Jan 112016
 

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have selected the winners for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, presented today. I didn’t get the chance to catch any of the ceremony, again hosted by Ricky Gervais, and apart from snippets of tweets and the odd photographed celebrity (Kirsten Dunst was particularly eye-catching) the winners were the business at hand. The Revenant and The Martian took out Best Motion Picture – Drama and Musical or Comedy respectively, claiming five awards between them, with Steve Jobs joining them as the only other film to end the night looking greedy.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won his second straight Golden Globe (Best Director for The Revenant to follow up Best Screenplay for Birdman), while Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson staked their claim as the Oscar favourites, winning for their widely-acclaimed performances. Sylvester Stallone was honoured for Best Supporting Actor for his career-best work in Creed, while another veteran, Ennio Morricone, was also celebrated for his original score contribution to The Hateful Eight. 

So, what do these victories mean for the Academy Award nominations? Nothing. The voting for those nominees has now closed. What it does do is shift the momentum for certain films and individuals. The crossover between the two is becoming less predictable, but this is shaping up to be one of the wildest, most unpredictable award seasons in recent years. It is expected that today’s winners will at least receive an Oscar nomination, but apart from perhaps DiCaprio, who looks the likely Best Actor winner, the Academy could go a whole different way.

The Revenant’s success was surprising. It is an extraordinary film, and thoroughly deserved to win, but considering the loud negative reaction we didn’t foresee a large body of voters agreeing on it. The Martian’s victory (and Damon’s for Best Actor-Comedy) in an ill-suited category is less significant, but the fact that it beat the film with the most momentum and the widely predicted winner in The Big Short, does make one re-evaluate The Martian’s chances. Jobs too has been quietly landing acting nominations for cast Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, and Aaron Sorkin’s script, but both victories today (for Winslet and Sorkin) were unexpected. Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight is the film that lost a lot of momentum today. When it failed to win Best Screenplay, that film’s big trump card, we knew it was in trouble.

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Dec 122014
 

birdman

The Golden Globe nominations were announced overnight, with Birdman leading the pack with 7 nominations. Notable films missing from the nominations include Unbroken and American Sniper; while Interstellar received only one nomination, for score.

The Golden Globes, voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of approximately 85 foreign entertainment reporters in LA. As always the awards are a mixed bag, with some interesting inclusions (how anyone from Into the Woods could get an acting nomination, I do not understand) and bizarre categorisation (Birdman is a comedy?). The real impact of the Globes on the Oscars is momentum, keeping or bringing films into the awards conversation.

Two of the greatest women alive, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will host the Golden Globes on Sunday 11 January (US time), which ends up being around midday on Monday 12 January for those of us in Australia.

The nominees and Andrew’s commentary are after the jump. [ed]
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Jan 152013
 

Oscar statue

Awards awards, they feel like they are coming out of my ears. While I honestly love awards  season, I’ve found it impossible to keep up with the deluge this week. Partly it’s due to not having the internet at home right now, but largely it’s due to the sheer number of awards or nominations that have been announced. Is it too much? Hmm…After the jump check out my brief thoughts on the Oscar nominations and the Golden Globe awards.

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Dec 142012
 

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have announced the nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, due to be awarded on January 13th. While these awards receive much publicity and have a dazzling ceremony, they don’t actually hold a huge amount of weight. What I do enjoy about the Globes, is the fact that comedic performances [that are often not acknowledged by the Oscars], are recognised and awarded here.

The nominations are spread among the Oscar front-runners, with Lincoln (7), Argo (5) and Zero Dark Thirty (4) leading the nominations. The Master picked up three acting nominations but missed out in the director and motion picture (drama) categories.

Surprisingly, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up three nominations – it was a very pleasant film, but rather forgettable, and not exactly awards fodder. I would say the same for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but that stars British acting royalty so it is predictable that it would receive some nominations.

I was most disappointed that the excellent The Perks of Being a Wallflower was completely shut out. This film deserves a lot of recognition, particularly in the acting and screenwriting categories.

Full list of feature film nominations after the jump. For the TV categories, please visit the official website.

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