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Golden Globes 2011

December 15, 2011 by staff 

Golden Globes 2011, The Golden Globe nominations are out today and you know what that means: We’re one day closer to finding out what outrageous comments Ricky Gervais will make when he hosts the ceremonies on Jan. 15.

What are the most interesting items among the nods from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Here are seven to watch:

• 1. Finally, some love for “The Ides of March,” which filmed extensively in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. The George Clooney movie is in the running for best motion picture drama and Clooney himself earned nominations for his directing and screenwriting. Also, “Ides” star Ryan Gosling is competing for best actor in a movie drama. Beware its chances for multiple Oscar nominations, though, because it’s been mostly absent from the various critics awards.

• 2. Speaking of the best actor in a movie drama category, Gosling is competing against Clooney (for the “The Descendants”), Leonardo DiCaprio of “J. Edgar,” Michael Fassbender of “Shame” and Brad Pitt of “Moneyball.” If the Globes had any more star power in this category, they could provide electricity for Los Angeles.

• 3. “The Artist” continues to wow the film industry, nabbing a leading six nominations. In the age of Web overload, it’s nice for a silent film to make such a loud statement.

• 4. The comedy or musical division of the Globes is always a good opportunity for actors who probably won’t be in the running for the Oscars to get some attention. This year, the brilliant Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”) was singled out for a best actress nod, while Owen Wilson (“Midnight In Paris”), Joseph Gorden-Levitt (“50/50”) and Ryan Gosling (again, this time for “Crazy Stupid Love”) are among the best actor nominees. But no nod for Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) as best supporting actress in a film? She was robbed.

• 5. Another movie filmed in Michigan, “Machine Gun Preacher,” showed up in the best original song category for Chris Cornell’s “Lay Your Head Down.”

• 6. In the television categories, the Globes aren’t afraid to honor new shows. For instance, “American Horror Story,” “Boss,” “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland” all got best drama series nominations.

• 7. Thomas Jane was nominated for the third time as best actor in a comedy for HBO’s “Hung,” which is set and partially filmed in Detroit. But the real surprise in this category is seeing Johnny Galecki for “The Big Bang Theory” but not Jim Parsons.

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