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Golden Globes Nominations Led by King's Speech, with Seven

by Anne Thompson
December 14, 2010 1:42 AM
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While The Golden Globes nominations have an impact on momentum going into the Oscar race, they are not predictive. That's partly because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (some 80 foreign correspondents) break their categories into Drama and Comedy or Musical. Thus it becomes easy to dismiss certain titles that the Oscars are likely to ignore, including Frankie & Alice, Burlesque, Barney's Version, Easy A, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Red, Casino Jack, The Tourist, and Love & Other Drugs. (Full list of nominees below.)

Another factor is which glamorous stars the HFPA wants to attend the Ricky Gervais-hosted Golden Globes awards ceremony on January 16 (it airs on NBC). Surprise nominees Halle Berry, Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kevin Spacey and Johnny Depp (nominated twice!) fall into that special group.

On the other hand, big nominees such as HFPA-favorite The Weinstein Co.'s The King's Speech (seven nominations) and Blue Valentine (two); Sony's The Social Network (six), Paramount/Relativity's The Fighter (six), Fox Searchlight's Black Swan (four), Warner Bros. Inception (four) and The Town (supporting actor Jeremy Renner), and Focus Features' The Kids Are All Right (four) all get a substantial boost going forward. UPDATE: Sony garnered the most film nominations of any studio, thanks to labels Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics, with 21 total.

Some films that had pinned hopes on Globes nominations that did not arrive will quietly exit the awards fray, including The Ghost Writer, Never Let Me Go, Secretariat, The Way Back, Shutter Island, Fair Game, Hereafter, Made in Dagenham, and Somewhere.

Other films are so American that perhaps they did not play to the Globes' taste, including Conviction, Get Low and the Coens western True Grit. Others such as Mike Leigh's Another Year can still hope that the Academy voters show more discernment. It remains to be seen if Rabbit Hole will wind up an actors' favorite, or garner additional nods.

The HFPA nominates five animated films to the Academy's three, and is free to choose their favorite foreign titles, while the Academy voters must limit themselves to films submitted by each country of origin. In this case only Denmark, Mexico and Russia are in the Oscar mix.

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
RED
The Tourist

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 ACTOR: DRAMA

Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network
Colin Firth The King's Speech
James Franco 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg The Fighter

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA

Halle Berry Frankie & Alice
Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman Black Swan
Michelle Williams Blue Valentine

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Annette Bening
The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway
Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie
The Tourist
Julianne Moore
The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone Easy A

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Johnny Depp
Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp
The Tourist
Paul Giamatti
Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal
Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey Casino Jack

BEST 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

BEST 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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Biutiful (Mexico)
The Concert (France)
The Edge (Russia)

I Am Love (Italy)

In a Better World (Denmark)

BEST SCREENPLAY

127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The King’s Speech

Alice in Wonderland
127 Hours
The Social Network
Inception

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Bound To You” (Burlesque)

“Coming Home” (Country Strong)

“I See The Light” (Tangled)
“There’s a Place For Us” (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

“You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me”  (Burlesque)

3 Comments

  • Richard Tarle | December 14, 2010 9:10 AMReply

    What about James L. Brooks "How Do You Know"....is that completely gone?? He edits and turns his films in late...does that mean, he's completely out of the race? Also, very surprising about True Grit...HFPA recognized No Country in noms but not in director/pic wins..perhaps b/c they're extremely press shy?

    Also, I agree...Somewhere is done. They had everything Euro going for it, and HFPA didn't like it...though it's a breakthrough role for lead actor in it...he turns a new page in his career.

  • Sergio | December 14, 2010 4:53 AMReply

    I'm really surprised that True Grit got nothing. "So American" as you say? THOSE DAMN FURRINERS! They ought to be all thrown out of the country!

  • ryan | December 14, 2010 2:49 AMReply

    I think it's premature to say "Somewhere" is out of the Oscar race. Focus may decide to shift most of its attention to "The Kids Are All Right" now but I'm sure they're financially obligated to give "Somewhere" a bit of a push. I'd liken "Somewhere" to "The Thin Red Line," another film too arty for the Golden Globes, which went on to receive numerous Oscar nominations.

    Also, I can't believe "Red" got nominated.

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