Movies AWARDS SEASON AND THE SUPERHERO: GOLDEN GLOBES FOR 2015 written by Robert Reineke December 10, 2015 Awards season is getting in to full swing already with the Golden Globes giving out their nominations today (admittedly the Golden Globes seem to exist solely for a) celebrities to get drunk on television and b) to make the Oscars look classy and thoughtful). Already we’re establishing two things, CAROL (which I haven’t seen) and SPOTLIGHT (which I have seen and highly recommend) are the frontrunners, and there’s no pure superhero film in contention. The latter is not particularly controversial this year as AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON was somewhat divisive even among the superhero fan community and ANT-MAN was well liked, but not generally touted as the best of the genre. And, FANTASTIC FOUR was disastrously received by fans and critics. So, unless you count Matt Damon’s mad botany powers as a superpower, there’s no representation for the pure superhero. That said, movies we talked about here on Modern Myth Media, or are at least debatable, did gather some awards attention and it’s worth drawing attention to them. Let’s start. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD further solidified its already terrific credentials as one of the best reviewed films of the year, and the source of a ton of internet memes, with nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director for George Miller. Suffice it to say that this bodes well for its chances of getting an Oscar nomination with no doubt a strong presence in the technical categories. Charlize Theron didn’t quite make the cut for Best Actress, but certainly she’s in the hunt. THE MARTIAN might not quite make the cut as a Modern Myth Media film, but certainly it’s not too far afield. Accusations of shenanigans have some merit though as it was nominated for Best Picture – Comedy or Musical and Matt Damon was nominated for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical. Uncontroversially, Ridley Scott snagged a nomination for Best Director – Motion Picture and overall it bodes well for that science fiction film. SPY was a movie I brought up with some controversy here when it opened, although I think it clearly belongs in the super-spy category of film as contrasted with something based on a John LeCarre story, but it was remembered fondly as it received a Best Picture – Comedy or Musical nomination and a Best Actress – Comedy or Musical nomination for Melissa McCarthy. Alas, there’s no category for Jason Stathaim puncturing his public persona with comedy precision. Also in the shenanigans department is Alicia Vikander getting a Best Supporting Actress nomination for EX MACHINA. Her performance is certainly terrific, but it seems clearly to be a lead performance to me. Best Motion Picture – Animated is probably near and dear to many hearts that read this site and I’m sure some will be pleased to see that INSIDE OUT made the cut. Certainly it seems like a frontrunner with ANOMALISA likely being the main competition. Best Song was also a category that was favorable to MMM-type films in which “See You Again” from FURIOUS 7 and “Writing’s on the Wall” from SPECTRE drew nominations. The latter seems somewhat controversial, which probably means it’s the favorite. So, general reactions to these nominations? Reasonable representation of genre films or not this year? Is there some performance in the genre that you clearly want to make a case for? AWARDS SEASON AND THE SUPERHERO: GOLDEN GLOBES FOR 2015 was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related AwardsEx MachinaFurious 7Golden GlobesInside OutMad Max: Fury RoadSpectreSpyThe Martian 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed On The Spirit Of Marvel, Sharing Scott Lang, And Breaking Into Vaults next post Weekly Ratings Roundup: December 6 to 12, 2015 You may also like Nolan Personally Ushers ‘Following’ to Blu September 19, 2012 BIRDMAN Takes Flight in New International Trailer July 31, 2014 Open Forum: CHAPPiE March 5, 2015 Sign The ‘Dredd’ Sequel Petition For A... July 25, 2013 New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Poster March 12, 2014 Film Review: GRAVITY October 3, 2013 Meredith Anne Bull & Elijah Kelley Talk... January 22, 2015 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ Gets A New... June 25, 2014 OPEN FORUM: FURIOUS 7 April 2, 2015 Open Forum: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. August 13, 2015 stock Was the Spectre song controversial because it was so damn boring, or in spite of it? Overall, you will likely never see superhero flicks or pure action/adventure films as a mainstay of awards season. Personally, I take the George C. Scott view that art or movie making is not a competition and half of it is just self-congratulatory and the other half is a chance to extol airheaded preachiness about whatever cause is in vogue at the moment. In other words, take all slights as a badge of honor. You’re not missing much.