Thursday, December 11, 2008

2008 Golden Globe Nominations

Finally, we have the nomination list for the GG, and it looks very promising:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor In a 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 Actress In a Drama
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Christina Barcelona

Best Actor In a Comedy or Musical
Javier Bardem - Vicky Christina Barcelona
Colin Farrell - In Bruges
James Franco - Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman - Last Chance Harvey

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

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

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

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

Best Screenplay
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 Animated Feature Film
Kung Fu Panda

Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden/Denmark)
Gomorrah (Italy)
I've Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

Best Original Score
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
'Down To Earth' (Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman) - WALL-E
'Gran Torino' (Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens) - Gran Torino
'I Thought I Lost You' (Miley Cyrus, Jeffrey Steele) - Bolt
'Once In a Lifetime' (Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street) - Cadillac Records
'The Wrestler' (Bruce Springsteen) - The Wrestler

Notes: Finally, Revolutionary Road makes its way on the map picking up for Picture, Actor & Actress and Director. Benjamin Button, Doubt and Frost/Nixon lead the way with 5 nominations each so they could be favorites for Best Picture for the Oscars. No surprises in the lead acting categories for Drama. It's amazing to see both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson going for Best Actor in a Comedy, but none more surprising than James Franco! Not only does he get a nom for one of the funniest comedies of the year, he gets snubbed, along with Josh Brolin in the supporting category for Milk, arguably the best film of the year, for Best Picture and Gus Van Sant for Director, so we'll have to wait for the Guild Awards (Producers, Directors and Screen Actors) to see if this was just what we can always expect from the Globes. Tom Cruise picking up a supporting nom is surprising, but not without merit as the greatest 'cameo' of the year by far. I was wrong by not picking Penelope Cruz in my predictions, and someone suggested I remove one of the actresses from Doubt to make room for her; turns out I was right about that one though, as neither Rosemarie DeWitt or Debra Winger make it for Rachel Getting Married. We also must note the absence of probably the early favorite, Taraji P. Henson, for Benjamin Button, but this wouldn't be the first time an actor goes to the Oscars without being nominated at the Globes. We'll have to wait for the DGA and the PGA to see if The Dark Knight and Christopher Nolan will make the shortlist this year, because the Globes didn't help. A surprising miss is The Class, absent from the Foreign Language category, but I'm sure we'll see it at the Oscars. What do you think?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This looks very promising? It's another joke of a nominations slate from the joke called the HFPA. 'Mamma Mia' gets a nomination but not the best film of the entire year, 'Milk'? And both James Franco and Josh Brolin get overlooked while the disgusting Tom Cruise gets a nod for what was basically a cameo? Everybody from 'Milk' should boycott this drunk fest. I think we're all on to this bunch: after missing out on a television payment last year because the awards were cancelled, they are desperate to ensure the biggest stars in Hollywood will show up. This is really sickening stuff, and it will be all over the ads tomorrow. As usual, the only awards that count are the Oscar, the NY Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics. This whole HFPA sham should be exposed for what it is.