Monday, December 11, 2017

Golden Globe Nominees: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

My predictions: 3/5, picking Nanjiani and Sandler over Elgort and Jackman
Who’s missing? Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Sandler, Matt Damon

Now this is egregious. I was shocked when I realized that “The Big Sick” didn’t earn a single nomination despite being locked in three categories and possible in two more. I hope that’s just a fluke which is corrected by the Oscars, but sadly Nanjiani isn’t here. Instead, we got Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Show on Earth), whose film earned two other bids, representing musicals, and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), a surprising choice for a film that I just saw which didn’t end up making the top race. Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) is one of just two bids for his beloved film which I’m not as fond of, and James Franco (The Disaster Artist) also saw his film earn a best picture bid. Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes) is a fortunate inclusion whose film missed the top race but earned his costar a nomination too. I’m pleased to say that this is one of two categories where I’ve seen all the films, and aside from Nanjiani’s omission (I’d swap Jackman out for him), this is a good list.

Who will win? I’d give the edge to Franco since it’s the more clearly comedic performance, but Kaluuya might win too.

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