Golden Women for the Globes.

by Meredith O'Brien


When the Golden Globe award nominations were announced, after I looked to make sure my favorite TV show -- Mad Men -- got sufficient props, I scrutinized the list of female nominees to discern if this would be a year when women on small screens and big would be honored for their portrayals of women’s lives, or if super-masculine fare would rule? All in all, I think women had a fair showing among the nominations, with several glaring omissions to be sure.


Portrayals of betrayed suburban wives and mothers (in the 1960s on Mad Men and the 2000s on The Good Wife), a drug-addicted nurse named Jackie, a middle-aged divorced woman in It’s Complicated who is aggressively wooed by her ex (who’d left her for a younger woman), a celebrity chef in Julie & Julia who builds her own career from scratch in middle age, a woman in The Blind Side who busts her hump to help a homeless teen whom she welcomes into her family’s home, an emotionally damaged wife in a polygamist marriage on Big Love who’s hiding many secrets, and a married mom on United States of Tara who’s struggling with multiple personalities, all received some Golden love this year.


Additionally, two female movie screenwriters – one tackling a divorced mom’s sexual renaissance in It’s Complicated and the other writing about the potentially lethal ramifications of locking aliens from another planet into concentration camps in District 9– were among the scribes nominated for best screenplay. A lone female director, Kathryn Bigelow, was nominated for her film, The Hurt Locker (which is also up for best dramatic motion picture) about a U.S. Army bomb squad serving in Iraq. As for the other major categories, films prominently featuring women comprised three of the best comedy/musical nominations (It’s Complicated, Nine and Julie & Julia) and two of the best drama (Up in the Air and Precious).