‘King’s Speech’ leads Globe nods, ‘True Grit’ shut out

Posted by · 4:53 am · December 14th, 2010

True to form, the Golden Globe nominations are a buffet of the good, the bad and the unconscionably hideous — with perhaps a touch more emphasis than usual on the third of those this year. I refer, of course, to those largely mortifying Comedy/Musical races, where HFPA voters solved the lack of obvious contenders this year by giving in to their randiest star-shagging urges.

Welcome to the Best Picture race, “Red,” “The Tourist” and (pauses to cross himself and say three Hail Marys) “Alice in Wonderland.” Or, you know, not. Congratulations on your double-shot of well-deserved Best Actor nominations, Mr. Depp. Or, you know, not. Sorry, Sally Hawkins, we liked you just fine in “Made in Dagenham,” but Angelina Jolie was obviously working harder in her movie. Or, you know, not.

Still, even as we strike down upon the HFPA with great vengeance and furious anger, I’m feeling pretty chipper about some things: reviled as it is by many, “Burlesque” is the kind of grandly gaudy goof-off that I’m happy to see livening up the category, while my biggest air-punch of the morning came when my actress of the year Emma Stone’s name was read out for “Easy A.”

Over in the drama categories, there’s a similar trade-off between lazy coast-in nominees and genuinely hard-earned surprises: I don’t imagine too many people are thrilled to see Halle Berry nominated ahead of Lesley Manville, but we have those sweet twin nominations for the doomed lovers of “Blue Valentine” to make the medicine go down. Pleasing, too, to see Jacki Weaver and Mila Kunis keep making strides in that very pliable Supporting Actress race, while Jeremy Renner’s supporting nod for “The Town” reads as an apology note from voters for snubbing him last year. (Again, in return for that, we must tolerate a shameless please-don’t-die nod for Michael Douglas’s self-parody in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Them’s the breaks.)

Okay, so I led with the finer details. Looking at the bigger picture, however, today’s announcement will please, if hardly surprise, fans of “The Social Network” (with six nods) and the film everyone knew would lead the field, “The King’s Speech” (with seven). Arguably the bigger story of the morning, however, is “The Fighter,” which tied for the runner-up spot with six bids, including Best Director and Best Actor mentions that few saw coming. It seems to me that this rock-solid crowdpleaser has timed its arrival in the race very nicely indeed.

What made way for “The Fighter”‘s robust haul, then? Well, as I anticipated, “127 Hours” underperformed, snagging nominations for Actor, Screenplay and Score, but missing out in the top two races. Even more sidelined, however, was “True Grit” — which received a grand total of zero nods. (Yep, even the beloved Jeff Bridges was bumped in favor of Mark Wahlberg.) Whether these signify a general loss of steam in the race, or just a temporary pothole, remains to be seen — but by this point, it should be clear to Fox Searchlight that “Black Swan” (with a healthy five nods) is their prize pony.

As for who might win, it’s anyone’s guess whether the Globes will follow the critics’ lead or not. They certainly didn’t last year, or three years ago, when the lush Britpic “Atonement” trumped the bleak Americana of “No Country for Old Men: a precedent that might suggest “The King’s Speech,” with its leading haul, is still the one to beat here. Over in the comedy wasteland, meanwhile, the “Kids Are All Right” folks are chuckling gleefully to themselves as they laminate their acceptance speeches.

On a final note, nice to see “Carlos,” as well as its fire-breathing leading man Edgar Ramirez, get some love in the miniseries race. It should be up with the big (or at least big-screen) boys in Best Picture, but we’ll take what we can get.

Check out the full list of film nominees at The Circuit.

[Photo: Paramount Pictures]

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  • 1 12-14-2010 at 10:59 am

    john t. said...

    Maxim, I agree with you. LAOD is very underrated film , and Anne Hathaway gives a good performance.

    Too bad for Leslie Manville ,Tilda Swinton, and Hailee Steinfeld .

    Why are people shocked about the Michael Douglas nod ? He gave two solid performances this year , and he has the illness factor. Also, has the sympathy vote and the Hollywood royalty factor working for him. Don’t be surprise when Michael receives an Oscar nomination .

