In my motivation for blogging post, May the Blogging Begin (http://wp.me/p5jxvv-6), I explained that I love movies, old and new. For this reason, I get excited when award show nominations are introduced. I look to see if reviewers’ opinions agree with mine. This post is called Beginners Guide to the Golden Globe Award Nominations since I know virtually nothing about any of this year’s nominees. I will only address those nominations for which I know even a modicum of information about.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Theory of Everything: Several summers ago I had the pleasure of seeing Vanessa Carlton in concert where she sang “Tall Tales for Spring,” about Stephen Hawkings. I have always been fascinated with time travel as it is, so I am eager to see The Theory of Everything, a film about Hawkings. I was not a fan of Eddie Redmayne’s in Les Miserable, but I am still eager to see this film.
Gone Girl: This movie is up for Best Director and Best Screenplay awards. After I saw this film, I wrote such a scathing review that it actually got compliments from the Twitter crowd. (See How to Save Two Hours of Your Life http://wp.me/p5jxvv-3F.) Instead of pulling it from the theaters and in doing so the annals of time, the Foreign Press Association awards this movie repeated accolades. Gone Girl should be on the list of worst movies of 2014, not on a list of Golden Globe nominees.
The Blacklist: James Spader’s dry humor could well earn him the award for Best Actor in a Drama. Having watched him play a character with the same personality in Boston Legal, sometimes I wonder if he isn’t just playing James Spader.
House of Cards: Okay, this one I actually watched–and then stopped watching. As Zoe Barnes led the list of my favorite characters that got killed off, my interest died along with my favorite characters.
Kevin Spacey: His Southern twang may have earned him a nomination. An award? I think both the show and the actors playing the surviving characters are a snoozer.
Robin Wright is also up for an award, for Best Actress in a Drama, for this show. Her performance is so understated, I’d never know she was acting. Is it seriously any different from her Princess Bride character? Yet, the woman keeps winning awards for this role.
How to Get Away with Murder: I am addicted to creator Shonda Rhimes’s Scandal, and I loved Viola Davis in The Help, but the problem with her …Murder character is she is too good. I mean it; her acting is so good I really believe she is cold and immoral. Like Scandal’s Olivia Pope, Rhimes needs characters with rooting value, at least characters I can root for. Viola Davis’s professor is not one of them. She is nominated for Best Actress in a Drama.
Viewers: Did you agree with my assessment of the nominations? Were there any dramas you saw this year that you thought got robbed of a nomination? I look forward to your views.