Benedict Cumberbatch, The Hunger Games, Other Geek-Friendly Things Pick Up Golden Globe Nominations
Not all that glitters is gold
This morning saw the announcement of the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, the lighter, boozier, less important cousin of the Oscars. (Hey, it makes a difference that attendees can drink at the former but not the latter.) Typical awards season films like Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook picked up plenty of noms, but so did some more niche-interest (read: Geeky) fare.
The awards show, taking place on January 13th, is being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They did a short video promoting the Globes, which you can check out under the jump along with a rundown of the geeky movies, people, and shows to be nominated.
To start, there’s Les Misérables. I’m not entirely comfortable classifying it as “geeky” cinema, as director Tom Hooper is about as mainstream Oscar bait-y as one can get, but it’s musical theater, and that’s geeky, so it counts. It racked up a bundle of nods, including one for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, where it’s competing against The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Silver Linings Playbook. One of these things is not like the other…
Wolverine Hugh Jackman was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, where he’ll be going head to head against Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and all-around God of cinema and pop culture Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson). Getting back to Les Mis, Anne Hathaway was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and original song “Suddenly” (an original song in Les Mis? OK…) picked up a nod as well. It’s up against “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games soundtrack. Katniss Jennifer Lawrence, meanwhile, was nominated for her work in Silver Linings Playbook.
Going behind the lens, Kathryn Bigelow picked up her second Golden Globes nom for directing Zero Dark Thirty, and Adele‘s “Skyfall” was nominate for Best Original Song.
In the Best Animated Film category, which is very dear to my heart, Brave will be competing against Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians, and Wreck-It Ralph. But not against ParaNorman, which got snubbed. *shakes fist at the sky* Hollywood Foreign Press Association, how dare yooooouuuu???!!!
As for TV,
Sherlock Smaug the CumberVillain Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries of TV Movie for, naturally, Sherlock. No nomination for Martin Freeman, though. But it’s OK. He won a BAFTA.
Community was snubbed in the Best TV Series, Comedy category, which I expected (if its own network snubs it…), but I don’t have to like it. Downton Abbey (or, as I sometimes mentally refer to it, crack for Anglophiles) picked up three nominations, for Best TV Series, Drama, lead actress Michelle Dockery, and supporting actress Maggie Smith. Smith was also nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category for Quartet, an indie film set for release this January in which Smith co-stars with
Dumbledore Michael Gambon and King Fergus Billy Connolly.
Wait, didn’t I mention a Tina Fey-Amy Poehler video? Yes I did. Here it is. Their Hollywood voices are admirable.