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Golden Globe Nominations Breakdown: The Movies

Ever since the 2008 Golden Globe nominations were announced bright and early this morning (especially so for us West Coasters) I've been dying to spew my thoughts about them. In regard to the movie noms, here's what I think is the good (yay, Atonement!), the bad (no love for Waitress = sad) and the ugly (seriously, John Travolta? Come on!).

Oh, The Drama!
So much drama. Do we really need seven Best Dramatic Picture nominees? Of those seven, I would easily eliminate Eastern Promises (which I liked very much, but it isn't in the same league as movies like Atonement or American Gangster) and Michael Clayton which could maybe get the Snooze Award, but not Best Dramatic Picture. On the other hand, I'm baffled that 3:10 to Yuma didn't make it here.

I'm Really, Really Not There.
The Bob Dylan drama I'm Not There went almost entirely unrecognized (with the exception of one much-deserved nod to Cate Blanchett as Supporting Actress), and you won't find me disputing this.

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Who Else Is Not There?

  • No love for either Christian Bale or Russell Crowe. Bale surprises me because I think he's deserving for his performance in 3:10 to Yuma, though while the absence of Russell Crowe surprises me, I'm not unhappy about his snub.
  • It's true, Emile Hirsch is not on the list, either, though at least this ensures that we won't hear any more of his stupid acceptance speeches. I thought he did a fine job in Into the Wild, but frankly, I'm okay with him not taking home any Golden Globes. I understand this is not the popular vote and yet, I stand by it.
  • The one nod for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford goes to Casey Affleck, with Brad Pitt's name missing entirely from the list. Interesting.
  • I have such a soft spot in my heart for Keri Russell and her performance in Waitress. I wish she'd been nominated.

Know What Else Is Missing? A Lil' Bit O' Diversity
Denzel is deserving of his nomination (though it's for The Great Debaters and surprisingly not for his role in American Gangster), but we can now count the number of non-white folks listed on one finger. If nothing else, they definitely should have nominated members of the superb cast of The Kite Runner.

I'm Quite Happy With the Supporting Actress Category, But...
...if I were in charge, I would have given props to Emily Mortimer for her lovely performance in Lars and the Real Girl. Just saying.

Oscar Survivors
It's nice to see that Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett haven't fallen victim to the Oscar Curse (looking at you Charlize Theron and Hilary Swank) — they're still joining some great projects and receiving kudos for their stellar performances.

Define "Comedy."
In what universe does John Travolta's cross-dressing, fat-suit-donning, overacting flailing about in Hairspray constitute "funny" or, even, "okay"? And I can see why Judd Apatow's humor is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm still surprised that bizarro-Travolta gets a nod and Apatow gets zip (the John C. Reilly nomination for Walk Hard notwithstanding). In this same vein, absolutely no love for Michael Cera? Sheesh. It's like my Great-Aunt Marge told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association what she thought was funny and they went with that. However, I am pleased with the overall Juno love.

