Oscars Watch 2017: The Less-Depressing Campaign: Golden Globe Nominations!

The mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press Association came out of their hole to announce their Golden Globe nominations, the biggest party of Awards Season. While they will soon disappear again, it will not be before they throw a shindig where the booze and star power flows free and the nominations baffle even the most entrenched observers.

But that’s okay. The Golden Globes are mostly about the fun of it all, so the nominations are somewhat secondary. The HFPA is an incredibly small body relative to the Academy, so we tend to see more weird or outside nominations slip through, as there’s less compromise that comes from larger voting groups. The HFPA also tends to be far more vulnerable to strong advertising campaigns and more buddy-buddy gifting stuff, so you’re going to tend to see stuff that is more about who they can get in the room than anything else.

That’s the nice way of saying that a lot of the weird ones are pretty much bought and sold nominations.

So, take all of these nominations with the appropriate grain of salt. No one is all of the sudden vaulting into the race thanks to the Golden Globes and no decisions are going to be made. But it’s an alright way to take the temperature of the room and see where some of the wind may be blowing. In other words, it may help people who were already in the game, but it won’t do anything for those who weren’t in the conversation.

And hey, the unorthodox nominations mean that people that won’t otherwise get recognized have a little deserved something. So let’s take a look.

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea

  • Nothing unexpected here, really. The big disappointment is nothing for Arrival, but that one isn’t a surprising miss for the lighter Golden Globes.
  • I’m also kind of considering this the official writing on the wall for Hacksaw Ridge. Good news everyone, I found my “Hate Movie” for the Oscars this year!

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

  • HOORAY Sing Street. This is the last time we’re gonna see any recognition of this movie, but that’s a shame because it’s an absolute delight.
  • Deadpool‘s showing up isn’t so much of a surprise. Probably the biggest studio comedy of this year, so they gotta fill out the comedy category somehow.

Best Director, Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

  • No big surprises here either except for Tom Ford. To be fair, Tom Ford did play the game  and he’s been seeking some awards respectability lately. I’m also happy to see him get nominated, I do really like his stuff and I think he did a great job on Nocturnal Animals. 

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

  • Mostly pretty expected, great to see Amy Adams here. The odd woman out is Jessica Chastain who was great in Miss Sloane (review coming later) but I wouldn’t expect to see her again.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

  • In case this isn’t the third time I’ve said it, the Golden Globes model with Drama tends to be all the expected with one weird one in there usually subbing in for the nominee stuck over in Comedy.
  • So, Viggo Mortensen. I haven’t seen Captain Fantastic, but it sounds completely insufferable, so I have no opinion on this.

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

  • YAY HAILEE STEINFELD!! That is of the most toweringly greatperformances this year and her getting any nomination is absolutely deserved. So, congrats!
  • Nothing else feels wrong here. Meryl Streep is a no shit, Emma Stone is a no shit, Annette Bening is a no shit. Haven’t seen Rules Don’t Apply, but why not? We won’t see Streep again (hopefully), but star power.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

  • Wow…this is a weird category.
  • Huge ups to Collin Farrell for The Lobster, I know he won’t get recognized basically anywhere else, so I’m glad he got something here. Give this a watch, he’s so good.
  • Jonah Hill for War Dogs. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA. His two hour Scarface poster come to life? AHAHAHHAHA. His audition tape for The Penguin? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. A transparent “Get a Popular Guy Here”
  • Reynolds for Deadpool. Deadpool has more nominations that Silence. 

Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

  • So, Nocturnal Animals, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson over Michael Shannon? I mean, Taylor-Johnson was great, but Shannon was phenomenal. Whatever, just glad to see the movie here.
  • Helberg for Florence Foster Jenkins? Well, we found who liked this movie.

Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

  • Solidly in line with the Oscars. Still curious who’s going in this from Hidden Figures, not unconvinced it’ll be Janaella Monae, will likely end up Octavia Spencer, give me a few more weeks.

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water

  • Man, those Tom Ford gifts and that cast and Tom Ford really helped. Nocturnal Animals shows up again. Other than him, no surprises.

Original Score, Motion Picture
La La Land
Hidden Figures

  • And no surprises. Love seeing Arrival‘s score, Johansson and Villeneuve collaborate like nobody’s business. La La Land‘s to lose though.

Best Motion Picture, Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini

  • My Life as a Zucchini is the surprise foreign animation that always tends to sneak in to Awards season. I know nothing about this one, honestly.
  • Yay Kubo. Get you some. Crossing my fingers.

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

  • See, I knew “How Far I’ll Go” would be the Moana song.
  • One from La La Land here. Curious what that’ll look like come Oscar time.
  • I actually don’t know if I’ve heard “Gold.” Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse. Sure, okay, that movie is still a thing?

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

  • I’ve not seen any of these unfortunately yet. Looking forward to catching up, especially with Toni Erdmann and Elle. 
  • This is a really great year for France, damn.

Phew, alright. So between this and the Critics’ Choice Awards, I’ve made more modifications. Shall we?

By the way, I know Golden Globes has TV categories too, but I’m not qualified to talk there.

Category Calls

Best Picture:

Hell or High Water
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

  • THIS ONE KILLS ME. My feelings on Hacksaw Ridge are established and I had to pull Arrival (one of my favorites of the year) to put it in the category. But Arrival‘s lack of overall recognition so far combined with consistent recognition for Hacksaw Ridge means something has eventually gotta give.

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Denzel Washington, Fences

  • Gotta find a place for Garfield in here considering the consistent recognition. Seems like replacing Hanks as the Conservative pick makes sense.

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Kevin Costner, Hidden Figures
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion

Best Actress:

Annette Benning, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle 
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actress: 

Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Janelle Monae, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

  • One year, Greta Gerwig will get her rightful recognition. It is not this year. Welcome back Nicole Kidman, who I think got her final push back into the category.

Best Director:

Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Martin Scorsese, Silence
Denzel Washington, Fences

  • Still holding. Don’t you put Mel Gibson in here, Academy. I think Silence is gonna have a bigger show come Oscars time, given that Oscars voters will have actually seen it.

Best Original Song: 

“Runnin’” – Hidden Figures
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La Land
City of Stars” – La La Land
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana
Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls

  • Last one seems to be doing better than expected. Why the fuck not?

Best Animated Feature Film:

Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle

  • Alright, I’ll give. If Sausage Party was actually trying for the Oscars, it could have gotten something at Golden Globes. It didn’t, so oh well. So much for a surprise.