Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nomination Morning: 67th Golden Globes Nominations

I lived in three different time zones this decade and so the time I need to wake up for Globe and Oscar nomination mornings has differed.

But I have to wake up and seee what type of surprises will show up and what confirmations we also see. Of course when the nominations come out in most categories we think "of course, I expected that" but today's the first day to get some strong confirmation of what buzz is going to start translating into awards.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up In The Air

Surprised Inglorious finds it's spot here, I think the nomination of Avatar & Inglourious here both bodes well for it's best picture chances. Notable exclusions include The Lovely Bones, AN Education and Invictus.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It's Complicated
Julie & Julia

Not quite a precursor, but fun for it being a different category. Nine will keep on showing up, as will Meryl from Julie, but otherwise this show is these other films glory moment.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

I suppise Maguire is the surprise here -- I would assume he will have to give up his spot to Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine) for the Oscars, Day-Lewis shows up in the musical/comedy category for the globes. Notable exclusion include Viggo Mortesen (The Road) and Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Matt Damon, The Informant!
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

I was a little surprised that they went for Stuhlbarg just for his lack of fame, but each of these 5 were in my list, with Stuhbarg in the 8th spot.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourney Sidibe, Precious

No big surprise here, although with one or two uncertain spots in the expected Academy Awards list this type of exposure is key for actresses like Blunt, Mirren, and Bullock. With Mulligan not picking up the precursor like I've expected, I hope she win's hear, although almost any of these women could walk across the stage on January 17 at the Globe award show.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Sandra picks up her 2nd nod in the category and Streep has two in this single category. These two women are dominating Hollywood this year. Globes didn't have very many choices here, and I'm sure there will be some complaints about Roberts inclusion, especially in place of Zoey Deschanel. All these 5 made my possibilities list, but Roberts was at the bottom of the 10.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds

This looks like a popular list these days, the Oscars list could be identical.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in The Air
Anna Kendrick, Up in The Air
Mo'Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

I thought the globes might surprise her with some with star power like Mariah Carey in Precious, but clearly they liked Up In The Air and the double Up in The Air nod could carry through award season with Kendrick and Farmiga alongside eachother.

Best Director - Motion Picture
Kathry Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds

Former spouses compete (Bigelow vs. Cameron) and Clint Eastwood competes here without a best picture nomination. Lee Daniels director of Precious is excluded.

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
District 9, Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds, Quintin Tarantino
It's Complicated, Nancy Meyers
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Surprise for District 9, showing up only here and Quinnntin Tarantino has to be feeling good this morning.

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Crazy Heart: "The Weary Kind" (T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham)
Everybody's Fine: "(I want to) Come Home" (Paul McCartney)
Nine: "Cinema Italiano" (Maury Yeston)
Brothers: "Winter"
Avatar: "I See You"

No Princess & The Frog - and this is the first mention I've heard of the song from Brothers. Avatar is picking up awards everywhere. The hype might be real?

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
The Informant! (Marvin Hamlisch)
Up (Michael Giacchino)
Where the Wild Things Are (Carter Burwell, Karen Orzolek)
Avatar (James Horner)
A Signle Man (Abel Korzeniowski)

Globes usually do a better job here in this category than Oscar does. Congrats to the nominees.

Best Animated Film
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog

No surprises, easily the Oscar nods.

Foreign Language Film, TV-Drama, TV-Comedy, TV Mini-series, TV Actor & TV Actress (Drama, Comedy, Miniseries/TV Movie) can all be seen here.

Today's big winners seem like Up in the Air, Bullock, Avatar, Meryl Streep, Quinton Tarantino.


Lorna said...

Bullock!!!surprised is not enough of a word

RC said...

@ Lorna - to be honest, I think I'd have been surprised if it didn't happen - I think she's gaining the momentum for an Oscar nom at this point - we'll have to see if it keep pace.

Of course, some might come up with a number of comic performances or dramatic performances that should have replaced hers, but I think there is a number of people (maybe not your typical cinephiles) who will be so excited - a people's choice contender showing up at the big kid's table.

elgringo said...

I'm voting for everything Gabourney Sidibe.

RC said...

@elgringo - I think that drama best actress award is anyone's game.