The Golden Globes often seem to come out of nowhere. Not the nominations, per se (although there's always those) but the the announcement itself. Weren't just in August? In any case, the fine, starstruck men and women of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- that 68-year-old media outfit that cooks up the Golden Globe Awards -- boldly asked Jessica Alba and Megan Fox to read the 2012 nominees (for what it's worth, Ed Helms was there, too).
The headline news included the seven nominations for "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's 13th Amendment drama. Before it even opened, its award-worthiness was somewhat preordained. Its excellence makes it a more than tolerable companion for the next three months of acceptance speeches, red carpets, and decolletage that will culminate with the Academy Awards broadcast at the end of February.