Oscars Watch: 68th Golden Globes Nominees Announced

(COURTESY OF http://theenvelope.latimes.com/)

2011 Golden Globes nominees list

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

  • “Black Swan”
  • “The Fighter”
  • “Inception”
  • “The King’s Speech”
  • “The Social Network”

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
  • “Burlesque”
  • “The Kids Are All Right”
  • “Red”
  • “The Tourist”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE

  • “Biutiful,” Mexico/Spain
  • “The Concert,” France
  • “The Edge,” Russia
  • “I Am Love,” Italy
  • “In a Better World,” Denmark

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
  • David Fincher, “The Social Network”
  • Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
  • Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
  • David O. Russell, “The Fighter”

BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR

  • Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco, “127 Hours”
  • Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”
  • Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter”

BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS

  • Halle Berry, “Frankie and Alice”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Johnny Depp, “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Johnny Depp, “The Tourist”
  • Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, “Love and Other Drugs”
  • Kevin Spacey, “Casino Jack”

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

  • Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Anne Hathaway, “Love and Other Drugs”
  • Angelina Jolie, “The Tourist”
  • Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Emma Stone, “Easy A”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
  • Michael Douglas, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
  • Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
  • Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
  • Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
  • Mila Kunis, “Black Swan”
  • Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
  • Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

ANIMATED FILM

  • “Despicable Me”
  • “How to Train Your Dragon”
  • “The Illusionist”
  • “Tangled”
  • “Toy Story 3”

SCREENPLAY

  • Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, “127 Hours”
  • Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
  • David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”
  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Alexandre Desplat, “The King’s Speech”
  • Danny Elfman, “Alice in Wonderland”
  • A.R. Rahman, “127 Hours”
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”
  • Hans Zimmer, “Inception”

SONG

  • “Bound to You” (music by Samuel Dixon, lyrics by Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler), “Burlesque”
  • “Coming Home” (music and lyrics by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges), “Country Strong”
  • “I See the Light” (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater), “Tangled”
  • “There’s a Place for Us” (music and lyrics by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey), “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
  • “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (music and lyrics by Diane Warren), “Burlesque”

Many critics say the Golden Globes offers a good picture of what to expect come Academy Awards season. However, this year appears to be the exception. Having not seen many of the films nominated, I cannot fully guesstimate what will take the gold come awards night. The only indicators that are significant lie in the drama categories among The Fighter, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, Social Network, etc. The fact that Red, The Tourist, Burlesque, and Easy A are nominated for anything is beyond me.

For the most part, I feel like I will be able to get behind The Fighter. The cast is an ensemble of actors/actresses that I enjoy and it has the raw feel that makes for award winning cinema. Comparing it to the others, I can not wrap around cheering for any other films on come awards night. The Social Network fails to grab my attention, Black Swan will be enjoyable, but probably not award winning, The King’s Speech may not be all that it is cracked up to be, and Inception is a superior film but probably not a Golden Globe or Academy Award winning film.

Through the years, I agree, the Golden Globes have been the same general outlook as the Academy Awards, but honestly, this year I think the nominee picture for the Oscars will be very different. I look forward to seeing what wins at the Globes to give even the slightest bit of indicator as to what could possibly win Oscar night.

For now I will use the Golden Globes nominees as a list of what to view to get a better hold on the Oscar Challenge. The Oscar Challenge is about viewing all the films nominated for Oscars in the month before the ceremony. However, if I can view many of the nominated films before the challenge, it gives me a better ability to make educated guesses towards the nominations and also in case the films are unavailable around the time of the challenge.

Happy guessing!

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