Golden Globes Nominations Analysis: ‘Vice’ and ‘Green Book’ Emerge as Curious Front Runners

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Well, that didn’t bring much clarity to the awards race. Thanks, Golden Globes.

In a year whose awards contenders come in all shapes and sizes, Globes voters took a few blockbusters, a bunch of midlevel indies and not much in the way of the small films that have enlivened some early critics’ awards.

So lots of “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther” but no “First Reformed” or “The Rider,” not that we ever really expected the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to embrace those edgy little dramas.

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The nominations were a little messy and sort of scattered, and they left us with a couple of curious frontrunners in Adam McKay’s “Vice” and Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” the only two films to be nominated in one of the Globes’ two best picture categories as well as for director, screenplay and acting.

And although “Vice” got six nominations to five for “Green Book,” the difference between the two is negligible: The former film landed the most noms on the strength of three acting nominations rather than two, which you can’t hold against “Green Book” since it’s essentially a two-hander between Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, both of whom were nominated.

Nobody else hit the picture/directing/screenwriting/acting grand slam: “A Star Is Born” and “BlacKkKlansman” didn’t get screenplay nominations, “The Favourite” was left out of the directing category and “Roma” didn’t get an acting nom and wasn’t eligible in the Motion Picture – Drama category because it’s in a foreign language.

(It did land a nomination in the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category, where it should win handily in the absence of the film that was thought to be its main competitor, “Cold War.”)

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The results made “A Star Is Born” the de facto frontrunner in the drama category, which everybody figured it was before the nominations were announced. And they turned the comedy/musical race into a tight one between “Vice,” “Green Book,” “The Favourite” and maybe even “Mary Poppins Returns.”

They also showed what the National Board of Review and AFI Top 10 lists already suggested – that Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong story, “First Man,” which opened to rave reviews and seemed like a ready-made awards contender at the Venice Film Festival, just isn’t registering with awards voters.

And they’re not good news for Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule,” the last movie to screen for the HFPA and one that got shut out despite Eastwood’s star power and status as a Globes favorite.

Also missing in action: “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Widows,” the makers of which can join Damien, Clint, Sam Elliott, Yorgos Lanthimos and a few others in counting on the fact that the 7,000-plus Oscar voters never completely agree with the eight dozen Globes voters.

Since the Academy expanded its Best Picture category beyond five nominees in 2009, the Globes have never predicted all of their nominees. The closest came in 2013, when eight of the nine Best Picture nominees were first singled out by the Globes; the furthest away was in 2009, when only five of the 10 Oscar noms went to Globe nominees. (This year, expect them to get six to eight, depending on what the Academy thinks about “Vice” and “Mary Poppins.”)

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Of course we can complain about some of the Globes’ choices and point out that the likes and dislikes of 90-odd foreign journalists don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but what’s the point? These days, every awards show, definitely including the Academy Awards, is scrambling for ratings and star power — and if they have to sacrifice a little credibility in the process, so be it.

So it seems churlish to gripe about the respectability of the Globes after a year in which the Academy announced (and then withdrew) a new Oscar for “popular films,” and voted to move what will likely be a number of the below-the-line categories off the air. (Granted, the Globes moved those categories so far off the air that they don’t even give them out, but at this point that seems more like a matter of degree than a difference in philosophy.)

Is “Bohemian Rhapsody” a better dramatic film than, say, “First Reformed” or “First Man” or “22 July” or “Wildlife” or “Leave No Trace” or “The Front Runner” or “The Rider?” Is anything on the list a better comedy than the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs?” I would say no, but it doesn’t matter what I say because I’m not a voter.

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And I’m sure that when the Critics’ Choice Awards nominations (in which I am a voter) are announced next Monday, I’ll disagree with some of those just as strongly, and then again when Oscar nominations are announced a little less than seven weeks from now.

