This morning’s Golden Globe nominations didn’t bring many surprises: we’ve got our Social Network, our Inception, our Mad Men, our Black Swan, our 30 Rock, our Kids Are All Right. All in all, the Hollywood Foreign Press has come up with a pretty good list. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t some serious snubs! We go over the top ten, in both film and TV, after the jump.
Never Let Me Go: When you assemble three of the year’s hottest actors — Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley — to adapt a dystopian period piece by Kazuo Ishiguro, then you are just begging for awards attention. While we were disappointed by Mark Romanek’s surface-y take on the haunting novel, we thought the performances were great and assumed it would pick up a few nods in that arena. But not even Mulligan, last year’s An Education darling, drew the Foreign Press’s notice in 2010.
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right: This fantastic film got just as many nominations as we’d always assumed it would. But just because Annette Bening and Julianne Moore both merited notice, that doesn’t mean Mark Ruffalo’s subtle performance as a self-involved sperm donor who shakes up their family’s life should be ignored.
Easy A: Listen, Foreign Press. We enjoyed the campiness of Burlesque, too. And we saw Alice in Wonderland, even though we knew it was going to be disappointing. But neither of those movies deserves to be on the Best Musical or Comedy list that this riotously funny high-school version of The Scarlet Letter didn’t make. Hey, thanks for nominating Emma Stone, though.
Enter the Void: Director Gaspar Noé’s first feature since 2002 was our hands-down favorite movie of the year. And we can see why it fell through the cracks: it’s a French film, but it doesn’t qualify for the Foreign Language category because it’s in English. Also, it is a really, really weird movie! And those, unfortunately, never win awards.
Black Swan: Sure, it’s up for a slew of Best Picture, directing, and acting awards. But it must be painful to be the only drama nominee not to garner notice for its writing.
Bored to Death: The HBO series about a down and out novelist who turns to unlicensed detective work for material was better than ever in its second season. The show’s triumvirate of Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson (who definitely should have earned a Supporting Actor nod) is our favorite team on TV.
Lost: Hey, we weren’t pleased with how things turned out for the show either. But failing to acknowledge the franchise and its massive following in its final season is a major slap in the face to producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
Friday Night Lights: This outstanding show has never, in its five-season run, received a single Best Drama Series Golden Globe (or Emmy) nomination. As Kanye might say, that is ridickalous.
True Blood: All of this year’s Best Drama Series nominees are dead effing serious. Would it kill the Foreign Press to acknowledge that we like our soap opera-y pulp, too?
NBC comedies that aren’t 30 Rock: Okay, so, we admit that The Office has pretty much run its course. But how about Amy Poehler’s hilarious Parks and Recreation, which has come back from a slow start to combine 30 Rock‘s quick-witted zaniness with the workplace humor of The Office at its best? And then there’s the criminally overlooked Community, which could surely use some awards attention to, you know, keep it on the air…