Thursday, December 14, 2006

Golden Globe Nominations: Part Two

This blog entry is Part Two of a four-part series on the Golden Globe nominations, which were announced early this morning. Part One, containing the nominees for film directing and acting, can be found here. Parts Three and Four concerning television will follow. Now we get to the second batch of film nominees: those recognized for Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Screenplay, and Best Picture. Here we go!

Best Original Song
"A Father's Way," from The Pursuit of Happyness, Seal & Christopher Bruce
"Listen," from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler, & Beyonce Knowles
"Never Gonna Break My Faith," from Bobby, Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy & Andrew Remanda
"The Song of the Heart," from Happy Feet, Prince
"Try Not to Remember," from The Painted Veil, Sheryl Crow

I didn't realize that Bryan Adams had resurfaced! Good for him. He's been nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his soundtrack work, but never won. I think he could use the career boost, but it's a competitive category. This award often goes to a celebrity nominee, but there are several this year. Of all the nominated songs, I've only heard Prince's contribution to Happy Feet, and it's nothing to sing home about. Dreamgirls has popularity on its side, so I'm choosing Beyonce and company over Seal and Cheryl Crow. Not that I would mind seeing Seal for an extended period of time...

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Painted Veil
Carlo Siliotto, Nomad
Clint Mansell, The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolalla, Babel
Hans Zimmer, The Da Vinci Code

Rather than pretend I'm familiar with a majority of the nominees, I'll come right out and pick Gustavo Santaolalla for Babel. He won last year in the same category, and won an Oscar for Best Original Score for Brokeback Mountain. The man knows how to set the mood, and setting the mood for a Ledger-Gyllenhaal love scene is a precarious task. Seriously, the man is talented, and deserves to beat Hans Zimmer's Ron Howard-loving ass. Loyal readers will recall my intense hatred of all things Da Vinci.

Best Screenplay
Guillermo Arriaga, Babel
Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan, The Departed
Peter Morgan, The Queen
Todd Field & Tom Perotta, Little Children

I'm ashamed that I haven't seen any of these movies, all of which have great reputations. Movies like The Departed seem especially reliant on building suspense and believable plot twists, which a good screenwriter would have to provide. Previous winners indicate that the HFPA likes emotional, dialogue-centered films, which means that The Queen and Babel are strong contenders. I'll go with Babel, if only for the way Guillermo Arriaga skillfully handled four overlapping international storylines.

Best Animated Feature Film
Cars
Happy Feet
Monster House

If I've learned anything from my two-year-old nephew, it's that Cars was the best animated movie of the year. There's no arguing with a two-year-old. Besides, penguins are so 2005.

Best Foreign Language Film
Apocalypto
Letters From Iwo Jima
Pan's Labyrinth
The Lives of Others
Volver

This is a very interesting category. Volver was a Golden Palm nominee at the Cannes Film Festival, and Letters From Iwo Jima has gotten lots of critical recognition. The third big name, Apocalypto, is doing well at the moment, but the HFPA may not have completely forgotten about Mel Gibson's drunken ramblings. Part of me wants Mel Gibson's movie to win, but it's the part of me that picked Apocalypto in my Fantasy Moguls league. I'm going with Volver, since the gifted Pedro Almodovar got snubbed for Best Director. Maybe the Hollywood Foreign Press will throw him a bone.

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Dreamgirls
Little Miss Sunshine
Thank You For Smoking
The Devil Wears Prada

I don't think enough people over the age of 18 liked Borat enough to give it the Golden Globe. The Devil Wears Prada was entirely owned by Meryl Streep, and the movie will be recognized via her win. Hopefully TomKat's reach won't extend to the awards circuit (Thank You for Smoking), because I don't think I could take it if Katie Holmes continued to get everything she wants. Little Miss Sunshine would be a fitting choice, since it 1) was hilarious, 2) had an incredible ensemble cast, and 3) had a family striptease number. Classic.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Babel
Bobby
Little Children
The Departed
The Queen

Bobby and Little Children are in over their heads. I'm sorry, but there's no way an Emilio Estevez picture wins anything. Did you see Men At Work? Case. Rested. The Departed and The Queen will probably get more acting awards than anything else, so look for Babel to be the winner.

Parts Three and Four Coming Soon!