The Golden Globe nominations for this year are out – and that means that the awards season has now been officially launched. Perhaps it’s easier than smashing a bottle of bubbly.
One of the biggest indicators of likely Oscar glory, the Globes are awarded by the Foreign Press Association both for film and TV, although I’m just going to concentrate on the movie nominations. Uniquely, they also divide some of the film awards in to two categories – drama and comedy/musical.
But what constitutes a drama or a comedy? The answer from this year’s Globe nominations is confusing to say the least. Nebraska, for example, is included in the comedy category. It’s amusing, certainly, but an out-and-out comedy? I don’t think so. The same applies to the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. And their absence from the drama category means a couple of unexpected nominations for Best Picture – Drama: the Harvey Weinstein backed Philomena and, most surprising of all, Ron Howard’s Rush.
So, to the actual nominations. Ahead of the pack are one drama and one comedy, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle (soon to be abbreviated to 12 Years A Hustle?), both with seven nominations each. Last year David O’Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook did well at the Globes and went on to Oscar success, which points to a possible action replay this time round. Except that the competition is definitely stiffer.
Among the acting nominations, Bruce Dern must be the firm favourite for Best Actor in a comedy/musical for his turn in Nebraska. But it’s not totally a done deal with Joaquin Phoenix in contention for Her, along with Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street) and Christian Bale for (American Hustle). All four are due to open in this country in January.
In the drama category, the FPA has made up for the staggering snub bestowed on Robert Redford by the Screen Actors’ Guild for his performance in All Is Lost, which opens here on Boxing Day. It’s a brilliant performance, but the category is as tight as a duck’s doo-dah with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Idris Elba (Mandela:Long Walk To Freedom) alongside him. At this stage, it would take balls of steel to predict the winner.
Among the leading actresses, the competition isn’t quite so fierce, but there’s still some great acting on show. Cate Blanchett has been regarded as the Academy favourite for some time for Blue Jasmine, so her nomination in the drama category wasn’t unexpected. But close behind her come Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks – so that’s a drama, is it?). Kate Winslet (Labour Day) seems to be there to make up the numbers and, unsurprisingly, this is the film’s only nomination.
It’s the comedies that seem to be overflowing with female talent. Admittedly, there’s the almost mandatory nomination for Meryl Streep in August: Osage County. But then there’s Amy Adams (American Hustle), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said), the delightful Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) and Julie Delpy (Before Midnight). This is the category that could produce the surprise winner.
Supporting performances aren’t split in the same way. Sadly, there’s no posthumous nomination for James Gandolfini in Enough Said, although the Screen Actors’ Guild thought otherwise. Jared Leto is the hot favourite for playing a trans-sexual in Dallas Buyers Club, but Michael Fassbender also gets a nod, as does Bradley Cooper in American Hustle. Among the women, Jennifer Lawrence is nominated again, although word is that the current favourite is Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years A Slave. Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and the wonderfully feisty June Squibb (Nebraska) are also contenders.
So there’s plenty of potential winners, but what about losers? The biggest one is J C Chandor’s minimalist All Is Lost, which only gets two nominations – one for Redford and the other for Alex Ebert’s soundtrack. No Director or Picture – Drama nomination. Will somebody explain how Rush is a better film?
The Golden Globes will be presented on Sunday, 12 January, so check The Coops Review then for the results.
The full list of nominees is available from http://www.goldenglobes.com/nominees