It’s not the least bit shocking that awards-season front runners like “The Social Network,” “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan” cleaned up when the 68th annual Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. But “The Tourist“? We love Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp as much as the next person, but apparently not nearly as much as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which doles out the Globes. Despite ice-cold reviews and a lukewarm box-office reception, “The Tourist” walked away from today’s nominations with three nods, including one for Best Picture. And that was just one of the big surprises. Mark Wahlberg’s boxing drama “The Fighter” weighed in with an impressive six noms, while Depp was nominated twice in the same category.
As usual, there were a fair amount of prominent snubs as well. Not a single nod for “True Grit“? Seriously? And are “The Tourist” and “Burlesque” and the rest of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy race really more worthy of a nomination in that category than “Toy Story 3“? Check out our picks for the biggest snubs and surprises of this year’s Golden Globes nominations.
Snub! “True Grit” Gets Shot Down in a Blaze of Glory
It made both AFI and the Critics’ Choice Awards’ lists of the top 10 films of the year, but the Coen Bros. brutal Western “True Grit” didn’t make the cut in the Globes’ Best Motion Picture – Drama category. Even more surprising than that? “Grit” failed to land a single Globes nomination, not even for stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who are all garnering their fair share of Oscar buzz.
Surprise! “The Tourist” Travels Well
“The Tourist” is currently sporting a not-so-stellar 20 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes (yes, that means that 80 percent of reviews collected on the site are negative), but that didn’t stop the Depp-Jolie thriller from nabbing nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical Comedy, as well as Best Actor and Actress – Musical or Comedy for its stars. Then again, the equally tepidly received “Burlesque” also received a Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy nomination, which kind of tells you how (not) strong this category is.
Snub! No Best Picture or Director for “127 Hours”
The Musical/Comedy field at this year’s Globes may be a bit on the anemic side, but the Drama field sure isn’t. That’s why we’re a bit surprised — though not up in arms — that director Danny Boyle’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” was left out of the Best Motion Picture – Drama race, and Boyle — who won Best Director Oscar kudos for “Millionaire” — didn’t show up on the Globes’ Best Director list.
Surprise! “The Fighter” Punches Its Way to Six Nominations
“127 Hours”’ loss is “The Fighter”’s gain, however. David O. Russell’s well-received underdog boxing pick sneaked in to steal the fifth spot in the Best Motion Picture – Drama race, earned Russell a Best Director nomination and scored a quartet of acting noms — some expected (Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress and Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor) and others somewhat surprising (Amy Adams for Supporting Actress and Mark Wahlberg for Best Actor – Drama). Talk about a knock out.
Snub! “Toy Story 3” Gets No Love in Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Category
The Globes don’t normally honor animated films in the Best Musical or Comedy category, but perhaps the HFPA should reconsider. It seems utterly ludicrous that “Toy Story 3,” one the year’s best-reviewed movies, didn’t earn a slot in this category when the only film that would have a shot — and an outside one at that — at beating “Toy Story 3” for the win is “The Kids Are All Right.”
Surprise! Johnny Depp vs. Johnny Depp for Best Actor
Johnny Depp might just be the most beloved man in the acting world right now, but it’s still a little surprising that he snagged not one but two nominations in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category. Sure, we dig the guy in everything he does — he was by far the best part of “Alice in Wonderland” and he even makes “The Tourist” somewhat fun. But it seems a bit unfair to snub someone else to give Johnny two nods in the same category. Perhaps the HFPA could have tossed one of the “Other Guys” (Will Ferrell or Mark Wahlberg) a bone.
What did you think of the Golden Globes nominations? What do you think were the biggest snubs and surprises? Tell us in the comments!