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2018 Film Critics Awards News: Today, December 11, winners from African AmericanFCA, Critics' Choice Documentary, Sight&Sound magazine and San DiegoFCS. Nominations from Critics' Choice and SeattleFCS.

Friday, December 07, 2018

76th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

Yesterday's morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and once again this year there is controversy about what group calls comedy as films in the best comedy (or musical) category are no comedies even when could generate one or two laughs.

For starters it's almost impossible for me to imagine Yorgos Lanthimos doing a comedy and even do The Favourite has been called a "sex comedy" or "a different kind of comedy" believe that film is a serious female-driven extraordinary drama, perhaps showered with very-witty dialogues around search of power struggles.  But then, what do I know, sigh.   Similar reasoning -without the female orientation- applies to Green Book and Vice which obviously are dramas, period.  Then this year they had two music intensive pics that definitively could have been more in the Musical category than in drama; yes, talking about A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, even when I know HFPA rules where changed to prevent music-based biopics entered as musicals, but what the heck, they're more musicals than what group called comedies. Sigh.

More that honored films are the snubs as in Best Drama category, Roma is missing but recall film is Spanish and only English films qualify; still,  films like Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Widows and others that are Oscar contenders were ignored in this category.  There are more snubs in other film categories but surely the more noticeable is the fact that once again there is no female director honored; so, their record stays intact, only 5 women in the 76 years of the Golden Globes history have been nominated for Best Director. Last check the foreign language category as there is NO Cold War nor Burning instead there are two films submitted to Oscars by Germany and Belgium, with the last being the object of great controversy in American press as is labelled as "dangerous" to the transgender community/movement; seems like they were clearing the way for Roma as ignored two strong Oscar contenders that surely will get an Oscar nomination.

Undoubtedly the wealth has been spread all over as it's Vice the film that leads with only 6 nominations followed very close by The Favourite, Green Book, A Star is Born with 5 each plus BlacKkKlansman and Mary Poppins Returns with 4 each.  Perhaps more interesting are the nominations by distributor as Annapurna Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures have 10 noms each.

As always have to remind everyone that this is a group of film critics/journalists representing 55 countries and for sure, not Academy members; so, how much will these noms influence AMPAS voters?  Not much.  Still, TV show is a lot more fun-to-watch than Oscars TV show -which thankfully Oscars will have a different host than the one they announced a couple of days ago-.

The following are the Motion Picture nominations.  To check all nominees, including TV categories, go official site here.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns

Best Motion Picture - Animated
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Capernaum, Lebanon
Girl, Belgium
Never Look Away, Germany
Roma, Mexico
Shoplifters, Japan

Best Director
Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Peter Farrelly for Green Book
Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay for Vice

Best Performance by an Actress - Drama
Glen Close in The Wife
Lady Gaga in A Star is Born
Nicole Kidman in Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike in A Private War

Best Performance by an  Actress - Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron in Tully
Constace Wuin Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in Vice
Claire Foy in First Man
Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone in The Favourite
Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor - Drama
Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe in At Eternity's Gate
Lucas Hedgesin Boy Erased
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actor - Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale in Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen in Green Book
Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun
John C. Reilly in Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali in Green Book
Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy
Adam Dirver in BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell in Vice

Best Screenplay
Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for The Favourite
Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay for Vice
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly for Green Book

Best Original Score
Marco Beltrami for A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat for Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther
Justin Hurtwitz for First Man
Marc Shaima for Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song
All The Stars from Black Panther
Girl in the Movies from Dumplin'
Requiem for a Private War from A Private War
Revelation from Boy Erased
Shallow from A Star is Born

Sandra Oh and Sandy Samberg will host the 2019 ceremony on January 6th and the 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador is Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba.

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