This morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Unfortunately JJ Abrams Star Trek feature did not pick up any nods, not that it was expected. However, a couple Star Trek music vets did get nods. See below for more info plus some more award season analysis of Star Trek. [UPDATE: Avatar director James Cameron talks Trek]
No globes for Trek – Giacchino and Horner nominated
Although there has been some Oscar buzz for Star Trek, and the film is expected to pick up some nominations by the Academy, the Golden Globes has a much smaller field of film categories. The only two it really had a chance to get nominated in would have been Best Motion Picture – Drama or Best Original Score. The nominees for Best Motion Picture – Drama are
- The Hurt Locker
- Inglourious Basterds
- Up in the Air
Veteran Star Trek Composers nominated
Two composers who have worked on Star Trek features were also nominated for their work on other films. Star Trek 2009 composer Michael Giacchino was nominated for his score for Up. Plus Star Trek II & III composer James Horner was nominated for his Avatar score. Giacchinno and Horner are going up against against Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!), Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man) and Karen O & Carter Burwell (Where the Wild Things Are). As previously reported, Giacchino picked up four Grammy nominations for Star Trek and Up, so he is having a good award season so far.
Giacchino scoring "Up" – composer picks up Golden Globe nomination for Pixar film
A full list of nominees is available at goldenglobes.org.
UPDATE: Cameron praises Trek (& Horner)
The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision Blog talked to Avatar director James Cameron about the Golden Globe nominations and Star Trek came up, here is an excerpt:
Heat Vision: Genre movies did seem to get a short shrift, as usual. “Star Trek,” which is one of the best movies of the year, was totally left out.
Cameron: I loved “Star Trek.” I thought J.J. Abrams reinvented that franchise in a way that we all wanted to see in a long time. But that’s typical. I had quietly resigned myself that “Avatar” would be thought of in that way: celebrated commercially and by fans of science fiction and fantasy but not necessarily by critics and reviewers. And here we are getting these reviews and these nominations. And not only for film but also for the score and the song. The music is such an important part of the emotional reaction people are having to the film. I think it’s James Horner’s best score to date.
Is it a snub?
Access Hollywood is calling the lack of inclusion of Star Trek one of the ‘snubs’ of the Golden Globes. However, as noted above, Star Trek should never have really been expected to pick up anything at the Golden Globes. The Best Picture Oscar buzz for Star Trek has been the result of the expansion to 10 nominations, whereas the Golden Globes still go with 5 (although they split Drama and Comedy/Musical). Plus the Golden Globes are based on votes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and as reported here in the past, Star Trek did much better with domestic audiences, than it did overseas (especially in non-English speaking countries). Plus, many industry watchers still feel that the award season will stick with familiar territory. Yesterday the LA Times Hero Complex Blog had a post titled "Star Trek and District 9 may find Oscar night still alien territory", which notes that the award season process " appears rooted in familiar terrain."
That being said, Star Trek should still be considered a possible long-shot for nominations outside the technical categories. It was on the NBR Top 10 list and has also received some recognition from critics and the cast ensemble has picked up some critic group nominations and wins. And in the LA Times latest Gold Derby, 2 of the 6 ‘gurus’ polled, predicted Star Trek will end up in the Oscar top 10.
Star Trek Golden Globes Rewind
In January of this year, Star Trek’s new Kirk and Spock, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, made their first public appearance together by presenting at the Golden Globes. Here is video of that.