  • 2 12-14-2010 at 11:25 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    I think we can all agree that no A lister has got crapped on more throughout his career by award voting bodies than Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • 3 12-14-2010 at 11:33 am

    Jake D said...

    Sorry, what? Leo has 7 Globe noms (including one for Titanic…) and one win. He has three Oscar nominations. He has two NBR awards. Shit, he’s even got a Razzie.

    There are definitely competent A-listers with more to complain about.

  • 4 12-14-2010 at 11:57 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Leo has in terms of wins,

    0 Academy Awards
    0 BAFTA
    0 Broadcast Critics
    0 SAG
    1 Golden Globe
    2 MTV Movie Awards

    So he has more victories for best lead male in the MTV awards than he does in all the other major awards combined. In my view that is being shat on.

    Also give me a break with the two NBR awards. An award for best ensemble in the Departed does not count. Even Anthony Anderson received that.

    Also we may have different definitions of A-lister. I am talking Leo, Depp, Penn, Clooney, Pitt and not many others.

  • 5 12-14-2010 at 12:02 pm

    Maxim said...

    “I think we can all agree that no A lister has got crapped on more throughout his career by award voting bodies than Leonardo DiCaprio.”

    Matt, I think we can all agree that this applies to Harrison Ford to a far, FAR greater extent.

  • 6 12-14-2010 at 12:08 pm

    AdamL said...

    Anyone who thinks Douglas didn’t deserve a nom is crazy. He definitely did. Who cares if it wss for the wrong film. Leo was nommed for Blood Diamond over Departed which was insane. Winlset was nommed for The Reader over Revolutionary Road, which was completely mystifying. Happens all the time.

  • 7 12-14-2010 at 12:10 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Perhaps but the Academy was pretty narrow minded during his prime. I think if an Indiana Jones type movie came out today the lead would be recognized. Depp was recognized for Pirates.

    Leo is being snubbed even in this day and age of the Academy having a somewhat open mind. I still don’t get how Brad Pitt in Ben Button is a better performance than Leo in Revolutionary Road.

  • 8 12-14-2010 at 12:14 pm

    Maxim said...

    Ben & Kris, the reason why I took offense wasn’t because I don’t understand what Guy was getting at. It had everything to do with how he chose to convey that sentiment. I think that you probably understand what I mean.

    In the year when there’s a lot of head scratching nods, I think there is room for doubt.If we are looking for precedents. Some others have said as much. Ultimately, whether I agree or disagree is beside the point. Things could have been better phrased, by both sides.

    Believe me that I don’t go around looking for opportunity to throw insults. So I won’t insult anyone’s intelligence with further clarifying my position.

  • 9 12-14-2010 at 12:17 pm

    Maxim said...

    @ Matthew Starr,

    I firmly believe that Ford gave the best performance in ‘The Fugitive’. He has had many chances to be recognized and got virtually nothing.

  • 10 12-14-2010 at 1:13 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    How come Halle Berry’s nomination isn’t seen as a happy surprise? She’s in no way an actress with much range but it’s nice to see her being acknowledged for a passion project few with see theatrically –or if at all.

  • 11 12-14-2010 at 1:17 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Glad to see Mila Kunis and Jeremy Renner getting recognition, they were both terrific in Black Swan and The Town.

    The biggest shock to me is Red getting nominated in the musical/comedy category. I found that film dreadful, with the exception of John Malkovich. It seems none of those movies except The Kids Are All Right are terribly popular among critics, but I haven’t seen the others so I can’t comment.

  • 12 12-14-2010 at 2:08 pm

    Filipe said...

    DiCaprio should have already won, only this way these fanboys(or girls) would stop bitching about his snubs.

  • 13 12-14-2010 at 2:35 pm

    matsunaga said...

    As if we didn’t expect this star studded nominations to happen?

    Should I expect people here to miss the Golden Globes ceremony next year for nominations disappointment?

    Glad that “The King’s Speech” leading the way… And for “Black Swan” for the top categories…

  • 14 12-14-2010 at 2:53 pm

    G Downs said...

    The globes are a joke. No Robert Duvall, Mark Ruffalo, or Bill Murray (the later is a total dark horse but I’d love to see him get his dues for “get low”, he was fantastic with Duvall in that)

    The inclusion of “the tourist” is just laughable.

