I’m not a huge sports fan- I take in my fair share of baseball games, and like all good Canadians I like hockey. But the one event that gets me excited like no other is the Academy Awards. The Oscars are like my Superbowl and the two month build up to them is like my playoffs. In mid-December the critics picks start rolling in for the best the year in film had to offered. While the various major film critics awards like the Los Angeles Film Critics, Toronto Film Critics, or New York Film Critics Awards get the ball rolling, it is the Golden Globe nomination announcements that really kick awards season into high gear. And I love it all- the competition, cheering on my favourite nominees, the fashion, and those awkward camera moments…you know, like when they cut from Nicole Kidman to Tom Cruise. And the 68th Golden Globes awards will be no exception.
The 2010 crop of nominees in both TV and film were announced bright and early Tuesday morning.
The Golden Globes generally act as an indicator of what films you can expect to see nominated for Academy Awards, though the Golden Globes are much broader in terms of categories as they split Drama and Musicals & Comedies into two separate awards fields. A few of my favourite movies of the year are listed in there: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, Rabbit Hole, Inception, Tangled, and Easy A.
As for the TV side of things, just take a look at the intense race for Best Actor–Drama: Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, and Hugh Laurie. It’s really hard to pick a favourite or a front runner out of that list! The mini-series and made for TV movies are top notch this year with Temple Grandin, The Pacific and Pillars of the Earth all receiving nominations. And one of my favourites is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Comedy—Chris Colfer for his role as Kurt on Glee.
Catching up on these great TV shows and films are what makes award season fun, especially since there’s a lot available now or coming soon to DVD. I suddenly have some must-see films to check out, and finally have to catch up on season 4 of Mad Men! I am looking forward to seeing The Town and Despicable Me, both which were released on DVD this week. After looking over the list of nominees, I am a little sad that what is perhaps my favourite movie of the year, The Ghost Writer, isn’t represented. Do you think anyone got “snubbed?” Are your favourites nominated?
Be sure to check out the awards ceremony live on TV on Sunday, January 16th!