Golden Globe Nominations Announced: 'The Artist' Leads, 'The Ides Of March' Surprises, 'Extremely Loud' Snubbed

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by Oliver Lyttelton
December 15, 2011 8:35 AM
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We've only just recovered from yesterday's SAG award nominations, where "The Artist" continued to lock down its frontrunner status, and "The Help" picked up a strong haul of nods, while the likes of "Shame" and "Hugo" were shut out completely (among the many snubs detailed here). A mere 24 hours later, and we're back on the awards beat, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing the annual Golden Globe nominations this morning.

The odd quartet of Woody Harrelson, Sofia Vergara, Rashida Jones and Gerard Butler were on hand to reveal the nods, and well... forget it Jake, it's the Golden Globes. As ever, the HFPA didn't quite do what anyone was expecting. The biggest winners were all films well-established in the awards race: front-runner "The Artist" took six nods, followed closely by "The Descendants" and "The Help" with five, but the biggest surprise came with the resurgence of "The Ides of March," mostly ignored during the awards season so far, with four nominations, including Best Drama and Best Director, while "Midnight In Paris" and "Moneyball" also managed four each, although that was pretty much expected. 

"Albert Nobbs" and "My Week With Marilyn" both took three nods, incidentally, while "50/50" snuck into the Best Comedy/Musical category and picked up a nomination for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Best Actor. "Bridesmaids" also managed the same for the film and the star, although Melissa McCarthy, who's been on a roll of late, missed out in Supporting. "Hugo" did respectably too, with three nominations, certainly keeping its Oscar hopes alive, while Michael Fassbender won a Best Actor nom after losing out at the SAGs, and Tilda Swinton looks more and more like a lock for a Best Actress slot after picking up a nod here. And the HFPA is just as unable to resist that dreamy Ryan Gosling as anyone else, nominating him as Best Actor in both the Comedy/Musical category, for "Crazy Stupid Love," and Drama, for "The Ides of March."

And there are certain other curios that have to be put down to the Globes' love of stars, and the splitting of the categories; there's no way that the ladies of "Carnage," who were both nominated, will figure into the race, and neither will Brendan Gleeson for "The Guard," although he's arguably more deserving than some locked into that category. But what were the real snubs?

Well, "War Horse" did manage a Best Drama nomination, in an extended field of six, but Spielberg lost out in Best Director, and the film only picked up one other nomination, for John Williams' score. More serious was "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which won exactly zero nominations, despite the presence of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in the cast. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" also got nothing, although that's par for the course these days, presenter Woody Harrelson missed out for "Rampart," and "The Muppets," widely expected to figure into the Best Original Song category in a big way, missed out on that, as well as the big Comedy/Musical nomination. 

As we've said before, the HFPA isn't exactly the most reliable of bodies, although they did at least manage to avoid the disgrace of last year's "The Tourist"/"Red"/"Burlesque"/"Alice in Wonderland" nods, so any Oscar prognostication based on these should be taken with a big pinch of salt. However, there will be knock-on effects, from both this and the SAGs yesterday, and we'll discuss those in our awards column tomorrow. In the meantime, The Golden Globes will take place on Sunday January 15th.

Best Picture - Drama
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"The Ides Of March"
"Moneyball"
 "War Horse"

Best Picture - Comedy/Musical
"50/50"
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"Midnight In Paris"
"My Week With Marilyn"

Best Director
Woody Allen - "Midnight In Paris"
George Clooney - "The Ides of March"
Michel Hazavinicius - "The Artist"
Alexander Payne - "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese - "Hugo"

Best Actress - Comedy/Musical
Jodie Foster - "Carnage"
Charlize Theron - "Young Adult"
Kristin Wiig - "Bridesmaids"
Michelle Williams - "My Week With Marilyn"
Kate Winslet - "Carnage"

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical
Jean Dujardin - "The Artist"
Brendan Gleeson - "The Guard"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "50/50"
Ryan Gosling - "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Owen Wilson - "Midnight In Paris"

Best Actress - Drama
Glenn Close - "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis - "The Help"
Rooney Mara - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep - "The Iron Lady"
Tilda Swinton - "We Need To Talk About Kevin"

Best Actor - Drama
George Clooney - "The Descendants"
Leonardo DiCaprio - "J. Edgar"
Michael Fassbender - "Shame"
Ryan Gosling - "The Ides of March"
Brad Pitt - "Moneyball"

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh - "My Week With Marilyn"
Albert Brooks - "Drive"
Jonah Hill - "Moneyball"
Viggo Mortensen - "A Dangerous Method"
Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain - "The Help"
Janet McTeer - "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Screenplay
Michel Hazavanicius - "The Artist"
Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne - "The Descendants"
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - "The Ides of March"
Woody Allen - "Midnight In Paris"
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian - "Moneyball"

