It’s a big Hollywood awards show honoring both American and international talents.
Tom Hanks has been singled out for one of his more serious dramatic roles. Emma Thompson is nominated (again) for playing a proper British lady. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is invited for her work on a critically claimed comedy series. And previous winner John Williams earned another bid after scoring a powerful Holocaust film.
Sounds like the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. But is this celebrating the best of 2013, or 1993? Believe it or not, a number of this year’s Globe nominees were also in contention EXACTLY 20 years ago. Is it a creepy coincidence, or part of a master plan by some glorious derby deity. (No Tom O’Neil, I’m not talking about you.)
Before you make your decision, consider the following.
The one-time “Bosom Buddies” actor is currently going for his fifth Golden Globe for fighting Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips.” Two decades ago, he claimed his second prize for fighting both AIDS and injustice in “Philadelphia.” (He was also nominated for the smash comedy film “Sleepless in Seattle.”) Will “Phillips” do the same trick as “Philadelphia?” Probably not, but Hanks will likely be “Sleepless” the rest of this awards season.
Another double nominee 20 years ago, she competed for Best Drama Actress for “The Remains of the Day” and Best Supporting Actress for “In the Name of the Father.” In the name of fairness, she went home empty-handed since she had just won 12 months earlier for “Howards End.” This year, she’s back in the running for playing “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers in “Saving Mr. Banks.” Her stiff competition includes both Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” and Sandra Bullock in “Gravity.” Unfortunately, there’s probably no saving Miss Thompson this time. (Don’t worry, she already has her bookend Globe for scripting 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility.”)
He was relatively unknown when he attended his first Globes ceremony as a Best Supporting Actor nominee for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” He might have had a few sour grapes after his loss to the absent Tommy Lee Jones for “The Fugitive,” but they probably passed after the awards attention helped to earn him even bigger roles. He’s now up for a tenth time, for the controversial “The Wolf of Wall Street.” A previous winner for “The Aviator” and a Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. favorite, he may well devour the competition on January 12.
He may have been overlooked for Best Director, but his “Wolf” did make the Best Comedy/Musical category. Back then, his highly touted “The Age of Innocence” also earned Globe attention, for both his directing and as Best Drama. Enthusiasm for “Age” died quickly and the film was left out of the top races at the Oscars. Will Marty be left howling if “Wolf” meets a similar fate?
Twenty years ago, he made the Golden Globe list for scoring “Schindler’s List.” While he didn’t win, he does have a total of four Globes to his credit for films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” and more recently, “Memoirs of a Geisha.” He could score a fifth trophy this year for his latest effort, “The Book Thief.” If he manages to steal the prize, it’s yet another award for his most distinguished collection of memoirs.
The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member earner her first Golden Globe nod and win for playing the hilarious Elaine Benes in the classic sitcom “Seinfeld.” Fast forward 20 years and she’s once again going to the party, only this time with dual nominations. She’s considered the favorite to take the Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress award for her Emmy-winning role on “Veep.” And she might hit a home run if she prevails in the Best Comedy/Musical Actress race for “Enough Said.” An actress giving Globe acceptance speeches exactly two decades apart? Enough said, indeed. (Be sure to vote below as to your predicted outcome of these two races.)
“The Piano,” the third feature film by the native New Zealander, was considered the critics’ darling of its awards season. The Golden Globes nominated it for Best Drama and Campion herself was up for Best Director and Screenplay. As expected, Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’ List” came through in all three races, leaving “The Piano” with just one award for Best Actress Holly Hunter. Twenty years later, Campion is invited back by the HFPA for her acclaimed television miniseries “Top of the Lake.” Like “The Piano,” it clearly hit all the right notes.
Helena Bonham Carter
Many years ago, the British thespian put on an Russian accent to play the title character in the teledrama “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald.” HFPA members noticed, and nominated her for Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress. Though she lost to Bette Midler in “Gypsy,” everything did come up roses for Carter – as she’s worked steadily ever since. This year she has another shot at Golden Globe glory, for portraying none other than Globe and Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC television film “Burton and Taylor.” Most pundits think she has a great chance to win. Let’s hope that’s not a deception.
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