My Thoughts on the 2016 Golden Globe Nominees

I am really late to the party giving my thoughts on the nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced nearly a week ago. I suppose my delay comes from the fact that it is more apparent each year that the Golden Globes are far from a prestigious awards show, with the nominees being more about popularity and attracting stars than anything else. I still plan on watching the awards on January 10, so I might as well do my obligatory random thoughts.

  • Seeing Mad Mad: Fury Road among the five nominees for Best Picture – Drama really caused me to raise my eyebrows. I like the movie, but calling it Best Picture (or a drama) may be a bit of a stretch.
  • As always, Best Picture – Comedy/Musical features the most bizarre definitions of comedies or musicals. The case in point this year is how The Martian somehow got a nomination in this category.
  • Alicia Vikander solidifies her breakthrough year with two nominations in two separate acting categories.
  • Has anyone heard of, let alone watched, Infinitely Polar Bear, which got Mark Ruffalo a nomination for Best Actor – Comedy/Musical?
  • I haven’t seen it year, but only two nominations for The Hateful Eight surprises me
  • It would be really great if the stop-motion Anomalisa wins in the Best Animation category, showing that CGI is not the only way to go. Probably won’t happen though.
  • I’ve only heard of one of the foreign nominees, that being Son of Saul
That’s all for now. I’ll be back in the new year with my predictions.
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).