Thursday, December 13, 2007

2008 Golden Globe Film Nominations

Best Motion Picture - Drama
American Gangster
Atonement
Eastern Promises
The Great Debaters
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

7 nominations!!! Congrats to The Great Debaters for it's first official buzz. Where's the Kite Runner?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Jodie Foster – The Brave One
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Keira Knightley – Atonement

Not too surprising, there really isn't much competition here this year. The comedy actresses are the competitive ones this year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Lewis – There Will Be Blood
James McAvoy – Atonement
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
Denzel Washington – American Gangster

Viggo got "the 5th spot" that is usually filled by Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd, but since that qualifies as a musical/comedy Mortesen gets the chance to make his case as one of 2007's contenders.

Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy

Across The Universe
Charlie Wilson's War
Hairspray
Juno
Sweeney Todd

Only 5 noms here. Once & Lars and the Real Girls lost some ground here, Charlie Wilson picked up some ground.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Amy Adams – Enchanted
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd
Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
Ellen Page – Juno

When I predicted this catagory in October I didn't think Blonsky would make the cut (sort of a one hit wonder), and I accidentally misplaced Cotillard, but congrats to these nominees. It's a competitive catagory and all of them (with the exception of Blonsky) have a viable chance at an Academy Award nod. A win here means something. The exclusion of Laura Linney & Kerri Russell is noticed.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy

Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl
Tom Hanks – Charlie Wilson's War
Phillip Seymore Hoffman - The Savages
John C. Reilly – Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

My October globe predictions for Actor missed Tom Hanks (at the time I didn't realize it was in the Comedy Catagory) I also missed John C. Reilly. I'm surprised Hoffman made it by Linney did not. I'm surprised the HFPA didn't nominate Steve Carrell, I thought they loved him. This is a fun list of nominees though for sure.

Best Animated Feature Film

Bee Movie
Ratatouille
The Simpson's Movie

Go Ratatouille...you really don't have much competition this year (unless by the end of the year more people fall in love with the french film Persopolis).

Best Foreign Languge Film

4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days (Romania)
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (France, United States)
The Kite Runner (United States)
Lust, Caution (Taiwan)
Persepolis (France)

Whoa, I didn't expect to see the Kite Runner here...but just like last year's Apocalypto & Letters from Iwo Jima, a non-English movie is foreign language, even if it's a United State product. I'm not really sure how this effects Kite Runners chances for an Academy nod? But this is a strong list of talked about films, making this a pretty interesting catagory. Any guesses on winners? It could go a lot of different ways here for sure.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Cate Blanchett – I'm Not There
Julia Roberts – Charlie Wilson's War
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

With all the Amy Ryan love I was beginning to forget about the Cate Blanchett role. Will Blanchett be able to start picking up awards ahead of Ryan? Also of note, Ronan chosen over Redgrave. Could Roberts continue to be a player this award season?

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Casey Affleck – The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson's War
John Travolta – Hairspray
Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Double Hoffman Love. Affleck is starting to look good. Noticeably excluded is Hal Halbrook. Travolta's inclusion not surprising, because I'm sensing some Hollywood Foreign Press Hairspray loving.

Best Director - Motion Picture

Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Ridley Scott – American Gangster
Joe Wright – Atonement

With such an open race, great comedies, foreign films and dramas, this catagory really helps narrow down who the HFPA thinks are the best of the best. The surprise here for me is that Ridley Scott got in. I thought the list might look like this, but I thought Paul Thomas Anderson might have been the most likely for the spot Scott got. Congrats to Schnabel. Diving Bell is picking up major buzz it seems every week. Burton also seems to be showered with praise for his work for Sweeney Todd.

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Atonement - Christopher Hampton
Charlie Wilson's War - Aaron Sorkin
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly - Ronald Harwood
Juno - Diablo Cody
No Country For Old Men - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Again, this can only help these movies with a nomination in this catagory. Especially since it's not divided out between original and adapted. All are adapted except Juno. More love for Charlie Wilson's War & The Diving Bell. With the number of nominations Charlie Wilson's War is scoring, it will certainly help them advertise for the film and up the box office.

