Two great actresses received double nominations today: Meryl Streep
was nominated for best actress (drama) for "Doubt" and best actress
(musical or comedy) for "Mamma Mia!," her 22nd and 23rd career
Globe nods (she's won six), and Kate Winslet was nominated for best
actress (drama) for "Revolutionary Road" and best supporting
actress for "The Reader," her sixth and seventh career Globe nods
(she's never won).
Any actor's actor who can bump a big name out of a nomination at
the Golden Globes must henceforth be regarded as a very serious
contender at the Oscars. This morning, the three people who did
just that were best actress (drama) nominee Kristin Scott Thomas
("I've Loved You So Long"), best actress (musical or comedy)
nominee Sally Hawkins("Happy-Go-Lucky"), and best supporting
actress nominee Viola Davis ("Doubt").
The big names that lost out to the aforementioned actor's actors:
Cate Blanchett ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), who might
have been the victim of category confusion (she's being pushed for
lead but is really supporting); Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the
City"), who had previously been nominated for eight Golden Globes
and won four; and Debra Winger ("Rachel Getting Married"), the
veteran three-time Oscar nominee and five-time Golden Globe
nominee, who was probably also hurt by vote-splitting with co-star
The movie "Doubt" earned four acting nominations --- Meryl Streep
for best actress (drama), Philip Seymour Hoffman for best
supporting actor, and both Amy Adams and Viola Davis for best
supporting actress --- as well as a nod for best screenplay (John
Patrick Shanley), and yet was somehow snubbed when it came to best
Back on Their Feet
Until this morning, it had been an awful week for "Revolutionary
Road" and "The Reader." The former was completely shut out by the
Broadcast Film Critics Assn., New York Film Critics Circle, and Los
Angles Film Critics Assn., as was the latter save for two BFCA nods
("The Reader" was one of 10 best picture nominees, which is no
great compliment, and Kate Winslet was short-listed for best
supporting actress). Just when people were beginning to count out
the two films, though, they reemerged in a big way. "Rev Road"
earned the following nominations: best picture (drama), Sam Mendes
for best director, Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor (drama), and
Kate Winslet for best actress (drama). "The Reader," meanwhile, was
acknowledged for best picture (drama), Stephen Daldry for best
director, Kate Winslet for best supporting actress, and David Hare
for best screenplay. (Both would have liked to see a few more
supporting nominations -- Michael Shannon for best supporting actor
and Kathy Bates for best supporting actress in "Rev Road," and
David Kross and Ralph Fiennes in "The Reader" --- but I'm betting
they're quite content with what they got.)
The biggest surprise to me was the snub of "Milk," which was
exempted from all of the major categories except best actor
(drama), in which presumptive favorite Sean Penn continued his
awards run. Despite the snubs in best picture (drama), best
director (Gus Van Sant), and best supporting actor (Josh Brolin and
James Franco appeared to be likely nominees), I still expect the
film to show up in all of those categories at the Oscars.
Never Say Never ...
Though the comedy "Tropic Thunder" was excluded from best picture
(musical or comedy) and director/star Ben Stiller was also snubbed,
the film made two appearances in the supporting actor category.
One, for Robert Downey Jr., was not altogether unexpected, as it
seemed the most appropriate place to honor the actor for a
remarkable comeback year in several big films. But Tom Cruise, too?
Nobody saw that coming. Expect Paramount to continue full-speed
ahead with its campaign for Downey, but not to get greedy when it
comes to Cruise.
Only in Outside of America
"In Bruges," a small, raunchy British comedy that earned only $7.8
million stateside when it was released by Focus Features way back
in February, was probably the most out-of-left-field choice today.
It earned a nomination for best picture (musical or comedy) and two
for best actor (musical or comedy). One might be tempted to chalk
up the nod for Colin Farrell to the usual HFPA star worship, but
what of the one for his rotund co-star Brendan Gleeson, a veteran
character actor? Apparently they just really liked the movie.
In the best supporting actor category: Ralph Fiennes for "The
Duchess"... really?! I mean, it was a solid performance, but where
did that come from?
The Foreigners' Take on the Foregin Race
In the category of best foreign-language film, the HFPA included
two of the three most widely regarded Oscar favorites, "Gomorra"
(Italy) and "Waltz With Bashir" (Israel), but excluded the third,
Cannes winner "The Class" (France). Instead, they chose to herald
the film that France opted not to submit as its Oscar entry in
favor of "The Class," the equally acclaimed "I've Loved You So
Long." The final two slots went to the Oscar submissions from
Sweden and Germany, "Everlasting Moments" (some suspected the HFPA
would instead go with another Swedish film, the immensely popular
"Let the Right One In") and "The Baader Meinhof Complex,"
respectively. As far as the Oscars, though, I wouldn't yet count
out Jordan's entry, the moving "Captain Abu Raed."
It should come as no surprise that the infamous HFPA packed its
best song category with selections from five of the biggest stars
in the world, who I suspect they would love to have attend their
little party. The nominees: "I Thought I Lost You" from "Bolt,"
performed by Miley Cyrus; "Once in a Lifetime" from "Cadillac
Records," performed by Beyonce Knowles; "Gran Torino" from "Gran
Torino," performed by Clint Eastwood; and early Oscar favorites
"Down to Earth" from "Wall-E," performed by Peter Gabriel; and "The
Wrestler" from "The Wrestler," performed by Bruce Springsteen.
Time of Death: 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST
The following award hopefuls desperately needed a boost from the
HFPA today but failed to get one, and are therefore in serious
trouble as far as an Oscar nomination is concerned: "Australia,"
"Defiance" and "Seven Pounds" for best picture; Baz Luhrmann
("Australia"), Gabriele Muccino ("Seven Pounds") and Edward Zwick
("Defiance") for best director; Josh Brolin ("W."), Hugh Jackman
("Australia") and Will Smith ("Seven Pounds") for best actor;
Nicole Kidman ("Australia") and Keira Knightley ("The Duchess") for
best actress; Brandon Walters ("Australia") for best supporting
actor; and Rosario Dawson ("Seven Pounds") for best supporting
2009 Golden Globes