Is it just me or does it seem like the Golden Globes are winging it this year?
The categories for Drama films are full of the expected names, with most nominations echoing the majority of the awards given out so far this season. The only surprises here are Mark Wahlberg’s nomination for The Fighter (suggesting that Marky Mark’s performance in The Departed probably wasn’t a fluke and he might have some acting chops after all) and Halle Berry popping up out of nowhere to grab one for Frankie and Alice.
The fact that there is a surprise in the Best Actress in a Drama category actually isn’t all that surprising, seeing as Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are hanging out in the Comedy/Musical category for their coupled performance as lesbians mothers in The Kids Are All Right, leaving room for someone unexpected to fill in the Drama ballots.
Speaking of the Comedy/Musical nominations – who came up with these? There is an awful lot to scratch your head about, namely the Johnny Depp vehicles, Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Depp and eagerly await each one of his films, but I’m not delusional enough to think every single performance of his is award-caliber; yet he managed to get nominated for both of his this year. Let’s face facts: while his Mad Hatter rendition was giggle-worthy, it was his eyebrows that stole the show. And The Tourist? Well…no one is even too sure what qualifies it as a Comedy/Musical in the first place, never mind how it grabbed Best Actress, Actor, and Picture nominations. It currently sits at 19% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Of course, the Golden Globes don’t exactly have a great track record in predicting who will come out on top at the Oscars, so they can’t be taken too seriously. Hopefully the upcoming SAG nominations will clarify things a bit.