My 2019 Golden Globe Nomination Takeaways

 

Award Season has officially officially begun.

The 2019 Golden Globe Nominations were released today.  The ceremony is roughly a month away, and today is the day we debate and split hairs in an attempt to parse out the list of nominees.

CLICK HERE for the full list of Golden Globes nominees.

In this post, I'll do my own dissecting of the nominees in the movie categories.  I couldn't care less about the TV awards.  Kudos to your show for getting nominated.  I join in your rage that This Is Us was shut out.  Atlanta got hosed.  Whatever side you want me to be on in the TV category, I'll join you.  One caveat: Sharp Objects > all.


BEST PICTURE - DRAMA
Not surprised at all that Black Panther was nominated, it deserves it.  I am SHOCKED to see Bohemian Rhapsody get a nom in this category.  I have it currently slotted as the 30th best movie this year.  I feel like First Man, First Reformed, or A Quiet Place could have taken its place and no one would have noticed.


BEST PICTURE - MUSICAL/COMEDY
Yeah, this all looks right to me.


BEST ACTOR - DRAMA
Lucas Hedges is a bit of a head scratcher.  Saw the movie, thought it was well done.  But not THAT well done.  I probably would have went with Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) or Ryan Gosling (First Man) in that spot.  I am excited to see John David Washington get some love.


BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA
Rosamund Pike (A Private War) surprises me, I would have rather seen Viola Davis (Widows) instead.  Seriously, just go see Widows.  I'm making Viola Davis my first official SNUB of award season


BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL/COMEDY
Robert Redford (The Old Man and the Gun) getting the career achievement award slot.  His performance was good, but this feels very much like a ploy to get a victory lap of sorts out of Redford.  I don't see him winning in this admittedly weaker field.  


BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL/COMEDY
Charlize Theron (Tully) was probably my favorite surprise of the day.  A movie no one saw, that isn't typical awards fodder.  But Theron was impressive as always.  Glad to see her on the list.  As well as Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), the 15-year old earns her first nomination as the awkward star of Eighth Grade.  


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Removing the genre separation for supporting roles makes the field much more crowded.  I don't necessarily like it, but it moves the show along.  We get to my second official SNUB.  No Michael B Jordan.  His turn as Killmonger in Black Panther, is the best superhero villain since Heath Ledger's The Joker and it deserved recognition.  Can't say who I'd take out, so I get it.  But this is more of a snub than Sam Elliot.  Seriously people.  He was in "A Star is Born" for like ten minutes TOPS.  Calm down.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Claire Foy gets First Man's biggest nomination.  The awards hopeful crash landed at the box office and was shut out of A LOT of categories.  But the movie's brightest spot will have her name called among many worthy nominees.  That's a really stacked category.  Good luck with that in your betting pool.


BEST DIRECTOR
Not enough spots for everyone who earned one this year.  Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Paul Schrader (First Reformed), Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade), Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Steve McQueen (Widows - go see it) all feel left out.  Making the inclusion of Peter Farrelly (Green Book) feel very puzzling.  Good to see the directors of Anchorman (Adam McKay - Vice) and Dumb and Dumber (Peter Farrelly - Green Book) get the recognition they deserve.


I really only had two actual snubs.  I had a lot of pleasant surprises and a lot of "Well there just wasn't room" type situations.  It should be an interesting ceremony.  The Hollywood Foreign Press purposefully is different from The Oscars.  And seriously, when does Vice come out?!?!


The 2019 Golden Globe Awards will be held Sunday, January 6th.


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