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Golden Globalization

The Golden Globes, regarded as a bellwether of the Oscars (why? what 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, Sam Rockwell.

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 dismal "Alice in Wonderland

 

and 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.

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