So the Golden Globe nominations have been made. These awards are probably the second biggest awards, at least according to the movie world's viewing public. I am actually very happy to see some of my favourite actors and their work on it. But it does have some problems - the new Coen brothers film, True Grit was trumped by The Tourist, a film many people are calling a dud.
Here is the complete list of the Movie nominees with select commentary from myself
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Black Swan -
I've been raving with excitement about this film for months. Darren Aronofsky who made a film about Mathematics and paranoia (Pi), a film about timeless love (The Fountain) and one about family love (The Wrestler). In fact, all his films have strong character relationships and Black Swan, which is about ballet dancers, should be no different. It has Vincent Cassel too - who I feel is underused.
The Fighter -
Mark Wahlberg starts hitting people again - I cannot complain. Also, having Christian Bale as a trainer, instead of the fighter, is refreshing. We know he's chiselled and can act but let's see him in a supporting role.
A beautiful film with very clever scenes. It is also great news that a science fiction film is up for the Best Picture award. Would The Matrix have won best film when it came out in 1999?
The King's Speech -
The Brits know how to document their history, well most of it.
The Social Network -
Slick. This is a really slick film about one of the most dynamic platforms for communication in the 21st century.
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Alice in Wonderland -
I found this weak. It is a film that is easy on the eye but its plot is disappointing.
Just an excuse to see Cher again?
The Kids Are All Right
It's an above average action movie.
The Tourist -
Early reviews have been bad. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have little chemistry. It is released in January next year.
Best Director - Motion Picture
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher - The Social Network
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David O. Russell - The Fighter
This category may be the tightest. Christopher Nolan should probably win for his originality, however.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter
James Franco may be the favourite but Ryan Gosling is great in an understated role. What is really interesting is that many of these actors are quite young.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
Halle Berry may have been in her first decent film since 2003's Monster's Ball, for which she won an Academy Award.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack
This is an odd bunch of actors' performances. Will Johnny Depp win for his shoddy work just because he didn't win for his great films before the above-mentioned two?
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A
Angelina Jolie - The Tourist
It smells like Hathaway to me.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
Maybe Renner will take the gong after missing out on prizes for The Hurt Locker last year.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Mila Kunis - Black Swan
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom
Amy Adams' time to shine?
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
The Social Network
The Social Network is sharply written.
Best Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
It would be criminal not to award it to Toy Story 3.
Best Foreign Language Film
I Am Love
In a Better World
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Bound to You - Burlesque
Coming Home - Country Strong
I See the Light - Tangled
There's a Place for Us - Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me - Burlesque
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplot - The King's Speech
Danny Elfman - Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin - 127 Hours
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - The Social Network
Hans Zimmer - Inception