We know the Golden Globes' ceremony is like the homecoming dance compared to the prom. It's fun, and it's a big deal, but it's no effing prom. So granted whoever wins at the Globes isn't likely to brag about it versus an Oscar, but stillllll....there are some clear omissions from some categories, and we're here to point them out. Feel free to comment and let us know if you think the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a bunch of idiots or geniuses.
Best Picture, Drama
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Okay, so yes, Benjamin Button is THAT good, as is Slumdog, and we've heard good things about Revolutionary Road and Frost/Nixon, but a couple of films we'd rather see on this list? I dunno...maybe The Dark Knight, perhaps? While Ledger got his deserved nom, the Batman flick was shut out of some major categories, such as this one AND Best Director. Also odd is the omission of Milk, given how well it's done with the New York, L.A., and Broadcast critics.
Best Actor, Drama
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
FRANK LANGELLA – FROST/NIXON
SEAN PENN – MILK
BRAD PITT – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
MICKEY ROURKE – THE WRESTLER
I actually have no qualms with any of these, although, it's a wee bit surprising that Clint Eastwood was left off for Gran Torino considering how much the HFPA loves the old geezer.
Best Actress, Drama
ANNE HATHAWAY – RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
ANGELINA JOLIE – CHANGELING
MERYL STREEP – DOUBT
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS – I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME)
KATE WINSLET – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
I've heard absolutely nothing about Kristin Scott Thomas' performance, so that nomination over Cate Blanchett's exquisite performance in Benjamin Button is a bit of a shocker here.
Best Picture, Comedy/Musical
BURN AFTER READING
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
In Bruges' nomination was a little unexpected too. While enjoyable, it didn't necessarily seem like normal Golden Globe fare. I thought Last Chance Harvey would have for sure snuck in here.
Best Actor, Comedy/Musical
JAVIER BARDEM – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
COLIN FARRELL – IN BRUGES
JAMES FRANCO – PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
BRENDAN GLEESON – IN BRUGES
DUSTIN HOFFMAN – LAST CHANCE HARVEY
Interesting selection actually. I'm surprised Franco didn't receive a nom for Milk in best supporting and received one for Pineapple Express instead. Usually this category is a bunch of bullshit filler, but this is a pretty good mix.
Best Actress, Comedy/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
Okay, Rebecca Hall was by no means the biggest role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and she was by no means remotely funny. So, I would not agree with her nom. No offense, I think she's very talented, but no. While I didn't love the film as much as everyone else did, I thought SURELY Sarah Jessica Parker would be in this category for the Sex and the City movie.
Best Supporting Actor
TOM CRUISE – TROPIC THUNDER
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. –TROPIC THUNDER
RALPH FIENNES – THE DUCHESS
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – DOUBT
HEATH LEDGER – THE DARK KNIGHT
TOM CRUISE? Are you shitting me? Over Franco? Honestly?!
Best Supporting Actress
AMY ADAMS – DOUBT
PENELOPE CRUZ – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
VIOLA DAVIS –DOUBT
MARISA TOMEI – THE WRESTLER
KATE WINSLET – THE READER
To be honest, I think all these ladies deserve their noms, but someone needs to be booted out to make room for Button's Taraji P. Henson. To ignore her performance is to deny one of the most touching characters in that film.
DANNY BOYLE – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
STEPHEN DALDRY – THE READER
DAVID FINCHER – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
RON HOWARD – FROST/NIXON
SAM MENDES – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
So, holy shit, this is like the Holy Grail of incredible directors, and I don't disagree with any of these either, but again, someone needs to go to make room for Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight.
So, what do you think Movie Pressers? Did the HFPA nail it or miss the mark entirely? We're a little 50-50 right now.