Jack Black Scores Golden Globe and Grammy Nominations

Friday, December 14, 2012
By Kevin Crossman
Jack Black as Bernie

Jack Black as Bernie

It’s been a pretty good awards week for Jack Black, who scored a Golden Globe nomination for Bernie and a Grammy nomination for Tenacious D’s latest album.

Black was nominated for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical and will compete for the Golden Globe against like Oscar nominees Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook and Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, as well as Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Bill Murray in Hyde Park On Hudson.  There’s little chance of a victory for Black, but it’s nice that he continues to gain notice for his understated performance in the Richard Linklater film. Black was previously nominated for a Globe for School of Rock.

Meanwhile, Black and Kyle Gass were nominated for Best Comedy Album Grammy for their comeback album Rize of the Fenix. The duo compete against Jimmy Fallon, Margaret Cho, Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin, and Jim Gaffigan.

Black was appropriately manic with his reaction to the Grammy news, according to 411 Mania.

“Did I feel like it was time? Yes. No, I feel like the Tenacious D nation would’ve staged some kind of protest if we hadn’t won. So I’m just happy that there won’t be a riot…Me and Kyle don’t care about prizes. That’s not why we do it. But there was a tremendous amount of buzz, you know: “Will Tenacious D finally win a Grammy? Will it be for Best Comedy, or will it just be Best Album overall? Will it be both? Will it be nominated multiple times?” And me and Kyle couldn’t care less — it’s the last thing on our minds. I mean, it’s sweet. It’s nice. But it’s not why we do it. But people continue to talk about it. Now they’re saying, “Why weren’t they nominated for Best Jazz Album,” because of our new album, “Jazz,” that was just released. And I try to explain to them, “It was released too late.” But no one wants to listen. It’s an international story, I tell you.”

I have no idea whether The D are considered front-runners or not, though I would say that as much as I liked the album it’s probably a bit short on the comedy compared to previous releases. Certainly there is more emphasis on songs on this album rather than a mix of songs and spoken-word comedy. If anyone deserves a Grammy for Rize of the Fenix it is guest musician Dave Grohl who’s drums on the record kick all kind of ass.

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