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Who’ll Be Golden This January? The 2012 Golden Globe Nominations Announced

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s SAG Awards nominations, today brings news of the films and television shows and performances nominated for the 2012 Golden Globes, typically thought to be a better predictor of the Academy Award nominations than the SAGs. The Globes are usually the punchiest night on the major-awards circuit, and their nominations always bring a few left-fielders into the mix—here including Bridesmaids‘ Kristin Wiig for Best Actress, Comedy; Shailene Woodley, for Best Supporting Actress; Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50) and Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) for Best Actor, Comedy; and Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster for Best Actress in Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which went unrecognized by the Screen Actors Guild yesterday. The 2012 nominations are below.

Best Picture, Drama
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

Best Picture, Comedy or Musical
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Director
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor, Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress, Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
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Coping With Comedy

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Walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy is a tricky component of the art of filmmaking. Early reviews of 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young cancer patient, Anna Kendrick, and Seth Rogen, suggest the film has pulled off this balancing act as well as any other release this year.

“It’s a realistic story, and if you’re going to be realistic, sometimes you’ve got to laugh,” Gordon-Levitt said at last night’s New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Hence the abundant sex jokes and robust appreciation of medicinal marijuana, and the non-simulated scene in which the star rather gleefully shaves his head—in other words, 50/50 is not a Lifetime movie. (In one of those coincidences that may or may not mean anything, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore were simultaneously walking the carpet downtown last night for Five, Lifetime’s short-film anthology about women struggling with breast cancer.)

For his role as Gordon-Levitt’s character’s best buddy, Rogen drew on his firsthand experience with cancer survivor Will Reiser, the film’s writer. “I was [Will's] friend before he had cancer, so it would have been a real dick move not to do it,” Rogen joked. “Some people, when bad things happen, they eat or buy something,” he added. “When you’re a comedian, you joke about it. It’s a way of coping.” Usually, a red carpet is the last place in the world you’ll hear a spoiler. But Rogen, turning to Reiser, seemed thrilled to offer one: “He lived!”

Photo: Theo Wargo / Getty Images