Movie nominations: A Golden morning for Up In The Air ...
|1||Up in the Air||6 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.
|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
Up in the Air
A Single Man
|Robert Downey Jr.
(500) Days of Summer
A Serious Man
|LEAD ACTRESS||Emily Blunt
The Young Victoria
The Blind Side
The Last Station
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
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.
|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)
30 Rock (NBC)
|Michael C. Hall
The Office (NBC)
Mad Men (AMC)
Big Love (HBO)
|LEAD ACTRESS||Glenn Close
United States Of Tara (Showtime)
Mad Men (ABC)
Cougar Town (ABC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
True Blood (HBO)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Closer (TNT)
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.