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Friday, December 12, 2008

Golden Globe nominees 2009

I'd like to give you a detailed analysis of these Golden Globe nominations (being a huge film fan that goes to every critically acclaimed and nominated movie) but I can't. Because most of the nominated movies haven't even come out yet. Every year the greatest films come out in the fall, but this year the films are being released especially late in the season, around Christmas or early January. I can't really have an opinion on the merits of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Frost/Nixon", "The Reader", "Slumdog Millionaire" (which I am finally getting to see TOMORROW!), "The Wrestler", "Revolutionary Road", or "Doubt" because they haven't opened in my city yet. So I will give a more detailed analysis of these nominations later. And these awards aren't even important, just wait till the Oscar nominations are released!

However, I do have some opinions on some of the categories. I'm upset that "Wall-E" didn't get into the Best Picture category and was just relegated to the animated film category. "Wall-E" transcends it's medium, and is a truly classic film that should of been taken more seriously by the Golden Globes. "Wall-E" has already been named the best film by the L.A. Film Critics, hopefully it will be considered for a Best Picture Oscar.

I can't believe that "In Bruges" got so many nominations. That movie supposedly was awful, and it performed horribly both with critics and at the box office. I'm pretty shocked that it got so many nominations, it DEFINITELY won't be getting any Oscar nominations. I am pleasantly surprised however that James Franco got a nomination for "Pineapple Express"! FREAKS AND GEEKS 4 LYFE. Also props to Anne Hathaway and Heath Ledger... they just killed it in their respective roles and I'm glad to see them being recognized for their achievements this year.

I'm also pretty shocked that "Milk" didn't get a Best Picture nomination. Maybe the Golden Globes are just plain sick of biopics (understandably), and again I haven't had the opportunity to see most of the films that were nominated in that category, but I can say that "Milk" (and "Wall-E") were better than "The Visitor" (which was still fantastic btw). "Milk" is just such an important landmark film that is so relevant right now with the gay rights movement and Prop 8 and it's a shame that the Golden Globes couldn't realize it's importance in this intolerant political landscape in which we still live. The Academy won't make the same mistake.

Anyways, here's the 2009 nominees. I can't wait to see some of these nominated films (especially "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Revolutionary Road"), and I'll write a more detailed review of these once all the films are actually released to the public.


Nominees for the Golden Globe Awards announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:


PICTURE, DRAMA: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Visitor."

PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: "Burn After Reading," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges," "Mamma Mia!," "Vicky Christina Barcelona."

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE: "Baader Meinhof Complex," "Everlasting Moments," "Gomorrah," "I've Loved You So Long," "Waltz With Bashir."

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."

DRAMATIC ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Revolutionary Road"; Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"; Sean Penn, "Milk"; Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler."

DRAMATIC ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"; Meryl Streep, "Doubt"; Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"; Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road."

ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Javier Bardem, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"; James Franco, "Pineapple Express"; Brendan Gleeson, "In Bruges"; Dustin Hoffman, "Last Chance Harvey."

ACTRESS, COMEDY OR 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."

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"; Robert Downey, Jr., "Tropic Thunder"; Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"; Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams, "Doubt"; Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; Viola Davis, "Doubt"; Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"; Kate Winslet, "The Reader."

ANIMATED FILM: "Bolt," "Kung Fu Panda," "Wall-E."

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."

ORIGINAL SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Clint Eastwood, "Changeling"; James Newton Howard, "Defiance"; Hans Zimmer, "Frost/Nixon"; A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire."

SONG: "Down to Earth" (performed by Peter Gabriel, written by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman), "Wall-E"; "Gran Torino" (performed by Clint Eastwood), "Gran Torino"; "I Thought I Lost You" (performed Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, written by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele), "Bolt"; "Once in a Lifetime," (performed by Beyonce), "Cadillac Records"; "The Wrestler" (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen), "The Wrestler."


DRAMATIC TV SERIES: "Dexter," "House M.D.," "In Treatment," "Mad Men," "True Blood."

ACTOR, TV DRAMA: Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Hugh Laurie, "House M.D."; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors."

ACTRESS, TV DRAMA: Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"; Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"; January Jones, "Mad Men"; Anna Paquin, "True Blood"; Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer."

TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: "Californication," "Entourage," "The Office," "30 Rock," "Weeds."

ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"; Steve Carell, "The Office"; Kevin Connolly, "Entourage"; David Duchovny, "Californication"; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk."

ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"; America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"; Tina Fey, "30 Rock"; Debra Messing, "The Starter Wife"; Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds."

MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: "Cranford," "Bernard and Doris," "John Adams," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Recount."

ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Judi Dench, "Cranford"; Laura Linney, "John Adams"; Catherine Keener, "An American Crime"; Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel"; Susan Sarandon, "Bernard and Doris."

ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Ralph Fiennes, "Bernard and Doris"; Paul Giammatti, "John Adams"; Kevin Spacey, "Recount"; Keifer Sutherland, "24: Redemption"; Tom Wilkinson, "Recount."

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Eileen Atkins, "Cranford"; Laura Dern, "Recount"; Melissa George, "In Treatment"; Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"; Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment."

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"; Denis Leary, "Recount"; Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"; Blair Underwood, "In Treatment"; Tom Wilkinson, "John Adams."


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