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By: Leah Noecker ’11, Page Editor


  Film Literature teacher and Detroit Free Press contributor John Monaghan weighs in on this weekend’s Golden Globe Awards.   

“The Golden Globes are done by the international press so they look at movies that have a lot of international appeal,” said Monaghan. “So they are not often the smartest movies and they often are driven a lot by stars.”

Photo by Leah Noecker ’11

Best Motion Picture-Drama

·     “Black Swan”  

·     “The Fighter”  

·     “Inception”  

·     “The King’s Speech”  

·     “The Social Network”  

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama  

·     Halle Berry for “Frankie and Alice”  

·     Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”  

·     Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”  

·     Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”  

·     Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”  

“I guess ‘Black Swan’ is (going to win) because it’s got Natalie Portman in it and she is pretty hot right now as an actress and it’s such an Oscar-type performance because look at physically what she went through for it,” said Monaghan. “She lost all that weight and she dances in the film, so that just seems like a no-brainer. She brings a little glamour to it, too. I don’t know though, that is a tough one, I don’t know how people around the world would view that film. I think ‘The Social Network’ is also really strong. ‘Black Swan’ seems to have a lot of the better buzz right now. Everybody is talking about it.”  

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama  

·     Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”  

·     Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”  

·     James Franco for “127 Hours”  

·     Ryan Gosling for “Blue Valentine”  

·     Mark Wahlberg for “The Fighter”  

“Colin Firth was a little bit robbed last year for that movie, ‘A Single Man,’” said Monaghan. “And it’s just an amazing performance. And I haven’t seen a lot of those performances, but it’s such an amazing performance.”  

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical  

·     “Alice in Wonderland”  

·     “Burlesque”  

·     “The Kids are All Right”  

·     “Red”  

·     “The Tourist”  


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical  

·     Annette Benning for “The Kids are All Right”  

·     Anne Hathaway for “Love and Other Drugs”  

·     Angelina Jolie for “The Tourist”  

·     Julianne Moore for “The Kids are All Right”  

·     Emma Stone for “Easy A”  

“I’m just hopeful,” said Monaghan. “The fact that ‘The Tourist’ and ‘Burlesque’ were two of the worst reviewed films of the year, just shows you how the Golden Globes operate. They want Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp there so they nominate ‘The Tourist.’ ‘The Kids are All Right’ is such a great film, I guess that is just more wishful thinking than anything. But it’s by far the strongest of the five comedy nominees. It is just so real and so clever.”  

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical  

·     Johnny Depp for “Alice in Wonderland”  

·     Johnny Depp for “The Tourist”  

·     Paul Giamatti for “Barney’s Version”  

·     Jake Gyllenhaal for “Love and Other Drugs”  

·     Kevin Spacey for “Casino Jack”  

“Johnny Depp was not given great reviews (for his) films. In ‘Alice’ it’s him doing that whole Tim Burton schtick again,” said Monaghan. “‘The Tourist’ I have not seen but it’s supposed to be pretty unexceptionable. But again, it’s about bringing stars to this event.”  

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture  

·     Amy Adams for “The Fighter”  

·     Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech”  

·     Mila Kunis for “Black Swan”  

·     Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”  

·     Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”  

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture  

·     Christian Bale for “The Fighter”  

·     Michael Douglas for “Wall Street Never Sleeps”  

·     Andrew Garfield for “The Social Network”  

·     Jeremy Renner for “The Town”  

·     Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”  

“The supporting actors and actress roles are always sort of tricky,” said Monaghan. “You hear a lot about Christian Bale, but I still haven’t seen it, but I guess he’s the brother of Mark Wahlberg in the movie and he’s supposed to be just amazing. He’s like this coke addicted brother of this fighter. He’s a method actor kind of guy from what I understand during the filming of the movie, he wouldn’t talk to you in his Christian Bale mode, he would have to be the character and people kind of respect that. But Geoffrey Rush is really good in ‘The King’s Speech’ too but it just seems a kind of obvious choice. Again Rush doesn’t have the glamour of the Christian Bale.”

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