The Golden Globes, regarded as a bellwether of the Oscars
is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Who
are these people? No one ever answers), came up with their nominations today,
and on the plus side five of the six Boston-accented performances I noted as
potential Academy nominees got nods: Mark Wahlberg for Best Actor, Melissa Leo
and Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress and Christian Bale for Best
Supporting Acto -- all from "The Fighter"
(like its subject Micky Ward, a powerful late round contender, also getting in
the Best Picture and Best Director races). And Jeremy Renner from "The Town." Sorry,
On the other hand, most of their choices are piss poor, knee jerk
mediocrities. Nominations for Best Picture for a Comedy or Musical for
"Burlesque" and "The
Tourist?" Two nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy for Johnny Depp - in the
in the aforementioned, benighted "The Tourist?" Seven nominations for the
profoundly empty "The King's Speech?"
Not to mention no women directors were nominated despite Lisa Cholodenko's "The
Kids Are All Right" and Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give."
So much for the Kathryn Bigelow effect. I won't even mention that there isn't a
single non-white face among the big screen acting nominees. Come to think of
it, there aren't any African Americans in ANY movie category.
At least they got "The
Social Network" and "Black Swan" right.
But NOTHING for "True Grit?"
Let's hope the Academy members do better.