The Golden Globe Nominations Are Here

The Golden Globe nominations are here! The Hollywood Foreign Press's big drunken awards ceremony is exactly a month away, and so here are the candidates for receiving useful doorstoppers and paperweights. Let's briefly analyze. 

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The Golden Globe nominations are here! The Hollywood Foreign Press's big drunken awards ceremony is exactly a month away, and so here are the candidates for receiving useful doorstoppers and paperweights. Let's briefly analyze.

Movies-wise, there weren't any big surprises in the Best Drama/Best Comedy category, except maybe that they counted The Help as a drama and My Week With Marilyn as a comedy. Or are they counting Marilyn as a musical? Anyway, that The Help sneaked into the Drama category like that probably gives it a better shot at getting an Oscar nomination next month, so prepare yourselves for that.

As always with the Golden Globes, dividing movie categories up into comedy and drama means the actor market gets flooded. Look for Carnage's Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet to not likely make the roster come Oscar time. Actually the drama race is exactly what the eventual Best Actress Oscar slate could look like, maybe only swapping out Rooney Mara for Charlize Theron or, more likely, Michelle Williams. With the actors, Jean Dujardin is relegated to comedy for now, but next month he'll probably take Michael Fassbender's slot on that drama list. Brad Pitt's inclusion here is giving us the feeling that he's going to win it all this year, as a way of saying thanks for being a movie star. Supporting Actor could look exactly like that for the Oscars, while the Supporting Actress roster is a little less certain. Shailene Woodley from The Descendants seems like a surprise inclusion, though everyone else makes sense. It seems like The Help is the one movie from Jessica Chastain's busy year that people are singling out, so look for her to get her first of, we're guessing, many Oscar nominations for that.

TV wise, the Golden Globes did better than yesterday's SAG Awards in nominating newer shows that deserve it, like Homeland and Enlightened. It's interesting to see Johnny Galecki get a nod for Big Bang Theory instead of his perennially nominated (and winning) costar Jim Parsons. Also look, Matt LeBlanc! '90s sitcoms are back! Also good to see Madeleine Stowe get some notice for Revenge -- she's likely to remain the awards totem for that well-liked but not necessarily Best Drama-level show. (Maybe the Emmys should create a Best Non-Premium Cable Drama award.) Other than that, it seems the Globes followed SAG's lead by giving a nod to a random actor from a random USA show, so that's kind of fun.

They are fun! Awards are fun! Meaningless, millionaire-cheering fun. The full list is below.

Best Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Comedy/Musical
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Timtin
Puss in Boots
Winnie the Pooh
Arthur Christmas

Best Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help

Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Best Director

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

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants
Steve Zallian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Michael Lewis, Moneyball
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Best TV Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Modern Family
New Girl

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big To Fail

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

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