Oscar Beat: 5 Things the Golden Globe Announcements, SAG Nominations, and Critics Awards Tell Us About the Season Ahead

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As evidenced by the first rounds of critics group awards and announcements of both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, we are in the thick of awards season.  I’ve been following the race closely these past few months and taking a closer look at specific categories like Best Picture, Best Actress, and most recently Best Supporting Actor over the past few weeks in regular Oscar Beat columns, but now feels like an opportune time to take a breath and consider what the awards thus far say about the race ahead.  Does Unbroken’s snub signal a surprisingly light Oscar presence?  Will Boyhood enjoy a near clean sweep of the critics groups?  Is Jennifer Aniston on her way to an Oscar nomination?  Read on after the jump.

2015 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads the Film Categories with Seven; FARGO Scores Five TV Nods

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It looks as though Alejandro González Iñárritu and Birdman could have quite the awards season.  Not only did the film earn the most SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations, but now it’s got the most Golden Globe Nominations as well.  Birdman came in with a total of seven nods followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game, both of which got five.  Fargo led the television series or program categories with five nominations while True Detective came in right behind with four.

I’m glad to see Reese Witherspoon getting recognition for her work in Wild, but I hope the film itself gets some attention down the line.  It’s also unfortunate that Channing Tatum’s work in Foxcatcher isn’t being honored.  And sadly Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany didn’t make this list, but I’ve got no problem rooting for Girls Lena Dunham or Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling instead.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2015 Golden Globe nominees.

Golden Globes 2014 Winners Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Win Best Motion Pictures

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Earlier tonight, the winners of the 71st Annual Golden Globes were announced at a ceremony where no one prepared an acceptance speech and television nominees were seated really, really far away from the stage.  It was a fun, lightweight affair, which is appropriate for the Golden Globes, and to the surprise of no one, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were amazing.  12 Years a Slave and American Hustle took home best motion pictures, Drama and Comedy/Musical, respectively.  On the TV side, Breaking Bad was awarded Best Drama Series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine won Best Comedy, and Behind the Candelabra took home Best Mini-Series or TV movie.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Watch: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prepare for Their Hosting Duties in New Promos for the Golden Globes

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The main reason to watch the Golden Globes this year is to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as the awards ceremony’s hosts. They brought a fantastic sense of humor to the show last year, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did right by signing them on as hosts for the next two ceremonies.  Fresh off of this morning’s Golden Globes nominations announcement, NBC has released a trio of promos in which Fey and Poehler tease their hosting duties.  Unsurprisingly, they’re quite funny.  Hit the jump to watch the videos.  The 71st Golden Globes will take place on January 12, 2014.

71st Golden Globes Award Nominees Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Lead with 7 Nominations Each

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The 71st Golden Globes Awards nominations have been announced, and while the show isn’t much of a barometer in terms of how the Academy will vote, it’s still another marker on the awards race.  12 Years a Slave continues to be the favorite, earning seven nominations including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Steve McQueen) Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).  However, American Hustle managed to match the number of nominations, and I’m sure Adam will be able to say in Oscar Beat how much that changes the awards race.  Looking solely at the Golden Globes, I have to say there aren’t really any big surprises both in terms of nominees and snubs.  Some people gained some heat, and others lost a little bit of it, but I don’t see anything that’s going to significantly alter the awards conversation.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees, including those for television.   Winners will be announced on January 12, 2014 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Golden Globes Rule Scarlett Johansson Ineligible for Her Vocal Performance in HER

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The Golden Globes are a phony and fun awards ceremony.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is basically a bunch of folks who want to hang out with celebrities and nominations can easily be purchased.  That being said, the loose nature of the ceremony allows for a more relaxed atmosphere.  Winners give amusing speeches, likable hosts (this year it’s Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) carry the rest of the show, and all of the stars have a good time eating and drinking during the ceremony.

So it’s a bit odd that the Golden Globes have ruled Scarlett Johansson ineligible for her astounding vocal performance in Spike Jonze‘s Her according to The Wrap.  In the film, Joaquin Phoenix‘s character falls in love with his computer’s A.I. operating system, who is voiced by Johansson.  It’s a unique and memorable performance, but the Golden Globes apparently believe she has to physically be on screen to be considered, which would defeat one of the major themes of the film.  Hit the jump for more of my thoughts on the matter.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Host Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015

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Most award shows take it year-to-year when choosing hosts, but after Tina Fey and Amy Poehler received raves for their Golden Globes hosting duties earlier this year, the comic duo will be coming back to host for the next two years.  I didn’t watch this past year’s ceremony (I don’t remember why; I usually tune in), but I remember all the positive comments on Twitter.  I’m glad I’ll get a chance to see them work their magic next year.  It’s always great to have talented comedians on stage at the Globes, especially since the awards themselves are a complete and utter farce.

Hit the jump to read the press release.  The 2014 Golden Globes will air live on Sunday, January 12th at 8pm EST.

Woody Allen to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 71st Annual Golden Globes

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Woody Allen has been selected as the next recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming 71st Golden Globe Awards in January.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today that Allen will join the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Robin Williams, and Jodie Foster on the roster of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients, but it seems highly unlikely that Allen will appear to accept the award.  Allen famously skips awards season every year, and has yet to personally accept his 9 Oscar wins, making only one exception to appear on the broadcast in 2002 to introduce a montage of New York City clips following the 9/11 attacks.

Despite the fact that Allen has made a habit of skipping awards season, it’s tough to imagine the star-obsessed HFPA choosing him as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award if they had confirmation that he wouldn’t appear at the televised ceremony.  We’ll find out for sure when the mostly pointless 71st Golden Globes are held on January 12, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch Allen’s only appearance at the Oscars and to read the press release. 

