The Golden Globes go gay

Welcome to the Gay Globes – er, sorry Golden Globes. With all the gay-themed and gay-favorite nominees this year, you can see how a gal might get confusion. The nominations were announced this morning and the list includes best picture nods for Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right, in drama and comedy respectively.

Both films received four nominations each including a pair of nods for their actresses, with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for best actress in a comedy and Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis for best actress and supporting actress in a drama. So, to summarize, make out with a lady on screen this year and have a good chance of touching a Globe – er, sorry Golden Globe. If you were doing it right on screen I’m sure hoping you rounded second already. 

The Golden Globe nominations, with their recognition of both movies and TV, are always a mixed bag. The organization is known more for its ability to throw a party than its serious interest in honoring artistic excellence. Yet it still manages to get a lot right, along with the a lot wrong it gets every award season. The extremely deserving nods for Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right are among the very, very right. A look at the nominees.

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Best Picture — Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

All worthy, though it’s a shock to see the much buzzed about True Grit left off the list. It’s worth noting that Black Swan is the only female-fronted film of the bunch.

Best Picture — Musical or Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

In a weak field like this, if The Kids Are All Right doesn’t win this it will be an absolute crime. Like seriously, I will call 911.

Best Actor — Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

A geek, a king, an amputee, a love and a fighter – that’d make for a hell of a bar fight.

Best Actress — Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Playing a possibly mentally unstable ballerina with an overbearing mother and dormant homoerotic fantasies has its upside.

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

I wonder if Johnny Depp got jealous of Johnny Depp when the nominations were read.

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Thrilled that both Annette and Julianne were nominated, as well as the sweet surprise comedy props for the hilarious Emma Stone.

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

I still laugh every time I hear the sequel subtitle: Money Never Sleeps. They should have named it Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Because You’re Playing the Electric Boogaloo.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

If the award was for most onscreen sexiness, oh my God, how much Mila would win.

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Boo – no Lisa Cholodenko for The Kids Are All Right and boo – no women period.

Best Screenplay
127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
Inception, Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech, David Seidler
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Well, that’s a little better.

Best Original Song
“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)
“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)
“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)
“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Cher will win because everyone wants to see the dress she wears when she comes onstage. Also, she is Cher.

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In a Better World

I hope the I Am Love nod means Tilda Swinton will be there because, you know, swoon.

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

This category is just cute overload.

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Best TV Series — Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Gangsters, serial killers, lawyers, advertisers and zombies – yep, sounds about right.

Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

No Parks and Recreation? Why is there no Parks & Recreation?!

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Carlos
The Pacific
The Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

Wait, people still watch mini-series?

Best Actor — Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House M.D.

Hope you like these nominees, because I bet they’ll be exactly the same next year, too.

Best Actress — Drama
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

I think Piper Perabo is more adorable than a bag full of kittens, but, um, what?

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Thoery

Do people actually think Hung is good? Also, do people actually think Mr. Shue isn’t creepy?

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

No Amy Poehler? Why is there no Amy Poehler?! p.s. Love you forever, Tina.

Best Actor — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Again, I am going to ask the mini-series question – anyone?

Best Actress — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Jennifer Love Hewitt? Now I’m pretty sure we’re being punked.

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Nominations for two gay characters continues the Gay Globes trend. Out actor Chris Colfer told our own Leslie Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter about how the gay bullying storyline has impacted people: “I’ve gotten amazing feedback on it. It’s a story that is so relevant to today’s world being shown on TV; it’s a story that needs to be seen. With all the recent suicides, it’s something that needs to be seen by the kids that are going through similar situations so that they know that there’s hope.”

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Jane Lynch for president.

So, there you have it. A hodge-podge of nominees. Some greats, some head scratchers. So, who do you like? Who do you hate? Who got snubbed? Who wins the Gay Off at the Gay Globes? Discuss.

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