My thoughts, as always are in green.
The Ides of March
The biggest surprise here for me is The Ides of March. That movie had a tremendous cast, but was very mediocre. I thought Deathly Hallows 2 might have slipped in here since it's the Globes, but I guess not. I would've had Drive and Martha Marcy May Marlene in here instead of Ides and Hugo.
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
SO Happy that 50/50 deservingly got in here! I would definitely say it's between this and the Artist. I haven't seen My Week with Marilyn yet, but I thought it looked like a drama. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope Bridesmaids doesn't win.
Best Animated Film
Puss in Boots
The Adventures of Tintin
There wasn't a single animated film that interested me this year. The closest to it was probably Rango.
Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
The Skin I Live In I haven't seen any of these, but thanks to a dork at work, I know exactly what happens in The Skin I Live In.
Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
The Usual Suspects, It's a shame Michael Shannon didn't sneak in there for Take Shelter. Gosling should've been nominated for Drive, not Ides of March. At least Fassbender got in there after being forgotten at the SAGs.
Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Yay! Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Who's bias? Me, and I don't care. He's really the only nom I care about in this category, sadly it will probably go to Dujardin. Though, I here he was wonderful in The Artist.
Best Supporting Actor
in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Viggo is a nice surprise! Jonah Hill is not.
Best Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Where the hell is Elizabeth Olsen? I feel like Mara only got in there because The Globes love big budget movies and Dragon Tattoo is falling under that. I'm sure she's fine in it, but newcomer Olsen was great in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Carnage is something I've been wanting to see, but it hasn't come out in my area. Glad to see it's getting some love.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
I have a feeling this is what the Oscar's will look like too. This list, exactly.
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Again with the Ides of March. That's so surprising. They must really like Clooney. Thank God Von Trier and Malik aren't in here.
Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants
Steve Zallian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Michael Lewis, Moneyball
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
I would've thrown out Ides and added 50/50. They are a dark horse for an Oscar nom.
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo & Juliet
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher
“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“The Living Proof,” The Help
Best TV Drama
American Horror Story
Game of Thrones
Homeland Leaving out Breaking Bad is absurd. That's the best drama on television. Boss and Homeland? Really? I'll be rooting for Boardwalk I guess.
Best TV Comedy or Musical
I can't believe they left out 30 Rock. Wow.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Too Big To Fail
Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Well at least they had the decency to nominate Bryan Cranston, if they didn't the Globes would seriously be fucked. Lots of people turn in great performances, but Cranston kills it every time.
Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 RockDavid Duchovny,
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
That's pretty cool that Galecki got in here over Jim Parsons. I love Parsons, but seeing Galecki get some love is just as good.
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour
Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
No Aaron Paul? Fail.
Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness
Callie Thorne for Necessary Roughness? This is like last year's Piper Perabo.
Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
I'm glad to see Zooey, but I hear that show is awful. I'll have to watch it for myself.
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
Evan Rachel Wood!! FTW!