Golden Globes 2011

Best Motion Picture – Drama
– winner: The Social Network.
– other nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech
Truthfully, that is a hell of a nominations list.  I think they all deserved to be nominated; I was rooting for The King’s Speech, but I can compeltely understand that Social Network won.  I am surprised, however, that True Grit was completely snubbed; in this category and every other.  I also would have rather seen Shutter Island nominated over Inception.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
– winner: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech).
– other nominees: Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), James Franco (127 Hours), Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter)
I was so happy about this.  I thought Colin Firth deserved the Oscar last year, even, so I was ecstatic that he won this year.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
– winner: Natalie Portman (Black Swan).
– other nominees: Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
I am very happy for Natalie Portman.  Again, it was a great list of nominations.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
– winner: The Kids Are All Right
– other nominees: Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, RED, The Tourist

Best Director – Motion Picture
– winner: David Fincher (The Social Network)
– other nominees: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Christopher Nolan (Inception), David O. Russell (The Fighter)
The only thing that bothered me about this was the way that Fincher acted all night; he seemed almost irritated to be there.  When he won, he acted completely unimpressed that he had, in fact, won; almost like a, “well, I knew this would happen” and “you should all be grateful I have even deigned to be present.”  That bothered me.  A lot.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
– winner: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
– other nominees: Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle (127 Hours), Christopher Nolan (Inception), Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
This was deserved.  The script must have weighed a ton, based on the sheer volume of words in the film; and yet on screen, it flows like water.  It truly was a masterfully written script, so, yes, well-deserved.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
– winner: Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
– other nominees: Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs), Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right), Emma Stone (Easy A)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
– winner: Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version)
– other nominees: Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland), Johnny Depp (The Tourist), Jake Gyllenhaal (Love & Other Drugs), Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
– winner: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network).
– other nominees: Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech), Danny Elfman (Alice in Wonderland), A.R. Rahman (127 Hours), Hans Zimmer (Inception)
Absolutely deserved.  Although I’m surprised that Daft Punk wasn’t nominated, since the buzz about their work on Tron: Legacy has been going around for months and I think it should have been nominated, personally.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
– winner: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (Burlesque)
– other nominees: “Bound To You” (Burlesque), “Coming Home” (Country Strong), “I See The Light” (Tangled), “There’s a Place For Us” (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
This pissed me off.  I haven’t seen Burlesque, so I can’t really judge fairly, but I felt that “I See The Light” was an incredible piece of music; another amazing work by Alan Menken and I was really upset that this song didn’t win.

Best Animated Feature Film
– winner: Toy Story 3.
– other nominees: Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Tangled
This pissed me off even more.  I feel as though Toy Story 3 got this win based on expectations, not based on the film itself.  The story was almost a carbon copy of Toy Story 2, complete with the same basic villian and themes, whereas How To Train Your Dragon was new, original, and magical.  More so, I think, than Toy Story 3.  Based on what I’ve seen of The Illusionist, it, too, seemed more impressive than Toy Story 3.  I hope we don’t repeat this misstep at the Oscars.

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
– winner: Glee (FOX)
– other nominees: 30 Rock (NBC), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Big C (Showtime), Modern Family (ABC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
I was surprised that Glee was the winner.  I like Glee and I was happy for the producers, directors, writers and cast, but I was surprised that it beat out the other nominees; especially 30 Rock, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
– winner: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
– other nominees: Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
– winner: Christian Bale (The Fighter)
– other nominees: Michael Douglas (Wall Street), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Best Foreign Language Film
– winner: In A Better World (Denmark)
– other nominees: Biutiful (Mexico, Spain), The Concert (France), The Edge (Russia), I Am Love (Italy)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
– winner: Laura Linney (The Big C)
– other nominees: Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Lea Michele (Glee)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
– winner: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
– other nominees: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), Thomas Jane (Hung; HBO), Matthew Morrison (Glee)

Best Television Series – Drama
– winner: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
– other nominees: Dexter (Showtime), The Good Wife (CBS), Mad Men (AMC), The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
– winner: Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
– other nominees: Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
– winner: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
– other nominees: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), John Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
– winner: Carlos (Sundance C)
– other nominees: The Pacific (HBO), Pillars of the Earth (STARZ), Temple Grandin (HBO), You Don’t KNow Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
– winner: Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)
– other nominees: Hayley Atwell (Pillars of the Earth), Judi Dench (Return to Cranford), Romola Garai (Emma), Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Client List)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
– winner: Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack)
– other nominees: Idris Elba (Luther), Ian McShane (Pillars of the Earth), Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
– winner: Jane Lynch (Glee)
– other nominees: Hope Davis (The Special Relationship), Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire), Julia Stiles (Dexter), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
– winner: Chris Colfer (Glee)
– other nominees: Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-O), Chris North (The Good Wife), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), David Stratharin (Temple Grandin)

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