Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oscars 2015: 72nd Golden Globes Nominations Reactions

Hello, Bloggers, they literally just announced the Golden Globe nominees and here are my initial thoughts to the film categories. Let's take a look:

Best Motion Picture- Drama

The Imitation Game
Theory of Everything

It was quite a surprise to see Foxcatcher in here. That film got a much needed boost while the other films have gotten more comfortable. Of course, I was a little disappointed to see no Gone Girl or Interstellar and I was even more surprised to see no Unbroken. That film didn't just get shut-out in that category, but across the board as well.

Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy

Grand Budapest Hotel
Into The Woods
St. Vincent

Now, this category I did quite well in thus far. Into The Woods has yet to come out and I missed Pride. But, I was quite pleased with the list of films I have seen. I'm very happy to see St. Vincent and Grand Budapest Hotel on here. Birdman was sort of  expected to be on here, but I was still glad it on here. I was a little surprised that Inherent Vice didn't make the cut, though.

Best Director:

Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Thankfully, I don't have a whole lot of work to do in this category. I have yet to see Selma and it was very nice to see David Fincher in here as well as Wes Anderson. I was pretty stunned Angelina Jolie and Morten Tyldum (Imitation Game) didn't get in, but I never mind a good surprise.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture-Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything

Jake Gyllenhaal's nomination just made my morning. The other ones were kind of expected, but this one, I am just over the moon about. I haven't seen Carell, Cumberbatch, or Oyelowo yet, but I will try and get on that.

Best Actress In A Motion Picture- Drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Still no Marion Cotillard. Hopefully, her critics awards will give her the juice she needs. The actual nominees were kind of expected. I wasn't even too shocked Aniston got in because the HFPA love to get their stars to walk the red carpet. I figured if Cotillard didn't get in, she would have.

Best Actor In A Motion Picture- Musical Or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Like the rest of us, I knew Keaton would get in. I was very pleased to see Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray in here as well. Haven't seen Joaquin Phoenix yet, though. But, who knows if I'll see Big Eyes because the nominations it has might be as far as it'll go, to be honest.

Best Actress In A Motion Picture- Musical Or Comedy

Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into The Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie

Nice that Moore is a double nominee for her two vastly different performances in Still Alice and her darkly comedic turn in Maps To The Stars. Although, I just have one question about this category: Where's Jenny Slate in Obvious Child? 

Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture:

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Much like Best Actress-Drama, no real surprises here. But it is nice that Mark Ruffalo is a double nominee, though, for this and Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for The Normal Heart. 

Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture:

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Chastain's nomination makes up for her getting snubbed by the SAGs and I certainly would love to see her film. The other four weren't too surprising, especially Meryl Streep. I figured that when this film was announced, she'd have an automatic bid. Into The Woods comes out in a couple of weeks and I do kind of want to see it.

Best Screenplay:

Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Loving how Grand Budapest has gotten plenty of love since this is its 4th nomination and 2nd for Wes Anderson for this film. I was very thrilled Gillian Flynn got in, as well as Linklater and Innaritu and his crew. I have yet to see Imitation Game, though.

Best Animated Film:

Big Hero 6
The Book Of Life
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon
The LEGO Movie

I have only seen LEGO Movie, so that's probably the only film I'll be rotting for here.

Best Original Score:

Gone Girl
Imitation Game
Theory Of Everything

Did very well here so far, except for The Imitation Game. Sadly, this is Interstellar's only nomination, though. Any one of the actual nominees would be my pick to win.

Best Foreign Language Film:

Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amselem

Nice that Force Majeure got in here. Although, I still have to see Ida. Leviathan's inclusion doesn't surprise me, but I haven't heard of the other three.

Best Original Song:

"Big Eyes" from Big Eyes, by Lana Del Rey
"Glory" from Selma, by John Legend and Common
"Mercy Is" from Noah, by Patty Smith and Lenny Kaye
"Opportunity" from Annie
"Yellow Flicker Beat" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part I

Cool that Hunger Games is in here. Don't know what Noah is even doing at the Golden Globes, but I won't try and question it. The other three songs I haven't heard.

Now, onto a few of the TV categories. In particular, the ones The Normal Heart was nominated for. I loved that Matt Bomer got in for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series/Miniseries/TV Movie. I'm really hoping he wins after he horrifically got robbed at the Emmys. But Julia Roberts got snubbed, surprisingly. I figured they would include her because she is a star and the HFPA loves their stars. At least Mark Ruffalo still got in and The Normal Heart got in for Best Miniseries/TV Movie.

So, those were my thoughts on the Golden Globe nominees and you can feel free to share yours in the comments section. You can write who you felt got snubbed and who you were happy to see make the cut. On Monday is when they should announce the Critics' Choice nominees and I will more than likely go into those. Until then, thanks for reading!