December 13, 2005

The Golden Globe nominations.

Best Pic, Drama
Brokeback Mountain
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence
Match Point

Best Pic, Musical/Comedy
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride Prejudice
The Producers
Squid and Whale
Walk the Line

Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Peter Jackson, King Kong
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Fernando Mereilles, The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielberg, Munich

Actor, Drama
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terence Howard, Hustle and Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck

Actor, Musical/Comedy
Peirce Brosnan, The Matador
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nathan Lane, The Producers
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

Actress - Musical/Comedy
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney, Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Actress - Drama
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Gwyneth Paltrow, Proof
Charlize Theron, North Country
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha

Actress, Supporting Role
Scarlett Johannsson, Match Point
Shirley MacLaine, In Her Shoes
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, Contant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

Actor, Supporting Role
George Clooney, Syriana
Matt Dillon, Crash
Will Ferrell, The Producers
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents
I have only seen "A History of Violence," actually. I wrote about it here. Key passage:
Maria Bello is not a good actress. She's interesting to look at, but she can't do what is needed in a film like this. Cronenberg tried to cover for her inadequacies by having her do things like run out of the room and throw up off camera or bury her face in Mortenson's shoulder and cry. We'd watch more of him then, instead of her. And by the way, if there's one thing I would like to ban in movies, it's having a character express emotion by vomiting.
Okay, so I guess I shouldn't trust any of the other nominations.

Another thing. I don't like the way dramatic biopics of musicians screw up the classifications into dramatic and musical/comedy. Joaquin Phoenix, emoting as Johnny Cash, will utterly unfairly overshadow the comic performances that the two-category actor approach is supposed to highlight. Unfair. Moreover: unfair to Johnny Depp. The outrage!

UPDATE: Corrected, after someone in the comments wisecracked "Pretty sorry set of musicals/comedies those actresses were in." I'd cut and pasted from the Oscarwatch site, and they had "Musical/Comedy" as the heading for the "Supporting" actress category. "North Country" and "Brokeback Mountain" are so far from being comedy that even the thought of going to see them makes me feel bad. Another correction: I have seen more than one of these films, not just "History of Violence," but also "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Sorry, Johnny! Don't know how it slipped my mind.


SteveR said...

I've grown to distrust the process involved in these awards "shows" to the point where it has no impact on me.

Icepick said...

So does this count as more body fluid blogging?

Dave said...

I saw Bello act in a movie called The Cooler.

She was ok in it, not great. But I wouldn't say she can't act.

Sean E said...

Your last category should be supporting actress, not actress, musical/comedy. I was scratching my head for a minute, wondering how The Constant Gardener fit the category.

I agree completely with your point regarding Walk the Line - it's a drama about a musician, not a musical.

sonicfrog said...

Did you write the review when you were on your body fluids kick???

sonicfrog said...

Damned again!! I didn't realize Icepick beat me to the punch!

Troy said...

Vomiting as emoting... There should be more heaving (sans vomit) as in Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber -- now THAT'S classic cinema. Victoria -- care to give us the intellectual take on Dumb and Dumber? :-)

cb said...

Pretty sorry set of musicals/comedies those actresses were in. Brokeback Mountain? North Country? Ah, the perils of cut and paste.

erp said...

"Pride & Prejudice" a Comedy or Musical? The new ending is pretty funny, but I wouldn't classify it as a comedy, and there weren't a musical numbers, so it's probably not a musical. So ???

Joe Baby said...

Pia Zadora shut out again.

Ann Althouse said...

CB: LOL. I've corrected what was the fault of the Oscarwatch site. Should have noticed!

Erp: The Austenites are going to come after you for that!!

erp said...

Bring them on. I'm ready for them.

reader_iam said...

I just had a commenter remark that I SHOULD NOT go see the movie, due to its end, and the fact that Dame Dench was made up to look like the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr).

Lord, now there's a disturbing, and disturbingly haunting, image that'd I rather not have lurking among my synapses.

Harkonnendog said...

Geeze I haven't see one of the dramas... let's see what I'm missing:

Brokeback Mountain:
Gay cowboys sans pudding victimized by evil mainstream attitudes-

The Constant Gardener:
bureacrat victimized by evil government and private entities-

Good Night, and Good Luck:
reporter trying to defend people victimized by evil government-

A History of Violence:
regular guy being persecuted by evil gangster-

Match Point:
neurotic loser being persecuted by sexual desire-

Hrm... Every one of these movies sounds boring.

reader_iam said...

My comment referred to Pride and Prejudice. Great, first I skip letters, then words, and now it's the whole subject of a comment.

What next?

Geek, Esq. said...

I've only seen Constant Gardener and Brokeback Mountain, but they are excellent, excellent films.

The HFPA is more known for trying to guess who will win the Oscar with their picks, but it looks like they avoided that this year by snubbing Munich.

Of course Walk the Line is a drama, not a musical, but they almost always shove such films into the Comedy/Musical category to prop it up--they did so with Ray last year.

Harkonnendog said...

Woke up this morning and the Instapundit had linked to Tammy Bruce's article about why Hollywood ticket sales are low. Her descriptions of the movies and mine in the comments yesterday are pretty close, lol. The main difference being, I think, that she SAW the movies.

" 1) A love story between two gay sheepherders (erroneously labeled 'cowboys' by the media, I suppose because they wear hats).*

2) A film portraying as noble the efforts of journalists to demonize and "take down" a US Senator whose anti-communist policies they did not like.*

3) A film about, as one movie-going reviewer noted, "...the horrors of big business and the way they are willing to experiment on the poor to achieve their goals..."*

4) The demonization of the average mid-western American man as someone who is no hero, but a cold-blooded killer at heart.*

5) And lastly, a Woody Allen film about infidelity. Well, he should know.* "

Just thought it was funny.

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Susan said...

The thing I hate about these nominations (and the Oscars, too) is the way not one single actor ever admits to getting up early to listen to the announcments.

When asked how they heard about their nomination, they all say something like "I was asleep when my agent called" or "I checked my messages this morning and I had all kinds of calls" or "I had forgotten today was the day they announced the nominations, but I got lots of calls." Yeah right. Kate Hepburn probably never got up early to find out if she'd been nominated, but younger stars and first timers? Gimme a break.

Ann Althouse said...

Susan: LOL.