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Few Genre Nods at Globes

By December 17, 2012

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(I)Frankenweenie(/I) is up for best animated film.

Frankenweenie is up for best animated film.


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It's been a remarkable year for sci-fi and fantasy in both film and television, but you can't tell from the Golden Globes nominations released last week.

Some of the names you might expect to see crop up. The imaginative Cloud Atlas, for example, is in there--up for best original score. And The Hunger Games makes an appearance: under best original song, where Taylor Swift's song "Safe & Sound" is up against Adele and Jon Bon Jovi.

Apart from that, the only movies you can categorize as speculative fiction: the best animated film category is a head-to-head struggle among Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians, Hotel Transylvania, Brave, and Wreck-It Ralph. (Last year, Adventures of Tintin took the prize.)

The film categories are dominated by a string of undeniably great films (Ang Lee's Life of Pi, for example, which does, at least, have some fantasy elements) and others that couldn't have avoided getting nominated if they'd tried (like Argo and Lincoln). But it would be fun if the HFPA gave some credit to the brilliant work done in sci-fi/fantasy, too, right? Our guys give the best speeches, anyway.

In case you were wondering, last year there were a couple of genre wins in the major film categories, for Midnight in Paris (best screenplay) and Hugo (best director).

Over on the TV side, sci-fi/fantasy fans have even more cause to grumble, especially after having been shut out at this year's Emmys. Outstanding series from Game of Thrones (which was nominated for best drama and best supporting actor last year) down were ignored; the closest approach to our neck of the woods is the hard-to-avoid nod to defending winner Jessica Lange for American Horror Story.

The 70th annual Golden Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be announced Jan. 13.
Tags: Frankenweenie, The Hunger Games, Cloud Atlas
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