2011 Golden Globe Nominations

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In a quite scattered live announcement, the HFPA released their nominations today. There are some obvious winners: the biggest film that got a boost is The Ides of March, which got nominations for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director and Best Screenplay for George Clooney and a Best Actor for Ryan Gosling. In addition to those two nominations, Clooney also got a Best Actor nomination for The Descendants, becoming the person with the most nominations this year. Meanwhile, Gosling also got nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Crazy Stupid Love.

Glenn Close, who was largely snubbed by the critics groups, scored a Best Actress nomination along with her co-star Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs. The movie also got a nomination for the song “Lay Your Head Down”. Another actress that got a boost is Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo who is now one step closer in securing an Oscar nom.

Roman Polanski’s Carnage also popped up with two nominations in Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) for both Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet. Other surprise nominees include Michael Fassbender for Shame, Brendan Gleeson for The Guard and Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method.

And as expected, The Artist led with 6 nominations (Best Picture Comedy/Musical, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score).

As for the snubs, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was not nominated in any category, casting doubts on its Oscar prospects. So did The Tree of Life. Although it still is too early to count them out of the race (especially the latter). The Muppets, who many expected would get nominations especially in the Best Song category,  was also surprisingly ignored by the group.

The full list of film nominations are posted below.

Best Motion Picture (Drama)

  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse

Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)

  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • 50/50
  • Midnight in Paris
  • My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor (Drama)

  • George Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (J Edgar)
  • Michael Fassbender (Shame)
  • Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
  • Viola Davis (The Help)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
  • Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin)

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)

  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Brendan Gleeson (The Guard)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
  • Ryan Gosling (Crazy Stupid Love)
  • Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris)

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)

  • Jodie Foster (Carnage)
  • Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
  • Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Kate Winslet (Carnage)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Albert Brooks (Drive)
  • Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
  • Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method)
  • Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Help)
  • Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Help)
  • Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Best Director

  • Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • George Clooney (The Ides of March)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Best Screenplay

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Ides of March
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball

Best Original Song

  • “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs)
  • “Hello Hello” (Gnomeo and Juliet)
  • “The Living Proof” (The Help)
  • “The Keeper” Machine Gun Preacher
  • “Masterpiece” W.E.

Best Original Score

  • The Artist
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • War Horse
  • W.E.

Best Animated Film

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Flowers of War
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • A Separation
  • The Skin I Live In


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  • Dylan

    I must say I am very disapointed with The Golden Globes and their snubs this year. The Tree of Life and Terrence Malik both deserve a nomination at least, The Muppets had so many great songs and yet they still couldn’t nominate one, and finaly, I find this snub in a lot of Precursor Awards, Winnie the Pooh was not nominated for Best Animated Film. Can someone tell me why Pooh keeps being neglected.

  • It’s funny that out of the three movies Gosling was in this year he wasn’t nominated for his best performance, but the two others instead.

    It’s surprisng that Ides of March was nominated for so many awards; I’m glad though. It’s a flawed movie, but it was still interesting and much better than most of the movies this year.

  • Casey Chapman

    Shocked the most by:

    * No McCarthy (for bridesmaids or her show which just won her an emmy)
    * No Tree of Life to be found (WTF you choose Clooney over Malick?!)
    * The horror of MWWM being considered a comedy/musical (it took the slot belonging to the Muppets or Young Adult – both comedies!)
    * No songs from Muppets
    * No Gary Oldman – i think this means his chances are almost smashed

    Positively surprised for:

    *Albert Nobbs performing well at SAGS and GG. It got 3 noms here. I think we can consider Close AND McTeer pretty much in for Oscar at this point.
    * In the Land of Blood & Honey getting a best foreign film nod – say what you will about Jolie – but I have heard extremely positive things from people who have seen the film.
    * Madonna’s W.E. getting a couple of nods. Its another one that I have heard trashed – and then heard people say if the name Madonna wasn’t attached – that it would be successful

    Sad (but I saw it coming)

    *No Melancholia love.
    *No Take Shleter love.
    *No Gosling for Drive

  • Genadijus

    Shame on Golden Globes!
    No Kirten Dunst,
    No Gary Oldman,
    No Judy Dench,
    No Michael Shannon,
    No Carry Mulligan (no for “Shame”, nor for “Drive”),
    No Ryan Gosling for “Drive”,
    No “A Dangerous Method”,
    No “Tree of Life”,
    No Terence Mallick,
    No Marion Cotillard,
    No Naomi Watts,
    No Vanessa Redgrave,
    No “Coriolanus”,
    No Keira Knightley.

    For me there is one lucky thing, there is no Melissa McCarthy for stupid “Bridesmaids”. this is nothing special performance in stupid comedy as we saw a lot of in the past asnd will be created many more in the future…

  • Jose

    Not gonna lie, I’m happy McCarthy wasn’t nominated. I thought she was hilarious but it was a performance far from awards worthy. Loved the Wiig nomination though.

    Everyone else is voicing what i’m thinking so I’ll add something from the tv section, Connie Britton should’ve gotten nominated for best actress in American Horror Story!

  • matt85

    Why do ypu think that the golden globes has got such a influence on the oscars?

    • Like I said, I think that its nominations can sometimes come out of nowhere, but for the most part the major contenders for the Oscars do get nominated and win.

  • Genadijus

    less and less influence. Golden Globes don’t care what is good performance what is not; where is masterpiece direction where is not. They care only about stars, popularity. Either Oscars care the same :)

    • Last year though Firth, Portman, Bale and Leo all won the Golden Globes.

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