Nominees are listed here.
First off, understandably, none of the top four films of the year (and maybe more but I haven’t checked), the films I’ve bestowed a 9/10 or better rating on, were able to see the light of the top ten Golden Globe slots. I say understandably because the Golden Globes, and even more so the Oscars, rarely recognize the best pictures of the year. Instead they laud the films most politically favorable, and every once in a while the two meet, as in the happy coincidence of 12 Years a Slave.
This year’s best picture Under the Skin is way too divisive to receive any sort of mainstream recognition at all, which is a shame but par for the course. Ida is a foreign film, which somehow automatically disqualifies it, and Life Itself will be shunned as all documentaries are, really a tragedy given what a celebration of life and the movies it is. And rounding out the top four, Whiplash, which fits all the conventional norms that the award bodies adhere to, was also overlooked, which shows that even correctly aligned movies may not escape the incompetence of the award organizations.
I haven’t seen so much as a trailer for Selma, which has yet to be released. The Hollywood Foreign Press seems to be taken by it.
Don’t know if either are supposed to be any good (I suspect yes), but Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and Angelina Jolie’s WWII tale Unbroken, which both open Christmas Day, are absent. A real mystery considering Eastwood and Jolie are Hollywood royalty. An unconscionable diss to the king and queen? Perhaps, though a couple early reviews don’t bode well for the Jolie pic.
How Patricia Arquette wound up in the supporting actress category boggles the mind. But the answer again points to sheer incompetence.
Pride was one of the worst films of the year, so let’s give it top honors!
Birdman looks set to clean up. A good movie, exceptional in a number of ways, but unlikely to even be in the top ten of the year.
As awards season progresses I’ll disseminate further thoughts.