The Oscars' flashy cousin announces its annual nominations. No Tom Hanks but Ryan Reynolds makes the list.
The Golden Globe Awards nominations came out this morning, and not surprisingly, “La La Land” led the movie pack with seven nominations, followed closely by “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea.” It’s always dangerous to read too much into the Globes, which are sort of the Oscars’ trashy cousin (if the Academy Awards had a wedding, the Globes wouldn’t be invited) and which are voted on not by thousands of industry professionals but by the small, mysterious membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Though the HFPA is a nonprofit that supports a number of charities, most of us know it for its annual celebrity-laden awards show at which winners — in both movies and television — tend to give charmingly uncensored (hey, the champagne’s flowing) acceptance speeches.
The Golden Globes — presumably with the intention of doubling the celebrity presence at their event — splits the major movie categories in two, separating drama and “comedy/musical” and resulting in some eyebrow-raising nods. Safe to say that the Oscars won’t be following the Globes in nominating “Deadpool” (!), “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Sing Street” for best picture (all are in the comedy/musical category); nor need Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), nominated for best actor in a comedy/musical, worry about setting his alarm on Oscar-nomination morning. With so many nominations, you’d think there wouldn’t be room for snubs, but there were a few . . .
- Tom Hanks didn’t turn up on the best actor in a drama list, for his heroic turn in “Sully” — which seemed like just the sort of movie-star performance that the HFPA would like. (Couple of surprises in that category: Viggo Mortensen, for “Captain Fantastic,” and Andrew Garfield for “Hacksaw Ridge.”)
- “Sully,” in fact, received no nominations whatsoever, a fate shared by “Silence,” “Live by Night,” “The Birth of a Nation,” “Patriots Day,” “Love & Friendship” and “Finding Dory” (inexplicably left off the animated-film list — though there was room for “My Life as a Zucchini”).
- No director nomination for Denzel Washington, for “Fences” (though he was nominated for best actor). Mel Gibson, for “Hacksaw Ridge,” squeezed onto that list, though; perhaps the HFPA thinks he’s fun at parties. Tom Ford also got a director nod, despite “Nocturnal Animals” not being nominated for best picture. Maybe the HFPA likes his perfume.
- “Arrival,” “Loving” and “Jackie,” all favored to make the Oscars’ best picture list, weren’t named in that category here.
What does all this mean, for the Oscar race? Very little, as there’s no overlap whatsoever between Oscar voters and HFPA membership. Nonetheless, I’ll be watching (and covering) the Globes on Jan. 8, because they do have the good sense to award a lifetime achievement award this year to Meryl Streep — and you know that acceptance speech will be worth hearing. She’s been giving great speech at the Globes for years; I quite like this one, for “The Devil Wears Prada” — particularly her final words.
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