Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Award Nominees

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s awards season. We all know that some awards are better than others, and that the best picture is rarely the best picture (Crash as the 2005 Academy Award winner, for example). 
As flawed as film awards are, however, they are a good way to take our cultural temperature; they provide examples of the kinds of themes we’re interested in as a society and the kinds of performances we value.
Plus, they’re fun to discuss and argue about, and they provide us handy lists of movies to see in the theatre.
Here are a selection of nominees. We’re only including a few categories here, and the list is not all-inclusive. We plan to cover other award nominee lists in future posts. If you think we should cover a particular organization’s nominees and/or winners, please let us know!

Golden Globes (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception  (check out our review here)
The King’s Speech
The Social Network (check out our Roundup here)

Best Performance by an Actress in a  Motion Picture – Drama
Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

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 Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie – The Tourist
Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone – Easy A

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis – Black Swan
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

No women were nominated for Best Director–Motion Picture, though Lisa Cholodenko was nominated (along with her co-writer) for Best Screenplay–Motion Picture. Women, as has become the norm, seem to do better in television categories. See the complete list of Golden Globe nominees here.

Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC)

Best Feature
127 Hours
Black Swan
Greenberg
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell – Rabbit Hole

Best Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg – The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini – Winter’s Bone
Nicole Holofcener – Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire – Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz – Life During Wartime

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig – Greenberg
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Female
Ashley Bell – The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey – Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney – Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega – Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts – Mother and Child

I think it’s a notable difference that 2 out of the 5 nominees in the directing category are women, and 3 out of the 5 screenplay nominees are women. Click here for the complete list of nominees.

  • estrella

    No women were nominated for Best Screenplay–Motion Picture or Best Director–Motion Picture.

    Lisa Cholodenko, along with Stuart Blumberg, was nominated for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture.

  • That was a silly oversight–thanks for pointing it out!

  • estrella

    Thanks for this piece, and all the work you do on this site! I realized after commenting that it was rather rude to post just that oversight without taking a moment to thank you for holding up these lists and their differences to spark further dialogue!

    As flawed as film awards are, however, they are a good way to take our cultural temperature…

    This is so true, and often depressing as a woman with aspirations in writing/directing. Thank you for your part in helping support women in this industry, and in general!

  • Thanks for reading, estrella, and best of luck to you!