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


    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


    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


    Kung Fu Panda


    Best Foreign Language FilmThe Baader Meinhof Complex

    Everlasting Moments


    I've Loved You so Long

    Waltz with Bashir

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureAmy 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 PictureTom Cruise – Tropic Thunder

    Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder

    Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess

    Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt

    Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

    Best Director – Motion PictureDanny 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 PictureSimon 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 PictureAlexandre 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