  • 15 12-14-2010 at 3:13 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    /3rtfu11: Because she was mediocre at best in a poor film. A passion project doesn’t always translate into great performance or filmmaking. It worked for The Fighter and Rabbit Hole, but not for Frankie and Alice I’m afraid.

  • 16 12-14-2010 at 3:47 pm

    Jake G. said...

    Really WTF! The Tourist has a 7 percent on rt! Love and Other Drugs,How Do You Know, and Made in Dagenham are WAY BETTER! This years golden globes are TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!

  • 17 12-14-2010 at 4:19 pm

    Jane said...

    @ Matthew Starr

    Totally agree with you.

    I was wondering if DiCaprio pissed off Hollywood this year. If Depp or Jolie had the year he did, they’d be Oscar favorites. (Of course, maybe they are with the masterpiece “The Tourist.” Of course, chances would be better if it wasn’t a comedy. Oscar isn’t very nice to comedies.)

  • 18 12-14-2010 at 4:32 pm

    ninja said...

    Tourist 19% fresh – major nominations :( :( :(

    Leo – 0 nominations :( :( :(

    So Leo is not happening. Grrrr.

    Renner is happening. :) :) :)

    Nolan and Inception are so happening. :) :) :) :)

    Kunis nomination = awesome!

    Lost didn`t get any nomination, muahahaha, serves them right for the terrible season and finale.

    Comedy nomns are embarrassing.

  • 19 12-14-2010 at 4:47 pm

    j said...

    Emma Stone! Elisabeth Moss!
    Kunis and Aronovsky’s recent strong showings, vs. Kids are All Right’s snubs (though the sorry comedy state this year should make its GG domination helpful), are making Portman look more frontrunner-y. If Wiest is out, who else would be out to let Kunis in? I’m tempted to say Adams, but maybe that’s because I don’t like her and I don’t want it to be Carter. Or…maybe Manville’s team should think about supporting after all.
    Blue Valentine is impressing lately. Renner’s looking strong.

  • 20 12-14-2010 at 5:48 pm

    PaulH said...

    No True Grit = good. Time to see the Coens taken down a peg. Overrated, they are. But Oscar will rubberstamp them because they’re THE COENS. Also, please quit teeing off on Burlesque. It deserved the Picture nomination and will be able to call itself a GG winner (Original Song, Bound to You). The Tourist overtakes Pia Zadora’s globe as worst WTF in their near 70-year history.

    Inception, while getting 4 nominations, is still toast; it won’t win Picture, Director or Screenplay at the Oscars because of the hardcore arthouse tsunami that’s cockblocking it. It’s getting massacred in the regional critics awards and nominations. It’s clearly the best film of ’10, but the goddamned Social Network is just too locked in right now not to blow it. Globes will position King’s Speech as their alternative to the TSN stampede, but I doubt it’ll have any effect. This is the third year in a row we’re going through a death march this awards season, of no excitement, drama, suspense. Only inevitability.

  • 21 12-14-2010 at 6:05 pm

    JJ1 said...

    It’s the categories.

    Jolie/Depp got in because HPFA can, at times, suck.

    Leo didn’t get in because there are a plentitude of great dramatic actors in his category this year.

  • 22 12-14-2010 at 7:46 pm

    Trrrance said...

    Yeah, they definitely should have omiited the ONLY black actress or actor to be nominated in the films catergories! I
    mean, why did they have to go and screw up a lily white selection of actors with a nod to Halle’s wonderful performance?

  • 23 12-14-2010 at 7:54 pm

    Glenn said...

    The Michael Douglas nomination only happened because of his illness. It seems fairly obvious, especially when they didn’t nominate people like Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell, Matt Damon…

    Some people in this comment section are acting far for repugnant than anything Guy Lodge could possible write. utter grotesque. I’m so glad I don’t know them in real life. What a horrible thought.

  • 24 12-14-2010 at 8:51 pm

    Katie said...

    Seriously Guy, I love you. Your writing is always so cute and as always everything lovely in the world.

    Hmmm. Daydreaming about British soaps and scones and Early Grey and Prince Harry right now…

    And also,



    Stab a puppy in the face what’s going on here?! I haven’t been awards watching for that long, but this seems like a new low for the HPFA. WTF happened?

