Golden Globe nominations 2011: Surprises and snubs
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The Golden Globe nominees are out. And some surprises (um, how about that best actor in a comedy category?) as well as snubs most definitely emerged.
Nominations for ... "The Tourist"?: Both Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were nominated for their work in this film -- in the musical or comedy category, of course -- despite the fact that their performances were largely slammed by every critic in America. And the film even gets a best picture nomation? These choices smack of the Foreign Press Association sucking up to a pair of big stars who shot a movie in Europe, where the majority of Association members are based.
Virtually the entire lead actor in a musical or comedy category: Depp's second nomination for "Alice in Wonderland" and Jake Gyllenhaal's nod for "Love & Other Drugs" were not terribly surprising. But Kevin Spacey for "Casino Jack"? A bit unexpected. And Paul Giamatti for "Barney's Version," a film that hasn't built up much buzz in the awards season blogosphere? Totally out of left field.
"Red" for best comedy or musical?: I personally wasn't bowled over by this aging crime fighters story, so I was surprised to see it get this level of recognition, even with the presence of trophy bait like Helen Mirren.
Also, "Burlesque" for best comedy or musical?: The Foreign Press always nominates at least one musical. As I suggested yesterday, this would likely be it. But perhaps that doesn't make it less surprising to see a Christina Aguilera movie being dubbed a "best picture contender."
Mark Wahlberg for best actor: I predicted plenty of acting nominations for "The Fighter." But I wasn't sure Wahlberg would creep into the nominees' circle. His inclusion made it a clean sweep, as Melissa Leo, Christian Bale and Amy Adams also were recognized this morning.
Halle Berry for best actress: Her performance as a woman with multiple personalities in "Frankie and Alice" has garnered attention on the awards season circuit, but most mainstream moviegoers don't even know this film exists. So her nomination qualifies as a surprise, too.
David O. Russell for best director: Again, wasn't sure he'd sneak in the final five. But this development -- and "The Fighter's" nomination for best drama -- officially pushes that movie even further forward in the Oscar race.
Emma Stone for "Easy A": Stone's arrival as a contender in the lead actress in a comedy category technically qualifies as a surprise, even though I totally called it yesterday.
Danny Boyle and "127 Hours": Boyle was left off the list for his direction and, while James Franco was nominated for his performance, the film itself didn't get recognized as best picture. That's a shame. While Franco's work is excellent, the movie wouldn't have worked without Boyle's skillful approach to telling a story that might otherwise have been inert.
"True Grit" totally ignored: The latest Coen Brothers film was completely shut out: no best drama, no nomination for supporting actress and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, nothing for the Coens and no nomination for Jeff Bridges. Which made it kind of awkward when Bridges appeared on the "Today" show right after the nominations were announced.
"Toy Story 3" fails to earn a best picture nomination: This should have been included in the musical or comedy category instead of "Red" or "The Tourist." It may be animated but that doesn't make it any less deserving.
No best picture nomination for "Winter's Bone": Jennifer Lawrence was recognized in the best actress category but, like "True Grit," the bleak "Bone" couldn't quite earn its way into the best drama category.
No nominations for Lesley Manville, Jim Carrey and Clint Eastwood: Not sure if these qualify as snubs, but I had thought each of these people might sneak their way into the Foreign Press's hearts. No dice.
So what was the biggest surprise? The biggest snub? Vote in the polls below and weigh in by posting a comment.
| December 14, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
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