The Golden Globes will take place on January 13, and let’s be honest: The most exciting thing about them is that they’re going to be hosted by hilarious, inspirational BFFs Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I would watch those two host an awards ceremony for a regional toilet-paper manufacturing association. That said, nominations were announced this morning, and there were some interesting surprises!
The list of Best Picture nominees in the Drama category are all male-dominated movies: Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty. These movies all star men, several of them are violent, and themes of war and politics dominate. Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to receive an Oscar for directing, was also nominated for directing Zero Dark Thirty. Lincoln received seven nominations in all, and Argo received five.
In the Comedy/Musical category, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, and Silver Linings Playbook are the nominees.
The nominees for Best Actress in a Drama are Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea, Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, Naomi Watts in The Impossible, Marion Cotillard in Rust And Bone, and Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty. These are all great actresses, but they’re also perpetual awards nominees. No big surprises there.
For Best Actress in the Comedy/Musical category, nominees include three grand dames — Judi Dench for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Meryl Streep for Hope Springs, and Maggie Smith for Quartet — and two relative young’uns, Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook.
Supporting actress nominees are Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Amy Adams for The Master, Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy and Helen Hunt for The Sessions. Kidman also receives an acting nomination for her performance in the HBO movie Hemingway and Gellhorn.
Lena Dunham received a nomination for best actress in a TV comedy, along with Zooey Deschanel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the two award hosts themselves (woo hoo!). The actresses nominated for the performances in TV dramas are Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Michelle Dockery, Julianna Margulies, and my personal favorite, Connie Britton, nominated for the amazingly delightful Nashville. Hayden Penettiere is nominated as a supporting actress for the same series.
For a full list of Golden Globe nominees, click here.