  • 25 12-14-2010 at 10:17 pm

    tintin(uruguay) said...

    Go Angie! jaja

  • 26 12-15-2010 at 1:13 am

    UncleVanya said...

    The Globes should be increasingly derided for the crap they chose to promote, clearly, because they are unabashed starf++ckers. I should think many of these nominees are embarrassed by yesterday’s announcements. Johnny Depp in particular. I wonder how he must feel to be nominated twice for middling performances in bad movies? His publicist must have done all the fake-elation work, while he groaned shamefully in some far away cupboard. Why are people like Angelina Jolie and Michael Douglas basking in their Globe nominations; do they not think that people much more deserving are being robbed? Do they not care? For them to simply blather on about how wonderful it feels to be in such company, wouldn’t it be so revolutionary , honest and fair-minded, for them to admit that others were robbed by the silly nomination process by this irrelevant, celebrity obsessed group of charlatans. I am tempted to think that many people in Hollywood are laughing, while staying ‘mum’, about the credibility of this bogus body of supposed foreign critics. Disgusting!

  • 27 12-15-2010 at 3:05 am

    Gioconda said...

    “”Johnny Depp for two terrible preformances… hahaha funny stuff. “”
    I agree, this is completely ridiculous. At least they could have nominated Robert Downey Jr for Due Date or Jim Carrey for I Love you Philip Morris.

  • 28 12-15-2010 at 5:57 am

    Maxim said...

    “Really WTF! The Tourist has a 7 percent on rt! ”

    No, no it doesn’t. And didn’t at the time you posted this.

    “Why are people like Angelina Jolie and Michael Douglas basking in their Globe nominations; do they not think that people much more deserving are being robbed? ”

    Few people are more deserving than Douglas. And yes he was good and even better in “Solitary Man”.

    Also, Wall Street 2 is the kind of role that could have been nominated any year. Fact. More puzzling nominations occured this yes. Also fact.

    It’s not their fault they were nominated. Another fact.

  • 29 12-15-2010 at 6:55 am

    UncleVanya said...

    Fact. No it was not their fault! But sychophants like you, who do not question the process, are probably the bigest problem with this idiotic, feigned cock-sucking noodling. If there were not enablers such as yourself, perhaps we could witness a laudable event. And if you think Douglas, Jolie, Depp, is worthy of a nomination, well, all I can say is enjoy yodeling in the widerness you half wit!

  • 30 12-15-2010 at 6:58 am

    UncleVanya said...

    Max out Maxim publicist …you deserve it. Your’re doing your job. You will be rewardered, as you should be.

  • 31 12-15-2010 at 7:04 am

    UncleVanya said...

    And I didn’t say anything about 7 percent for your favorite film (The Tourist) , you freak’n moron. Jesus, where do creeps like you come from?

  • 32 12-15-2010 at 7:25 am

    Maxim said...

    Vanya, take some pills. Like seriously. You comments are so widely out of sync and innapropriate that I am worried for your mental health. If there is any justice, you’d be instanently banned, and it would be for your own good.

    Not only is your temper uncalled for (did I ever do something to you personally?) you didn’t even understood what I was trying to say.

    Where do you see me advocating anything about the Tourist? Anywhere? If you’d scroll up you see me say that I haven’t seen it.

    And clearly I am insane for not getting my panties in a banch over Globes lke you do. Unlike your stupidity, it is a major crisis that needs to be addressed now.

    Also, all the comments I make have to be directed to you. It did even register that if I used somebody else’s quote in regards to “The Tourist’s” rating then, you know, I could be talking to someone else.

    The only thing that I stood up for is Douglas’ perfomance wasn’t bad. Clearly I am not entitled to my own opinion.

    P.S. Take those pills. The sychophant comment has me worried.

  • 33 12-15-2010 at 9:03 am

    le duff pascal said...

    I believe the nominations in comedy for THE TOURIST and LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS reflect this : they either got somehow confused with the Razzies or forgot that you are supposed to MEAN being funny ! Not at your expense ! MACHETE and THE OTHER GUYS are funny comedies. And THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT so winning in their category but you may wonder how much you actually laugh during that movie. It’ s funny to see that Ernest Borgnine who is in RED ( decently funny by the way ) will lose to a movie about gay people. HFPA’s sense of humor ?