Hollywood is boiling and buzzing about the Golden Globe nominations. There are so many huge box-office stars on the list that angry doubts have been stirred by the notion that this is more of a “cast list” for the Golden Globes broadcast than a roster of deserved artists. My take: Just because your movies make money and you make tabloid headlines doesn’t mean that you can’t do great work on film. Brad Pitt did two performances that are more than award worthy. His other half Angelina Jolie got nominated for her film,
“In The Land of Blood and Honey.” I can tell you it’s a fine achievement. George Clooney has been headed for critics nods and awards lists since the very first screening of “The Descendants” at a festival. Leonardo did not play it safe and it sure took a lot more than make-up to create his performance in “J. Edgar.” Ryan Gosling has two nominations. Can you think of a wider range than his comedy and “The Ides of March”? Antonio Banderas is nominated for both the lightest movie he’s ever made, “Puss in Boots,” and the darkest, for his stunning performance in “The Skin I Live In.” These are just a few examples of A-listers doing A+ work.
On to the Oscars — the most prestigious of all awards — and I guarantee there will be plenty of griping about who gets on the list and who, as Hollywood likes to say, gets “snubbed.”