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Golden Globes voters get it right – sort of

Golden Globes NominationsIt’s no secret that I’ve never been a big fan of the Golden Globes. It’s such a tiny group of voters, all it takes is a couple of people to get interested in a movie or TV show for it to make the nomination list. I will say that despite my misgivings with the group, this year’s list of nominees is relatively solid.

There are only a couple of places where I have a major quibble. The first is in the Best motion Picture — Comedy or Musical category. Please note the words comedy and musical in the category title. It’s obvious the Golden Globe voters missed them.

The nominees are: “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.” I haven’t seen three of the films yet but it’s a real stretch to put “Her” and “Nebraska” in this category. Both are excellent movies. But, there’s really not enough funny moments in either to warrant being called a comedy.

“Her” is the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with a computer voice. “Nebraska” looks at a man (Bruce Dern) taking a serious look at what his legacy will be. Bot are very touching and thought provoking but calling either a comedy is like describing “August: Osage County” as a side-splitting tale of a family being emotionally torn apart. By extension, the nominations of Phoenix and Dern in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical are equally wrong. Both should be honored for their performances but not in this category.

Then there’s Julie Delpy’s nod in the Best Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. The film I saw was a deeply emotional story of a couple dealing with some serious issues. Seriously good? Yes. Funny? No.

Did the Golden Globe voters see these movies or just take the junket gifts and go home?

Then there’s the TV categories. Where do I start?

The nominations for Best Television Series – Drama include “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards” and “Masters of Sex.” “The Good Wife” isn’t even the best drama on network TV. Shows like “The Blacklist,” “Hostages” and even “Arrow” are much stronger.

But, the biggest slap in the face is the lack of attention for “The Walking Dead.” It’s not only one of the most watched shows on television, it’s consistently one of the best written, acted and photographed productions on any channel — network, cable or other forms of programming delivery.

Even without the bias I have for “Love Actually,” Andrew Lincoln’s work is masterful. All you have to do is watch one episode to know that this isn’t a zombie TV show but a powerful story about how far people will go to survive.

The person — or persons — who nominated Andy Samberg in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical for his work in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” should be banned from all future events. A show and an actor have to do something funny to qualify for this category. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has all the humor of the quarterly report from the Funeral Association of America.

All of the awards show voters have to stop looking at the usual suspects and really dig deep into movies and films to make sure that their nominees — and eventual winners — reflect the best and brightest.

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