2012 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

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2012 golden globes 2012 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

2012 is winding down to a close, which means it’s time for respected critic circles and industry organizations to begin recognizing the best film and TV entertainment over the past twelve months. Thus, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has formerly announced the nominations for next years 70th Golden Globes ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (the former being a two-time Globe winner, the latter a nominee).

The Golden Globes are, traditionally, a good litmus test for the Oscars, in terms of which films are lining up to be recognized (and which ones appear destined to be left in the dust). So, are there any significant surprises this year – be it in terms of movies and/or television?

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is the front-runner on the film side, with seven nods in total – including, for Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones’ lauded performances as well as Tony Kushner’s screenplay and Spielberg’s direction. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is right behind Lincoln with five nods; however, on a curious note, both Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio are up for Best Supporting Actor (despite the former being more main character than supporting player). Both films address the issue of slavery in America – albeit, Django tackles it more directly through the lens of a Tarantino-esque fairy tale in the Antebellum South, whereas Lincoln is more an example of political theater that dramatizes the passage of the 13th amendment.

Similarly, the two have momentum and the benefit of controversy on their side; though, that’s also true for Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty, which snagged four Globe nominations. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck’s historical thriller Argo tied with Django for five nods total; Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables racked up four nods on the musical side; and both Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook secured three nods apiece. So, all in all, it’s a pretty tight race, in terms of which movies could land the big(gest) prizes.

On a related note:

  • Acclaimed independent productions such as The Master and The Sessions were recognized in the acting categories, but did not make the cut for the top awards.
  • Similarly, lauded blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall were left out (or snubbed, take your pick). That should change at the Oscars.
Nov 18 Box Office Lincoln 2012 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

‘Lincoln’ leads the pack with 7 Globes nominations

Meanwhile, on the television side, things are pretty much business-as-usual. That’s to say, revered series such as Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Homeland are thriving in the drama categories, as are leading cast members Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Claire Danes and Damien Lewis. The same holes true for awards show comedy favorites like Modern Family, Girls and Big Bang Theory competing for Best Series (not to mention, 30 Rock and Louie being recognized in the acting categories).

A few other things worth noting:

  • Jessica Lange was nominated for American Horror Story: Asylum, while Benedict Cumberbatch received his first nod for Sherlock.
  • Mad Men was NOT nominated for Best Drama, with The Newsroom taking its place.
  • HBO’s political drama Game Change and Alfred Hitchcock memoir The Girl both racked up a couple of nods.
  • Game of Thrones was shut out this year, despite landing a Best Drama nod for its first season (and Peter Dinklage winning for his fan-fave role as Tyrion Lannister).



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  1. Meh. No Game of Thrones or The Master for the highest honour? And Leo DiCaprio’s NINTH nomination? Does the Golden Globes have a crush on the man, I mean he’s not THAT great, why doesn’t Peter O’Toole have this much? Damn, looks to be a typical Golden Globe year. But most of the actors nominated here are actually quite good. And I’m glad Life of Pi and Argo are at the top of the ladder.

    • Peter O’Toole has 10 lol

      • Leonardo has 9 for drama, and O’Toole has 5 for drama. Comedy and Musical is useless because Arnold Schwartznagger was nominated for Junior if you could believe it.

  2. Downton Abbey nominated ahead of Game of Thrones??? This award ceremony mean’s less and less to me each year.

    • I love Game of Thrones, but have you watched Downton Abbey? It’s a great show!

      • Of course, I’ve watched all the showes nominated, Game of Thrones definitely deserves a place in there

  3. This years Gloden Globe noms are on par with what they are every year. Every category has 3 or 4 worthy contenders with 1 or 2 added because of their star power…

    • Also it’s time for the Globes and Oscars to find a way to honor the most popular movies being made today. We always read and hear about how both ceremonies want to draw more viewers so why not create catagorys for Sci-Fi or Superhero films that would include films like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises or Looper…
      I realize a category named Best Superhero Film may seem to hoaxy for these shows so just include them in a Sci-Fi/Adventure or Fantasy category like they do with musical or comedy…

  4. Where on earth is Game of Thrones for best show??

    The Blackwater episode alone deserves an award. Boardwalk Empire’s season 3 was overall disappointing except for the last couple of episodes. Homeland is going down hill quickly, season 2 is struggling and it’s boring (Claire Danes is growing so irritating). As great as Breaking Bad is, it still only aired half a season this year,, even Downton Abbey gets the nod ahead of Game of Thrones, shocking!!!