Different groups of people, different tastes, different priorities. And as the Academy scrambles to attract viewers and stave off irrelevancy, maybe they’re making a pretty good case that one award isn’t purer or holier than another – maybe they’re all just a matter of those tastes and those priorities, and we shouldn’t get so worked up about what they mean or the ways in which they fail to live up to our own particular tastes and priorities.

So there you go, HFPA: Good job showing us what you like. We don’t always agree, but we’ll see you on Jan. 6.

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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival

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“Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen will receive the American Riviera Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, SBIFF organizers announced on Monday.

In the film, Mortensen stars as Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a real-life bouncer from a New York City nightclub who in 1962 served as the driver and road manager for black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) in a concert tour of the Deep South.

The film was directed by Peter Farrelly and has won 14 audience awards at film festivals around the world since its premiere in Toronto in September.

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Mortensen’s previous roles include Oscar-nominated performances in “Captain Fantastic” and “Eastern Promises,” as well as “Witness,” “A History of Violence,” “A Dangerous Method” and the three “Lord of the Rings” movies, in which he starred as Aragorn.

The American Riviera Award is a career-achievement honor. Its past recipients include Jeff Bridges, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Forest Whitaker and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open on Jan 30, 2019, and run through Feb. 9 in the coastal town north of Los Angeles. During its 11-day run, it will present a series of tributes to actors and filmmakers who are in the thick of this year’s awards race.

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Mahershala Ali Accepts Viggo Mortensen’s Apology for Using N-Word

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Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali has accepted an apology from his “Green Book” co-star Viggo Mortensen for using the N-word during a post-screening discussion after their film.

Mortensen, who was seated beside Ali and director Peter Farrelly, dropped the N-word on Wednesday night at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood during a conversation moderated by Film Independent programmer Elvis Mitchell.

In a statement to TheWrap, Mortensen apologized for using the word and said, “In making the point that many people casually used the ‘N’ word at the time in which the movie’s story takes place, in 1962, I used the full word. Although my intention was to speak strongly against racism, I have no right to even imagine the hurt that is caused by hearing that word in any context, especially from a white man. I do not use the word in private or in public. I am very sorry that I did use the full word last night, and will not utter it again.”

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Mortensen added, “One of the reasons I accepted the challenge of working on Peter Farrelly’s movie Green Book was to expose ignorance and prejudice in the hope that our movie’s story might help in some way to change people’s views and feelings regarding racial issues. It is a beautiful, profound movie story that I am very proud to be a part of.”

“However well-intended or intellectual the conversation may have been, it wasn’t appropriate for Viggo to say the n-word,” Ali said in a statement issued to THR Friday in which he accepted Mortensen’s apology. “He has made it clear to me that he’s aware of this, and apologized profusely immediately following the Q&A with Elvis Mitchell. Knowing his intention was to express that removing the n-word from your vocabulary doesn’t necessarily disqualify a person as a racist or participating in actions or thoughts that are bigoted, I can accept and embrace his apology.”

Ali continued, “An excellent and poignant thought was unfortunately overshadowed by voicing the word in its fullness. Which for me, is always hurtful. The use of the word within the black community has long been debated, and its usage should continue to be examined within the black community. The use of the word by those who aren’t black, is not up for debate. The history of discrimination, slavery, pain, oppression and violence that the word has come to symbolize only causes harm to members of the black community and therefore needs to be left in the past.”

The film tells the true story of an Italian-American nightclub bouncer (Mortensen) who serves as the chauffeur for a black pianist (Ali) on a tour through the Deep South in the early 1960s.

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‘Green Book’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award

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Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday.

The film, which tells the true story of an Italian-American nightclub bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who serves as the chauffeur for a black pianist on a tour through the Deep South in the early 1960s, opened at the festival on Tuesday and was an instant hit with audiences and critics, although Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” had been considered the likely winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Runners-up for the award were Barry Jenkins’ lyrical James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Alfonso Cuaron’s moving memory piece “Roma.”

