden Globe Nominations (voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press) were announced today, which displayed some good judgment in parts and in others displayed why Jerry Lewis and David Hasselhoff were such international superstars. As a movie addict who has seen or will see all or nearly all of the films nominated (I’m already close) here’s my recap of the good and bad of today’s nominations. Contrary to my usual I will start with the good:
1) Meryl Streep is a beast. 2 more nominations bringing her total up to 1,895 career nominations. She proves that in Hollywood if you are talented, dignified and your name is Meryl Streep you will not be forgotten as an actress after 38 years old.
2) Matt Damon getting nominated for Best Comedy Actor in The Informant. He was incredibly funny in this movie without being a goofy caricature. Between the Bourne series, The Informant, The Departed and his cameo on Entourage he has completely erased my annoyance with him from the late 90s as a Masshole in Good Will Hunting (great movie, but I blame the Red Sox and Williams college for my aversion to that accent).
3) Woody Harrelson for best supporting actor. He was a beast in The Messenger. But he should lose to Christopher Waltz from Inglorious Basterds. That dude’s performance was the Heath Ledger of 2009. Minus the Olsen twins fu-king and overdose.
4) Jeff Bridges nominated for best actor in a drama. I have not seen Crazy Heart yet, but it looks like The Wrestler, but instead of wrestling, he plays country music. Sort of like in 30 years when I star in a movie called The Comedian. Jeff Bridges is a really underrated and versatile actor and although I think he will finally win for playing some racist grandfather when he is 80 years old (think “Driving Mr. Daisy”) it is nice to see him nominated.
5) 500 Days of Summer and Up In The Air getting lots of nominations. 2 of my top 10 movies of the year. The best Clooney movie ever (finally all the love struck geeks in Hollywood have a legit reason to praise him instead of “loving” his dramatic (boring) movies of the last few years – Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Michael Clayton – all good, all overrated). 500 days of Summer is the best romantic comedy/drama I’ve seen.
6) Animated movies. Really strong category. 2 of my top ten of the year are in this category – Up and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
1) Eastbound and Down shutout. I shouldn’t be surprised that the foreign press didn’t nominate it if the American Emmys didn’t, but to see shows like Entourage and Glee (that show has been on a steady decline – with the exceptions of Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch – from the first episode. However it has found it’s niche market – gays and girls – sort of like Britney Spears, so it plays to them, but to an annoyingly goofy level that its first few episodes did not have).
2) Two nominations for Sandra Bullock is two too many. One for The Proposal – one of the worst films of the year and one for the Blind Side where she combines two of Hollywood’s favorite shallow things – Julia Roberts (an impression of her from Erin Brockovitch) and the benevolence of whites helping blacks be their best. Admittedly I did not see this movie, but that is because I could not stop puking during the preview.
3) The Messenger is not nominated for best picture. I thought it was the better of the two war dramas (The Hurt Locker was very good, but I thought the Messenger was better). Brothers is melodramatic and simple and uses musical score the way one would if they were walking a child through what emotions should be felt during different situations. Not in the discussion. But Tobey McGuire’s over-the-top bug eyed performance got an undeserved nomination (speaking of which, why didn’t Bill Paxton get nominated for his hilariously paranoid performance in Aliens back in 1986?)
4) Hung. Thomas Jane got nominated for best actor in a comedy, making it the first time anyone could consider Hung a comedy. This was the most disappointing show of 2009 and generated approximately .4 laughs per episode.
5) No nomination for Paul Rudd. Since the Golden Globes have a specific category for musical/comedy it is extra disappointing that his hilarious, seemingly effortless and incredibly realistic performance in I Love You Man was not recognized.
1) Mo’nique – I don’t like her very much and I can see her being a real diva (just look at the unnecessary apostrophe in her name for starters) once she wins an Oscar, but her performance in Precious on a scale of 1-10 was a 12, to quote one of Tiger Woods’ skanks.
2) Television Actress Nominee Anna Paquin – she’s just not that pretty and I want you to know that I know that. For God’s sake when Michael Strahan watches True Blood and even he goes, “Damn she needs to fix those teeth.”