“To go or not to go?” might have been a better lead, but there’s no question or controversy there. Every TV fan or movie lover would sign a death pledge for a chance to buy Golden Globe® tickets. What’s more interesting, however, is the machinations behind the Golden Globes®. Like what divine body decides who gets nominated or who wins? These questions captivate fans and insiders year after year, and now we’ll explore what’s happening at the 2015 Golden Globes®. Exciting!
Let’s start with “The Judge.” If you haven’t seen this movie, don’t. Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns home to clear his father’s name. The critics didn’t love it, yet Robert Duvall managed to snag a best supporting actor nod. What’s up with that? Jake Gyllenhaal wrangled a best actor nod for “Nightcrawler,” but the film didn’t venture far in other categories. Sadly, “Gone Girl” is not gone. As if the Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t have any other choice, they gave “Gone Girl” four nominations, including best screenplay, best score, best director and best actress, although Ben Affleck’s character Nick takes over the film adaption.
Based on Stephen Hawking’s life, “The Theory of Everything” has a chance to snag a best picture trophy or a globe for best actor Eddie Redmayne or best actress Felicity Jones. Other best actress nominees include Jennifer Aniston for the chronic pain movie “Cake,” Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” and Reese Witherspoon for “Wild.” Except for “Gone Girl,” each of these movies appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival and received ample praise. This makes Rosamund Pike of “Gone Girl” the category’s weak link. What? Is it best actress or best narrator anyway?
This bit is truly upsetting, so please hold your tears. “Modern Family,” “Big Bang Theory,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Mad Men” have been royally snubbed! The networks behind these shows will still be holding their famous Golden Globe® parties at the Beverly Hilton. Don’t worry. VIP Concierge has tickets to these events along with passes to the HBO Golden Globe® party. Things are looking up for this premium network. “Girls” returned to the ballet board thanks to Lena Dunham’s nomination for best (naturalist) actress in a TV series, musical or comedy. As predicted, “True Detective” is an award show darling, earning nods for best mini-series, McConaughey, Harrelson and Michelle Monaghan.
If so many beloved shows are being snubbed, what’s hot? In the TV category, it’s such evanescent selections as “Orange is the New Black,” “Fargo,” Amazon.com’s “Transparent,” “The Normal Heart” and old faves like “Downton Abbey” and “American Horror Story.” On the new side, “Jane the Virgin” and its lead star Gina Rodriguez fared well.
For films, themes of social unrest, chronic pain and mental illness are more popular than ever. The historical Martin Luther King Jr. drama “Selma” earned a best picture nomination plus nods for its star, director and original song. Other best picture contenders include “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game” and TIFF favorite “Foxcatcher,” which in keeping with the mental illness theme focuses on a deluded DuPont and his fascination with Olympic wrestlers. Oi! Such fun! Award show nominations are always controversial, but people will never argue about the greatness of Golden Globes® and all the A-list parties that will be held on January 11, 2015. Plus, this is the last year that Tina and Amy will be hosting! Don’t forget to pick up your tickets now for the best selection of parties, including those hosted by AMC, HBO and Warner Brothers/InStyle.