With Golden Globes nominations, 'King's Speech,' 'Social Network' and 'Fighter' keep punching
Three heavyweights continued their run through awards season when Golden Globe nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and two bubble candidates were decisively put into the field.
As my colleagues at Awards Tracker report, "The King's Speech," "The Social Network" and "The Fighter" landed nominations in nearly every major category (seven for "Speech" and six for "Network" and "Fighter"), while "Black Swan" and "Inception," uncertainties earlier in the season, solidified themselves as legitimate contenders.
"Swan," the Natalie Portman supernatural ballet drama, defied skeptics by drawing four nominations, including best picture. Meanwhile, the choice of "Inception" for nominations in the categories of director, picture, screenplay and score will hearten fanboys worried about another Christopher Nolan awards-season snub.
Notably "True Grit," the Coen brothers' western, was shut out of every category. Nominations were also scant for Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," which was not nominated in the major categories of best picture or best director, despite strong reviews and his previous movie "Slumdog Millionaire" sweeping through awards season two years ago.
For filmgoers, the nominations spotlight new movies they might not have caught onto yet (particularly "the Fighter," which opened in limited release over the weekend).
Finally, it's impossible not to notice how two poorly reviewed movies, "The Tourist" and "Burlesque" (Rotten Tomatoes scores of 20% and 37%, respectively), were each nominated for best picture in the Globes' comedy/musical section. Or, put another way, "Burlesque" got as many nominations as "Winter's Bone," "The Town" and "Toy Story 3" combined.
More coverage throughout the morning at Awards Tracker.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech." Credit: The Weinstein Co.
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