The Golden Globe nominations were announced today, Dec. 6 — and a happy St. Nicholas’ Day to all the lucky nominees.
Father Vince Kuna, C.S.C., our own producer-at-large and USC film-school grad, earlier took a deep dive into a quartet of nominated films, comparing them to earlier versions of the stories.
Click here for the full list of nominations, but here’s a look at the top awards, with links to Fr. Vince’s posts …
Best Motion Picture — Drama
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born
Of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, he wrote:
Real-life encounters between Zimmeran’s “Stallworth” and Klan members are well-executed by [Adam] Driver. He quite capably feigns a racist persona for the sake of the investigation. Both characters, in effect, do as Christ did, not fighting ugliness with more ugliness, but absorbing some of the worst parts of their enemies and turning it against them, exposing evil for what it is. “Infiltrate hate,” the tagline goes of the film goes. Not “flee” or “fight” hate as the world often demands.
And of A Star Is Born (and the earlier versions):
The rise to fame of the four female leads enthralls, to be sure. But celebrity stars are more akin to what we see in the night sky: some stars may have died out long ago — the lack of light having yet to travel to our corner of the universe. So, our cinematic and cosmological fascination may not lie in when stars are born, but when, in fact, they mysteriously die.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike, A Private War
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
Mary Poppins Returns
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortenson, Green Book
Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie
Click here for Father Vince’s take on Redford’s new movie; here’s a taste:
I feel the director, himself the son of a college professor from the robustly Catholic University of Dallas, did the main character and story better justice in filling in the origin story — even if that origin details the abandonment of faith. The film admittedly, states in its tagline: “based on mostly a true story.” The director’s embellishing of Tucker’s lack of faith, nonetheless tells a truer story about the nature of crime than Grann’s first-hand interviews of the criminal himself.
Best Motion Picture — Animated
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Director — Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
Best Television Series — Drama
The Americans (FX)
Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander (Starz)
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Julia Roberts, Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)
Stephan James, Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)
Richard Madden, Bodyguard (Netflix)
Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
The Good Place (NBC)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell, The Good Place (NBC)
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (CBS)
Alison Brie, GLOW (Netflix)
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
Debra Messing, Will & Grace (NBC)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America (Showtime)
Jim Carrey, Kidding (Showtime)
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)
Surprisingly, after being nominated and winning Globes the last two years, NBC’s This Is Us was snubbed this time around.
First Man, about Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, also didn’t fare well, only picking up nominations for Clare Foy, for her supporting role, and the original score. And as anyone in Hollywood knows, when almost the only positive thing someone says is they liked the music, it’s not good news.
Father Vince wasn’t impressed with First Man either. Click here for the whole piece; below find an excerpt.
Maybe [Apollo 13 director Ron] Howard made the smarter decision, to a pick a failed success mission where the astronauts bypassed their moon landing. Because when we arrive at the moon in First Man, it feels staged, like we never leave the green screen of the Hollywood stage at which it was shot. The real Neil Armstrong, facing the incredulity of moon-landing deniers, said the only thing harder to do than landing on the moon would be to realistically fabricate it. The Oscar winning director of La La Land proves just how difficult that task indeed is.
Movie awards season is officially underway. Let the games begin …
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