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#GoldenGlobe Nominations: My Thoughts

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It continues to be my favorite time of year: Awards Season!  The Golden Globe nominations came out today; and as per usual, I was thrilled with some nominations and insanely pissed when performances got snubbed.  Below are the nominations and my thoughts on them:

Best Television Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
The Newsroom

I understand these nominations, I do.  But for the umpteenth time, Sons of Anarchy has been overlooked.  I’m also surprised not to see Man Men or The Game of Thrones on here.  But LOVE the love that Downton Abbey gets – it’s a deliciously good show.

Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Episodes

Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Out of these 5 series, I only watch Smash … and I’m shocked to see it on here.  Season 1 was entertaining, but it was a hell of a mess.  And considering that they’ve switched showrunners and cut half of their original cast, I really don’t think this nomination is justified.  I think New Girl deserved their slot (or HAPPY ENDINGS!  But that’s just a pipe dream).

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

The glaring omission of Charlie Hunnam for Sons of Anarchy truly hurts my soul.  This entire season read like his Emmy reel (so maybe I’ll hope for the Emmys).  I truly love SOA and while I might seem biased, Charlie’s performance this season was truly incredible – read the reviews, the recaps, your twitter feed; you’ll find I’m not alone in these thoughts.  I know Damian Lewis has this award on lock (and it’s deserved) but I was truly hoping to see Charlie get some recognition.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Claire Danes has this one in the bag, but I’m really happy to see Connie Britton on here, especially after she was snubbed so many years for Friday Night Lights.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

I didn’t see any of these – I have no feelings.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

While Jessica Lange is an incredible actress, even she can’t save this overwrought AHS: Asylum season (for which her performance can’t even begin to compare to the one from the first season).  I think Julianne Moore is the clear winner, but I’m happy to see Sigourney Weaver nominated (Political Animals is definitely a miniseries you should check out.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

I would LOVE to see Max Greenfield take this.  I can’t imagine New Girl without him – there has never been an episode where his presence hasn’t made the show infinitely better.  Also thrilled for Mandy Patinkin’s nomination.  His character Saul isn’t a flashy role, but it’s the grounding force of the show.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Maggie Smith.  The end.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

As long as Lena Dunham doesn’t win, I’m happy.  I cannot stand her.  I just don’t find her funny or overly original.  I can feel the backlash brewing already …

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louis
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Pretty much what I expected.  I hope to see Nat Faxon from Ben&Kate on here next year.

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Depending on which way the voters go, I could see a win for either Game Change or Hatfields & McCoys.

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

I’m really behind on my movies (mostly because I watch too much TV).  I actually don’t know which way the voters will go.  Lincoln is all about DD-L’s exceptional performance but I didn’t think the movie itself was the best I’ve ever seen.  I really need to see Argo – I read the script a few years back and loved it; a very smart screenplay.  I was hoping that Beasts of the Southern Wild would get nominated because Quvenzhane Wallis is amazing, and because my cousin that I’ve never met directed it!  Pretty cool, right?  I have a HUGE extended family and just learned I was related to Benh Zeitlin last year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Daniel Day-Lewis IS Abraham Lincoln.  I have never been more mesmerized by an actor’s performance.  No one can argue that he doesn’t deserve it.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

I have not seen any of these movies, but I have a huge grudge against Jessica Chastain.  She knows what she did.  But she’ll probably win.  Woof.

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

I think Les Mis has this one, but Silver Linings Playbook is amazing and I’m sure it will be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most versatile young actresses around.  Her performance in Silver Linings Playbook was raw, funny and, in my opinion, the performance to beat.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Even though I think Hugh Jackman will take this, I would love to see Bradley Cooper win.  In Silver Linings, he was almost unrecognizable in his turn as a bipolar man trying to turn his life around.  I saw Bradley Cooper start to become a true leading man when I saw last year’s Limitless (which I loved and hope more people watch it), and I think he will continue to take projects that will make him a serious contender for all future award seasons (with the occasional Hangover sequel I’m sure).

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

I always have a hard time trying to figure out who will win in supporting categories.  I think it will be between Anne Hathaway and Sally Field.

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

I love seeing Leo getting nominated because I honestly don’t understand how that man doesn’t have Oscar yet (or how we haven’t met and fallen in love…) However, I am extremely disappointed that Robert De Niro didn’t get a nomination for Silver Linings Playbook.  It was honestly one of the best performances I’ve seen from him in a long time.  But I have faith that he’ll be nominated for an Oscar.

Best Director — Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

I would love to see Ben Affleck take this.  I love the movies he’s directed and I thought The Town deserved more awards praise than it got.  But this is a group of heavy hitters so expect surprises.

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Viral Video VJ: 12/5/12 Edition

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For some reason, my Facebook newsfeed has been overflowing with viral videos today.  Just in case yours isn’t, here are some of the highlights:

 

#1 – One Day More … til our Wedding. Remember the JK Wedding Entrance Dance which came out a few years ago?  That was good, but this is better.  Welcome to the Les Mis wedding flash-mob, sung amongst the most talented wedding guests I’VE ever witnessed.  Does this make anyone else even MORE excited for Les Mis movie?  BRB, gonna go watch the trailer for the millionth time.

 

#2 – A Very Nickelback Ode to Instagram.  From CollegeHumor.com, this parody captures the essence of the Instagram generation.  I would like to state for the record that I have NEVER taken a picture of food and put it on Instagram.  But I have definitely taken picture of city lights (PHILLY!), and I think putting glasses on my cat is a brilliant idea.

I can’t embed the video so here is the link:  Look At This Instagram

 

#3 – The Happy and the Horror.  Fans of Happy Endings and American Horror Story will appreciate this mash-up.  But if you’ve never seen either, you probably won’t like this video.  Also, if you’ve never see Happy Endings, we have a much bigger problem on our hands.

 

#4 – All I Want for Christmas is Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots to sing together.  IT LOOKS LIKE MY CHRISTMAS WISH HAS COME TRUE:

 

#5 – I saved the best for last.  Grease fans, GET EXCITED; below is a music video so absurd, so cheesy, so incredible, that it could only be created by the minds of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.  I definitely lied earlier … THIS is all I want (and NEED) for Christmas!