As I’m typing this, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is announcing the nominees for this year’s Golden Globe Awards. And the most important thing, the thing that towers above all others, is that motherfucking Mad Max: Fury Road is up for Best Picture: Drama. That’s the big thing. Honestly, nothing else matters. Fuck everything else, and fuck all other movies. But there are other awards, and some of them involve music.
Troubled Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, for instance, has been nominated for Best Original Song. He’s up for “One Kind Of Love,” a song that appeared in Love & Mercy, which is actually a biopic about his own damn self. Has anyone else ever been nominated for soundtracking their own biopic? That seems like some kind of achievement.
I like Wilson’s chances. He’s up against a not-that-inspiring cast of competitors. British pop queen Ellie Goulding got a nomination for “Love Me Like You Do,” which appeared in 50 Shades Of Grey. The opera soprano Sumo Jo is up for “Simple Song #3,” from Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Sam Smith’s Bond theme “The Writing’s On The Wall” is in there, as is Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s inescapable Paul Walker elegy “See You Again,” from Furious 7.
Another surprise nominee is Bryce Dessner, from the National. Along Japanese new-age master Ryuichi Sakamoto and German musician Alva Noto, he composed the score for Revenant, the film in which Leonardo DiCaprio may or may not be raped by a bear. They will all presumably lose to Italian legend Ennio Morricone, who did the score for Quentin Taratino’s The Hateful Eight. Other nominees include Carter Burwell, for Carol, Alexandre Desplat, for The Danish Girl, and Daniel Pemberton, for Steve Jobs.
The awards show is on NBC 1/10, and Ricky Gervais is hosting. The Doof Warrior was robbed.