2013 Golden Globe Winners Announced; ARGO Takes Best Picture (Drama), Best Director; LES MISERABLES Wins Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

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The 2013 Golden Globes have just wrapped up.  I only watched the last hour of the ceremony because the Globes no longer have their awards season power due to voting schedule changes.  Reading tweets and Facebook posts, it seems like it was a fairly entertaining show (keep an eye out for Jodie Foster‘s acceptance speech for her Lifetime Achievement Award).  As for the winners, they were very “Globes” in that they were more populist choices that are unlikely to have much bearing on the Oscars.  Argo may have had a good night at the Globes by winning Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, but I still think Lincoln is the picture to beat when it comes to the Academy Awards, especially since Ben Affleck was snubbed for the Best Director Oscar nomination.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

2013 Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announced; LINCOLN, ARGO, and ZERO DARK THIRTY Get Some Love; SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Surprises

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The nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes have been announced.  The Golden Globes are a “legitimate” award simply by virtue of A) They’ve been around for so long; B) Stars like attending because it’s a laid-back version of the Oscars where people can get an award, schmooze with other folks in Hollywood, and enjoy a nice meal.  The Golden Globes are doled out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is a phony organization that can easily be swayed through pandering.

Most of the nominees are the usual suspects (especially in the TV categories), and there weren’t too many surprises among the film categories either.  Movies that have been doing well among critics organizations–Lincoln, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook–all received their due.  The only surprise was the love shown towards Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which racked up nominations in the Comedy/Musical category for Best Actor (Ewan McGregor), Best Actress (Emily Blunt), and Best Comedy/Musical.  With nominations in these categories, I’m surprised it didn’t pick up a nod for Best Supporting Actress for Kristin Scott Thomas, who has the movie’s standout performance.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The 70th Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on January 13, 2013 at 8pm EST/5pm PST. [Update: We've updated the article with a promo video for the awards featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.]

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 13th on NBC

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Some of the best comedy to be seen on NBC comes from the minds of Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).  Now, the comedic duo is teaming up to take on the 70th Annual Golden Globes as hosts of the award show.  Fey, a Golden Globe winner, and Poehler, a nominee, have previously worked together on Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls and Baby Mama.  Their comedic timing and chemistry should make for quite an entertaining show.

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC Sunday, January 13th from 8-11pm, EST.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

2012 Golden Globe Winners Announced; THE ARTIST and THE DESCENDANTS Take Top Prizes

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I’ve just spent the past three hours watching and live-blogging the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.  My brain feels mushy.  After the jump and presented without comment is a list of this year’s winners. If you don’t even want to hit the jump, The Artist and The Descendants won Best Comedy/Musical and Best Drama, respectively.  If you want to awards prognosticate, I’ll save you the trouble: both were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  Those nominations haven’t been announced yet, but they were nominated.  Trust me.  I’m a professional.

Also, feel free to sound off on the winners and losers.  Lord knows I’ve been doing it for the past three hours.

Matt Live-Blogs the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

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The Golden Globes are a bit of a silly ceremony and that’s part of what makes them so fun.  They used to have a modicum of influence over the Oscar nominations, but then deadlines were changed and now it’s just a fluffy ceremony where celebrities eat, drink, be merry, and receive recognition for performances and programs that will never be touched by the Emmys and the Oscars.  There’s some freedom to that and so we can cheer when The Hangover wins Best Comedy/Musical or Johnny Depp wins Best Actor for Sweeney Todd by virtue of being Johnny Depp.   And all of tonight will be made better by having Ricky Gervais as our host.

Click here for a list of the nominees and hit the jump for my on-going live-blog and be sure to keep refreshing the page for my comments.  You can also follow me on Twitter for more Globes commentary.  The 2011 Golden Globe Awards air at 8pm (EST) on NBC.

What Awards Can DRIVE Actually Win?

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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken a look at the awards prospects of The Muppets and Bridesmaids; two films that, while critically and commercially successful, aren’t necessarily your typical awards season fare. Today we thought we’d consider the awards status of another impressive film from 2011: Drive. Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s violent genre pic premiered as a little independent film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The movie blew audiences away, and Refn nabbed the Best Director prize.

The film finally opened to general audiences this past September with plenty of advanced buzz and stellar reviews. While Drive didn’t exactly break box office records, critics and cinephiles fell in love with the peculiar drama, and now the film is headed into a very crowded awards stretch. Hit the jump to see our take on how Drive will fare during this year’s awards season.

TOP 5: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Interviews, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, The Crazy Week in Trailers, Golden Globe Nods, BRIDESMAIDS’ Awards Season Chances

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Admittedly, I have fallen off of the beaten path with regards to checking out awards season contenders in the theaters this year. That said, I’m hoping to begin turning all of that around this afternoon as a matinee of director Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is currently on my Saturday itinerary. While I can’t claim to be a huge Diablo Cody fan (I tend to think her characters all sound the same…as in, exactly like Diablo Cody), I’m almost always happy with Reitman’s work. Moreover, Charlize Theron looks to be in rare comedic form (an arena she doesn’t always find herself in, but one she undoubtedly has the chops to pull off). All in all, here’s to hoping that my Young Adult screening is just the tip of my awards season iceberg. In the meantime…

…In this week’s “Top 5″ installment, you’ll find a slew of interviews for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a number of new assets from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a recap of this crazy week in trailers, a rundown of the 69th Annual Golden Globes nods, and a light musing regarding Bridesmaids‘ awards season chances. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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