The Golden Globe Nominations were announced this morning and a quick glance through the categories begs the question: Was 2010 generally a good or bad year for movies?
Sure, there are some stellar movies topping the list: The King's Speech leads the pack with a grand total of seven nominations, while The Social Network and The Fighter follow close behind with six nods each.
But some of the other nominees (ahem, The Tourist) were, uh, surprising to say the least. It makes you wonder why films that garnered praise from neither critics nor audiences are being honored with a nomination -- were the 2010 pickings really that slim? Coupled with the fact that ticket sales in general for 2010 have been down -- in fact, November 2010 was the weakest November in 15 years -- everyone's asking: Was 2010 a bad year to be a movie fan?
The following Golden Globe nominees surprised more than a few movie fans:
First of all, I absolutely must get this off my chest: How in the world is The Tourist considered to be either a "musical" or "comedy"? Follow-up question: Given that the critics were not even remotely impressed with the film, how is it possible it picked up a best picture nod?
Follow-up to the follow-up: How did Johnny Depp pick up a best actor nod for that movie? It's hard to believe he'd be awarded top prize when everyone blamed him for the lack of onscreen chemistry between him and Angelina Jolie.
And, while we're on the subject of Best Musical or Comedy, let's remind everyone that two of the nominees, Alice in Wonderland and Burlesque, got absolutely panned by critics and audience members alike (minus Depp's performance in the former). The Kids Are All Right better win this category; any other scenario just wouldn't make any sense.
Finally, shall we discuss Mila Kunis (nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Black Swan)? She was great in that role, sure. But Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey were better.
At least the TV categories were a little less surprising with Glee, 30 Rock, Dexter, Modern Family, and Mad Men leading the charge (although Matthew Morrison as Best Actor in Glee -- unacceptable!).
For a complete list of Golden Globe nominations, click the link.
Do you think 2010 was a good or bad year for movies?
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