Golden Globes Noms Make You Wake Up At 5:15 AM PST, That’s Show Business

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What’s cool about the Golden Globes is you can do things there you wouldn’t dream of at other award shows. Can you imagine Jodie Foster coming out during an Oscar speech? GoldenGlobeLogoBut that’s exactly what she did, years after everyone in Hollywood had long since known and forgotten about it. Foster knew there would be no theme music rushing her off stage, nor any censorship, so in 2013 she accepted herself while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Even the word “Foreign” in their name is slightly strange and outdated, almost anachronistic. It might not even be politically correct, although it is a brand recognized worldwide, mostly for the award show they broadcast as an Academy Award precursor. The New York Post once did a great run-down of Golden Globe gotcha’s, from Chistine Lahti’s 1998 “pee break” to Liz Taylor’s 2001 confused diva moment to Robert De Niro’s acceptance zinger that went something like “I’m sorry more members of the Foreign Press aren’t with us tonight, but many of them were deported right before the show, along with most of the waiters and Javier Bardem.”

Let’s face it, The Golden Globes with the checkered history of nominees and litigious backstory (read: NBC licensing fee lawsuit) make this awards ceremony much like a drunken relative at a party who is prone to embarrass the rest of the family of statuettes. Oscar never had a reputation as tarnished as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual soiree, but then again, AMPAS has 5,000-plus members deciding the nominees, with branches for each artistic and technical category. And the Oscar categories are set in stone, or at least unlikely to be re-chiseled with wiggle room. HFPA has 80-plus voting members known to play fast and loose with the categories, hence the recent brouhaha where Ridley Scott’s The Martian was surgically inserted into the Golden Globes comedy classification. Cynics would suggest they might as well have just said ‘we have a crowded Drama field, and we want The Martian to win, so we’re putting it in Comedy.’ And if you’re on the West Coast, the Golden Globes make you wake up at 5:15 am PST to follow this mercurial march to the Nominations Announcement… but that’s Show Business.

So here it is 5:05 am, t-minus 10 minutes to the unveiling of the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Nominees. The good news for the show coming up in January is that the pointed-tooth humor of Ricky Gervais is back on the menu. Having shunned the self-professed cat-loving atheist, HFPA has come to their senses that a man this funny really deserves a platform, even if he bites a little.MarylinGG

Its nice to know other reporters have been literally up all night too, waiting for this. One writer includes the word “Sleepless” in a tweet. The first Official HFPA Tweet that goes out reads: “Good morning from the @beverlyhilton. The @goldenglobes nominations will be announced at 5:15 am! #goldenglobes.” Like we didn’t know this already, with hot chocolate taking over where coffee left off. The 73rd Golden Globe ceremony will be held Sunday as usual, this one on Jan. 10, 2016. They moved it out of February, where the show has landed a few times since the 1950’s. And then you remember what you love about this organization, its noble roots and founding after World War II. Straight off their website, the core values are summed up as: “In 1943 the journalists, led by the correspondent for Britain’s Daily Mail, formed the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association and conceived the motto ‘Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.’ It was an uphill struggle at first as the film industry had not yet realized the importance of foreign markets. At first the members held informal gatherings in private homes. As the membership grew, HFPA meetings were held in larger quarters, with the association selecting the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as the location for group functions. The group’s first special event was a luncheon in December 1947, at which a meritorious plaque was awarded to Harry M. Warner, president of Warner Bros., in recognition of his humanitarian work as the principal sponsor of the ‘Friendship Train,’ which left Hollywood with food, clothing and medical supplies for the needy of Europe.”

Maybe the 73rd show will be the one to restore glory, maybe this round of nominations will restore order to a chaotic voting process?

And here they are, The Golden Globe Nominations… “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re about to start the first part of our nominations announcement.. It’s my honor to welcome the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Lorenzo Soria…” America Ferrera, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angela Bassett, and Dennis Quaid all are there to announce… See the complete list of nominations here.

Best Motion Picture — Drama

CAROL

(Number 9 Films; TWC

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)

THE REVENANT

(Regency enterprises; Twentieth Century Fox)

ROOM

(Element Pictures/No Trace Camping; A24)

SPOTLIGHT

(Anonymous Content/Participant Media/First Look; Open Road Films)

Best Motion Picture — Comedy

THE BIG SHORT

(Paramount Pictures/Regency Enterprises; Paramount Pictures)

JOY

(Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox)

THE MARTIAN

(Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox)

SPY

(Twentieth Century Fox,Twentieth Century Fox)

TRAINWRECK

(Universal Pictures/Apatow Productions; Universal Pictures)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture — Drama

CATE BLANCHETT  – CAROL

BRIE LARSON – ROOM

ROONEY MARA – CAROL

SAOIRSE RONAN – BROOKLYN

ALICIA VIKANDER – THE DANISH GIRL

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture — Drama

BRYAN CRANSTON – TRUMBO

LEONARDO DICAPRIO – THE REVENANT

MICHAEL FASSBENDER – STEVE JOBS

EDDIE REDMAYNE – THE DANISH GIRL

WILL SMITH – CONCUSSION

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture — Musical Or Comedy

JENNIFER LAWRENCE – JOY

MELISSA MCCARTHY – SPY

AMY SCHUMER – TRAINWRECK

MAGGIE SMITH – THE LADY IN THE VAN

LILY TOMLIN – GRANDMA

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture — Musical Or Comedy

CHRISTIAN BALE – THE BIG SHORT

STEVE CARRELL – THE BIG SHORT

MATT DAMON – THE MARTIAN

AL PACINO – DANNY COLLINS

MARK RUFFALO – INFINITELY POLAR BEAR

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture

JANE FONDA – YOUTH

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH – THE HATEFUL EIGHT

HELEN MIRREN – TRUMBO

ALICIA VIKANDER – EX MACHINA

KATE WINSLET – STEVE JOBS

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture

PAUL DANO – LOVE & MERCY

IDRIS ELBA – BEASTS OF NO NATION

MARK RYLANCE – BRIDGE OF SPIES

MICHAEL SHANNON – 99 HOMES

SYLVESTER STALLONE – CREED

Best Director – Motion Picture

TODD HAYNES – CAROL

ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU – THE REVENANT

TOM MCCARTHY – SPOTLIGHT

GEORGE MILLER – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

RIDLEY SCOTT – THE MARTIAN

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

EMMA DONOGHUE – ROOM

TOM MCCARTHY, JOSH SINGER – SPOTLIGHT

CHARLES RANDOLPH, ADAM MCKAY – THE BIG SHORT

AARON SORKIN – STEVE JOBS

QUENTIN TARANTINO – THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Stay tuned for Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 for the 73rd Annual Golden Globes presentation.

 

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