Best Animated Film
"The Adventures Of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Cars 2"
"Puss In Boots"
"Rango"

Best Foreign-Language Film
"A Separation" (Iran)
The Flowers Of War" (China)
"The Kid With The Bike" (Belgium)
"In The Land Of Blood and Honey" (USA)
"The Skin I Live In" (Spain)

Best Original Score
Ludovic Bource - "The Artist"
Abel Korzeniowski - "W.E."
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Howard Shore - "Hugo"
John Williams - "War Horse"

Best Original Song
"Hello Hello" - "Gnomeo & Juliet - Elton John
"Lay Your Head Down" - "Albert Nobbs" - Sinead O'Connor
"The Living Proof" - "The Help" - Mary J. Blige
"The Keeper" - "Machine Gun Preacher" - Gerard Butler
"Masterpiece" - "W.E." - Madonna

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13 Comments

  • Jackie Kahane | January 1, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    The Globes are a (literally) paid for award. It is about the TV show. The voters are "stringers" mostly for European press who work mostly as waiters. Less we forget, Pia Zadora was given some sort of Newcomer Award paid for by her rich husband. Paid no attention to the frog looking in his gift bag behind the curtain.

  • jimbo | December 16, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    'My Week With Marilyn' categorised as a 'comedy/musical'???! It's not remotely (or even intentionally) funny and she sings only momentarily in it. What are they on?!

  • StephenM | December 15, 2011 3:09 PMReply

    No Tree of Life, ho hum. Hollywood never recognizes it when the great ones come along. On the bright side, Fassbender and Swinton!

    Did every major animated film released this year get nominated?

    Hey, but that Foreign Film slate looks pretty good! I really gotta A Separation.

  • StephenM | December 15, 2011 3:13 PM

    Oh, and I haven't seen anyone else mention this, but surely the fact that The Artist is getting so much mainstream awards attention is a significant deviance from the norm for Hollywood? I haven't seen the film, I've heard several say it's only a trifle, but it is (1) a foreign film, (2) silent, and (3) in black and white. When was the last time such a uniquely adventurous film as that was nominated for Oscars? Foreign films are never Oscar frontrunners, even if there have been one or two wins over the years (The Last Emperor is only one I can think of off-hand).

  • Nik Grape | December 15, 2011 10:11 AMReply

    Well, this was a bit of an easier pill to swallow than the SAG noms. Fassbender's nomination makes up for the bizarre Owen Wilson props - he was the weakest link in Midnight in Paris - but it's good that only Dujardin from those Comedic Actors will go all the way. I gotta be honest and say though that I had no idea The Artist would be making such a head start. An industry giant like Eastwood doesn't get a nom - huh. Nice to see Theron in there. No love for Carrey Mulligan and AGAIN Redgrave gets snubbed - did people just not like Coriolanus that much? (I freakin loved it)..

    I gotta catch up with a lot of these movies before Jan 15th, damn...

  • Boooom | December 15, 2011 10:04 AMReply

    The Help is better than Tree of Life, Drive and Tinker Taylor...
    Makes perfect sense. Idiots.

  • sarah | December 15, 2011 12:02 PM

    The Help is a totally normal film. I really don´t understand all the passion for this movie that looks like were made for tv.

  • James | December 15, 2011 9:58 AMReply

    No Tinker Tailer.

    Shame on you all.

  • FF | December 15, 2011 9:51 AMReply

    Gerard Butler wrote 'The Keeper'? Not Chris Cornell? Or?

  • jingmei | December 15, 2011 9:49 AMReply

    After all this list belongs to mainstream in Hollywood though by foreign press stuff, nothing special, though this blog article kinda makes sense. Just pay much less attention to this then to Sundance or Indie Spirit or whatever nowadays.

  • dudeabides | December 15, 2011 9:25 AMReply

    wow the Foreign Press is really in love with Clooney. They even nominated Gosling for Ides of March instead of the awesome Drive. No Tree of Life, Extremely Loud, Muppets, Oldman, Olsen, Kingsley. But good to see Midnight in Paris, 50/50, Fassbender, Swinton, Mortensen get in.

  • VCQ | December 15, 2011 8:59 AMReply

    George Clooney - Best Director and Best Screenplay nominee for The Ides of March over Steven Spielberg's War Horse?!? Such a shame! What do these critics/journalists see on Clooney?!? WHOA!!!

  • Sara | December 15, 2011 9:11 AM

    My friend watched War Horse play and the film. He said in the cinema he got bored, and said the play is fantastic.

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