Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2008 by David Chen
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
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
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
Kung Fu Panda
Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex
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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I have decided to republish an updated version of this popular blog post from last year, because it has again proved relevant.
Okay, first off: Wrong might be a harsh word. It was used to get your attention. And got your attention it did. Extremely flawed doesn’t make an interesting headline. This year’s award winners had a strong bias to films and or stars with foreign origin and or following, at the expense of better movies.
Every year we watch the Globes but Why? Does anyone even have ANY slightest bit of an idea of who decides the winners and losers? Let’s take a look, you might be shocked at what is revealed (or at least you’ll have some interesting trivia to impress people with next year).
Did You Know that the Academy of Motion Science (the guys who vote on the Academy Awards) consists of over 6,000 members?
Pop Quiz: How many people make up the group that decides the Golden Globes?
Shocking Answer after the jump!
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The Golden Globes totally sucked.
A few notes: Someone needs to tell the Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight ladies that we don’t care about them, their lame self-absorbed jokes. Most of the films and actors/actresses with foreign film backgrounds took home the gold, most times at the expense of better movies. Aside from nods to Daniel Day Lewis, Javier Bardem and Ratatouille, I completely disagreed with most of the winners. I continue to wonder the merits of this particular award show. And did I mention, Juno was totally screwed over?! Please also read Why The Golden Globes Are Wrong.
How could Atonement win best picture of the year over No Country For Old Men or There Will Be Blood? Is Sweeney Todd really a better movie than Juno? Did Julian Schnabel really deserve to win Best Director over The Coen Brothers? Did Johnny Depp have a better performance than Philip Seymour Hoffman or Ryan Gosling? Was Marion Cotillard a more deserving best actress than Ellen Page? Cate Blanchett over Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone? And why wasn’t Johnny Greenwood’s music for “There Will Be Blood” even nominated?
Here is a full rundown of the winners:
Best Motion Picture
The Great Debaters
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Best Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy)
Across The Universe
Charlie Wilson’s War
Best Foreign-Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
The Kite Runner
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Ridley Scott – American Gangster
Joe Wright – Atonement
Best Animated Feature Film
The Simpsons Movie
Best Actor (Drama)
Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
James McAvoy – Atonement
Viggo Mortenson – Eastern Promises
Denzel Washington – American Gangster
Best 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
Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
John Travolta – Hairspray
Tom Wikinson – Michael Clayton
Best Actress (Drama)
Julie Christie – Away from Her
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Jodie Foster – The Brave One
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Keira Knightley – Atonement
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
Marion Cotillard – La vie en Rose
Amy Adams – Enchanted
Nikki Blonski – Hairspray
Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd
Ellen Page – Juno
Best 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
Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Diablo Cody – Juno
Christopher Hampton – Atonement
Ronald Harwood – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Aaron Sorkin – Charlie Wilson’s War
Best Original Score
Into the Wild
Grace is Gone
Best Original Song
“Guaranteed” – Into the Wild
“Despidida” – Love in the Time of Cholera
“Grace is Gone” – Grace is Gone
“That’s How You Know” – Enchanted
“Walk Hard” – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
NBC is having a press conference this afternoon to announce they are canceling Sunday’s Golden Globe ceremonies. That’s right, the show won’t even go on un-televised, which is probably a good move (imagine how boring the untelevised version could have been). NBC instead plans to run a press conference announcing the winners intercut with clips of the stars at parties. Nikki Finke‘s sources claim this will be the new line-up:
- 7:00pm: Dateline’s clips and interviews with nominees cut from the two-hour piece from the prior night. Meh!
- 8:00pm: A possible one-hour retrospective/clip show. Snor!
- 9:00pm: Golden Globe Winner Press conference.
- 10:00pm: An Access Hollywood style Golden Globes party show. Who cares?
It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens to the Academy Awards if this Writers Strike isn’t settled before then.
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Here are the nominations for the 2008 Golden Globes, followed by my thoughts:
The Great Debaters
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
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