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This week, David, Devindra, and Adam discuss the sad business of Brett Ratner’s Oscar-hosting gig, unabashedly praise Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, ponder the bizarre world of Cars, and get excited for new episodes of Arrested Development. Special guest Keith Phipps joins us from AV Club. To read more about the twisted world of Cars check out Eric D Snider’s and Rachel Mercer’s respective blog posts. Also, check out the AV Club’s awesome podcast, Reasonable Discussions.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing The Muppets and Hugo next week.

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The Lovely Bones Movie PosterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley offer up a few reflections on the Golden Globes, try to hold out hope for Marc Webb’s upcoming version of Spiderman, and praise The Book of Eli as a decent, post-apocalyptic, B-movie fun. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us in two weeks on Sunday, January 31st on at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Edge of Darkness.

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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

Sacha Baron Cohen 2007 Golden GlobesThe /Film Award for the Best Acceptance Speech of the 2007 Golden Globes goes to Sacha Baron Cohen.

Cohen won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. Here is his hilarious speech:

“I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. And I just want to say that this movie was a life-changing experience. I saw some amazing, beautiful, invigorating parts of America. But I saw some dark parts of America, an ugly side of America. A side of America that rarely sees the light of day.

I refer, of course, to the anus and testicles of my co-star, Ken Davitian.

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Why the Golden Globes are Wrong

Golden Globes Stage

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. 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?

Answer: 88

Is it just a little shocking that the group that determines the second biggest award show in Hollywood is so small? I mean who are these people anyways?

Pop Quiz #2: How many of the members of the HFPA write for a United States publication?

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2007 Golden Globe Winners

Golden Globes Stage

Here are the winners from the 2007 Golden Globes:

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (FILM)
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls

ORIGINAL SONG
“The Song of the Heart” – Happy Feet – Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson

SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Jeremy Irons – Elizabeth I

ACTRESS (TV DRAMA)
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

ACTOR (TV DRAMA)
Hugh Laurie – House

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Emily Blunt – Gideon’s Daughter

ANIMATED FILM
Cars – Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada

SUPPORTING ACTOR (FILM)
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Elizabeth I – Company Pictures, Channel 4, HBO Films

ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Bill Nighy – Gideon’s Daughter

ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Helen Mirren – Elizabeth I

SCREENPLAY
Peter Morgan – The Queen

ACTOR (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Ugly Betty (ABC)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Letters from Iwo Jima (USA/Japan) – Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil

ACTRESS (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty

DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese – The Departed

ACTOR (FILMMUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

FILM MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Dreamgirls – DreamWorks Pictures

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Helen Mirren – The Queen

TV DRAMA
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

DRAMA (FILM)
Babel – Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production/Paramount Vantage