The year is quickly drawing to an end -- Christmas Eve is a week away, and New Year's Eve is two weeks from today! I really do love this time of year. I love the weather in December. I love all the movies that come out at the end of the year. I love the holidays. I love the best of the year lists. I am not ashamed to love December. As the music releases slow down this month, the big movies are all coming out this month -- movies hoping to get nominated for Oscars tend to come out toward the end of the year. The Golden Globes Nominations just came out this week! The Golden Globes take place on Sunday, January 16th. Oscar Nominations come out on Tuesday, January 25th and the Oscar ceremony is on Sunday February 27th! They decided to change the Best Picture category for the Oscars last year to ten nominees. The Golden Globes have always had 10. There are five comedy / musical nominees and five dramas. I think it is easy to pick 10 best pictures every year but the Foreign Press seems to have a hard time coming up with 5 comedies and musicals. The nominees for comedy/musical are a bit ridiculous this year. I am embarrassed for them! The 5 nominees for Drama are Inception, Black Swan, The Fighter, The King's Speech, & The Social Network. Now that the Oscars have 10 nominees, these films are almost guaranteed to also get nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture. These films will probably be joined by Toy Story 3, True Grit, & The Kids Are Alright. The last 2 nominees will probably be 127 Hours & The Town. Maybe Winter's Bone, Biutiful or Get Low will sneak in there. I would love to see Never Let Me Go, Animal Kingdom, or Ghost Writer included. These were three of my favorites this year. But they will most likely be looked over.
The Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy or Musical are Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are Alright, Red, & The Tourist. The Kids Are Alright is really the only movie that belongs in this category and will most likely be the one to win. Burlesque is one of the worst scripts and worst movies of the year! Step Up 3D would have actually made more sense in this category! Burlesque is the only musical in the list, so maybe that's how it made the cut. I love Tim Burton but was not a fan at all of Alice In Wonderland, and nominating Red & The Tourist just does not make sense. This is not the Action/Thriller category. They are not comedies and shouldn't be nominated for anything. They are clearly just being lazy and trying to get the stars to attend their ceremony. I know it has not been a great year for comedies -- there was no 40 Year Old Virgin or Hangover this year. There was no Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire. I didn't see The Other Guys or Due Date yet but they probably don't deserve nominations anyway. Why not nominate Date Night if you are going to nominate something like The Tourist? The Social Network is probably more of a comedy than The Tourist. My picks for Best Comedy or Musical would have been The Kids Are Alright, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Toy Story 3, Please Give, & Cyrus. I really think the Globes should just get rid of the comedy / musical category. There are just not that many musicals anymore so why not just have ten nominees for best picture? Last year they had slightly better picks for Best Comedy or Musical. The Hangover won the Globe. The other nominees were 500 Days of Summer, It's Complicated, Julie & Julia, & Nine. Well, at least two of these were good comedies. Maybe the studios should start concentrating on putting out some better comedies. We had some great ones in the 60's and some amazing comedies in the 80's but not so much anymore. The nominees in 1984 were Yentl, The Big Chill, Flashdance, Trading Places, & Zelig. The nominees in 1974 were American Graffiti, Jesus Christ Superstar, Paper Moon, Tom Sawyer, & A Touch of Class. Some of the past winners in this category were Toy Story 2, The Lion King, The Player, Beauty & the Beast, Tootsie, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Star Is Born, Cabaret, The Graduate, & The Sound of Music. Sometimes they do get it right.
Some of the Oscar movies are also starting to come out on DVD. Inception came out on DVD and Bluray on December 7th. I know some people did not love this movie as much as I did but it is currently fighting for the number one spot on my top movies of the year list. Toy Story 3 and The Kids Are Alright are both already out on DVD. The Town came out on DVD and Blu-ray today -- a special Friday street date for you. Winter's Bone is also out now on DVD. Black Swan & The King's Speech are both out in theaters now. I just saw them both this week; I really loved Black Swan and Colin Firth was amazing in The King's Speech! You can also still catch 127 Hours and The Social Network in theaters. The Fighter & Rabbit Hole open up this weekend. True Grit comes out next week and Blue Valentine opens December 31st. Ghost Writer is out now on DVD, Animal Kingdom on January 18th and Never Let Me Go comes out February 1st.
There have also been some great scores and soundtracks to go along with these end of year movies. The Tron Legacy score is probably my favorite of the year. It doesn't sound like a normal Daft Punk album but they have done a really good job composing their first soundtrack. The Social Network score is composed by Trent Reznor and was released a couple of weeks ago. The Black Swan score is composed by the brilliant Clint Mansell. That was just released at the end of last month. You have some good movies to go out and see this week and also probably have some music to catch up on as well! I am still working on my top 50 albums of the year but I will be posting that next week. So get ready! In the meantime, check out my list of favorite DVDs, soundtracks, Blurays, video games, TV shows, and 7"s of 2010 right here!
buy Tron Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk
buy Black Swan soundtrack by Clint Mansell
buy Inception Blu-ray
also out 11/30...
Imaginary Friends by Freezepop
Paisajes by Tristeza
also out 12/7...
Motion Makes Me Last by Eluvium
Fruit that Ate Itself reissue by Modest Mouse
Sad Sappy Sucker reissue by Modest Mouse
Ghost Blonde by No Joy
All Delighted by Sufjan Stevens
also out 12/14...
III/IV by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
Farmer's Daughter by Crystal Bowersox
Michael by Michael Jackson
Kandi Koated by Kandi
Love Letter by R. Kelly