Golden Globe Nominations Announced

  • Publish Date: December 15, 2009
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Movie nominations: A Golden morning for Up In The Air ...

Top-Nominated Films
1 Up in the Air 6 noms
2 Nine 5 noms
3 Avatar 4 noms
4 Inglourious Basterds 4 noms

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday morning, and there were a few surprises -- even other than the presenters' failure to read the list of TV comedy actress nominees.

While critical favorite The Hurt Locker did score one of the five Best Picture (Drama) nominations, Up in the Air led all films with a total of six nominations, followed by two films scheduled for release this week: Avatar and Nine. The next-biggest winner was more of a surprise: Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds also received a best picture nod in addition to nominations for Tarantino in the directing and writing categories.

Although Invictus got key nominations for its director (Clint Eastwood) and lead actor (Morgan Freeman), the rugby drama failed to score a Best Picture nomination. The well-reviewed drama An Education picked up a nomination for lead actress Carey Mulligan, but nothing else. And, as expected (but only recently), the once-touted The Lovely Bones was nowhere to be found among the nominees, although the Peter Jackson-produced low-budget sci-fi hit District 9 did score a writing nomination.

On the comedy side, Meryl Streep had a big morning, picking up not one but two lead actress nominations, for her work in Julie & Julia and the upcoming It's Complicated, both of which also scored Best Picture nominations. Streep's co-star in the latter, Alec Baldwin, was unable to secure a nomination for his role, although he did pick one up for TV. Also nominated twice in the acting categories was Sandra Bullock, for drama The Blind Side and comedy The Proposal -- unlike Streep, she is not competing directly against herself.

Another critical favorite, the Coen Brothers dramedy A Serious Man, was almost shut out, with only star Michael Stuhlbarg securing a nomination. And critically-acclaimed animated films Up and Fantastic Mr. Fox were unable to sneak into the major categories, having to settle for competing in the Best Animated Film category.

The major film nominations are below. View all nominations.

Major 2009 Golden Globe Nominations: Film
Category Drama Nominees Metascore   Comedy/Musical Nominees Metascore
BEST PICTURE Avatar 89   (500) Days of Summer 76
The Hurt Locker 94   The Hangover 73
Inglourious Basterds 69   It's Complicated xx
Precious 79   Julie & Julia 66
Up in the Air 83   Nine 57
LEAD ACTOR Jeff Bridges
Crazy Heart
  Matt Damon
The Informant!
George Clooney
Up in the Air
  Daniel Day-Lewis,
Colin Firth
A Single Man
  Robert Downey Jr.
Sherlock Holmes
Morgan Freeman
  Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(500) Days of Summer
Tobey Maguire
  Michael Stuhlbarg
A Serious Man
The Young Victoria
  Sandra Bullock
The Proposal
Sandra Bullock
The Blind Side
  Marion Cotillard
Helen Mirren
The Last Station
  Julia Roberts
Carey Mulligan
An Education
  Meryl Streep
It's Complicated
Gabourey Sidibe
  Meryl Streep
Julie & Julia
DIRECTOR Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
SCREENPLAY Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Nancy Meyers, It's Complicated
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds


TV nominations: Glee joins the club

Top-Nominated Networks
1 HBO 17 noms
2 Fox 6 noms
3 Showtime 6 noms
4 NBC 5 noms
5 CBS 4 noms

In television, Fox's first-year musical comedy Glee led all shows with a total of four nominations, including one for Jane Lynch (pictured, right). Competing against Glee for best Comedy series is another newcomer, ABC's Modern Family, one of just three nominations for the alphabet network. Rounding out the Best Comedy category are a few usual suspects: NBC's 30 Rock and The Office, and HBO's Entourage, meaning that there was no room for HBO's newcomer Bored to Death, or CBS's increasingly popular (and increasingly well-reviewed) Big Bang Theory.

As it typically does, HBO led all networks -- by a large margin -- with 17 nominations, including Best Drama nods for Big Love and True Blood. AMC's oft-praised Mad Men, Showtime's Dexter and Fox's House (the sole broadcast network nominee) complete the Best Drama category.

In addition to Mad Men, several basic cable shows turned up in the list of nominations, including FX's Damages (three acting noms, including one for lead actress Glenn Close) and TNT's The Closer (for star Kyra Sedgwick). But the HFPA avoided AMC's critically-acclaimed but little-watched Breaking Bad, and did not show any interest in more challenging FX fare like Sons of Anarchy and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

The major TV nominations are below. View all nominations.

Major 2009 Golden Globe Nominations: TV
Category Drama Nominees   Comedy/Musical Nominees
BEST SERIES Big Love (HBO)   30 Rock (NBC)
Dexter (Showtime)   Entourage (HBO)
House (Fox)   Glee (Fox)
Mad Men (AMC)   Modern Family (ABC)
True Blood (HBO)   The Office (NBC)
LEAD ACTOR Simon Baker
The Mentalist (CBS)
  Alec Baldwin
30 Rock (NBC)
Michael C. Hall
Dexter (Showtime)
  Steve Carell
The Office (NBC)
Jon Hamm
Mad Men (AMC)
  David Duchovny
Californication (Showtime)
Hugh Laurie
House (Fox)
  Thomas Jane
Hung (HBO)
Bill Paxton
Big Love (HBO)
  Matthew Morrison
Glee (Fox)
Damages (FX)
  Toni Collette
United States Of Tara (Showtime)
January Jones
Mad Men (ABC)
  Courteney Cox
Cougar Town (ABC)
Julianna Margulies
The Good Wife (CBS)
  Edie Falco
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Anna Paquin
True Blood (HBO)
  Tina Fey
30 Rock (NBC)
Kyra Sedgwick
The Closer (TNT)
  Lea Michele
Glee (Fox)

The early reactions

Critics and columnists have already started posting their reactions to the Golden Globe announcements. Here's a sampling:

  • Reaction from Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post
  • Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker offers his opinions on the television nominations
  • Fellow EW writer Michael Ausiello also provides his first impressions
  • And, EW's Oscar Watch columnist Dave Karger analyzes the film omissions
  • On HitFix, Gregory Ellwood gives his take on every major category
  • Time Magazine's James Poniewozik is surprised by a lack of surprises in TV
  • NPR's Linda Holmes provides a detailed analysis of all of the major categories
  • Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil lists all of the major snubs in each category
  • Variety's Brian Lowry offers a quick take on the HFPA's star infatuation

More to come

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on January 17, 2010 (8e/5p), with comedian Ricky Gervais set to host. Film awards season continues with the announcement of the SAG Award nominations on Thursday. View a list of all of 2009's award winners and nominees.


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