2008 Golden Globe Nominations

2008 Golden Globe Nominations

Here are the nominations for the 2008 Golden Globes, followed by my thoughts:

BEST DRAMA
American Gangster
Atonement
Eastern Promises
The Great Debaters
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

ACTOR (DRAMA)
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood
James McAvoy – Atonement
Viggo Mortenson – Eastern Promises
Denzel Washington – American Gangster

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away from Her
Jodie Foster – The Brave One
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Keira Knightley – Atonement

MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Across the Universe
Charlie Wilson’s War
Hairspray
Juno
Sweeney Todd

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl
Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson’s War
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Savages
John C. Reilly – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)

Amy Adams – Enchanted
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
Ellen Page – Juno

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Kite Runner
Lust, Caution
Persepolis

ANIMATED FILM

Bee Movie
Ratatouille
The Simpsons Movie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Casey Affleck – Assassination of Jesse James
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
John Travolta – Hairspray
Tom Wikinson – Michael Clayton

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Julia Roberts – Charlie Wilson’s War
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

DIRECTOR
Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Ridley Scott – American Gangster
Joe Wright – Atonement

SCREENPLAY
Diablo Cody – Juno
Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Christopher Hampton – Atonement
Ronald Harwood – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Aaron Sorkin – Charlie Wilson’s War

ORIGINAL SCORE

Into the Wild
Grace is Gone
Kite Runner
Atonement
Eastern Promises

ORIGINAL SONG
“Despidida” – Love in the Time of Cholera
“Grace is Gone” – Grace is Gone
“Guaranteed” – Into the Wild
“That’s How You Know” – Enchanted
“Walk Hard” – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Here is a list of nominations by movie:

Atonement  7
Charlie Wilson’s War   5
Michael Clayton    4
No Country For Old Men    4
Sweeney Todd    4
American Gangster    3
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly   3
Eastern Promises  3
Hairspray    3
Juno    3
Enchanted   2
Grace is Gone    2
Into The Wild    2
The Kite Runner   2
There Will Be Blood    2
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story    2

Who got screwed this year: How did There Will Be Blood only get two nominations? Even American Gangster got listed three times? Blood is mysteriously absent from the Best Original Score (Are you kidding me?), Paul Thomas Anderson’s name isn’t listed under the Best Director nominations, and Blood Star Paul Dano is completely missing from the best supporting actor list.

I would have liked to have seen Sean Penn’s Into The Wild on the Best Picture list, as I don’t quite agree that American Gangster, Atonement or Eastern Promises really deserve to be up there. Where’s David Fincher’s Zodiac? Where’s Michael Moore’s Sicko?

How could the Foreign Press skip over Fox Searchlight’s Once for best original song? And for that matter, how was Once completely forgotten from the Best Musical or Comedy category, as it’s probably the best musical of the year. Similarly, the category doesn’t contain the second and third best comedies of the year: Knocked Up and SuperBad.

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