The Golden Globe Nominations: The Women

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by Melissa Silverstein
December 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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I like the Golden Globe show cause it's always goofy.  People drink, say funny stuff and you get TV and film people in one place.  People who are awards watchers don't take it too seriously because they have two different film categories -- comedy and drama -- which no other awards do.  The also kiss a lot of celebrity butt in order to have a star ladened show rather than a serious awards show.  So you must not take anything these people do too seriously.

But they do get coverage and they do get talked about so it matters that with 11 films nominated in the two categories there is not a single woman directed film nominated for best drama or best comedy/musical.  The Help and Bridesmaids continued their good week and I think that we will have to settle for one (The Help) or hopefully both of these films representing the chicks at the Oscars.  So it will be films about women that will represent women, not films by women.  But weirdly, the Bridesmaids writers did not get nominated here, nor did any other female film writers (except for Angelina Jolie who got a best foreign language film nomination).

There are two women directed films nominated, Best Animated Feature: Arthur Christmas directed by Sarah Smith, and In the Land of Blood and Honey directed by Angelina Jolie (which bizarrely qualifies as a foreign film even though the country it qualifies from is the United States.)  The film is quite good and shouldn't need this type of bullshit to get recognized.  Isn't the whole point of the category to highlight films from other countries, not just films in other languages?

Other thing to note - Glenn Close got two nominations.  One for best actress in Albert Nobbs and the other for best song.  She wrote the lyrics for Lay Your Head Down, a song from Albert Nobbs.  Who knew?

The female nominees:

Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical- Bridesmaids written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin
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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jodie Foster – Carnage
Charlize Theron – Young Adult
Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet – Carnage

Best Animated Feature Film
Arthur Christmas - directed by Sarah Smith

Best Foreign Language Film
In The Land Of Blood And Honey (United States) - written and directed by Angelina Jolie

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

Best Original Song
"Lay Your Head Down" – Albert Nobbs
Music By: Brian Byrne
Lyrics By: Glenn Close
"Living Proof, The" – The Help
Music By: Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige and Harvey Mason, Jr.
Lyrics By: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas
"Masterpiece" – W.E.
Music & Lyrics By: Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Claire Danes – Homeland (SHOWTIME)
Mireille Enos – The Killing
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)
Madeleine Stowe – Revenge
Callie Thorne – Necessary Roughness

Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
New Girl (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern – Enlightened (HBO)
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl (FOX)
Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)
Laura Linney – The Big C (Showtime)
Amy Poehler – Parks And Recreation

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cinema Verite (HBO) directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
The Hour (BBC AMERICA)- written by Abi Morgan

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai – The Hour (BBC AMERIC)
Diane Lane – Cinema Verite (HBO)
Elizabeth McGovern – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet – Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story (FX)
Kelly MacDonald – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family (ABC)
Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Full list of nominees

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1 Comment

  • Kathleen | December 18, 2011 10:00 PMReply

    "hopefully both of these films representing the chicks at the Oscars." I like your column and was shocked to hear the sexist term, chicks. Perhaps you were trying to be tongue-in-cheek but it didn't work.

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