CBS News reports the 2011 Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced Dec. 14 and there were some surprises. The Jeff Bridges western “True Grit” was snubbed while the musical “Burlesque” was included even though it was panned by critics. “The Tourist” was also included in the comedy category even though it hasn’t done well at the box office either. Still, the nominations were full of deserving candidates such as “Dexter” and “Glee.” Other heavyweights are expected to win and further their Oscar hopes. The Golden Globes will air on NBC Jan. 16.
Three nominees stood out to me as sure winners in each category. Here are my choices to win in the lead up to the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards.
Jennifer Lawrence, the young actress of “Winter’s Bone,” received a lot of praise for carrying the Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Lawrence also starred alongside Bill Engvall on his show for three seasons on TBS.
Lawrence can also be seen as Mystique in the upcoming “X-Men” film. Her nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama is the only one for “Winter’s Bone” at the 2011 Golden Globes. The film was made in my area of southwest Missouri and revolves around a girl’s search for her drugged-out father.
Christopher Nolan is up for Best Director regarding his crime/thriller “Inception.” It was the most mind-blowing film of the year starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“Inception” as a film was spectacular and had all aspects of good storytelling. Drama, romance, thrills, action and plot twists were plentiful in a movie set in people’s surreal dreams. Dicaprio and Gordon-Levitt team up as agent who invade these dreams in order to extract information for clients. Other top actors such as Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy and Ellen Page were also in the film.
Whereas the comedy movie selection was controversial, “Glee” should win easily for the television comedy category. Fox’s comedy about a high school glee club competing with football for top honors at the school has been a masterful play on what competitions are like.
Each week, fans of “Glee” get ready to see what musical numbers will be like. Madonna, Britney Spears and even Neil Diamond songs have been performed on the show. Jane Lynch as one of the school’s athletic coaches is perhaps the funniest role in the entire series with her blunt assertions of school life.
The Golden Globes are the beginning of a busy awards season. Talk from here until next summer’s blockbuster films will be of the awards shows and the glitz of red carpet walkways.
Derschowitz, Jessica, “Golden Globes Nominations 2011: Surprises and Snubs,” CBS News.
Golden Globe Nominations List.