The endless complaining about the Golden Globes really misses the point. They are not supposed to be a barometer for the Oscars. They do not have to follow the herd like the critics groups have largely done for the last few years. They are supposed to be fun. And although they do make some silly selections, they are not given enough credit for some of their more astute choices.
As a whole, the HFPA obviously didn’t like what they saw in “True Grit.” While there’ll be a lot of predictable complaining about that, I am relieved to see the HFPA still go its own way and not subscribe to the group think that has gripped the other kudos.
I am delighted to see lead bids by “Blue Valentine” players Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) as well as Paul Giamatti (“Barney’s Version”) and supporting nods for Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”), Jeremy Renner (“The Town”), Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) and Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom,” The original score nominations are terrific. “Red” for Best Comedy/Musical is a nice surprise, and the overall love for “Inception” is a relief.
The biggest snubs are Justin Timberlake (“The Social Network”), Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”), Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) Tilda Swinton (“I Am Love”), Leonardo DiCaprio for either of his two films in contention, not enough love for “The Town,” and complete shut-outs of “Made in Dagenham,” “Shutter Island” and “The Ghost Writer” (especially the amazing score by Alexandre Desplat).
The truly hideous nods? The three mentions for box office bomb “The Tourist,” “Alice in Wonderland” as Best Comedy/Musical, and the three bids by “Burlesque.”
Photo: Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.)