The 2011 Golden Globe Nominees Have Been Announced!

Check out our discussion of the nominees for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards!
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The 2011 Golden Globe Nominees Have Been Announced!

Check out our discussion of the nominees for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards!

-Lucia Peters

Golden Globes

 And thus begins the madness of awards season: Sofia Vergara, Gerard Butler, Rashida Jones, and Woody Harrelson announced the nominees for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards this morning. Let’s take a look, shall we?

First up: Movies. The nominees for Best Picture: Drama probably won’t surprise you; The Descendents, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and the as-yet-unreleased War Horse are all keeping good company with each other. These films also largely comprise the nominees for Best Screenplay and Best Director, by the way—George Clooney is doing extremely well for himself, having won nominations for The Ides of March for both his direction and his screenplay, as well as a nod for Best Actor in The Descendants. His relationship may wig us out a little, but he’s still quite the talented guy.

It was also a good year for slightly-unclassifiable films that ostensibly seem to be comedies; making up the Best Picture: Comedy or Musical category, we’ve got films ranging from the outrageous hilarity of Bridesmaids to the I-laughed-I-cried poignancy of 50/50, and all of them are great. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris also got a nod, as did My Week With Marilyn. Honestly, it’s difficult to say who might take this award; my money, though, is on The Artist. Haven’t seen it? You should. It’s a French film that takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932, right when silent films were falling by the wayside and being replaced with talkies. The kicker? The Artist itself is a silent film shot in black and white. Neat-o!

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Somehow Ryan Gosling managed to garner nominations for Best Actor in both Drama and Comedy or Musical; apparently The Ides of March classifies as both. Other nominees for Best Actor: Drama (besides Georgie Boy, that is) include Leonardo Dicaprio for J. Edgar, Michael Fassbender for Shame, and Brad Pitt for Moneyball, while the rest of the Best Actor: Comedy or Musical category consists of Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Brendan Gleeson (that’s Mad-Eye Moody for you Harry Potter fans) for The Guard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50, and Owen Wilson for Midnight in Paris. Tough call; I’m not sure who stands the best chance of winning. Thoughts, Bettys?

The fight for Best Actress: Drama is also going to be fierce: Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for The Help, Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (oh, Mrs. Thatcher…), and Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin are all going up against one another. Cage match, anyone? I would say the same about Best Supporting Actor: Drama, but I think it might be a little unfair to pit Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn), Albert Brooks (Drive), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method), and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) against each other.

You know what’s surprising, though? Melissa McCarthy is entirely absent from this list. The Bridesmaids leading lady, Kristen Wiig, got a nod for Best Actress: Comedy or Musical (as did Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet for Carnage, Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn, and Charlize Theron for Young Adult), but there was no Supporting Actress nomination for the equally-hilarious Melissa (those nods went to Berenice Bejo for The Artist, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for The Help, Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs, and Shailene Woodley for The Descendents). Neither did she appear in the television nominations for Mike & Molly, the role which won her an Emmy earlier this year. This is weird, right? It’s weird!

Check out the nominations for television shows, miniseries, and movies next!


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