Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

It’s the Golden Globe nominations. Ho hum!

Once again, it’s the time of year when we point out that — contrary to what you may read elsewhere — the Golden Globes have a pretty awful record of predicting the Oscars. Over the last eight years, despite having …

Thu, Dec 13, 2012, 14:43


Once again, it’s the time of year when we point out that — contrary to what you may read elsewhere — the Golden Globes have a pretty awful record of predicting the Oscars. Over the last eight years, despite having two bites at the best picture cherry with drama and comedy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s bash has only managed to predict the Oscar champ on two occasions. (Slumdog Millionaire and The Artist, since you ask.)

Jessica Alba reads out the name of some actor or other.

If you give a toss, there were a few things worth noting in the nominations that emerged this afternoon. I have rubbed my eyes and bashed the side of my head, but it still looks as if the awful Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has picked up three major nods: best picture (comedy or musical); best actress (comedy or musical) for Emily Blunt; best actor (comedy and musical) for Ewan McGregor. You still have the opportunity to vote for that film as worst of the year in the Ticket awards. Is it more appalling than 2010 nominee Burlesque? I think so.

Another reasonably sizeable shock involves the shut-out for The Master in best dramatic picture. Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty were all dead certs. Life of Pi has been gaining support. But it still seemed possible that Paul Thomas Anderson’s picture would slip past Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. In the event, the post-something western took that fifth spot. The Master did, however, pick up three acting mentions: for Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. By way of contrast, the magnificent Beasts of the Southern Wild was completely ignored. Disgraceful, but not surprising.

(Incidentally, for about 15 minutes, IMDb had Seven Psychopaths in the spot where Silver Linings Playbook should have been in best comedy or musical. Now that really would have been a turn up.)

What else? Nicole Kidman took the last spot (I bet) in the best supporting actress race for her absurdly fruity turn in The Paperboy. Almost nobody saw that coming. The HFPA will be hoping she turns up to increase the star wattage.

The best animated feature list is plain idiotic. Hotel Transylvania?  Really? Did none of this oddly constituted voting block see ParaNorman or The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Probably not. Heck Madagascar 3 — the most unlikely critical smash of the year — knocks Hotel into a cocked hat.

As far as total nominations go, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln looks to be leading the pack with seven. You can’t keep the guy down.

Anyway, as I report tomorrow in The Ticket, this remains the most hotly contested Oscar race in decades. As many as six films are still in the running. The Master already looked out of it. So this snub doesn’t really change things. Indeed, as ever, the Globes change nothing.

The HFPA will have more of a fight than usual to lure stars to their famously informal bash as the Academy has decided to move Oscar nominations forwards to a spot before the Globes ceremony. A red-carpet appearance at that event will, thus, do nothing for your chances of picking up a nod at the awards that matter. Are you listening, Nicole?

The ceremony takes place on January 15th.

Here are the film nominations:

Best Picture, Drama:


“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”


“Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

“Les Misérables”

“Moonrise Kindgom”

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

“Silver Linings Playbook”


Best Director:

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 Actor, Musical or Comedy:

Jack Black, “Bernie”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables ”

Ewan MCGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”


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 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”


Best Screenplay:

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”

“The Intouchables”


“Rust and Bone”


Best Animated Feature:

“Rise of the Guardians”



“Hotel Transylvania”

“Wreck-It Ralph”