The 72nd Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are sure to bring the laughs as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association celebrates the best in film and TV performances over the past year. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t been able to view every Golden Globes-nominated performance (somehow, I just couldn’t work that into my job description…darn!), so instead I wanted to spotlight some interesting things I’ve found among this years’ crop of nominees:
Like other award-winning redheads Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain and Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore is a lock for a nomination almost every time she’s on screen. But two in one year? That’s impressive. Moore’s performance in Still Alice is predicted to win her the Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, however she’s also nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Maps to the Stars.
Rachel Green and Michael Scott at the Globes
Both Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell found fans and fame starring in iconic comedic roles on the small screen. This year, however, these two comedy vets sunk their teeth into grittier roles: Aniston as a woman struggling with chronic pain in Cake, and Carell as a boxing team sponsor preparing for the 1988 Olympics in Foxcatcher.
Quvenzhané Wallis: The World’s Hardest Working Preteen
Critics’ reviews of the latest version of Annie notwithstanding, you have to give credit to young Quvenzhané Wallis, who has done more at 11 than many of us will accomplish in a lifetime (including, ahem, an Oscar nomination). It’s also nice to see a fresh young face stay present amongst awards discussion, rather than fading away after one breakout performance. Must not be such a hard knock life, after all…
Allison Tolman and Frances McDormand in the Same Category
I’ve long been a fan of the original Fargo film, and Allison Tolman was simply tremendous in FX’s TV adaptation. (Plus, like me, she’s also a Baylor University alum…Sic’em, Bears!) I found it intriguing that she’s nominated in the Best Actress in a miniseries or TV Movie category alongside Frances McDormand, whose delightful Det. Marge Gunderson was more or less the spiritual successor of Tolman’s Det. Molly Solverson.
Anthologies are the New Streaming
Just a few years ago, Internet-based streaming television changed the game. Netflix, Amazon and the like suddenly gave stiff competition to long-standing networks, especially with award recognition. Since then, one of the most original and interesting TV trends has been the rise of the “anthology series.” Based on this makeup of year’s nominees, it looks like we could be seeing many more shows like American Horror Story, Fargo, True Detective, etc. I’m okay with that.
Books + Movies = An Award-Winning Combo
Obviously, I’m a little biased here, but there was no shortage of book-to-movie adaptations this year, and it’s great to see them get recognized. From Foxcatcher to Gone Girl to Wild to Inherent Vice (and many more), there are tons of great reads that you can also watch unfold on the silver screen. I’ve got my reading list ready to go!
Who are you rooting for this year at the Globes? To view all of this year’s nominees, visit www.goldenglobes.com.