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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Golden Globe nominations announced; ho-hum

I’ve gone on record before as saying that the reason to watch the Golden Globes is not to find out who wins, but to hear the speeches, because the champagne is flowing at that particular party long before the cameras roll, and people tend to be far more entertaining than they are at the more stuffy Oscars. So what matters today is not that all the usual suspects were nominated for Golden Globes, because they were, but that some of these people are potentially funny. Wouldn’t you love to hear George Clooney’s acceptance speech (he’s nominated three times, as an actor for “The Descendants” and as director and writer for “The Ides of March”)? Or Kristen Wiig’s (best actress, comedy/musical)? Or Owen Wilson’s (best actor, comedy/musical)? Or, yikes, Madonna (best song, “W.E.”)?
I won’t get into a blow-by-blow here, because the Globes have more categories than the Oscars — the better to shoehorn in more movie stars. But in summary, “The Artist” received the most nominations (six), followed by “The Descendants” and “The Help” (five each) and “Midnight in Paris” and “The Ides of March” (four each). And — again, much more important than who wins — Ricky Gervais is back to host, which means that all the nominees had better practice looking charmingly amused when he insults them. The Globes will be presented January 15, and I for one can’t wait to see what Rooney Mara wears.

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