  5. Why do the great comedies never get nominated…Shameless(drama too), It’s always sunny, the league, community..

  6. They nominate Amy Poehler for Parks and Rec but not the show?? come on!! I say thats show has improved vastly over past seasons and is way better than big bang theory or modern family.. Just my opinion, same stinkin thing happens at the emmys.

  7. I have no particular attachment to the show this year, since I couldn’t afford to go to the movies much this fall (which is always my favorite time for movies, of course)…Out of the few movies I have seen this year, Cloud Atlas was far and away my favorite, but critics were understandably mixed about it, so I’m not surprised it only got a nod for Best Original Score (which it totally deserves).

  8. Django Unchained totally deserve it five nominations, that movie was awsome … oh right it not even out yet

  9. Just another opportunity for Hollywood insiders to schmooze and stroke their liberal lapdog media friends, with the public watching.

    Although it’s still somewhat better than it’s peers, it’s slowly reaching toward the goal of becoming as inconsequentially stupid, out of touch and ridiculous as the Academy Awards.

    Any ‘awards’ show that has Quentin Tarantino nominated for Best Drama for Inglorious Bastards deserves to be buried in the eighth circle of Dante’s hell.
    The same goes for Django Unchained, when up against such films as Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark-Thirty (which should win, btw, even though the acting was terrible.)

    • Inglorious bastards in phenomenal much better than that snoozefest lincoln imo

  10. Not to knock the actors/actresses nominated in the drama category, but if the choices are based on this tv season then Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter got snubbed big time. Heck even DEXTER deserves a best drama nomination, but I can certainly understand why it didn’t; the actors/actresses however…come on now.

    Oh, hopefully TDKR gets some love at the Oscars, both behind and in front of the camera.

  11. Dark knight Rises & Sky fall wasn’t snubbed. Dark Knight shouldn’t get nominated for an Oscar either. Maybe Sky fall.

    • You don’t think that TDKR should be nominated for ANY Oscar? Not for Wally Phister’s amazing Cinematography? Not for the amazing sound? Not for Nolan’s innovation in the realm of filming in 65 mm? Movies are more than just the story.

  12. Come on, Javier Bardem should’ve landed a nomination for supporting actor!

  13. Game of Thrones? Avengers? The Dark Knight Rises? 50/50?

    • sorry, 50/50 was last year, wasn’t it…

      • It was and also my favorite film of last year.

    • Avengers rofl.

  14. it makes me sad to say it but Tarantino is probably going to lose best director to BEN AFLECK of all people. (imagine yourself saying that 10 years ago!)

    I’m really pulling for Django though…

    That best comedy category is b*******. Modern Family and Big Bang over Community??

    And how is American Horror Story a miniseries?

    • Id say spielberg wins

    • Really? Afleck? NHuh. It’s a tough category but Trey is probably right. Spielberg might snag it from Tarantino and Bigelow. Which I’m still waiting for Zero Dark Thirty to be released. Mercy. Congrats to Jessica Chastain tho. Hopefully she’s as bad a$$, as she was in “The Debt”. PS: Bummer the Walking Dead didn’t pick up any cast noms. :(

  15. T-Dog got shafted.

  16. I kind of expected neither looper nor end of watch would get nominated but I still can’t hide my disappointment. Two of the best movies of 2012 IMO

  17. Argo and Lincoln deserve their nominations, i hope they both win something

  18. Game of thrones – Skyfall – Avengers – The hobbit deserves their place in that list…

    It’s just pure hollywood money bs.

  19. Why does Parks & Recreation always seem to get snubbed? It’s one of the best comedies on television and every cast member does a fantastic job. I’m not sure why it never seems to get the credit it deserves.

  20. What?? No noms for Sons Of Anarchy?!