Golden Globe Nominations: Gervais’ Booze-Filled Bonanza

On January 16th, a most-likely drunk Ricky Gervais will wander on a stage and improvise for a couple hours while sporadically giving trophies out to celebrities. This event is more commonly known as the Golden Globes.

Golden Globe Nominations: Gervais' Booze-Filled Bonanza

In a awards season that encompasses roughly 37 different vanity shows, the least-stuffy ceremony will most-likely occur at the Beverly Hills Hilton. The Golden Globes celebrate the top movies and TV shows of the previous year — with a heavier focus on the movies. Although a Golden Globe Award is generally considered the second most prestigious of the award season, there is huge precipice after the Oscars — I mean like a gigantic, never-ending chasm.

Hell, they let Ricky Gervais host the show! Which means either the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a collection of good humored critics who don’t take their award show too seriously or they’re masochists. Honestly, who in their right mind gives Ricky Gervais booze, a microphone and a live television audience of millions? One might say a genius, but keep in mind the Golden Globes are on NBC, so most likely dumb luck from an idiot savant.

Nonetheless, because of the hilarious and unpredictable Ricky Gervais and free-flowing alcohol, the Golden Globes more than make up for their lack of importance with great entertainment. The show also acts as a good, but not great, precursor to help predict Oscar winners.

Today, the Golden Globe Nominations 2011 were announced and turned a few heads. As predicted Oscar favorites “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network” and “Black Swan” led the field in nominations. Surprisingly, the Coen brothers’ most recent film, “True Grit,” failed to receive any nominations, while the critically panned “The Tourist” received three nods.

As previously predicted “Blue Valentine” staged a strong comeback since earning an R-rating. Derek Cianfrance’s film garnered nominations for Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in the Best Actor and Actress categories.

In a relatively wide-open year, the Golden Globes are sure to be must-watch, as long at Gervais has a few too many, and Mel Gibson shows up.

Best Picture – Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best Actor – Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress – Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay
127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
Inception, Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech, David Seidler
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song

“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)
“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)
“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)
“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Best Original Score
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In a Better World

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3