Two great actresses received double nominations today: Meryl Streepwas nominated for best actress (drama) for "Doubt" and best actress(musical or comedy) for "Mamma Mia!," her 22nd and 23rd careerGlobe nods (she's won six), and Kate Winslet was nominated for bestactress (drama) for "Revolutionary Road" and best supportingactress 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 atthe Golden Globes must henceforth be regarded as a very seriouscontender at the Oscars. This morning, the three people who didjust 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 supportingactress 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 mighthave been the victim of category confusion (she's being pushed forlead but is really supporting); Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex and the City"), who had previously been nominated for eight Golden Globesand won four; and Debra Winger ("Rachel Getting Married"), theveteran three-time Oscar nominee and five-time Golden Globenominee, who was probably also hurt by vote-splitting with co-starRosemarie DeWitt.
The movie "Doubt" earned four acting nominations --- Meryl Streepfor best actress (drama), Philip Seymour Hoffman for bestsupporting actor, and both Amy Adams and Viola Davis for bestsupporting actress --- as well as a nod for best screenplay (JohnPatrick Shanley), and yet was somehow snubbed when it came to bestpicture (drama).
Back on Their Feet
Until this morning, it had been an awful week for "RevolutionaryRoad" and "The Reader." The former was completely shut out by theBroadcast Film Critics Assn., New York Film Critics Circle, and LosAngles Film Critics Assn., as was the latter save for two BFCA nods("The Reader" was one of 10 best picture nominees, which is nogreat compliment, and Kate Winslet was short-listed for bestsupporting actress). Just when people were beginning to count outthe two films, though, they reemerged in a big way. "Rev Road"earned the following nominations: best picture (drama), Sam Mendesfor best director, Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor (drama), andKate Winslet for best actress (drama). "The Reader," meanwhile, wasacknowledged for best picture (drama), Stephen Daldry for bestdirector, Kate Winslet for best supporting actress, and David Harefor best screenplay. (Both would have liked to see a few moresupporting nominations -- Michael Shannon for best supporting actorand Kathy Bates for best supporting actress in "Rev Road," andDavid Kross and Ralph Fiennes in "The Reader" --- but I'm bettingthey're quite content with what they got.)
The biggest surprise to me was the snub of "Milk," which wasexempted from all of the major categories except best actor(drama), in which presumptive favorite Sean Penn continued hisawards run. Despite the snubs in best picture (drama), bestdirector (Gus Van Sant), and best supporting actor (Josh Brolin andJames Franco appeared to be likely nominees), I still expect thefilm 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 itseemed the most appropriate place to honor the actor for aremarkable comeback year in several big films. But Tom Cruise, too?Nobody saw that coming. Expect Paramount to continue full-speedahead with its campaign for Downey, but not to get greedy when itcomes to Cruise.
Only in Outside of America
"In Bruges," a small, raunchy British comedy that earned only $7.8million stateside when it was released by Focus Features way backin February, was probably the most out-of-left-field choice today.It earned a nomination for best picture (musical or comedy) and twofor best actor (musical or comedy). One might be tempted to chalkup the nod for Colin Farrell to the usual HFPA star worship, butwhat of the one for his rotund co-star Brendan Gleeson, a veterancharacter 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 wheredid that come from?
The Foreigners' Take on the Foregin Race
In the category of best foreign-language film, the HFPA includedtwo 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 heraldthe film that France opted not to submit as its Oscar entry infavor of "The Class," the equally acclaimed "I've Loved You SoLong." The final two slots went to the Oscar submissions fromSweden and Germany, "Everlasting Moments" (some suspected the HFPAwould 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 countout Jordan's entry, the moving "Captain Abu Raed."
It should come as no surprise that the infamous HFPA packed itsbest song category with selections from five of the biggest starsin the world, who I suspect they would love to have attend theirlittle party. The nominees: "I Thought I Lost You" from "Bolt,"performed by Miley Cyrus; "Once in a Lifetime" from "CadillacRecords," performed by Beyonce Knowles; "Gran Torino" from "GranTorino," performed by Clint Eastwood; and early Oscar favorites"Down to Earth" from "Wall-E," performed by Peter Gabriel; and "TheWrestler" from "The Wrestler," performed by Bruce Springsteen.
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The following award hopefuls desperately needed a boost from theHFPA today but failed to get one, and are therefore in serioustrouble 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") forbest actress; Brandon Walters ("Australia") for best supportingactor; and Rosario Dawson ("Seven Pounds") for best supportingactress.