Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Put Your Hands On The Wheel...Let The Golden Age Begin

Golden Globe nominations are in, biznatches.

Best Actress in Drama
Maria Bello - A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
Gwyneth Paltrow - Proof
Charlize Theron - North Country
(?) Zhang - Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Actress in Musical/Comedy
Judi Dench - Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keira Knightly - Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney - the Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker - The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line

Actor in Musical/Comedy
Pierce Brosnan - the Matador
Jeff Daniels - the Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (good god, why?)
Nathan Lane - The Producers (good god, why, part deux)
Cillian Murphy - Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line (hell, yes)

Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Producers
Squid and the Whale
Walk the Line

Best Director
Woody Allen - Matchpoint
George Clooney - Good Night, and Good Luck
Peter Jackson - King Kong
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain
Morales - the Constant Gardener (I didn't catch this director's first name, and am too lazy to look it up)
Steven Spielberg - Munich

Best Actor - Drama
Russell Crowe - Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
Terrence Howard - Hustle and Flow
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
David Straithairn - Good Night, and Good Luck

Best Picture - Drama
Brokeback Mountain
Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence

No real surprises, for the most part. Nice to see "Good Night" and "A History of Violence" getting some awards love. For the life of me, I don't understand the unending gravy/money train that is the Producers. Gene Wilder wipes the floorboards with Matthew Broderick's campy, self-conscious performance, and I liked Nathan Lane's Zero Mostel impression a lot more when Zero Mostel was doing it.

Other head-scratchers include Sarah Jessica Parker's nod for "The Family Stone," Paltrow in "Proof" (was that released this year??), and Johnny Deep for "Chocolate Factory," a performance of high-campiness that's almost willfully unenjoyable.

Thoughts? Omissions? Addendums?


At 10:55 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I hate awards.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I have a pet peeve regarding these awards:

It always appears to me that there seems to be a thing for giving best actor/actress awards to people who have to portray dysfunctional or severely handicapped people.

Like, if one were to want an Oscar or Golden Globe, all you'd have to do is get a role as a Schizophrenic, put on (or take off) about 75 lbs., and it's yours.

I have the memory of a gnat, but the nominees I can think of off the top of my head include Dustin Hoffman in Rainman, Tom Hanks in Forest Gump, Charlize in the Serial Killer woman movie, Sean Penn in I Am Sam, and I guess as soon as I heard Felicity Huffman would be portraying a transexual or transgender, I was like...well, there comes another Oscar and Golden Globe and everyone's going to wonder how she did it...

I don't know, maybe she deserves it. I liked Rainman and thought Dustin Hoffman was good. But I don't know, just bothers me.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

It's a little weird that the transgendered fall into the same "dysfunctional/severely handicapped category as serial killers and the mentally handicapped, but I get you.

I think that the people who vote on these see acting with an extreme behavior or physical trait to be somehow more "worthy" than acting as a functional human being. It requires research and effort that's different than playing someone more "normal."

That said, I agree with you. I'd like to see David Straithairn or J. Phoenix get the top honors for actor, personally. And sometimes, acting as a regular joe can be that much harder to do. Having a quirk to play off of is, in some respects, easier.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Ah, the sensitivity of the liberal to the disenfranchised. How hard to craft a sentence to please thee.

Yes, I was referring generally to the acting with an extreme behavior or physical trait.

Meanwhile, as a dysfunction, the DSM-IV categorizes transgender as:

302.85 Gender Identity Disorder
Next, let's examine the second category, Gender Identity Disorder. The diagnostic criteria for adults and adolescents [APA94] are:

A. A strong and persistent cross-gender identification (not merely a desire for any perceived cultural advantages of being the other sex). In adolescents and adults, the disturbance is manifested by symptoms such as a stated desire to be the other sex, frequent passing as the other sex, desire to live or be treated as the other sex, or the conviction that he or she has the typical feelings and reactions of the other sex.

B. Persistent discomfort with his or her sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex. In adolescents and adults, the disturbance is manifested by symptoms such as preoccupation with getting rid of primary and secondary sex characteristics (e.g., request for hormones, surgery, or other procedures to physically alter sexual characteristics to simulate the other sex) or belief that he or she was born the wrong sex.

C. The disturbance is not concurrent with a physical intersex condition.

D. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Specify if (for sexually mature individuals) Sexually Attracted to Males, ... Females,... Both, ... Neither.
The clinical significant criterion, D, was added to all conditions in the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders section. The definition of "distress or impairment" lies at the heart of the issue of pathologization of gender expression.

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Bud said...

Paltrow's nomination is what I've decreed as BULLSHIT.

Seriously, if Weinstein and Madden had pulled their head out of their ass and given the role to Mary Louise Parker, who won a fucking Tony for it, the movie probally would have done a lot better.

Because Parker's a good girl. Paltrow....not so much.

On the other hand, I love that "History of Violence," which a lot of folks had counted out against the contenders like "Walk" and "Kong," is mounting a comeback. It's certainly the best movie that I've seen this year--it's the Unforgiven of Action Movies, and William Hurt steals the fuckin' thing in the best "Damn, where the hell has this guy been" in a while.

Also, this looks like Phillip Seymour Hoffman's year. Good for him.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

I'm all for awarding Hoffman, so that he can start making the serious bank he's deserved for years now, but hi Capote sort of falls into Nizzle's aforementioned "actors playing people with strange/dehabilitating/off-putting/ secretly-quite-lovable character tics.

Straithairn and Phoenix. Phoenix and Straithairn. Chant with me.


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