Some Globes picks con­fuse

Left out (De Niro) or in (Kid­man), nom­i­nees can be head-scratch­ers.

Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE - By Glen­nwhipp Los An­ge­les Times Globes D

LOS AN­GE­LES — Gripe all you want about the prac­tices of the 90-odd (and we do mean odd) mem­bers of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion and their an­nual Bizarro World slate of Golden Globe nominations. We get it.

But deep down, we ad­mit we har­bor a smidgen of af­fec­tion for this crazy un­cle of the awards sea­son and its abil­ity to look be­yond the same-old same-old in ways that fre­quently ir­ri­tate, yes, but also oc­ca­sion­ally make us smile with ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

What’s to be gleaned from this year’s slate of noms? Here are five take­aways:

1. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

There are snubs, and then there are snubs. And Robert De Niro not be­ing nom­i­nated for his sup­port­ing turn as the fa­ther in “Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook,” ar­guably his best act­ing work in more than a decade, ranks as the type of head-scratcher that, given the HFPA, im­plies there were other fac­tors in play.

First, De Niro couldn’t at­tend the all-im­por­tant HFPA press con­fer­ence for the film. And then, too, re­mem­ber that De Niro fire­bombed Globes vot­ers two years ago while ac­cept­ing the honorary Ce­cil B. DeMille Award.

“We’re all in this to­gether,” De Niro said that night, “the film­mak­ers who make the movies, and the mem­bers of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press who, in turn, pose for pic­tures with the movie stars.” HFPA mem­bers have mem­o­ries longer than the fre­quent flier miles ac­cu­mu­lated on all those stu­dio-spon­sored jun­kets they at­tend. Con­sider this De Niro’s penance.

2. When it comes to hu­mor, rue­ful works bet­ter than raunchy.

When you think back to the year’s great come­dies, do you re­mem­ber how much fun you had watch­ing “Ted” and “21 Jump Street”? Or do you re­mem­ber the side-split­ting an­tics of Judi Dench and Mag­gie Smith in “The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel”? (Yes. It was a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion.)

The Globes are handed out by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign

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