2009 Golden Globe Nominations Announced

This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the 2009 Golden Globe Nominees for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, January 11th, 2009 and will air live on NBC at 8 PM EST.

A few observations:

  • Tom Cruise picked up what I think is a well-deserved nomination for his role in Tropic Thunder. He’ll be competing with Robert Downey Jr. in the category.
  • Milk and The Dark Knight each only received one nomination for acting (Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger, respectively). For me, this actually feels just about right number of nominations for each of these films.
  • The big winners here, in terms of nominations, are Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, and Frost/Nixon, picking up 5 noms each. Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona each follow with about 4. And in a surprise turn, In Bruges picked up 3 nominations!
  • Neither Hans Zimmer’s Dark Knight score nor Danny Elfman’s Milk score received nominations.
  • While I’m heartened that The Wrestler (one of my favorite films of the year) received three nominations (One for Rourke, one for Tomei, and one for the song), I’m disappointed that it didn’t get a nod for Best Director or Best Screenplay.
  • Although not listed below, the HBO productions John Adams and Recount picked up nominations for Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and are both favorites of mine to win that award.

Here are the major award nominations that pertain to film:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long (Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’Aime)
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Leonardo Dicaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin BUtton
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Burn After Reading
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDorman – Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey

Best Animated Film
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E

Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Everlasting Moments
Gomorrah
I’ve Loved You so Long
Waltz with Bashir

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

Best Director – Motion Picture
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare – The Reader
Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley – Doubt

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood – Changeling
James Newton Howard – Defiance
A. R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Hans Zimmer – Frost/Nixon

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“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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