The Golden Globes are important predictors for the likely best picture nominees for the Academy Awards, but they don’t do so well at predicting the eventual big Oscar winner. They used to be much better in the past but lately only one Globe winner won the big one at the Oscars.
Will this year see Golden Globe voters get their mojo back?
The show has two best-picture categories, one for drama, the other for musicals or comedies. The latter category usually doesn’t offer serious best-picture contenders at the Oscars, which tend toward heavier drama. But this season, a black-and-white silent movie The Artist is hotly tipped for the top awards both at the Globes and the Oscars. If The Artist wins the Globe musical or comedy prize, it could end up in an Oscar showdown with the Globe drama winner: The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, ‘The Ides of March, Moneyball or War Horse.
The last time the Globes and Oscars awarded the same Best Picture was three years ago, when Slumdog Millionaire triumphed at both ceremonies. With The Artist and Hugo achieving huge acclaim both sides of the Pond, this year could see them return to form.
Apart from George Clooney, other A-listers scoring Globe nominations include: Brad Pitt for his baseball tale Moneyball; Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, about the UK’s first woman Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher; Michelle Williams for the Marilyn Monroe story, My Week with Marilyn and Leonardo DiCaprio for the J. Edgar Hoover biography, J. Edgar.
Newcomers with probably the best chance of picking up awards are Berenice Bejo for The Artist and Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The Globes are a laid-back affair for Hollywood’s top stars. The edge, as last year, could be provided by host, Ricky Gervais. Last year, his ascerbic wit was turned on many A-listers and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 entertainment reporters for overseas outlets that presents the Globes.
The publicity gave the awards ceremony a welcome ratings boost and so it should be no surprise that Gervais is hosting again for the third successive year.
Five-time Academy Award and Globe nominee Morgan Freeman, who won the supporting-actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby and a best-actor Globe for Driving Miss Daisy, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the January 15 ceremony.
Here is the full list of Golden Globe 2012 nominations:
Picture, Drama: The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, War Horse.
Picture, Musical or Comedy: 50/50, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, My Week with Marilyn.
Actor, Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants; Leonard DiCaprio, J. Edgar; Michael Fassbender, Shame; Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March; Brad Pitt, Moneyball.
Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs; Viola Davis, The Help; Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady; Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Director: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; George Clooney, The Ides of March; Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; Alexander Payne, The Descendants; Martin Scorsese, Hugo.
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, The Artist; Brendan Gleeson, The Guard; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50; Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love; Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris.
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jodie Foster, Carnage; Charlize Theron, Young Adult; Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids; Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn; Kate Winslet, Carnage.
Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn; Albert Brooks, Drive; Jonah Hill, Moneyball; Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method; Christopher Plummer, Beginners.
Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo, The Artist; Jessica Chastain, The Help; Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs; Octavia Spencer, The Help; Shailene Woodley, The Descendants.
Foreign Language: The Flowers of War, In the Land of Blood and Honey, The Kid with a Bike, A Separation, The Skin I Live In.
Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin, Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, Rango.”
Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; George Clooney, Grand Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March; Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon, Jim Rash, The Descendants; Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball.
Original Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist; Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Howard Shore, Hugo; John Williams, War Horse.
Original Song: Hello Hello (music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin), Gnomeo & Juliet; The Keeper (music and lyrics by Chris Cornell), Machine Gun Preacher; Lay Your Head Down” (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close), Albert Nobbs; The Living Proof (music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas), The Help; Masterpiece (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), W.E.
Have you spotted your favorites among these nominations for the Golden Globe 2011 Nominations?