The movie selections among this year’s Golden Globe Award nominations contained plenty of the usual suspects: your Meryl Streeps, your George Clooneys.
But this year’s cinema nominees (more on the TV side later) definitely contained their share of surprises. (Please see Rooney Mara, Viggo Mortensen and double-nominee Ryan Gosling for three examples.)
As we continue to dissect the contenders, here’s our list of the 10 biggest movie nomination surprises, followed by a poll that allows you to select the most out-of-left-field nomination reveal. And if you’re on Twitter, please share your surprises as well, using the hashtag #globeshocker.
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“The Ides of March” as best motion picture — drama
I enjoyed George Clooney’s political thriller about betrayal on the campaign trail. I just didn’t expect to see it snare a Golden Globe nomination when films like “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “J. Edgar” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” were competing in the same category.
“50/50” as best motion picture — musical or comedy
This was a very pleasant surprise, as was the deserving nomination for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the best actor in a musical or comedy category.
Rooney Mara as best actress in a drama
After all the buzz about how she would handle the demanding role of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” it was unclear whether voters would go ahead and anoint Mara as worthy of awards season attention. But they did. This is one of just two nominations for “Dragon Tattoo,” its other being for the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Ryan Gosling’s dual best actor nominations
Is he deserving? Sure. But I would have guessed Gosling would be recognized for “Drive” rather than “The Ides of March” and “Crazy Stupid Love.” Maybe the Foreign Press took note of the Sexiest Man Alive backlash and decided to cover their rear ends by nominating him in both genres. In any case, Gosling probably won’t win in either category, but he will likely show up in a tuxedo on the red carpet because of this. And that, my friends, is what victory smells like.
Brendan Gleeson for “The Guard”
The veteran Irish actor is a fine performer. But “The Guard” hasn’t exactly been burning up the Oscar-prediction blogs. Then again, the musical or comedy categories tend to be wild cards. For example, I also wasn’t expecting to hear...
Owen Wilson for “Midnight in Paris”
....who also is nominated for best actor in a musical or comedy. His nod is one of four for the Woody Allen charmer. I fully expected the Foreign Press to celebrate Allen and the film, I just wasn’t sure Lightning McQueen would be part of that mix. Good for him.
Viggo Mortensen for “A Dangerous Method”
This psychosexual drama from David Cronenberg, which also stars Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley, has gotten a little lost in the Oscar buzz shuffle. And Mortensen is one of those consistently strong actors who tends to be overlooked. (I thought he deserved more recognition two years ago for “The Road.”) So this, too, was a pleasant surprise.
Both Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet for “Carnage”
Both are strong actresses, and “Carnage” is certainly a showcase for their talents. But for the average moviegoer who won’t see this film in their town for weeks, if ever, and probably hasn’t even heard about the drama yet, both of these certainly qualified as surprises.
George Clooney for best director
Clooney for best actor in “The Descendants”? We all knew that was a lock. But for directing “The Ides of March”? Kind of a surprise. And let’s be honest about this: Clooney did a fine job of directing, but, this being the Foreign Press, I suspect this is as much about buttering up the biggest movie star in the world who happens to spend a lot of time in Italy.
Which of these shocked you the most? Vote below.