The acting-man's actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, in Lincoln.
The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globes were announced this morning, representing the usual mix of predictability and oddball left-field picks that certifies the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual to-do as an entirely legitimate awards ceremony, one which rewards creative and technical merit with no mitigating agenda.
Taking place Sunday, January 13, the 2013 awards see two-time host Ricky Gervais - who earned equal measures of ire and praise for giddily taking the piss out of ceremony in past years - replaced by the Must-See Thursday double-team of 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler.
Steven Spielberg's actorly presidential biopic Lincoln netted the most nominations, with nods for Best Picture (Drama), Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), and Screenplay. There was a strong showing of Canadian-ish content, with Ben Affleck's Canadian Caper thriller Argo picking up four noms (including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, and Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's Life Of Pi netting Best Picture and Director.
For the most part, the usual suspects cluttered the TV ballots, with curiously popular three-camera sitcoms like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory and nail-biter dramas like Breaking Bad and Homeland unsurprisingly showing up, as perennial as the winter frost. HBO's inventive-ish sitcom Girls marked maybe the oddest showing in the Comedy or Musical category, while the Network's often-panned Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama The Newsroom also seems like an odd inclusion for Best Television Drama.
On the snubs front, well-reviewed films like Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Robert Zemeckis' alcoholic-pilot-in-peril film Flight were all but absent (save for a Best Actor nom for Denzel Washington in the latter). But Beasts was totally over-hyped and crappy, so who cares?
TV-wise, it's weird that Louis C.K., whose avant-sitcom Louie is being heralded by many as the most original comedy series since Seinfeld (with which it sort of shares a premise of mining the working life of a professional stand-up for laughs, but also for dark knight of the soul surrealist discomfort), was all but ignored. Despite C.K.'s totalizing control over the series as its creator/writer/director/star, he was only nominated for his acting. He's great, sure. But it's weird to not see the show in the Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy category. Then again, it'd only lose to Modern Family, so it's hard to get too worked up over Golden Globes oversights.
Speaking of which, Bon Jovi getting a Best Original Song nomination for his tune from Stand Up Guys, which hasn't even been commercially released yet, also seems to speak to the barely-concealed truth (especially following The Tourist fiasco in 2011) that the Golden Globe trophies are bought and paid for by the studios to perpetuate their own relevance. In fact, Bon Jovi getting a nomination for any kind of award, for anything, seems out-and-out insane.