This has been a big week in movie award news! With the AFI releasing its top 10 movies of the year on Sunday and the Critic Choice Award nominations coming out yesterday, plus the announcements from the Boston, New York and Los Angeles film critics of their picks of the year (all which named The Social Network best picture), the road to the Oscars is becoming shorter and shorter—only 6 weeks until nominees are announced!
Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the Golden Globes, which honor outstanding achievement in film and television. The Globes are unique, in that they break down the categories into drama and comedy or musical. So there is no singular best picture of the year, but one is chosen in each category. Typically, the dramatic picture is the more coveted award.
Each best picture category has 5 nominees. This year’s are as follows:
- BLACK SWAN
- THE FIGHTER
- THE KING’S SPEECH
- THE SOCIAL NETWORK
COMEDY or MUSICAL:
- ALICE IN WONDERLAND
- THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
- THE TOURIST
You can see the full list of nominees here. Some initial thoughts:
- Where the heck is Toy Story 3? Sure, it’s nominated for best animated feature, but I’m surprised it didn’t at least crack the overall award. Expect Toy Story 3 to get an Oscar nod come January 25th.
- I think the 5 drama nominees are ALL shoe-ins for Oscar noms; each of them has generated significant buzz, and I think most of them will also receive acting and/or directing nominations too.
- In the comedy/musical category, there are some surprises. Though I haven’t seen Burlesque, I feel it’s likely on this list to give at least one musical a shot here. The Tourist has been getting panned by critics, so this is another head scratcher.
- When it comes down to it, how are films designated comedies or dramas? While The Kids Are All Right has its funny moments, I think this film is hard to classify. If it was between seeing it in this category, or not at all, I’ll definitely take this!
- Despite having 2 different movie categories, there’s only 1 category for best director. Each director of the best picture, drama, nominees snagged the best director noms. Veryyy interesting…
A few other surprises in the acting categories:
- Johnny Depp is nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical for both the Tourist and Alice and Wonderland.
- The Kids Are All Right costars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore will both vie for best actress in a comedy or musical.
- The Fighter picking up acting award nominations for best actor (Mark Whalberg), best supporting actress (for both Amy Adams and Melissa Leo) and best supporting actor (Christian Bale, who is the front runner for the Oscar, based on buzz).
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air LIVE on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC, and Ricky Gervais will be hosting. Will you be tuning in for the show? Who do you think the best picture awards will go to? Leave your predictions in the comments!