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In the past, Toronto audience members voted by depositing their ticket stubs in a box at the theater, or by using the TIFF app — festival organizers took into account the size of the theaters in which each film screened — with the films that received votes from the largest percentage of their audience winning the prizes.

This year, though, the voting moved online only, which caused fans of Lady Gaga, Timothee Chalamet and Robert Pattinson, among others, to lobby for “A Star Is Born,” “Beautiful Boy” and “High Life,” respectively, encouraging fans to vote as many times as possible. However, TIFF VP of Corporate Affairs Andrea Grau said the festival “takes many steps to ensure the integrity of the votes recorded,” including checking the origin of the votes against a ticket buyer database, to prevent “mass campaign voting.”

The People’s Choice Documentary Award went to “Free Solo,” with runner-up awards going to “This Changes Everything” and “The Biggest Little Farm.”

The top award in the Midnight Madness section went to “The Man Who Feels No Pain” by Vasan Bala, followed by David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” and Sam Levinson’s “Assassination Nation.”

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A jury chose Ho Wi Ding’s “Cities of Last Things” as the winner in the Platform section, whose 12 selections included Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” and Carol Morley’s “Out of Blue.”

A new award for the best film by a  female director at the festival, the Eurimage Audentia Award, went to Aalam-Warge Davidian for “Fig Tree.”

The FIPRESCI jury of international film critics gave honors to Guy Nattiv’s “Skin” and Carmel Winters’ “Float Like a Butterfly.” The NETPAC jury singled out “The Third Wife” as the festival’s best Asian film from an emerging director (Ashleigh Mayfair).

The award for the festival’s best Canadian film went to Sebastian Pilote’s “The Fireflies Are Gone,” while the award for best Canadian first feature went to Katherine Jerkovic for “Roads in February.”

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Every one of the 254 feature films that played Toronto was eligible for the People’s Choice Award, with competitors including Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun,” Paul Greengrass’ “22 July,” Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” Felix Van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy,” Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner” and Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Nine of the last 10 People’s Choice Award winners went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, with only 2011’s “Where Do We Go Now?” failing to make the cut with Academy voters.

Three TIFF audience winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar in that time: “12 Years a Slave” in 2013, “The King’s Speech” in 2010 and “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2008. Two others won before that: “American Beauty” in 1999 and “Chariots of Fire” in 1981. Other recent Toronto winners include “La La Land,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Imitation Game,” “Room” and last year’s choice, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

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The winners:

Grolsch People’s Choice Award: “Green Book,” Peter Farrelly
Runners-up: “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins; “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron
People’s Choice Documentary Award: “Free Solo,” E. Chai Vasarhelvi and Jimmy Chin
Runners-up: “This Changes Everything,” Tom Donahue; “The Biggest Little Farm,” John Chester
People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: “The Man Who Feels No Pain,” Vasan Bala
Runners-up: “Halloween,” David Gordon Green; “Assassination Nation,” Sam Levinson

Platform Prize: “Cities of Last Things,” Ho Wi Ding
Special Mention: “The River,” Emir Baigazin

Eurimage Audentia Award for Best Female Director: “Fig Tree,” Aalam-Warge Davidian

Best Canadian Feature Film: “The Fireflies Are Gone,” Sebastien Pilote
Best Canadian First Feature: “Roads in February,” Katherine Jerkovic

International Critic (FIPRESCI) Prize for Special Presentations: “Skin,” Guy Nattiv
International Critic (FIPRESCI) Prize for Discovery program: “Float Like a Butterfly,” Carmel Winters

NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film: “The Third Wife,” Ash Mayfair
Special mention: “The Crossing,” Bai Xue

Short Cuts Award for International Short Film: “The Field,” Sandhya Suri
Honorable Mentions: “F— You,” Anette Sidor; “This Magnificent Cake!,” Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels
Short Cuts Award for Canadian Short Film: “Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur
Honorable Mention: “Fauve,” Jeremy Comte

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