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2010 Golden Globe Nominations: Snap Judgments

After waking up bright and early to scan the list of Golden Globe nominees, I've spent the better part of my day ruminating on this year's chosen films, actors, and actresses. While many of the picks were easily predictable, I also had my fair share of surprises — both good and bad. Here are a few of my musings:

  • I'm so happy to see both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick nominated for their supporting roles in Up in the Air — Clooney is fabulous, but both of these ladies are integral parts of what makes the film so great.
  • Glee! The delightful freshman comedy walked away with a few nominations, and I'm most excited to see Jane Lynch up for supporting actress. Lynch has been establishing a career as a character actress for years, and she finally hit pay dirt with Sue Sylvester.
  • Raunchy gets rewarded! It's pretty rad to see the funniest movie of the year, The Hangover, up for Best Musical or Comedy.
  • I'm pleased to see a wide range of people in the directing category, particularly The Hurt Locker's Katherine Bigelow. However, I'm surprised to see Precious's Lee Daniels shut out — especially in favor of James Cameron.
  • I have good and bad feelings about the Best TV Comedy category; while I'm so happy to see new shows Modern Family and Glee get recognized, I feel like The Office and Entourage were grandfathered in. Especially when there was no love for Parks and Recreation in any TV category.

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  • Were women really not that funny in movies this year? The Proposal was a fun movie, but Sandra's performance wasn't amazing. What about Maggie Gyllenhaal in Away We Go or Leslie Mann in Funny People?
  • (500) Days of Summer was the dark horse, as the indie romance scored nods for both the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Best Musical or Comedy. I guess you all know something too — it's winning my Best Little Move That Could poll.
  • I feel like I have double vision this year — Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, and Sandra Bullock all received two nominations each. All these actors had a good year, but I think Damon's performance in The Informant! is stronger than his in Invictus, and where he really has a good shot.
  • Last year there were only three films up for best animated film, so to see five rounding out the category reinforces what a good year it was for them. I especially love seeing two of my favorite films of the year competing: Fantastic Mr. Fox and Up.
  • Sherlock Holmes only scored one nod, for Robert Downey Jr. I wonder if this means the movie itself isn't that great.
  • Inglourious Basterds has been garnering award nominations like crazy lately, and I'm loving it. It's always a treat to see a movie that breaks the mold of typical awards fare get love.
  • I'm disappointed there was almost no recognition for Where the Wild Things Are. Props to Karen O. and her lovely score, though, which did get nominated.
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redchick152 redchick152 7 years
thanks for posting this buzz. you had several of my same reactions. i'm really tired of seeing the office, 30 rock, 2.5 men, and entourage win everything. thank god there are a few new entries. same w/ movies...lots of diversity this year. i found the double nomes for sandra and meryl strange, but i guess everything meryl does is amazing so it figures!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I think they did the right thing to skip over Parks and Rec...
melissaS melissaS 7 years
i'm hoping glee wins!
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 7 years
I'll be the first to voice the SNUB of Jennifer Carpenter in Dexter! Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow is great this season, but what Deb's character has to go through this season really shows off her acting chops. Her raw emotions in the prison scene with one of the vacation murderers, and the last scene with Dexter (when she said he's the only constant positive influence on her) really wowed me. I don't know how can anyone NOT see that she totally inhabits the role. Or maybe that's it. People actually think that's her in real life, so it's not really acting. But you are see the hurt inside her, and her tenacity to overcome her situations that make her character a complex individual (even more so than Dexter in more "human" way).
Akasha Akasha 7 years
limelindsey: I totally agree with you. Katy Segal was amazing this season as was the show. I'm sad that neither she nor the show were nominated. I don't watch Big Love and I kind of feel like House is just House every week, not that it's not good but in my mind either could have been replaced with Sons.
dani19 dani19 7 years
i think season 6 of entourage was a pretty funny, i think it got back on track compared to season 5....but i totally agree about the hangover ! it deff deserved to be nominated. i wish it was nominated for more.
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I was really hoping that Katey Sagal would be nominated for her role on "Sons of Anarchy." She was amazing this season.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Totally agreed, Buzz -- Entourage no longer deserves the nod for best comedy. It's been pretty yawn-inducing for awhile.
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