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It's Never Too Late to Complain About the Golden Globe Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 14, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 14, 2012 |

Good morning, folks, and welcome back to Pajiba. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by some assh*le hacker laying some filth into our code yesterday. It is all clean now. If you’re still showing warnings, you’re probably not here. But if you are, please clear your cache. Hopefully, that will solve the problem. If it does not, please do not tell me, as I spent most of yesterday sobbing beneath the harsh light of a laptop that kept screaming at me that Pajiba was an “attack site.” I don’t think I can take another day of that.

I’m sure it was all karmic retribution for something horrible I did to Pookie, but my thanks to Mr. Seth Freilich for not only fixing the mess, but dealing with my anxiousness and impatience, as well as the fact that in trying to help fix it, I broke it even worse.

Please, Mr. Hacker Man, leave us alone. We’re harmless! All we want to do is spread joy and light. Right after we bitch about The Golden Globes nominations.

Indeed, what we missed yesterday were the Golden Globes, and while I’m sure you’re all very familiar with the nominees by now, it’s never too late to complain about them, right? I mean, I’m not terribly broken up over the movie nominations: I’m happy to see Argo and Lincoln get a lot of recognition, and I certainly didn’t expect to see any for a few of my other favorites of 2012 (The Avengers, Looper, Cloud Atlas (shut-up)). It seems kind of a waste to have a musical category and not include the amazing Pitch Perfect, but it wasn’t really awards material, anyway. I’m also relieved that the list is not littered in The Hobbit nominations. I’m also happy to see that The Master didn’t get a best drama nomination because, ugh, that movie shellacked by eyeballs, although I thought Beasts of the Southern Wild was unfairly overlooked by the glitzier Globes.

It didn’t really matter who was nominated in the best acting drama category because Daniel Day Lewis is going to win it, although the supporting actor race between Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones could be an interesting one. I’m fairly surprised that McConaughey didn’t earn a nomination for Magic Mike, as he seemed like a fun favorite.

A lot of the movies I can’t speak to yet, because like most of you, I haven’t seen them yet because they haven’t been released. The real issues I have are with the television nominations, specifically the snub of “Mad Men” after its best season, and the inclusion of “The Newsroom.” I love “The Newsroom,” but even I recognize it does not belong, especially ahead of “Game of Thrones”, “Justified,” and “The Walking Dead.” Likewise, the comedy category is a disaster with the exception of “Girls,” as the better comedies — “New Girl,” “Happy Endings,” “Veep,” “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Shameless,” and “Community,” were all overlooked in favor of Showtime’s abysmal “Episodes,” “Big Bang Theory,” the obligatory “Modern Family” nomination and … “Smash”? Hell, “The Office” was more worthy than “Smash.”

Connie Britton’s nomination is equally confounding (love her, hate her character and the show), as is Hayden Panettiere’s from the same show. Jake Johnson should’ve taken a nomination over Max Greenfield, and Nick Offerman should’ve taken one over all of them, especially Matt LeBlanc, who plays himself AND NOT EVEN THAT WELL.

You’d think with so many categories, and so many nominations, the Golden Globes could curtail complaints, but man: It’s a bad overall list of nominees. But hey! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting (and were nominated), so the show should at least be a joy to watch.


Best Picture, Drama
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Misérables”
“Moonrise Kindgom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Actress, Drama
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Actor, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables “
Ewan MCGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best Original Score
Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”
Michael Danna, “Life of Pi”
John Williams, “Lincoln”

Best Original Song
“For You” from “Act of Valor”
“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
“Safe and Sound” from “The Hunger Games”
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”

Best Foreign Language Film
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Rust and Bone”

Best Animated Feature
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Wreck-It Ralph”


Best Television Comedy or Musical

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”

Best Television Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Newsroom”

Best Miniseries or Television Movie
“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Best Actress, Television Drama
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best Actor, Television Drama
Best Actor, TV Drama Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Actress, Television Comedy Or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

Best Actor, Television Comedy Or Musical
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields and McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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