Isaac: It's been about 8 months since we wrote about the Golden Globes, which seems like way too short of a break. Especially with the scandal-ridden HFPA in charge of these awards. Last year's (8 months ago is not last year?) Globes were entrenched in mind-boggling, horrid decision making within the HFPA with bribes and an inexcusable lack- I'm sorry not "lack," but completely nonexistent diversity within the ranks of the selection committee. However, now they have effectively promised to make a change for the better! Yay! While these nominations do reflect a more diverse selection, it's really only been 8 months (have I said that yet?) since this proclamation for change, which is hardly enough time to build back much trust from the general public. Also worth mentioning is that NBC has refused to air the production until substantial results of improvement are seen; threats of boycotting loom large, so we'll wait and see. Hopefully, the end result is a broader representation of the diverse world of filmmaking that audiences deserve!
Hopster: Let me get this straight -- the Globes announced their nominations today (for an awards show that isn't going to be televised) on the same day that the Critics Choice Awards nominations (which moved into the Globes' TV slot) were also announced? So basically, the Globes are being petty that they lost their TV slot to the Critics Choice Awards, and now they're conducting industry-in-fighting? As if this whole process isn't petty enough? @HFPA - maybe don't have a slew of ethical concerns and unaddressed calls for diversity and you wouldn't have to sit on the sidelines.
Isaac: But hey, at least they got Snoop to announce the noms. In the meantime, let's chat about this year's noms. Belfast and The Power of the Dog were this years big nom winners with 7 each, and the streaming giant Netflix bagged the most movie nominations with 17! Some of the notable Netflix films lauded are The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick ... Boom!, Don't Look Up, The Lost Daughter, and Passing.
Hopster: Don't mind me jumping in and spewing my half-baked takes to these nominations; I am most definitely going to overreact now, discreetly walk back all my opinions at a later date, and pretend nobody notices. Please proceed as if I'm not here if you prefer.
Isaac: People don't forget our shitty opinions though, and I'll be sure to hold you accountable for whatever you're about to say! You can't just gatecrash my write-up and claim immunity from your reckless buffoonery. Regardless, here is a summary of the nominees for only the film-related categories:
Hopster: Does anyone actually like how these categories are split up? In most years, this distinction is completely irrelevant -- a majority of great movies fit into both buckets, so what's the use in this categorization? Does this give musicals and comedies a little extra shine so they aren't completely overlooked like they are at the Oscars? Idk. This is always is just such a mess. But as long as the HFPA identifies and awards an eclectic, diverse spread of filmmaking talent every year, we should be in good shape!! Well, like usual, they got halfway there and then mailed in the rest. To start, Belfast, Dune, The Power of the Dog, and Licorice Pizza are all be obvious (& correct) choices; CODA is a nice surprise and West Side Story is nice -- though not a surprise. But after that, I'm not sold. King Richard was good, but are we sure it should grab a spot ahead of The Tragedy of Macbeth? Tick, Tick... Boom! is helmed by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself, but are we sure it's better than his other project from earlier this year (In the Heights)? Cyrano has an incredibly high ceiling for success, but then again, so does Guillermo del Toro's highly anticipated crime-thriller (Nightmare Alley). And Dont Look Up -- well, it boasts a big cast and was created by one of our most creative auteurs working today (Adam McKay); but if that's the criteria, why is The French Dispatch being completeley overlooked then (from the mind of the one and only Wes Anderson, alongside a cast with at least a dozen A-listers)?? Time will tell if these were ten of the best and most important films from 2021 -- but I seriously doubt it.
Hopster: I am too much of an American scumbag to keep up with and actively seek out more than a handful of international films in a given year (shameful, I agree), but even I know that Titane and The Worst Person in the World not being here is a pretty bad whiff.
Isaac: Yeah Titane not being here is kind of wild. I'll admit I've heard fantastic things about all of the above films, aside from Compartment No. 6, which I will now furiously Google. Some of my favorite films in recent memory have been International feature films and I love checking these out! Quick plug again for Titane, seriously what the hell.
Isaac: Where's The Mitchell's vs. the Machines???? What was one of the best and most creatively animated films of 2021 is nowhere to be found let alone not in this category?? I am, however, quite happy for the Raya and the Last Dragon nod as you know my appreciation. Aside from those two, I'd say Flee is on the top of my "need to see" movies. Its genre-blend of documentary and animated feature is something to behold, and I can't wait to check it out.
Hopster: Life can be unpredictable at times, but collectively snubbing Guillermo del Toro, Joel Coen, and Paul Thomas Anderson seems like a huge fucking mistake to me.
Hopster: This is the Golden Globes trying so hard not to be the Golden Globes; but, try as they may, they're forever trapped in being the Golden Globes. The Globes stay Globin'.
Isaac: Remember in Office Space when Jennifer Aniston's character gets in trouble for not having enough pieces of flair on her uniform? Well, the Globes have 0 flair. They might have negative flair. Of all the screenplays out there and this is the lineup they pick? How unflair of them.
Hopster: On paper, this seems like an awesome category, does it not?! Think about it for a second: Kristen vs. Olivia vs. Gaga -- what an incredible awards circuit. I haven't seen many of these performances yet, but I can assure you that will change.
Isaac: Ugh Kristen, YES!! Also very excited for Jessica Chastain to wrack up some accolades because she has been solid for a long and great career and doesn't get as much of the recognition as she deserves.
Isaac: Apple TV+ what are you doin? We've got 2 entries in this list for movies that aren't even released yet, both by Apple TV+ Swan Song and The Tragedy of Macbeth. We lamented about this issue last year and of course Christmas to post-Christmas is the sweet spot for awards hopeful releases -- but how am I supposed to appreciate this list?
Hopster: This might be Will Smith's moment though, remember? That being said, I don't like betting against anyone else on this list. If this is Smith's year, it will be well-earned.
Hopster: This is a golden opportunity and a highly winnable spot for Alana Haim. Let's hope.
Isaac: But Rachel Zegler tho
Hopster: An interesting assortment of talent from a bizarre collection of films.
Isaac: At least In the Heights got on the board!
Hopster: So true! Definitely happy for Anthony Ramos!
Hopster: My gut tells me that passing on Rita Moreno for a nom here is already a bad call.
Isaac: Huge shout out to my guy Troy Kotsur!! Loved CODA and love the nomination here. Kotsur is a huge cog in the heart machine of the film and deserves every accolade he wracks up this awards season. Just check out me raving about him.
Hopster: My bet here is that Hans Zimmer runs away with this one. And to be fair, it might be his best work since Interstellar (don't sleep on Dunkirk or Blade Runner 2049 though). Likewise, Alexandre Desplat seems to never stop working and I was especially fond of his work in The French Dispatch. But this should go to Johnny Greenwood. When you compose the score for The Power of the Dog, Spencer, and the theme in Licorice Pizza all in the same year (and the output is phenomenal across the board), it has to be your year.
Hopster: Having Beyoncé and Billie Eilish compete in this category is just good business.
Isaac: Beyhive rise up
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