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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thoughts on the Golden Globe Nominations

What a mess! Seriously, this Oscar season is just a mess. Low teens could win the Oscar pool this year folks. That's how much of a mess it is right now. No one can seem to agree on anything. Today's Golden Globe nominations honestly made me laugh a little. Not that it's a joke, but that it completely went against what most people predicted. No love for Milk. Much love for Revolutionary Road. No Dark Knight. Tom Cruise gets a nod.

Will any of this actually affect the Oscars? Hard to say exactly as the Hollywood Foreign Press does not vote for the Oscars. Just last year for example it named both Atonement and Sweeney Todd its Best Pictures. While both films were nominated, neither had a good day at the Oscars. The Globes if anything do give films a boost. It brings lesser known nominees into the limelight and the public. The Oscars are like politics and the Globes are another opportunity to campaign. So, it definitely helps to get nominated.

Does that mean that Milk for example is screwed? Doubt it. It still won NY. And, if it does well with the guilds, then I think it will be fine. In the end, I still think it's getting nominated. I'm actually more concerned with The Dark Knight. This film needs all the help it can get and it was literally shut out of the Globes today (save for Heath Ledger). I think the Best Picture chances for this film are getting slimmer and slimmer.

One of the more intriguing storylines is whether Revolutionary Road can use the Globes to get it back in this race. This film has received no love from the critics. Then, it racks up four nominations at the Globes. If anything I think today proved that this film is not going away. Yet, I still see it battling for the final nomination spot.

I find it also funny how irrelevant the Best Picture - Comedy/Musical is this year. None of the nominees have any shot at getting nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It's almost pointless to even care that much about that race. Nothing against the films, but it's true.

I don't see Tom Cruise getting an Oscar nod, but his co-star in Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr. is getting in better position to be nominated. He had a hell of a year. There's a chance the Academy might want to recognize it. Also, how can you not love the FYC ads for him. It's hilarious and stands out. I mean Kirk Lazarus is a five time Oscar winner. Yet, this category still belongs to Heath Ledger. Though, it's somewhat disappointing that Josh Brolin didn't even get nominated. I mean he's probably Ledger's biggest competition and he can't go head to head with him at the second biggest award show of the year. I would have just been curious to see how that would have went down.

Below is the full list of the Golden Globe nominations (TV is not included):

Best Picture - Drama:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Frost/Nixon

The Reader

Revolutionary Road

Slumdog Millionaire


Best Picture - Comedy/Musical:
Burn After Reading
Happy-Go-Lucky

In Bruges
Mamma Mia

Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Director:
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry, The Reader

David Fincher, Benjamin Button

Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road

Actor - Drama:
Leo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road

Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Actress - Drama:
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Joie, Changeling
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Supporting Actor:
Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, Doubt

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis, Doubt

Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Kate Winslet, The Reader

Actor - Comedy:
Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrel, In Bruges
James Franco, Pineapple Express

Brendan Gleason, In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey

Actress - Comedy:
Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina
Barcelona
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading

Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey

Foreign Language Film:
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Everlasting Moments

Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You So Long

Waltz with Bashir


Animated Feature:
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda

Wall-E


Screenplay:
Slumdog Millionaire

The Reader

Frost/Nixon

Benjamin Button

Doubt


Score:
Benjamin Button
Changeling
Defiance

Slumdog Millionaire

Frost/Nixon


Song:
"Down to Earth", Wall-E

"Gran Torino", Gran Torino
"I thought I Lost You", Bolt
"Once in a Lifetime", Cadillac Records
"The Wrestler", The Wrestler

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