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posted Friday, January 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 02
Golden Globes a mix of solid and ridiculous choices
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Golden Globes a mix of solid and ridiculous choices

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

This weekend's Golden Globe Awards, an official kickoff to a glitzy Hollywood gala season, is in serious need of a reality check. Its hodgepodge list of nominees, honoring both film and television, has been a running joke since being announced last month - Burlesque a best comedy nominee, really? Sure, the Cher-Aguilera flick was campy, but one of the year's very best it was not. And what did the voting membership (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) smoke before deciding Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) had given us some of 2010's top performances? If Jolie was to be singled out, it should've been for the action-thriller Salt.

On the TV side, things look kind of normal with heavy hitters Mad Men and Glee battling freshman series The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, and The Big C, though the work of Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) was overlooked.

Of Gay interest, the applauded Lesbian-themed film The Kids Are All Right scored nods for Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, screenwriters Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, but rudely omitted was Mark Ruffalo. If placing bets, Bening is a huge favorite to win Lead Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Chris Colfer, out Glee member Kurt Hummel, squeezed into the Supporting Actor television category, which incorporates drama, comedy, and TV movies. Jane Lynch (Glee's Sue Sylvester), who married her longtime girlfriend last year, is up for Supporting Actress (in a television series), and straight-playing-Gay actor Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) competes with Colfer. Elsewhere, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, who share a steamy kiss in Black Swan, are each nominated for Lead and Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, respectively.

The Golden Globes will be telecast on Sunday, January 16 (NBC, see local listings for times) and are to be hosted by Ricky Gervais, who's as funny as my last toothache - seriously, how is this guy relevant outside the UK? Anywho, here's the lowdown on a few of the night's categories.

Best Motion Picture
Drama nominees:

Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network

And the winner is: The Social Network, which has won the lion's share of critics' awards already.

Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical nominees:
Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Red, The Tourist

And the winner is: The Kids Are All Right, the only great nominee in this weak lineup.

Best Actress in a Motion
Picture Drama nominees:

Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

And the winner is: Natalie Portman, who accumulates momentum going into the Academy Awards stretch. But I'd love to see Lawrence win for her gritty performance of a teenage girl who literally gets the shit kicked out of her in a dark, unforgiving drama.

Best Supporting Actress in
a Motion Picture nominees:

Amy Adams, (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

And the winner is: Melissa Leo, although Kunis is a threat and Weaver, a veteran Australian actress, could strike a chord with the foreign journalist voting body.

Best Original Score -
Motion Picture nominees:

The King's Speech (Alexandre Desplat), Alice in Wonderland (Danny Elfman), 127 Hours (A.R. Rahman), The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Inception (Hans Zimmer)

And the winner is: Inception, if they actually listened to it. And yes, that is Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails in the running!

Best Television Series -
Drama nominees:

Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men, The Walking Dead

And the winner is: Boardwalk Empire, because the Golden Globes are first to embrace new TV series before everyone else, which also bodes well for The Walking Dead.

Best Television Series -
Comedy or Musical nominees:

30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, The Big C, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie And the winner is: Modern Family, because it lost to Glee at last year's Golden Globes. Best Supporting Actress -
television series nominees:

Hope Davis (The Special Relationship), Jane Lynch (Glee), Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire), Julia Stiles (Dexter), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

And the winner is: Sofia Vergara, who's owed at least one piece of hardware this awards season.

Best Supporting Actor -
television series nominees:

Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-O), Chris Colfer (Glee), Chris Noth (The Good Wife), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), David Straitharn (Temple Grandin)

And the winner is: David Straitharn, the only TV movie nominee, but send miracle prayers to Colfer. Scott Caan, really? Really?!

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