So do tell: what are your thoughts on the movie nominations?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
have you seen the clips of "im not there" with cate? its awful, laughable almost like some SNL skit.
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
I too am upset that there was no love for 3:10 to Yuma. Christian Bale and Ben Foster were awesome in that film and both deserved nominations. Ben Foster has pulled out quite a few movie stealing supporting performances lately with little to no recognition. As for Emile Hirsch, I believe he deserved a nomination for Into the Wild, but not necessarily the win. I have to agree with Buzz a bit here about how he comes off in interviews. Before seeing Into the Wild I really disliked him because he just seemed so overrated and ego inflated. I think that is why I was happily surprised to see his performance in this film. I also went to a Q&A where he was speaking about the film and was impressed to see that he had grown up a bit. He definitely has a slouching problem though and can come off disinterested, but who knows if his body language is actually portraying what he is feeling. As for Sean Penn, I do believe he deserved a Directing nomination. The film was beautifully shot and captured a time and place and story so perfectly. Other move snubs that annoyed me were Keri Russell, Waitress (the film and directing) and Ben Affleck's directing of Gone Baby Gone. As for the TV nods, YAY for Pushing Daisies. I was sad to see Kristin Chenoweth snubbed as she is HILARIOUS! I too am curious as to how Grey's got a nom this year. I know many a loyal viewer who stopped watching this season altogether! If any of the actresses deserved a nomination for this season it would have been Ellen Pompeo, who is finally fully realizing Meredith. Okay, that is enough rambling...haha!
bohosimple bohosimple 9 years
I was very upset about no love (other than a supporting actress nomination) for Gone Baby Gone! It got such buzz when it came out, but received nothing for main actor, director, or picture. What gives?
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
I agree with the American Gangster comments. Very overrated even though the art direction was great. That ending (i.e. "Amazing Grace" in the background), come on, haven't we seen that before? Josh Brolin was really good in the film though and he was wonderful in No Country. He totally deserves to be recognized!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I'm upset about 3:10 to Yuma being ignored.When is Christian Bale going to be recognized for anything? He's fantastic in every movie he does. Heck, he should have gotten an Oscar for playing Laurie in Little Women! These award shows really mean nothing in terms of acting ability. Look how many times Johnny Depp has been snubbed. I'm sure he will be again this year. It's ridiculous. And WHY OH WHY is Keri Russell not nominated? I'm boycotting.
JaxlynNicole JaxlynNicole 9 years
I'm so happy to hear I wasn't the only one completely dumbfounded at there being no mention of 3:10 to Yuma! Once again, nods for Tom Hanks (tries for an award with every movie he makes), Julia Roberts (ugh, snooze!) and Denzel Washington (Training Day? Are you kidding? If he was going to win, it should've been for Man on Fire!)... wow, those were surprising. They are so over rated, it's been irritating me for years. Sooooo nice to see Mary Louise Parker nominated again - Weeds is a great show and her performance is always the best :) Keira Knightley is definitely on a roll... for some reason, I really like her! I haven't seen Atonement yet, but am going tomorrow... can't wait to see all the great 30's costumes, hair and makeup :) My biggest disappointment: What about Josh Brolin?!?! No Country for Old Men was a completely amazing movie... one of those movies that just totally surprises you and puts you on edge effortlessly. Javier Bardem is part of the reason it is what it is, but Josh Brolin was just plain AWESOME... lets hope there's some slim chance that the Oscar's won't be so stupid as to leave him out. YAY for Holly Hunter, Anna Friel and Lee Pace - Saving Grace and Pushing Daisies are the most original shows out there (two of my favorites!) Okay, I've taken a deep breath... thanks for letting me get all this out, no one around me knows anything about movies or tv!!!!! :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
no has really talked about it yet, but I thought angelina jolie as mariane pearl was amazing. The scene that she finds out about danny had me crying and I'm NOT a movie cryer. It was so powerful. I cannot Stand Jodie Foster I think she is SO over rated. I haven't seen Atonement yet, but I'm hearing good things so I really want to check it out before the globes! GO DEXTER! I'm super stoked for Michael C Hall to get nominated. I LOVE dexter, it's such a great show. I can't wait for the season finale. And I'd really like 30 rock to win some stuff, that show is awesome. As for 3:10, I though it was a GREAT movie. It's a re-make from a 50's movie. Christian bale was Awesome. His foot was amputated but I don't think him running around ruined the movie. It's not like he sprinting a marathon, he hobbled and fell and struggled through plenty of it. It was kind of painful to watch! and I thought the ending was great. Sad but great. Won't go into it so no one get's the movie ruined. See it!
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I'm with genvessel on American Gangster. I was not impressed. I found it slow, boring, and territory that's been covered before. None of the characters were really that interesting to me. And the structure of the story itself, with switching back and forth between Denzel and Russell's characters, who were leading seemingly unconnected lives until the very end when their characters finally meet and cross paths, was not effective. I won't say their performances were poor, but interesting, well-written characters make for better performances, that's just the way it is. 3:10 to Yuma on the other hand was one of my favorites this year. I personally loved the ending. I don't recall the detail of the horse chasing him that bluesarahlou mentions. I just remember these really compelling characters and how brilliantly and poignantly the relationship changes between Christian Bale and Crowe. I think it deserves best screenplay nod at least. Across the Universe was great and I think it deserves a nomination for best musical at the Globes. When it comes to best picture at the Oscars now, definitely not. Emile Hirsch - I thought he did a phenomenal job in this role. I still get goosebumps when I think of him looking out over that hill at the running wolves, his eyes swelling up with tears. It was a beautiful movie, with beautiful performances all around. From what I've read of him in interviews he doesn't say much about how he had to lose all the weight towards the end. I think he does do rather awkward interviews/speeches though. but actors aren't nominated for the eloquence offscreen. I was happy to see Hirsch and Penn get some recognition with Critic's Choice nominations. Well deserved, in my opinion.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I can't believe John Travolta got nominated! He was the worst part of that movie.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
