Thursday, December 15, 2011

Award Nominations: SAG and Goldden Globes

It has been a week of Nominations. 2 important awards announced their nominations - Screen Actor's Guild and Golden Globes. Here is what I think about them.

Best Picture

Golden Globes - Drama                                                            Golden Globes - Musical Or Comedy 
The Descendants                                                                                50/50  
The Help                                                                                           The Artist
Hugo                                                                                                Bridesmaids 
The Ides of March                                                                              Midnight in Paris 
Moneyball                                                                                         My Week with Marilyn
War Horse
The Artist                                     
                                                        The Descendant
                                                        The Help
                                                        Midnight in Paris

SAG Basically has a Best Cast Ensemble award. So I was expecting Ides of March to be there, which does have a pretty strong cast. As for the globes, I will not comment on whether any particular film is musical or comedy or drama but other than that since they have more options, they are doing alright. Though, I might be missing something but Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was getting a lot of attention. Whatever happened to that? And if you ask me to predict anything from this, I shall say come Oscars, I will expect The Artist, The Descendent and The Help to get nominated. 

Best Actor: Male 

Golden Globes - Drama                                                              Golden Globes - Musical Or Comedy 
George Clooney – The Descendants                                                   Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar                                                            Brendan Gleeson – The Guard
Brad Pitt - Moneyball                                                                      Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50
Michael Fassbender – Shame                                                           Ryan Gosling – Crazy, Stupid, Love
Ryan Gosling – Drive                                                                      Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris
                                                     Demián Bichir – A Better Life
                                                     George Clooney – The Descendants
                                                     Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
                                                     Jean Dujardin – The Artist
                                                     Brad Pitt – Moneyball

SAG again is pretty surprising. No Michael Fessbender(Shame), No Michael Shannon(Take Shelter) or Ryan Gosling. I don't know much about A Better life, but anyone of above three would have easily replaced DiCaprio. Globes missed Shannon as well. Gary Oldman(Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) was generating a lot of buzz but looks like he is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close here. And again, from this I think Come Oscars, Clooney, Dujadin and Pitt should almost certainly get nominated. I would love to see Fessbender and Gosling with them.

Best Actor: Female 

Golden Globes - Drama                                                              Golden Globes - Musical Or Comedy 
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs                                                               Kate Winslet - Carnage
Viola Davis - The Help                                                                     Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady                                                           Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Rooney Mara - The Girl with Dragon Tattoo                                        Jodie Foster – Carnage
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin                                      Charlize Theron – Young Adult
                                                          Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
                                                          Viola Davis – The Help
                                                          Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
                                                          Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin
                                                          Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
SAG again missed Charlize Theron and Rooney Mara. I am happy with Michelle Williams' inclusion and Davis, Streep and Swinton are everywhere. So that leaves Close to make way for either of them and I am not much interested in Albert Nobbs as well. So, I will be happy with that. I am also not commenting on Globes - Musical and Comedy. They just need 5 nominees - that is only explanation and their Drama is probably the most satisfying group here. I liked Elizabeth Olsen(Martha Marcy May Merlene) and Kirsten Dunst(Melancholia) too. But, even I am finding hard to get rid of anyone else. Oscarwise, I think Davis, Streep and Swinton should be certain. I would love Williams and Theron to join them.

Best Supporting Actor: Male
Golden Globes                                                                                   SAG
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn                                Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Christopher Plummer - Beginners                                           Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Albert Brooks - Drive                                                           Arnie Hammer - J. Edgar
Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method                                  Nick Nolte – Warrior
Jonah Hill - Moneyball                                                          Jonah Hill - Moneyball
This is like they are afraid of making all the right decisions. Globes got Brooks in but missed Nolte and SAG did vice versa and they both have Jonah Hill. Seriously? Do you know someone Called Ben Kingsley(Hugo) or at least John Hawkes(Martha Marcy May Merlene)? And Arnie Hammer ? I will reserve my judgement of Mortensen though because I have mixed reviews. For Oscars, Branagh and Plummer should enjoy the company of ideally Brooks, Nolte and Kingsley but I will be content with Hawkes and maybe even Mortensen.

Best Supporting Actor: Female

Golden Globes                                                                                         SAG 
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist                                                            Bérénice Bejo – The Artist 
Jessica Chastain - The Help                                                          Jessica Chastain - The Help 
Octavia Spencer - The Help                                                          Octavia Spencer - The Help 
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs                                                        Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs 
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants                                             Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

WHERE IS CARRY MULLIGAN ? How can you forget HER ? SAG is even worse. No disrespect to Melissa McCarthy - she was nice in Bridesmaids but definitely not enough to keep Woodley out. I have heard good things about McTeer but still I want Carry Mulligan(Shame) in the mix here. BTW, I am extremely happy for Jessica Chastain. I do not care which role she gets nominated for as long as she does.

Best Director 

Golden Globes                                                                                                        
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
George Clooney – The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Nice to see Clooney here. He was good but at least I wasn't expecting him to get nominated. Payne, Scorsese and Hazanavicius are almost certain to get in. Spielberg(War Horse) is one more veteran that might make it. How many times do you have a chance of seeing Spielberg, Scorsese and Allen fighting with virtually unknown guy, Hazanavicius. And the best part is he actually has a realistic chance of winning.

So, all in all though Globes improved over SAG, there is still lot of hope for Improvement. Come On Academy !!


  1. You and I seem to be in total agreement here. Give me nominations (just nominations, I don't expect wins) for Fassbender, Gosling, Mulligan, Brooks, and Kingsley and we'll call it a day.

    The Globes were better than the SAGs, but I'm not holding out much hope for the Oscars.

  2. Yes we are Alex. And to tell you the truth, out of them all only Brooks has realistic chance of winning. But what matters is appreciation and they all deserve it.

  3. I'm not quite sure how much validity I can put towards the Golden Globes & SAG.

    Nice post regardless.

    Glad I finally got around to visiting your site.

  4. Thanks Sam !! If nothing else, they should generate some momentum for campaigns of the nominees.


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