The movie awards season is typically defined by now, with favorites firmly established and potential dark horses looming, but consensus has yet to form fully around any film this year.
Leading the Globes nominations with six was “The Artist,” a black-and-white silent film from the French director Michel Hazanavicius. That film, backed by the awards maven Harvey Weinstein, got its nods in major categories, including best comedy.
Two films were behind with five nominations each: “The Descendants,”Alexander Payne’s drama about a Hawaiian land baron and his family, and “The Help,” about black maids in the 1960s and the white families they serve. Both were nominated for best drama, a group that also included “Moneyball,” “War Horse,” “The Ides of March” and “Hugo.”
Notable was the shutout of expected Oscar darling “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” a post-9/11 drama from director Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin. This film may have suffered from its direct look at the emotional impact of the terror attacks.
Steven Spielberg also got slapped, with his “War Horse,” a look at World War I through equine eyes, picking up only a pair of nominations.
Voters gave a puzzling boost to “The Ides of March,” George Clooney’s political drama; it had meager ticket sales, but it walked away with four Globe nominations. The support of “Ides of March” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the ninety-member group that gives out the Globes, presents a twist: a group of foreign journalists buying into a picture about American politics that hasn’t fared so well with the home crowd.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were invited back. Mr. Pitt was singled out as a best actor nominee for his baseball executive in “Moneyball,” which received four nods. The organization nominated “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Ms. Jolie’s debut as a director, for best foreign film.
The Globes are not taken seriously as artistic milestones and have a history of voting idiosyncrasies; “True Grit” got no Globe nominations last year, for instance, but went on to receive ten nominations at the Academy Awards.
Studios complain that the group tends to nominate based on star wattage instead of performance to orchestrate a red-carpet spectacle. Still, Hollywood picks over the Globes for clues about the Oscar race. The best picture Oscar has mirrored the Golden Globes’ choice for best drama or best comedy-musical about two-thirds of the time over the last two decades. The Globes as Oscar forecaster did not work last year, with “The Social Network” beating out “The King’s Speech,” which won the Academy Award for best picture.
Studios rely on Globe nominations to fuel ticket sales and lift movies out of the year-end pile-up; “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “War Horse” and “The Iron Lady” (starring Meryl Streep, who landed her twenty-fifth Globe nomination for the part) are arriving around Christmas.
The nominations were announced shortly after 5 a.m. Pacific Time. A full list of nominees can be found here.
Via The New York Times.
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