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Monday, January 12, 2015

72nd Golden Globe Awards Winners


When wrote about the nominations the first paragraph read as follows, which is exactly what I was thinking while watching the show last night.

"We tend to forget that the Golden Globe is an award given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, meaning that is a film critics award and as such, there are NO Academy members that also are HFPA associates. Still, for merely entertainment purposes we like to forget the fact so we can pretend that this is the second TV show (after the number one: The Oscars) that we "love/hate" to watch every year."

Yes if we look at the media coverage plus all the buzz and fuzz we realize that we crave for celebrities to entertain us and that's exactly what we got last night, a lot of entertainment and not much else. Still have to admit that fall asleep at least twice -if not more- as there was not much time for Tina and Amy Poehler moments which were sparse and scarce but laugh hard with some of their jokes, the best was the one about the husband of Amal Alamuddin.

But then believe there were not much surprises as awards seasons favorites won.  The confusion with these awards is that they have to big categories Drama and Comedy/Musical, with MANY of the nominees in the second NOT exactly being comedies but give the excuse to honor one film and two actors more that will not get honored at Oscars.  Still this year meant to be able to see most glamorous Jessica Chastain, always classy Helen Mirren and perhaps also, gracious Meryl Streep. and more, that we will not be able to see on Oscar's red carpet.

Usually I don't talk about television but this year I found myself getting more excited with some of the TV winners as Maggie Gyllenhall in The Honourable Woman is extremely well-deserved as well as Joanne Froggatt in Downtown Abbey.

This year I refuse to play the who won - who was snubbed game as believe that there are no surprises in last night awards ceremony with category favorites winning in the confusing drama or comedy big categories.  Well, perhaps the major surprise was Ida not winning but I simply love the movies by Andrey Zvyagintsev since I met him in outstanding Izgnanie (The Banishment) so personaly, I do not mind at all even when I also love Pavel Pawlikowski's master opus.

So there is only one major film critics group awards pending, the Critics'Choice Movie Awards -that will be broadcast next Thursday- plus a more obscure major group, IPA in February, and the 2014 Critics' awards season is over another year.

Winners are in *BLUE.

Motion Picture Nominees

Best Motion Picture - Drama
*Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture - Comedy
Birdman
*The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into The Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
*How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie

Best Foreign Language Film
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Israel
Ida, Poland and Denmark
*Leviathan, Russia
Mandariinid (Tangerines), Estonia
Turist (Force Majeure), Sweden

Best Director Motion Picture
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay for Selma
David Fincher for Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
*Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Best Actress - Drama
Jennifer Aniston in Cake
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
*Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Best Actress - Comedy
*Amy Adams in Big Eyes
Emily Blunt in Into The Woods
Helen Mirren in The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis in Annie

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
*Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year
Keira Knieghtley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Best Actor - Drama
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo in Selma
*Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Best Actor - Comedy
Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
*Michael Keaton in Birdman
Bill Murray in St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Robert Duval in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
*J. K. Simmons in Whiplash

Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl
*Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game
*Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez for Birdman
Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

Best Original Song
Big Eyes in Big Eyes
*Glory in Selma
Mercy Is in Noah
Opportunity in Annie
Yellow Flicker Beat in The Hunger Games. Mockingjay - Part 1

In case you missed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opening act check the video, but suggest you do it fast as they tend to "disappear".



But here is the full TV Show in a very small window with very low resolution posted by the Official Golden Globes Awards

To read the Motion Picture nominees at the official site as well as learning the Television nominees please go here. The 2015 Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will take place January 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

This is the video with the nominations announcements.



Nominations by Motion Picture

BIRDMAN - 7
BOYHOOD - 5
THE IMITATION GAME - 5
GONE GIRL - 4
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - 4
SELMA - 4
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING - 4
BIG EYES - 3
FOXCATCHER - 3
INTO THE WOODS - 3
ANNIE - 2
ST. VINCENT - 2
A MOST VOILENT YEAR - 1
BIG HERO 6 - 1
THE BOOK OF LIFE - 1
THE BOXTROLLS - 1
CAKE - 1
FORCE MAJEURE TURIST - 1
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM GETT - 1
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 - 1
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY - 1
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 - 1
IDA - 1
INHERENT VICE - 1
INTERSTELLAR - 1
THE JUDGE - 1
THE LEGO MOVIE - 1
LEVIATHAN - 1
MAPS TO THE STARS - 1
NIGHTCRAWLER - 1
NOAH - 1
PRIDE - 1
STILL ALICE - 1
TANGERINES MANDARIINID - 1
WHIPLASH - 1
WILD - 1

Comments from Nominations on 12/11/2014
All right, it is also true that most of the GG nominees will also become Oscar nominees as by this time in the award season we all have an idea of who is who and who could get Oscar nominations. Still, today nominees gave some surprises, especially for the ones that are snubbed that the ones that got nominations. Then my spontaneous reaction to the live announcement in the acting categories was the idea that I have heard all the nominees just yesterday when SAG announced theirs.


In photo, the nominations presenters: Executive producer Barry Adelman, Greer Grammer, Miss Golden Globe 2015, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Paula Patton, Peter Krause and HFPA President Theo Kingma at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards nominations on Thursday December 11, 2014 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

In the Best Motion Picture category there are 10 movies that surely not all will get an Oscar nomination as doubt Pride or St Vincent could get a nod which leaves spaces to be fill by major Golden Globe snubs like Unbroken, Interstellar and perhaps even Gone Girl. Talking about Gone Girl please notice that film has been absent in major film critics' awards but the nods in the Golden Globe reminds us that film still is an Oscar contender.

2014 is no exception as HPFA keeps the tradition to name films in genres that only them can believe, this year they claim that Maps to the Stars is a comedy!!! Of course it was convenient as seems they wanted to nominate Julianne Moore twice, one for Still Alice (a so-so movie) and for Maps to the Stars (not too bad, but still weak Cronenberg film) where perhaps Moore has a better performance than in Still Alice. I'm always impress with the acting categories as in a way assures that the red carpet will be interesting to say the least, just imagine Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and more, all in one and the same TV show. Fantstic!  Still can't deny that there is one actress that hope will get to present an award as definitively could miss her in the red carpet: Jennifer Lawrence that has become a very (positive) entertaining red carpet "performer".  Most notable is the snub of Naomi Watts that when it comes to Academy members (SAG nominations) seems there is a "strong-love" for her performances which I do not understand at all.

From the foreign language category, I have to watch Estonia submission to Oscar that I have skipped but seems I should consider my decision and try to watch it as the movie has been collecting honors all over the world, including a Golden Globe nomination.  It is impossible for me to consider this category without the Cannes Palme d'Or winner but imagine that the press -as well as general audiences- do not like long movies as their attention span tends to be on the short side of time. Sigh.

As a summary, Birdman leads the pack with seven (7) nominations followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game with five (5) each. These nominations include a major milestone in the awards as well as in the Industry, the first-time ever that an African-American woman is nominated for Best Director.  In general and after analyzing these nominations I continue to believe that the Oscar race is still open in many categories, even when we kind of confirm that the top award is an open race between Birdman and Boyhood.

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