Golden Globe nods: Reaction to the movie categories

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association did its usual thing this morning, honoring prestige dramas (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, The Reader) while largely overlooking blockbusters (The Dark Knight) and grittier films (Milk). Here’s a rundown of the nominees in the major movie categories. (Also, check out Ken Tucker’s reaction to the TV noms.)

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

I had heard that the HFPA loved The Reader, so its inclusion here isn’t a surprise. But the omission of Milk is odd given how well it’s done with the New York, L.A., and Broadcast critics. The big story here is Revolutionary Road, which came roaring back into the awards race with four big Globe nominations. I’d say Button is the one to beat.

Best Actor, Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

There were six strong competitors going into this morning’s announcements, and one of them had to be left out. To my surprise, it was Clint Eastwood. At least he got two nominations in the music categories. Any of these five guys could win.

Best Actress, Drama
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

The loser here is Cate Blanchett, who now must fight back for an Oscar slot. I actually think they made the right call with these five. It’s Meryl vs. Kate for the win.

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical
Burn After Reading
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I’m sad about the omission of Last Chance Harvey, which seemed to me like a sure bet here. But the HFPA created an interesting list of hits (Mamma Mia!) and deserving indies (In Bruges). I’m thinking Vicky takes it home.

Best Actor, Comedy/Musical
Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
James Franco, Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey

I expected James Franco to get a Globe nomination this morning…but for Milk, not Pineapple Express. I was worried this race would seem like filler this year, but it really doesn’t. Give the edge to Hoffman.

Best Actress, Comedy/Musical
Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey

I’m still rubbing my eyes waiting for Sarah Jessica Parker‘s name to appear on this list for Sex and the City given all the Globe love she received while the TV series was on the air. This one’s between Hawkins and Streep, and I think the plucky Brit could win.

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

This category held the most surprises of any this year. Downey for Tropic Thunder, sure. But Tom Cruise? Over Revolutionary Road‘s unforgettable Michael Shannon and any of the Milk guys? The HFPA’s love of big stars got the better of them here. It’s a Hoffman/Ledger rematch at this point.

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

These are five worthy women, to be sure, but to leave out Button‘s Taraji P. Henson is to ignore one the most emotionally powerful performances of the year. Cruz and Winslet seem like the frontrunners.

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

Where are Gus Van Sant and Christopher Nolan, you might ask? Well, in a tight race, personality matters. And I guarantee Boyle, Daldry, and Mendes were much more charming to the HFPA than Van Sant and Nolan. My money’s on Fincher or Boyle.

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  • Kyle

    This is a reasonably good list, but some of the comedy category nominees are really pushing it…In Bruges? It hasn’t been talked about since, well, ever. And I’m a little dissapointed that Wall E only got a nod in the animated film category…But overall, it’s nice to see Revolutionary Road come back, and it officially spells the end of Australia’s chances at anything

  • Molly

    The Dark Knight should have been nominated for Best Picture! It’s easily one of the best movies of the year that broke through the comic book movie stereotypes! If it’s not nominated for the Best Picture Oscar than I will have totally given up on the people who vote for these things!

  • Jay

    I am still shocked that Milk was not included in best picture or screenplay. But the most hurtful (yes I take it personally cause I met her and she is wonderful) is the omission of Taraji. She is a relevation in Button. Hopefully Oscar will not ignore her.

  • Catherine

    To Kyle: A movie is not good only if it’s been talked about! I am quite happy In Bruges made the list as it was an excellent little movie that could! Funny, intelligent and with raw emotion! And both leads were excellent!

  • Becky

    It’s nice to see films like In Bruges and Happy-Go-Lucky nominated, but like last year’s Into the Wild, Milk should have more nominations.
    And Tom Cruise over Frost/Nixon’s Michael Sheen? Come on!

  • Stefanie

    yah Kate Winslet! Love her. Hopefully this will get her an Oscar. Love Mamma Mia-so much fun. I will love to see Brad and Angelina arrive together, the press will go crazy of course

  • paige

    i am not digging the Milk snub! and yea, i guess Australia’s chances for anything non-technical are over. good to see Revolutionary Road give it a go. The comedy categories are a joke. only Sally Hawkins has a chance- I would be completely excited if Robert Downey Jr gets an Oscar nom for Tropic Thunder

  • dadra

    I was excited to see In Bruges and its stars recognized as well. It was both extremely funny and quite touching, in its own weird way.

  • Mark

    The HFPA has taken another step toward irrelevance with this list of nominees. Mamma Mia! and no Tropic Thunder for Best Comedy? No Milk or Dark Knight? This does seem like the final nail in Doubt’s coffin, however, which tells me there may be a surprise snub from the Academy for one of the actors. Streep is in so I’m guessing Adams or Hoffman.

  • StaleCake

    MILK got shafted. I guess a vital, timely true story with a fantastic screenplay and the year’s most committed acting didn’t cut it.
    If only MILK had had the excellence, random cinematic style, lack of direction, and nonsensical bellowing of MAMMA MIA!

  • Rose Tyler

    I’m really upset about Clint being left out but it is nice to see that he is being recognized for his musical talents as well. The Changeling love is great as well as the love for Vicky Christina and In Bruges. I really hope this is Kate Winslet’s year though. How she deserves it.

  • Jackie

    I was disappointed, but not surprised to see “Australia” didn’t get nominated for anything and I agree with Paige: looks like it’s all technical from here. The Tom Cruise nomination surprised me as well, but I was pleased to see “Bolt” nominated for best animated feature, it’s was an adorable movie overshadowed by “Wall-E.”

  • Taylor

    Thrilled that In Bruges was remembered but other than that…. seriously? Now more than ever these noms are a joke. Mamma Mia and Burn after Reading over Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall? And to leave out Milk and The Dark Knight is just a huge gaping mistake. But, this is the group that nominated Bobby for best drama….

  • Dan

    I think they really screwed up the nominations for best pic drama. the reader and revolutionary road have gotten mixed reviews and a great film like the dark knight gets snubbed? I know what I won’t be doing Jan 11th.

  • GQ

    Where’s Kate Beckinsale for “nothing but the truth”??

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