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Grace Is Gone - Clint Eastwood
The Kite Runner - Alberto Iglesias
Atonement - Dario Marianelli
Eastern Promises - Howard Shore
Into The Wild - Eddie Vedder

They'll do anything to get Eastwood to come to the party, won't they! Congrats to Iglesias, I think he's an excellent composer.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

"That's How You Know" - Enchanted
"Grace is Gone" - Grace is Gone
"Guarenteed" - Into The Wild
"Despidida" - Love in the Time of Cholera
"Walk Hard" - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Here's hoping to a best song medley!

35 Films were recognized with nominations.

Multiple nominees went to: Atonement (7 noms), Charlie Wilson's War (5 noms), Michael Clayton (4 noms), No Country for Old Men (4 noms), Sweeney Todd (4 noms), American Gangster (3 noms), The Diving Bell & The Butterfly (3 noms), Eastern Promises (3 noms), Hairspray (3 noms), Juno (3 noms), Enchanted (2 noms), Grace is Gone (2 noms), Into the Wild (2 noms), The Kite Runner (2 noms), There Will Be Blood (2 noms), Walk Hard (2 noms).

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

When does "The Great Debaters" come out? How did it get soooooooooo many nominations when no one (except for folks in the business) has seen it? I mean, good for Oprah and Denzel and all involved, but really!

sneiba said...

congrats to Diablo Cody- as a first-ever screenplay, she is getting much-deserved nods and respect. Juno was such a brillant screenplay & excellent movie.

RC said...

@ anon...the great debaters comes out Dec. 25th. Like many of these films, The Great Debaters has a 2007 release date, but has not been screened to the greater public yet. Don't be frusterated that movies like these are getting nominated, look forward to these films with great potential.

(as to its "soooooooooo many nominations" it only received one).

sneiba, d. cody has a great chance at an oscar as well. Especially since the original screenplay catagory is far less intense than the adapted catagory.

crackers and cheese said...

Boo for Across the Universe getting nominated over Once. I saw them both in the same weekend, and Once definitely out shined Across the Universe. The music was incredible, and so how did it not even score any song nominations? I just looked on amazon, and several of the songs from the film have been released on previous albums, so perhaps that prevented a nomination?

EegahInc said...

You know, I understand box office is no judge of quality, but they may as well change the name of the Best Picture category to Best Performance By A Movie Nobody Saw. American Gangster is the top earner here, and it's still sitting somewhere around #15 for the year. Any theories on why the huge disconnect between nominees and ticket sellers?

Mercurie said...

I have to admit this year's Golden Globe nominees surprised me. Sweeney Todd and Across the Universe for Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy? The former is about a serial killer, the latter a musical trip through the Sixties set to Beatles tunes. They're both the kind of thing I love, but not what I expect to get awrd nominations, not even from the Golden Globes.

RC said...

@ crackers & c, “Falling Slowly” &
“If You Want Me” are both eligible for an Oscar from Once. I still haven't seen Once but i listened to some of the soundtrack the other day...it sounds really neat. i certainly want to see Once.

@eeghanic, don't get me started on this topic. Do you really want Transformers, Spider-Man 3, and Wild Hogs to be nominated for best picture????

@ mercurie...the musical or comedy catagory certainly has some diversity, that's for sure.

EegahInc said...

"@eeghanic, don't get me started on this topic. Do you really want Transformers, Spider-Man 3, and Wild Hogs to be nominated for best picture????"

In the name of all that's holy, I never meant to imply that! And I don't in any way think awards should be populist in nature, but if you go over the winners of the Golden Globes for this decade, most of them at least had an audience. I just wonder what's going on in the public conscience this year that makes the gap between the nominees and top draws so huge.

RC said...

@ ee...who knows which film will win, a few of these haven't even come out yet...and maybe they'll do great. but think about last years winner...babel wasn't wildly popular with the wider movie going audience.

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