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2010 Golden Globe Nominations

Posted by Wesley Morris  December 14, 2010 09:01 AM

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Typically, the awards season begins whenever the first critics group hands out prizes. But no one truly cares until the Golden Globes nominations are announced, which, this morning, they were. So we are now free to clamor over "The King's Speech," the British drama about a royal (Colin Firth) and his struggles with elocution. The movie got seven nominations (the Globes have only 14 film-related categories) and has been all anybody's wanted to talk about since it began appearing at film festivals in September. "The King's Speech" is like a prequel to "The Queen," and even though the nation's critics appear to be solidly behind "The Social Network" (six nominations), the film about the blue-blood stutterer might just be the people's movie.  

Unless, of course, the people's movie is the one with the working-class boxer whose family keeps getting on his nerves. "The Fighter," nominally about Lowell's Micky Ward, got six nominations, including one for Mark Wahlberg, whose performance is so cleverly quiet amid the great noise the rest of the cast makes you barely notice he's there. This is all to say that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the grab-bag of international reporters that determines the awards -- gets slightly more credible every year. 

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The film-acting lists are mostly strong and pretty surprising. Happily, Emma Stone is a musical or comedy nominee for "Easy A." And Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman are dramatic actress nominees for movies that showed up at the last minute. In Berry's case, is there any resisting a beautiful woman playing a stripper with two personalities, one of which is a racist, the other a child genius? Can Annette Bening or Julianne Moore do that? Rather: Would they?

In any case, I did say "slightly more credible": The actor-in-a-comedy list is a hoot. And the Foreign Press agrees that "The Tourist" is a "musical or comedy" (an accidental one), but why bother with it at all? I think the voters have crushes not only on Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp (both nominees) but on the movie's somewhat foxy German director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Interestingly, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful" was relegated to the foreign-language category (what does "foreign language" even mean coming from a foreign-press outfit?) and Javier Bardem's rather courageous performance in the movie ignored. "Toy Story 3," meanwhile, is just an animated-feature nominee, and Olivier Assayas's terrorism drama "Carlos," released here as a multi-hour epic, is nominated in the Globes' television wing because it originally aired as a miniseries in France.

Completely shut out: Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," Mike Leigh's "Another Year," which opens here in January, and the Coen Brothers' "True Grit," which opens next week. And, amazingly, the Foreign Press demonstrated uncharacteristic restraint in nominating "Burlesque" for only best comedy or musical and in the song catetgory but steering clear of its stars, Cher and Christina Aguilera. It's like the Foreign Press has grown up right before my eyes.

Blair Underwood, Josh Duhamel, and, Katie Holmes (up to her neck in cheekbones) haphazardly announced the nominees. The complete list is below. Ricky Gervais will host the show, which airs on NBC January 16.  

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Burlesque"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"Red"
"The Tourist"

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
David Fincher, "The Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA
Halle Berry, "Frankie & Alice"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

BEST ACTRESS: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
Anne Hathaway, "Love & Other Drugs"
Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"
Julianne Moore, "The Kids Are All Right"
Emma Stone, "Easy A"

BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, "Alice in Wonderland"
Johnny Depp, "The Tourist"
Paul Giamatti, "Barney's Version"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Love & Other Drugs"
Kevin Spacey, "Casino Jack"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Jacki Weaver," Animal Kingdom"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street 2"
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Biutiful"
"The Concert"
"The Edge"
"I Am Love"
"In a Better World"

BEST SCREENPLAY
"127 Hours"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"The King's Speech"
"Alice in Wonderland"
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network"
"Inception"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Despicable Me"
"How To Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Tangled"
"Toy Story 3"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Bound To You" ("Burlesque")
"Coming Home" ("Country Strong")
"I See The Light? "("Tangled")
"There?s a Place For Us" ("The Chronicles of Narnia")
"You Haven't Seen The Last of Me"  ("Burlesque")

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