My Reaction to the Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe AwardsClick here to see the full list.

Actor Robert DeNiro will be honored this year with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.  Past winners have included Alfred Hitchcock, Judy Garland, Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Sydney Poitier, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Lawrence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and many other Hollywood greats.

The Golden Globes wisely separate their categories into Drama and Comedy.  For Best Motion Picture Drama, I'm rooting for Inception to win the trophy, but The Social Network might grab the glory, and The Black Swan is generating some interesting buzz.  Even the underdogs, The Fighter and The King's Speech, have their cheerleaders hoping for an upset. 

For Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, my geeky heart is hoping Alice in Wonderland wins.  Its competition includes Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Red, and The Tourist.

In the motion picture actor categories, I'm predicting for Drama Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole and James Franco in 127 Hours, and for Comedy Anne Hathaway in Love and Other Drugs and Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland.  For supporting roles I think it might be Mila Kunis in The Black Swan and Michael Douglas in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

I think Toy Story 3 is a virtually guaranteed to win Best Animated Feature.  And I would love to see Christopher Nolan win Best Director for Inception, although he has stiff competition from Darren Aronofsky for The Black Swan and David Fincher for The Social Network.  I also think Nolan should win for Best Screenplay, but maybe Alan Sorkin will take it for The Social Network

Another great element of the Golden Globe Awards is that they show some love to television too!  For Best Television Series Drama, I hope the prize goes to one of the new shows, Boardwalk Empire or The Walking Dead.  They're up against Mad Men, The Good Wife, and Dexter.  I'm surprised Lost did not earn a nomination for its final season. For Best Television Series Comedy or Musical, I think Modern Family deserves the award this year, but I wouldn't mind if it went to Glee or The Big Bang Theory

The television acting categories are very competitive and I don't know who to select.  For actresses, in comedy we have Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), and Lea Michele (Glee).  In drama there's Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).  For actors, the nominees in comedy are Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Hugh Laurie (House).  In comedy, we have Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), Thomas Jane (Hung), Matthew Morrison (Glee), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).

The winners of the Golden Globe Awards will be announced on January 16, 2011, during a live ceremony broadcast on NBC.