First off , CONGRATS TO ALL THE GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES FOR BEST PICTURE, and especially the nominees based on some of our favorite books.
For Best Picture Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Silver Linings Playbook, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Les Miserables and Moonrise Kingdom
For Best Picture Drama
Lincoln, Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.
You can link to the entire Golden Globes list but I'll highlight the book to movie news here.
The following movies based on books all received at least one Golden Globes nomination:
LINCOLN, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Anna Karenina, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and The Paperboy.
Like Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman's Best Actor nomination for Valjean was expected; but since the GG's break up drama from comedy or musical, Jackman won't have to compete for this one with Day Lewis. Instead, he'll be up against Bradley Cooper, in the Silver Linings Playbook. The hottie is developing a lot more than just great looking pecs! Jackman will also be up against Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen based on the book by Paul Torday, and rounding out the category, Jack Black for Bernie and Bill Murray for Hyde Park on Hudson.
Les Miserables doesn't have an 'original' score to consider but it does have a new song "Suddenly" which has been put in the Best Original Song category. It's a fine song, especially for what it does in the context of the film BUT Adele's SKYFALL is also in contention. That's the song to beat. Along with all my Les Miz faves, I can't quite get the Skyfall song out of my head.
Life of Pi based on Yann Martel's highly acclaimed book is also in the Best Picture category as is its director, Ang Lee. Composer Mycheal Danna scored in the Best Original Score category as well.
This is most definitely the BIG SCREEN movie of the year. Do not, do not, do not wait for it on DVD!
Original score is the only category where Anna Karenina is in the running too. Dario Marinelli's score is stunning and deserves the recognition.
A couple of other bits and surprising pieces -
I would have thought The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was released too far back in the year to be remembered but wonderful Judi Dench is one of the Best Actress nominees and the movie is in competition for Best Picture Comedy or Musical category! I adore Judi Dench and I adored her in this one but I'm honestly not sure it merits a Best Performance by an Actress nomination.
There are so many others!
For example ...
Nicole Kidman earned a Best Performance by an Actress nom for The Paperboy, the Lee Daniel's movie based on Pete Dexter's book. I don't know a single person who has seen it. I do know that it's rife with controversy, that Kidman steams up the screen.
Meryl Streep for Hope Floats is just nominated out of force of habit when it comes to the legendary Meryl Streep- Hope Floats is one of the few mediocre films Ms. Streep has ever been in; and she really didn't rise above the film's very average level.
Soooo ... check out the list and see what you think. I'd love to know.