That's true, pearlgirl, I wasn't impressed with him, but it wouldn't have taken much, like maybe common courtesy would have been nice. I also just honestly don't think he deserves a Golden Globe or an Oscar for this role. This is simply my opinion, and I don't think it's "harsh," it's just my opinion. Also, I did actually meet him, so I have a sense for how respectful — or not — he appears to be of this story.
pearlgirl pearlgirl 9 years
His Gotham Awards speech was awkward at best, but I truly don't believe his comments were intended to degrade Chris's memory. Emile has said in interviews that prior to ITW, he was living an unhealthy lifestyle and consuming a lot of fast food. ITW taught him to live healthier. He has been nothing but respectful of the McCandless family, especially Chris's sister, Carine. I have a hard time believing he meant it as a "gee, thank you for dying Chris" joke. He seemed nervous and frankly that was a tough crowd. As for his physical changes, it seems to me that the interviewers have focused on that more than he has (I'm not saying you specifically, Buzz--just in general). He's even, in some instances, been reluctant to answer questions regarding his exact diet. But anyway, judging from your interview, I don't think you were all that impressed with him. "Young Emile is not one to ramble on (or even sit upright while you're talking to him, really)".
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
genvessel, I so agree with you on your assessment of Hairspray and John Travolta's Edna. Nikki Blonsky, though, was brilliant, so good for her.
esmerb esmerb 9 years
I'm upset that Waitress and Knocked Up were both ignored! I'm mad at the Golden Globes!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I do think Emile did a fine job in the movie. However, he so often focuses on the physical change he went through for the film, which was probably difficult for him, but it seems to me maybe the actual life and death of the human being he was portraying might be a little more important. His acceptance speech at the Gotham Awards, for example, included this gem, "Before I got this role I was sitting on my couch 35 pounds overweight with a shaved head, so thank you." Yeah, so... 'thanks, Chris McCandless, for dying a horrible death so I could portray you!' To me, it makes his performance less meaningful when he concentrates so much on how "crazy" it was that he lost all that weight. It's not just things I've read that he's said; I've also interviewed him.
JLMac JLMac 9 years
I agree with Pinkflats - give us the scoop on Emile, Buzz!
JLMac JLMac 9 years
Wow - i was totally unaware of Emile's growing ego and ridiculous acceptance speeches!
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I loved Across the Universe. I thought it was imaginative and fun. It definitely wasn't for everyone, but most smaller movies aren't. If you've ever seen any of the earlier Beatles movies, they were a lot like the acid trip that this movie is. So, to me, the weirdness of this movie really fit.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
OMG so buzz has beef with emile hirch, insteresting. what did he say in his acceptance speech that you find stupid buzz? do tell, please. so i take it the golden globes won't be interesting this year with some of the "eh" nominations.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I thought 3:10 to Yuma sucked. I think the acting was good but there were two things that really annoyed me... How in the world could a guy with an amputated foot run and jump over buildings like that? Maybe with today's technology, but I'm sure whatever artificial foot he had goin on back then wouldn't withstand all that tumbling, sprinting, and jumping. I HATED, HATED the ending. With the horse chasing him in the train? C'mon....dumb. I could've overlooked the foot thing, but the way it ended killed the movie for me. I agree Ben Foster was great though.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I understand the beef with Emile Hirsch, but I wanted him to get a nom...and not the award. Recognize a fantastic performance, but keep his steadily inflating ego in check. I'm pretty bummed that there was no nom for him and none for Into the Wild within the 7 (!) nominated drama flicks. I totally agree with you, Buzz, about Keri Russell! In fact, I'd have liked to see Waitress in the noms for Best Comedy, but alas. I thought the biggest snubbed performance, however, was Ben Foster's psychotic side kick Charlie in 3:10 to Yuma. Crowe and Bale were fantastic, but Foster blew me away. I was surprised to see that the film was pretty much overlooked...but shocked when I didn't see Foster's name. It's even harsher to see that Travolta may have stolen that nom away from him. Ouch.
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
I think Knocked Up deserves a best screenplay nomination but that's just me... am i the only one who acknowledges the ridiculousness of nominating Across The Universe out of nowhere???? I think I've posted about this three times today and I'm starting to sound like a crazy person but I thought that movie was the biggest mess I've ever seen. I agree with buzz on emily mortimer. she was just darling in that role.
pearlgirl pearlgirl 9 years
"It's true, Emile Hirsch is not on the list, either, though at least this ensures that we won't hear any more of his stupid acceptance speeches." Harsh...what do you have against Emile? He definitely should have been nominated. I only hope The Academy doesn't make the same ridiculous error in judgment.
genvessel genvessel 9 years
nikki blonsky absolutely deserves her nod, but i am on the fence about john travolta. i did not love the way he chose to play edna and felt it was a bit of a blight on an otherwise amazing movie. i feel that christian bale also deserves love for 3:10 to Yuma, but am completely okay that Brad Pitt got nothing for the longest movie ever. I kind of hated American Gangster, but it was clearly going to get nominated for things, so i can make peace.
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