McClatchy Newspapers, Published December 14 2010
'King's Speech' on top of Golden Globe nominations; 'Burlesque,' 'Tourist' surprise
"The Social Network" also earned a slew of nods — for best film, director, actor, supporting actor, screenplay and best original score. Joining the films in the best dramatic picture category were "Black Swan," 'The Fighter" and "Inception." Notably missing from the list: the Coen brothers' "True Grit."
In the category for best motion picture musical or comedy category, there were some eyebrow-raising choices. Despite generally poor reviews, the Cher-Christina Aguilera musical "Burlesque" was nominated, as well as the equally-panned "The Tourist." Perhaps even more puzzling was the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominated the stars of "The Tourist," Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, as best actor and actress in comedy or musical for the film, which is a romantic thriller. Rounding out the list of nominees in the comedy or musical category are "Alice in Wonderland," 'The Kids Are All Right" and "Red."
"The King's Speech," a historical drama about King George VI's efforts to overcome stammering, earned the most nominations, with seven, including best picture, best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter, best director for Tom Hooper, best screenplay and best original score.
Joining Firth as a nominee for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama are Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network," James Franco in "127 Hours," Ryan Gosling in "Blue Valentine" and Mark Wahlberg for "The Fighter."
Nominees for best actress in a motion picture drama are Halle Berry for "Frankie and Alice," Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" and Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine."
Besides Jolie, nominees for best actress in a comedy or musical are Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for "The Kids Are All Right," Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" and Emma Stone for "Easy A." Depp will be competing against himself in the category of best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical. Not only is he nominated for "The Tourist," he also garnered a nod for his role as the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland." Also nominated: Paul Giamatti in "Barney's Version," Jake Gyllenhaal in "Love and Other Drugs" and Kevin Spacey in "Casino Jack."
In addition to Hooper, the nominees for best director include Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Christopher Nolan for "Inception" and David O. Russell for "The Fighter."
"The Social Network" has been cleaning up this awards season. It was named best film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle. It also has been honored by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 best films of the year.
There were no surprises in the nominations for best animated film, with "Despicable Me," 'How to Train Your Dragon," 'The Illusionist," 'Tangled" and "Toy Story 3" earning nominations.
On the TV side, "Glee," 'Modern Family," 'Mad Men" and "30 Rock" were among the top nominees.
The Golden Globes have five nominated films in the dramatic category and five in the comedy and musical category. Actor and actress awards also are divided into those categories.
Though the Golden Globes are considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards, the two organizations often don't agree on major awards. Last year, for example, the Foreign Press Assn. picked "Avatar" as best dramatic film, with its director, James Cameron, earning the Golden Globe for best director. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected "The Hurt Locker" and its director, Kathryn Bigelow.
The Golden Globes also hand out awards for excellence in television. Among those series, miniseries and TV movies that should perform well Tuesday morning are "Mad Men," 'Dexter," 'The Pacific" and "Temple Grandin."
The HFPA already announced that two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro will receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award and that the irreverent Ricky Gervais will return as host of the three-hour ceremony. Gervais received mixed reviews for his first outing as MC early this year.
The awards will be telecast live Jan. 16 on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.