The 2012 Golden Globes nominations are here, and as always, there are plenty of surprises of both the good and bad variety. Some of our favorite actors walked away with unexpected nominations, while others were shockingly left off the ballot. Movies we did not anticipate making the cut broke past our expectations, while several films we considered shoe-ins were shut out entirely. In other words, it's just another year at the Globes!
From [movieperson id="244285"]Ryan Gosling[/movieperson] to [movie id="456914"]"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,"[/movie] here are 10 of the biggest shocks and snubs among this year's Golden Globes nominees:
Shock: Ryan Gosling Goes for Two
There's no question that this was a big year for the Gos. Not only did he break up a street fight in the viral video seen 'round the world, he also acted the heck out of three great movies: "Drive," "The Ides of March" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." We've been on the Gosling train for years now, and it's fantastic to see him getting recognized by the Globes this year. But it's what he was nominated for that left us shocked. If the choice were up to us, Gosling would be nominated for "Drive," not "Ides." There's not a lot of Globes love for Nicolas Winding Refn's phenomenal thriller, save for a much-deserved Albert Brooks supporting nom. But, hey, beggars can't be choosers. We're more than happy with the double-header for our guy!
Shock: "March" On
While we're on the topic, nobody here on the MTV Movies team would have predicted that "Ides of March" would get so much love at the Globes this year. It's a strong movie by all accounts, but worthy of nominations in three major categories (Best Actor for Gosling, Best Director for George Clooney and Best Picture Drama)? We're not so sure. Still, we love Clooney, and we love that he's getting further awards attention besides his predestined "Descendants" nomination. And there's no need to repeat our Gosling gush.
Snub: Melissa McCarthy Misses Out
It's great to see "Bridesmaids" nominated for Best Picture Musical or Comedy and Kristen Wiig in the Best Actress category — the R-rated comedy was one of our very favorite movies of the year, after all — but we're absolutely floored and disappointed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's snubbing of Melissa McCarthy. Wiig is wonderful in the film, and without her, "Bridesmaids" would not exist. But without McCarthy, "Bridesmaids" would not be excellent. She was the breakout star. She brought the thunder. She not only deserved a nomination, but arguably a win. Her absence from this year's Globes is almost as embarrassing as what went down in the bridal shop.
Snub: Globes Hates Tattoos
We're thrilled that Rooney Mara snagged a nomination for her transformative portrayal of punk-rock computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, but beyond that and recognition for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score, "Dragon Tattoo" got left on the bench. After David Fincher and "Social Network" got burned toward the end of last year's awards season, we really thought he'd at least score Director and Best Picture Drama nods this year. No such luck. Looking at the film on its own merits, "Dragon Tattoo" is just fantastic filmmaking. The Movies team is obsessed with the crime thriller, as you'll hear in the coming days and weeks. Its lack of recognition at the Globes is more than deserving of some Salander-style revenge.
Shock: Extremely Quiet And Incredibly Far
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" got nothing, nada, zip. We won't call that a snub — it wasn't our favorite movie of the year — but the fact that it got literally zero nominations is definitely a shock. Don't count it out of the Oscar race just yet, though: An adapted screenplay nom is almost certainly in its future.
Snub: No Nolte
Not only was "Warrior" actor Nick Nolte expected to get nominated for Best Supporting Actor, many expected him to win. Surprise: He's not going to win, because he's not nominated! Nolte's nowhere to be found this year, despite his recent SAG nomination. In fact, "Warrior" got absolutely nothing at the Globes. Nolte was really that movie's best chance, frankly, so we're starting to wonder about its awards season prospects.
Shock: Michael Fassbender has "Shame"
The Irish-German actor's Best Actor nomination was one of the biggest surprises of all. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) Fassbender's fearless performance definitely deserved recognition, but we're very surprised — and very heartened — to see "Shame" overcome the NC-17 stigma. Odds of a win aren't in his favor, but Fassbender's nomination is much deserved after the actor's absolutely amazing year.
Snub: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Snub
Perhaps Gary Oldman's road to Oscar just isn't meant to be. The "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" got overlooked by Globes against all odds. It really is close to impossible to believe that Oldman has never been nominated for an Academy Award, and we thought "Tinker" would finally be his chance at not just a nom, but a win. But now that he's been shut out by the Globes, does he really have any shot at all on Oscar night? We're still hopeful, but not optimistic.
Shock: "American" Success Story
Before we go, a quick look at TV land. Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" got nominated for Best Television Series (Drama), a move that's sure to surprise a lot of people (even if that Jessica Lange nomination surprises precisely no one — she was one of our Top 10 TV Characters of 2011, after all). "AHS" is one of the most thoroughly disgusting, unsettling shows on the small screen, now or ever: How many other programs this year showcased a school shooting in such gory detail, or stitched deceased fetuses together to create one terrible Franken-baby? That said, "Horror Story" also features one of the greatest casts on all of television, and it pushes its plot forward with a ferocity matched by few other series. Like all things on the FX thriller, the "Horror" nomination is a shock, but a welcome one.
Snub: "Breaking" Bust
No one's going to argue that Bryan Cranston deserves that Best Performance nomination, but seriously, there's not a single other "Breaking Bad" nom? That's just flat-out ridiculous! "Breaking Bad" just came off its greatest season ever. Cranston nailed it as Walter White, but fellow actors Aaron Paul as reluctant assassin Jesse Pinkman and Giancarlo Esposito as meth kingpin Gustavo Fring also turned in marvelous performances worthy of not just nominations, but full-on awards. (While we're at it, here's my super-quick opportunity to say that "Sons of Anarchy" should have gotten some love as well. Like "Bad," this season of "SOA" was not just its greatest one yet, but perhaps the greatest season of television all year.) Acting aside, "Breaking Bad" deserved a Best Television Series spot much more than newbie "Boss" or even "Horror Story," much as we're happy to see it on the list. Needless to say, we're not happy about the oversight. Besides, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, didn't you hear? Walter White is the danger!
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