Golden Globe Nominations

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The nominees for the 65th annual Golden Globes were announced early this morning, and of course I have a few things to complain about.

NOMINEES FOR BEST PICTURE (DRAMA):

American Gangster

Atonement

Eastern Promises

The Great Debaters

Michael Clayton

No Country For Old Men

There Will Be Blood

Ok, so the first question is, why 7 films? The Globes have the luxury of splitting the comedy and drama categories as to recognize more films, while the oscars have to pick only 5 a year, yet the Globes still couldn’t whittle it down to less than 7 films in the drama category. Laziness? Not only that, but it appears that the 7th nomination went to The Great Debaters. How on earth did that get nominated? Oprah and the Weinsteins must have written quite the check to get it tacked on. Also, considering only two reviews for the film have been released so far, both of which are negative, I don’t see how The Great Debaters managed to squeeze in there. Here’s the trailer, so you can see for yourself:

On the bright side, Eastern Promises was nominated, which is a pleasant surprise. It won’t win, and I doubt it can get an Oscar nod, but at least it’s getting some recognition, unlike A History of Violence (Cronenberg and Viggo’s past collaboration). The rest of the nominations were expected. Here’s hoping the win goes to either No Country For Old Men or There Will Be Blood, though Atonement is looking like the frontrunner.

BEST PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

Across The Universe

Charlie Wilson’s War

Hairspray

Juno

Sweeney Todd

I only have one complaint here, but it’s a big one. Once, an amazing musical which just happened to be the best reviewed film of the year, failed to get nominated, yet the incredibly mediocre Across The Universe, did. Being a massive Beatles’ fan, I enjoyed Across The Universe, but it doesn’t deserve to be up there.

This one’s between Juno and Sweeney Todd. It’s a toss up at this point.

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA):

George Clooney (Michael Clayton)

Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

James McAvoy (Atonement)

Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)

Denzel Washington (American Gangster)

Daniel Day-Lewis has got this one in the bag. Yay for Viggo getting a nomination (he’s been snubbed before)!

BEST ACTRESS (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)

Cate Blanchett = Amazing! Her film got terrible reviews, yet she still managed to get nominated. She’s probably the best actress working, she’s unstoppable. However, Julie Christie’s the frontrunner, with Keira Knightley and Cate being in close contention.

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)

Ryan Gosling (Lars and The Real Girl)

Tom Hanks (Charlie Wilson’s War)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Savages)

John C. Reilly (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)

This one is all Depp’s.

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

Amy Adams (Enchanted)

Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray)

Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd)

Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Ellen Page (Juno)

Apparently Helena Bonham Carter’s been moved from supporting to lead, which unfortunately will make getting an Oscar nomination almost impossible. As for who will win the Globe, it seems like a 3 way tie between Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, and Amy Adams. My vote goes to Marion Cotillard, she was absolutely mesmerizing.

BEST DIRECTOR:

Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd)

Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men)

Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Ridley Scott (American Gangster)

Joe Wright (Atonement)

1) No Paul Thomas Anderson? What. The. Fuck!?

2) Ridley Scott? Anderson, David Cronenberg, and Sidney Lumet all deserved that spot more! The injustice!

3) Nice to see Tim Burton get a nomination.

Considering Anderson’s not a nominee, I’m rooting for the Coen brothers.

SCREENPLAY:

Atonement

Charlie Wilson’s War

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Juno

No Country For Old Men

Again, PTA got snubbed for There Will Be Blood. And again, here’s hoping the Coen brothers win it.

Also, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood was snubbed for his There Will Be Blood score. Let’s hope he’s recognized at the Oscars!

A full list of the nominees, including all the television awards, can be found here:

http://www.imdb.com/features/rto/2008/globes

For trailers of some of the nominated films, check out our trailer section.

Oscar predictions, as well as our own set of nominees, are coming soon đŸ™‚

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