Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Now let's be realistic, I don't think there is a single woman who won't be watching the awards ceremony just to see this category. Seriously, who chose these nominees? Yes they are all decent actors worthy of accolades but it just seems like a lot of eye candy to me. For what it is worth, if we are judging based exclusively on that superficial criteria alone, Michael Fassbender has this one hands down since he's nominated for his somewhat, err, revealing portrayal in Shame, as opposed to the movie he actually 'acts' in, A Dangerous Method. But really, who cares who wins...as long as those five all show up at the ceremony. I'm certain that is what the network who is going to cash in on advertising rates is counting on. I wonder if NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press got together to brainstorm those nominees with that sole purpose in mind. Don't tell me Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp weren't nominated for The Tourist last year for that very same purpose. Seriously, The Tourist? It's all about the ratings and the PR. Gah...Hollywood. That said, I'll be there watching...Sunday, January 15th, from the minute they start the previews to the Red Carpet...LOL
Kudos to the television noms for Jeremy Irons for The Borgias (of course likely nominated for his star power alone...call me cynical) and to A Game of Thrones for multiple noms...the rest of the tv noms are truly questionable.