As with every year, today's Golden Globe nominations were filled with a handful of snubs and surprises -- results that made us scratch our head and say, "Wait a second ... What?"
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Though this year's batch of nominees felt especially surprising, what with three nominations for 'The Tourist' and absolutely zero nods for the Coen brothers' critically acclaimed 'True Grit.'
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SURPRISE: Michael Douglas for 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'
Though he's had a long and successful run at the Golden Globes, including a win in 1987 ('Wall Street') and a Cecil B. DeMille award, we'll admit that we were a little surprised when we heard Douglas' name read this morning, given the mostly tepid reviews for his movie, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.' But after the rough personal year he's had, we'll be cheering him on at the ceremony in January.
SNUB: 'True Grit'
The Coen brothers have been picking up awards left and right in the last couple of years, thanks to the success of movies like 'No Country for Old Men' and 'A Serious Man.' And with an all-star cast, we thought for sure that their latest movie, 'True Grit,' would pick up at least one nomination this morning. That even star Jeff Bridges couldn't get nominated in Best Actor (Drama) -- the same category he won in last year, for 'Crazy Heart' -- spells trouble for 'True Grit's' Oscar chances.
SURPRISE: Angelina Jolie for 'The Tourist'
Angelina Jolie can be a good actress (hey, she's won three Golden Globes), but that she was nominated for her performance in the poorly reviewed 'Tourist' is surpising, to say the least. (Our own reviewer said that Jolie and co-star Johnny Depp didn't travel well together.) On the bright side: At least we'll get to see a little extra eye candy on the red carpet.
SNUB: 'Toy Story 3' for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
Come on, we all know it's the best picture of the year. Audiences will look at the final installment in the beloved Pixar trilogy as not just one of the few bright spots in a dismal year of movies, but also as a wonderful coda to a modern fairy tale. Name another film this year with richer storytelling, more dazzling direction or a more powerful emotional connection. It's one lone nomination for Best Animated Feature feels like a token recognition by a community that still can't grasp the idea that animation isn't just something to keep the diaper crowd distracted for 90 minutes.
SURPRISE: Johnny Depp for 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Tourist'
Okay, what the what? Sure, the three-time Oscar nominee has given some pretty iconic performances in his career, and 'Alice in Wonderland' was second-biggest movie of 2010. But was it really necessary to nominate him twice, when reviews for his performance in 'The Tourist' weren't that great? Surely voters could have spread the wealth a bit. (See below.)
SNUB: Justin Timberlake for 'The Social Network'
We're happy the HPFA nominated Andrew Garfield in Best Supporting Actor, but we thought they might be wooed by the star power of his 'Social Network' co-star, Justin Timberlake, instead. Considering his acting background, casting Timberlake in a David Fincher/Aaron Sorkin movie seemed like blasphemy when it was first announced, but the 29-year-old really surprised us with his take on Napster CEO Sean Parker. We definitely don't "like" this snub.
SURPRISE: 'The Tourist' for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
The movie underperformed at the box office, didn't get great reviews and word of mouth is that audiences saw no chemistry between stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. And yet the international romantic-thriller is being considered here as one of the strongest comedic films of the year. Perhaps Depp's charismatic aura is so powerful that voters didn't even realize they were nominating two films he headlined.
SNUB: Will Ferrell for 'The Other Guys'
In a year of underwhelming comedies, 'The Other Guys' stood out for actually being funny -- like, really, truly funny. Better yet, it featured a return-to-form performance by Ferrell, which reminded us of why we fell in love with him in the first place. To quote TLC, Ferrell's snub is definitely "unpretty."
The Hollywood Foreign Press has a penchant for nominating musicals (remember when 'Evita' won in 1997?) but we'll admit we thought the idea of 'Burlesque' getting three nominations was a stretch greater than star Christina Aguilera's splits. But with a fun cast and that epic (and Golden Globe-nominated) number from Cher, we can't really say we blame 'em.
SNUB: Robert Duvall for 'Get Low'
Though he never stood a chance at beating Colin Firth, Robert Duvall, a four-time Golden Globe winner, was thought to be a shoo-in for a Best Actor (Drama) nomination after receiving high praise for his turn as a lonely old man who plans his own funeral in 'Get Low.' Talk about a 'Low' blow.
SURPRISE: Halle Berry for 'Frankie & Alice'
Sure, she's won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar, but these days, with a stalling career, Halle Berry hasn't been much of a presence on the awards scene. Her comeback is a welcome -- but mostly surprising -- one, especially since her performance in the little-seen 'Frankie & Alice' hasn't generated much buzz at all. Perhaps the days of 'Catwoman' and 'Gothika' are finally over?
