This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. As usual, they did it bright and early -- 5 a.m. on the West Coast or a more respectable 8 a.m. on the East Coast. And they didn't take all day either, like the New York Film Critics Circle. We like the speedy nominations.
This year, best buds Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will share hosting duties. Not too surprising, given their longstanding relationship with NBC (from Saturday Night Live to 30 Rock to Parks & Recreation), which will air the event on Jan. 13, 2102.
I'm guessing Fey and Poehler might avoid some of the controversy surrounding Ricky Gervais, who hosted the annual ceremony from 2010 to 2012, but you never know with those two. I'm sure there will be plenty of photobombing and probably some drinking, too.
Interesting that the Golden Globes ceremony usually takes place before the Oscar nominations are announced, and they're often a precursor to what we'll see with the Oscar noms. That's not the case for 2013, because the Oscar nominations are happening on Jan. 10, 2013 -- three days BEFORE the Golden Globes ceremony.
The Globes nominations are following the trail blazed by other awards and nominations so far this season, with nods in the Best Picture, Drama category going to Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln, which scored six nominations.
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Films in the running for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy category are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables, Moonrise Kindgom, Silver Linings Playbook, and one of my favorite films this year that hasn't been mentioned much -- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
As a point of reference, last year, The Artist and The Descendants won Best Picture in, respectively, the Musical or Comedy and Drama categories.
Last year, the classic Iranian film A Separation won for Best Foreign Language film. This year, I'm predicting a win for Amour. The French film has already won awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, European Film Awards, and the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, as well as nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and Film Independent Spirit Awards.
As always, there are some prominent snubs. Beasts of the Southern Wild was ignored completely. And while Flight scored a nomination for Denzel Washington, it failed to get attention for Best Picture and Director. The heavily campaigned Anna Karenina picked up only one nomination -- for Best Score. And there's not a single hobbit in the list of nominees.
In the television department, last year the Globes were among the first to recognize critically acclaimed shows like Homeland (and star Claire Danes), Game of Thrones, Boss, Revenge, American Horror Story, Necessary Roughness, Enlightened, Episodes and New Girl.
This year, the nominations for Best Television Comedy were a blend of new and familiar, going to The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Episodes, Girls, and Smash. Best Television Drama nods went to Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Homeland and The Newsroom.
Take a look at the nominations below and let us know your thoughts.
By the way, this year the honor of Miss Golden Globe goes to Francesca Eastwood, the 19-year-old daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher, and also a co-star on the E! reality show Mrs. Eastwood and Company. She's gorgeous, and her effervescent quality will shine as she assists in handing out those glimmering trophies. The honor is generally given to the offspring of a celebrity, and previous Miss Golden Globes have included Donna Douglas (1963), Melanie Griffith (1975), Laura Dern (1982), Lily Costner (2004) and Rumer Willis (2008).
Full List of Nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Globes:
Best Picture, Drama:
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Actress, Drama:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marian Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Best Actor, Drama:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O’Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Foreign Language Film:
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone
Best Animated Feature:
Rise of the Guardians
Best Television Comedy or Musical:
The Big Bang Theory
Best Television Drama:
Best Actress, Television Drama:
Connie Briton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife
Best Actor, Television Drama:
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Best Miniseries or Television Movie:
Hatfields & McCoys
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