Thursday, December 14, 2006

Golden Globe Nominations Babble On

Maybe "Babel" will start speaking clearly to award voters after all. I'd dismissed this film as losing all its momentum thanks to mixed reviews, weak box office and the simple fact that I thought it was tiresome and obvious. I broke the first rule of awardspotting: don't confuse your personal feelings or the quality of a film with its chances of snagging an award. "Bobby" also got a tiny boost, though since it only got Best Drama and nothing else, that boost seems modest. (Cynically, one imagines it got a Best Drama nod so the GG could hope to double the number of celebs showing up since the the film is bursting with stars.) Since the Golden Globes gets to choose TEN films and TEN actors and actresses, it's a safe bet almost all of the Oscar nominees in those categories can be found here. The complete list of nominees:

The Departed
Little Children
The Queen

The Devil Wears Prada
Little Miss Sunshine
Thank You For Smoking

Letters From Iwo Jima
The Lives Of Others
Pan's Labyrinth

Big Love
Grey's Anatomy

Desperate Housewives
The Office
Ugly Betty

Leonardo DiCaprio -- Blood Diamonds
Leonardo DiCaprio -- The Departed
Peter O'Toole -- Venus
Will Smith -- The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker -- The Last King Of Scotland

Penelope Cruz -- Volver
Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby
Helen Mirren -- The Queen
Kate Winslet -- Little Children

Sasha Baron Cohen -- Borat
Johnny Depp -- Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Aaron Eckhart -- Thank You For Smoking
Chiwetel Ejiofor -- Kinky Boots
Will Ferrell -- Stranger Than Fiction

Annette Bening -- Running With Scissors
Toni Collette -- Little Miss Sunshine
Beyonce Knowles -- Dreamgirls
Meryl Streep -- The Devil Wears Prada
Renee Zellwegger -- Miss Potter

Ben Affleck -- Hollywoodland
Jack Nicholson -- The Departed
Eddie Murphy -- Dreamgirls
Brad Pitt -- Babel
Mark Wahlberg -- The Departed

Adriana Barraza -- Babel
Kate Blanchett -- Notes On A Scandal
Emily Blunt -- The Devil Wears Prada
Jennifer Hudson -- Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi -- Babel

Clint Eastwood -- Flags Of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood -- Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears -- The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu -- Babel
Martin Scorsese -- The Departed

Happy Feet
Monster House

Like everyone else, I'd point out the many multiple noms people got: two directing nods for Eastwood, two acting nods for DiCaprio, two for Emily Blunt (one for "Prada" and one for the miniseries "Gideon's Daughter," two for Annette Bening (one for "Running With Scissors" and one for the TV movie "Mrs. Harris"), Toni Collette for "Little Miss Sunshine" and the TV movie "Tsunamai: The Aftermath," Chiwetel Ejiofor for "Kinky Boots" and the TV movie "Tsunami: The Aftermath," Beyonce for "Dreamgirls" and for cowriting the nominated song from that film "Listen," and THREE for Helen Mirren (one for "The Queen," one for the miniseries "Elizabeth I" and one for the miniseries "Prime Suspect 7'). All three of Mirren's projects got nods in their main categories as well. Since "Babel" got the most nominations overall, it's certainly back in the running. Plucked from obscurity: Chiwetel Ejiofor's modest turn in the transvestite comedy/drama "Kinky Boots." Ignored: Aardman's "Flushed Away" was kept out of the animation category by Robert Zemeckis's "Monster House."

On the TV side, the GG gave the biggest boost to HBO's polygamy series "Big Love." I'm just sorry they didn't try to pull a "Party Of Five" and give a boost to "Friday Night Lights." They mostly ignored "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip," giving one lonely nod to Sarah Paulson as the Christian. (This is such an unusual description for a TV character, I don't have to describe her any further.)


Anonymous said...

Can you explain how The Wire is consistently ignored while other pay-cable shows rack up the awards and nominations?

Michael in New York said...

I think possibly the last season of The Wire was eligible TWO Globes ago and the current season would be for next year. But I'm not sure about that. Having rhe show scheduled at odd times does keep it out of people's minds a bit when doing end of the year tallies. The Globes is pretty haphazard when it comes to TV but the Emmys have no excuse. I actually waited till the current season was over and I could watch the last six in a week of viewing. I just started and it's reminded me again of how great it is. But you know, it's a show you really have to pay attention to, so while it's a shame it doesn't get more awards, the critical acclaim this season was so overwhelming and the ratings so modest, I'm just relieved it's coming back for a fifth and final season.

Anonymous said...

How did House not make it in the best drama section.

Michael in New York said...

Hey Mr TV Man, and why not Battlestar: Galactica and Friday Night Lights and several others. I've got a rule when people say why wasn't this person or show included: you ahve to announce which shows you would take OFF the list to make room. I'd start w Lost, which I thought had a horrible, disappointing second season (sorry, Joe).

Anonymous said...

What is the time frame for these awards? Just odd to have to compare shows with drastically different schedules (i.e. Heroes has only aired for half a season, whereas 24 aired a full season but hasn't been on the air in for over 6 months).

But for the record, I'd take Heroes off the list. I've never seen Big Love so I can't comment on that, but there is no doubt in my mind that The Wire is more deserving than Heroes (and every other show, but I only have to replace one).

Michael in New York said...

The Golden Globes is a mystery to me, so I have no idea what their criteria is. Be sure that whatever they do, they've missed better tv.