SNUB: '127 Hours'
Although star and nominee James Franco has been getting most of the buzz for '127 Hours,' we were expecting a few additional nominations in the Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director categories, given the movie's strong reviews and awards-friendly director, Danny Boyle. Maybe voters had a tough time sitting through that arm-cutting scene, too.
SURPRISE: Mila Kunis for 'Black Swan'
We loved Kunis' deliciously evil performance in 'Black Swan,' but up until now, the buzz has mostly been for her co-star, Natalie Portman. Between this and her Critics' Choice nomination, Kunis -- a former TV actress -- is quickly on her way to becoming a major movie star.
SURPRISE: Jeremy Renner for 'The Town'
Renner's nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category gives new meaning to the old saying "better late than never." (The actor was snubbed last year for his Oscar-nominated turn in 'The Hurt Locker.') In 'The Town,' Renner gave a gritty, raw and understated performance, one that easily could have been overlooked. That he actually made it in solidifies his status as an up-and-coming A-lister.
SNUB: Mark Ruffalo for 'The Kids Are All Right'
Mark Ruffalo is such a subtle actor that sometimes we take his skills for granted, as if he's simply playing himself in his movies. Perhaps that was the reason his terrific performance in 'The Kids Are All Right' was overlooked by the HFPA. Granted, he does play another version of his on-screen persona -- this time, as a sperm donor who meets his kids for the first time. But in his performance, he showed the proper confusion, wayward irresponsibility and earnestness that made the movie all the more more emotional and touching. His exclusion is a snub, plain and simple.
SURPRISE: Emma Stone for 'Easy A'
2010 will be looked at as a weak year for movies, especially in regards to memorable comedies. So it was great to see one of the few genuinely funny performances honored -- not to mention a performance from a young, relatively-unknown woman. Emma Stone has already gotten positive reviews in her still-burgeoning career, but this nomination shows that critics are excited for the work she'll continue to produce.
SNUB: Jim Carrey for 'I Love You Phillip Morris'
Sure, he's won the Globe twice before -- for 'Truman Show' and 'Man on the Moon' -- but when given the opportunity, Carrey can surprise audiences with a level of depth and range they're not used to. His latest venture, as a gay con man who constantly tries to break out of prison, was again a welcome departure and a genuinely captivating performance. 'I Love You Phillip Morris' spent years on the shelf because of its controversial gay storyline; perhaps the HFPA didn't think audiences could handle the film getting any more recognition.
SURPRISE: 'Red' for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
Grizzled veterans were the action stars of the year, and this over-the-top black comedy, based on a cult graphic novel, had a lot of staying power at the box office. Audiences loved watching blockbuster legend Bruce Willis and respected non-action stars like Helen Mirren, John Malkovitch and Morgan Freeman punch, shoot and explode their way to revenge. Even more remarkably, 'Red' makes history as the first comic-book movie to get a Best Picture nomination.
SNUB: Lesley Manville for 'Another Year'
Manville has been at the forefront of the Best Actress race since 'Another Year' debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May. And with a Best Actress win earlier this month from the National Board of Review, she seemed like a lock for an Oscar nomination. But after today's snub -- not to mention a snub from the Critics' Choice this week -- 2010 may not be Manville's year after all.
SURPRISE: 'The Social Network' (for Best Score)
It's always refreshing to see recognition for new voices in a classic field, especially for a talent as deserving as Trent Reznor and his frequent producer Atticus Ross. Millions of fans have supported Reznor for over a decade as the leader of Nine Inch Nails, but crossing into film composition was heralded as a new evolution in the career of an industrial-music pioneer. 'The Social Network' will continue to be looked at as a generation-defining film; it's apropos that its energetic, non-traditional score -- filled with pulsating bass and electronic waves -- is also recognized as the sound of a new generation.
SNUB: Noomi Rapace for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
The 'Millennium Trilogy' of Swedish crime thrillers became unexpected best-sellers throughout the world. And the film adaptations were heavily-hyped projects that actually lived up to readers' expectations. At the center of the phenomenon was Noomi Rapace, who played the titular character, an anti-social computer hacker trying to gain justice after a lifetime of trauma. The Swedish-born actress has gained an abundance of glowing reviews for her layered performance, and as her international star continues to rise, this omission is glaring.