Thursday, December 14, 2006

Golden Globe Nominations

Ok – so the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. For some reason, today’s announcements make me feel like I did on November 1st, the day after Halloween, when I walked into Super Target and saw it was already decorated for Christmas. Sigh. I still can’t quite get over the fact that these noms come out before some of the movies nominated are released to the public, but then again – the awards aren’t for the movie-going public, right? Uh … right? Hmmm … what ARE the awards for anyway? It’s a mystery to me, people.

Anyway – I haven’t seen ANY of the movies nominated today, although I know I will be seeing some of them once the Academy Awards nominations are announced. I’m definitely hoping these movies ARE included in the Oscar nominations: Dreamgirls, The Queen, Little Children, The Departed, The Pursuit of Happyness, Little Miss Sunshine, and United 93. I definitely want to see those films. (I know, I know, I should have seen Little Miss Sunshine and United 93 by now … sue me!)

Then there are the movies that make me think, “Meh, I kinda want to see this movie,” so I won’t be disappointed if I have to see any of these: Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, and Blood Diamond. The latter movie may move into my definite list simply because I respect DiCaprio’s acting chops so much.

And then of course, are the movies I’m really, REALLY hoping don’t get nods: Apocalypto (Please, please, PLEASE don’t make me watch!), Bobby (I’m so tired of the Star! Studded! Cast! ensemble movies, especially when they aren’t done well – and the buzz is that this one isn’t), and Babel. I don’t know why I don’t want to see Babel. I don’t know much about it at all except that as a movie goer, I’m supposed to want to see it. Maybe that’s why I don’t want to? Molly – I know you and I talked about this last week. I confessed then that I didn’t even know what Babel is about, and well, I still don’t. I have learned that in some scene Brad Pitt’s character carries Cate Blanchette’s character, and am reminded of The English Patient. Maybe THAT’s why I don’t want to see it.

Since The Globes split movies into two categories, I’m expecting that Bobby will get booted from the list when the Oscar noms come out, and will be replaced by Dreamgirls. I can see one of Eastwood’s films making it into the Best Picture category, too – simply because the Academy seems to adore him (I don’t have a problem with that; I’m just stating the obvious). I’m just hoping that if Flags or Letters makes the list, that it doesn’t boot Little Children. I’m really looking forward to seeing the performances in that movie.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the nominations today? How do you feel about Babel? Apocalypto? Dreamgirls?

Oh, and STOP the PRESSES while we’re at it … I am going to see a movie today. Yes, you read that right. I, Peggy/Grubmer/Fegs, She Who Loves but Never Sees Movies, will be at a movie theater in a mere 2 hours. My team at work chose lunch and a movie as our holiday celebratory outing. Yay!