The Report: Globe Noms Decoded

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“King’s Speech,” “Social Network” lead; “Tourist” noms cause giggles.

An air of ritual always surrounds the annual predawn announcement of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards. Celebrity announcers — Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood — rattle off the names. Sleepy publicists clap with forced excitement. And then everyone slinks away, shielding their eyes from the rising sun.

But this year, the room was jolted awake when Johnny Depp’s name was read twice as best actor in a musical or comedy film — first, for his madcap Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, then for his role as a hapless man caught up in international intrigue in the critically panned The Tourist.

Tourist? A comedy? The crowd in the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton broke into guffaws.

But everyone heard right. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. also nominated Depp’s co-star Angelina Jolie as best actress in a comedy or musical, while making the movie one of its five best picture comedy/musical contenders.

Sony might have sold Tourist, produced by GK Films, as a romantic thriller and submitted it as a drama, but the HFPA moved it into the less competitive comedy category, where it would have a better shot — which, not so coincidentally, also increases the chances that Jolie and Depp will attend the star-crazed awards ceremonies (though insiders wondered Tuesday whether one or both might skip the festivities).

Their nominations aren’t likely to have much impact on the pic’s domestic release, of course: Tourist landed in theaters with a thud — to the tune of $16.5 million — the weekend of Dec. 10-12. But it could boost its international rollout, which is just getting under way.

The Globes announcement will more significantly impact the smaller pictures bestowed with multiple nominations. Perhaps most significantly, Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech can use its leading seven noms to propel its platform release through the holiday season. And the anointment restores — temporarily, at least — that movie’s front-runner status in the Oscar race after a weekend in which critics groups nationwide named rival The Social Network as best picture of the year.

“I don’t think when we first read the script a year and a half ago that we ever thought the movie would garner seven nominations,” Weinstein Co. COO David Glasser says. “We just thought it could be a great piece of business for us.”

TWC doesn’t plan to accelerate Speech’s rollout. It has taken in $1.6 million during its first three weeks in exclusive engagements and will move into 40-50 locations in the top 10 markets before expanding to about 600 locations.

In the acting categories, King’s Speech — with noms for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush — was second only to The Fighter, which punched its way to noms for Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. Fighter and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan both scored recognition in the best picture drama and best director categories. Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which scored picture, director and screenplay noms, also has passed a clear hurdle on its way to a possible best picture run.  

Elsewhere, while the Globes shone their spotlight on such newcomers as Jennifer Lawrence from Winter’s Bone and Aussie actress Jacki Weaver from Animal Kingdom, it preferred to embrace proven stars.

For example, Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway were nominated for the arm-twisting 127 Hours and the sexy rom-com Love and Other Drugs. Hathaway’s co-star Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice) and Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack), also will likely join the parade of stars on the Globes red carpet.

But many were left out. Leonardo DiCaprio was excluded from the drama actor category despite strong performances in Shutter Island and Inception. HFPA director favorites Martin Scorsese (Shutter) and Clint Eastwood (Hereafter) also were among those snubbed.

“While we were happy to get four nominations,” Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker says, “we’re disappointed that Robert Duvall and Lesley Manville (Another Year) and Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham) didn’t get nominated, but we still think they will be given good consideration by the Academy.

“It’s very clear from the lineup that one of the goals was to get as many movie stars into the room as possible,” Barker adds. “But that’s part of the fun of the Globes, which always caters to movie stars.”           


Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie

  • Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
  • Jane Lynch, Glee
  • Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
  • Julia Stiles, Dexter
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Actress in a TV series, comedy

  • Toni Collette, United States of Tara
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney, The Bic C
  • Lea Michele, Glee

Best TV movie or mini-series

  • Carlos
  • The Pacific
  • Pillars of the Earth
  • Temple Grandin
  • You Don't Know Jack

Best original song – motion picture

  • "Bound to You" - Burlesque
  • "Coming Home" - Country Strong
  • "I See the Light" - Tangled
  • "There's a Place for Us" - Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" - Burlesque                     

Best Actor, TV series comedy

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Thomas Jane, Hung
  • Matthew Morrison, Glee
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a TV series, drama

  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
  • Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
  • Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
  • Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best original score – motion picture

  • Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
  • Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
  • A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
  • Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best screenplay – motion picture

  • Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
  • Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David Seidler, The King's Speech
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie

  • Scott CaanHawaii Five-0
  • Chris Colfer, Glee
  • Chris Noth, The Good Wife
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
  • David Strathern, Temple Grandin

Best TV Series, comedy

  • 30 Rock
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Big C
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • Nurse Jackie

Best foreign language film

  • Biutiful, Mexico, Spain
  • The Concert, France
  • The Edge, Russia
  • I Am Love, Italy
  • In a Better World, Denmark

Best animated feature film

  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 3

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie

  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
  • Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
  • Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
  • Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie 

  • Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
  • Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
  • Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
  • Romola Garai, Emma
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
  • Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
  • Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
  • Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
  • Johnny Depp - The Tourist
  • Paul Giamatti Barney's Version
  • Jake GyllenhaalLove and Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack                     

Best supporting actor in a motion picture

  • Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner, The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
  • Mila Kunis, Black Swan
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Actor in a TV series, drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House

Best Director – motion picture

  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David Fincher, Social Network
  • Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Red
  • The Tourist       

Best TV series, drama

  • Broadwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men
  • The Walking Dead

Best Actress in a motion picture, drama

  • Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor in a motion picture, drama

  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
  • Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
  • Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best motion picture, drama

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network