Golden Globe Nominations Hits and Misses.

I’m tempted to start this piece with some sort of play on words, using a form of the title of the film Mamma Mia! -- seeing as though this is a column about Golden Globe nominated actresses playing mothers -- but I just can’t because every time I start seriously thinking about that Meryl Streep movie I get strains of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

 

That being said, the recently announced nominations for the January 11 Golden Globe awards ceremony feature a number of Mommy Track’d’s favorites in the TV category, as well as several women who played working or at-home mothers on the silver screen.

 

On the movie front (cue the infectious ABBA soundtrack) . . . gliding, sashaying and belting out tunes this year was perennial awards bait, Streep, who was nominated for best actress in a comedy/musical for her role in Mamma Mia!. Streep played a fearlessly independent single mom who owns a hotel on a Greek island. (Streep is also nominated in the best actress in a drama category for playing a stern, moralizing nun/school principal in Doubt) The conceit of this Greek-isle-cavorting flick is that Streep’s grown daughter invites three men, one of whom could be her father (she doesn’t know who her dad is), to her wedding. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

 

Mother of the world Angelina Jolie is also up for a best actress in a drama for her role in Changeling, an adapted, real life tale of a working mom in the late 1920s whose 9-year-old son was abducted from her home after she had to unexpectedly go into work and leave him in the house alone. With her husband serving time in prison for robbery, Jolie’s character fought with police who, months after her son was kidnapped, tried in vain to convince her that the boy they presented to her was her child when she knew he wasn’t.

 

Then there’s Kate Winslet, always a favorite of mine. She’s nominated for best actress in a drama for the soon-to-be-released film Revolutionary Road. Set in the 1950s, it reunites Winslet with Leonardo DiCaprio as a young couple who move out of the big city and into the ‘burbs, where they go on to have two kids. He works long days. She labors at household tasks. They’re bored silly and crave passion, so they hatch a plan to move to Paris, where Winslet’s character says she wants to find a job. New York Magazine said Winslet gave “the best performance of the year” in this film, adding that Winslet’s turn in The Reader as a Nazi prison guard for which she’s also nominated as a supporting actress, was “pretty great” too.

 

Over on the small screen, cable networks kicked some serious Globe nomination behind, with cable shows snagging a total of 35 nominations to the four broadcast networks’ 19.