Yesterday the New York Film Critics Circle [NYFCC] announced their awards, and today the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the Golden Globe Award nominees. Both are viewed by the movie industry as harbingers of what's to come at the Academy Awards in February, and today's winners will use the accolades for their Oscar campaigns. Milk was the big winner with the NYFCC yesterday, nabbing three awards, including Best Picture. Mike Leigh was named best director Happy-Go-Lucky, and Jenny Lumet won best screenplay for Rachel Getting Married. Man on Wire was awarded the prize for best documentary, and critics voted Wall-E the best animated film of the year.
Over on the left coast, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the Brad Pitt weepie about a man who ages backwards, and Ron Howard’s screen adaptation of Frost/Nixon, each nabbed five Gold Globe nominations. Revolutionary Road, a heavy examination of the institution of marriage, got four nominations, including best actor in a drama (Leonardo DiCaprio), best actress in a drama (Kate Winslet) and best director (Sam Mendes). The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire, which we futilely tried to see at Anjelika on Thanksgiving weekend, also received best picture nominations. As usual, Jeffery Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere is out for blood:
Wait a minute—the Globes have blown off Frozen River's Melissa Leo? Due respect, but Leo's performance in that little snow-covered, illegal-alien-smuggling movie was a greater, fiercer and more artful emotional-volcano display than what Angelina Jolie delivered in The Changeling—and yet Jolie was Globe-nominated, at least in part because they want her to show up for the ceremony.
Ratings be damned—this isn't right... Pick up your torches, cans of lighter fluid and three-pronged pitchforks on the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica starting at 6 p.m. this evening. Look for a white flatbed truck.
The Times has a complete list of the Golden Globe nominees; Brookes Barnes notes that "Australia, the epic drama starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, was shut out completely of the major categories, a terrible harbinger for its Oscar hopes." And Kidman's career?
As for the TV side, HBO had 22 Golden Globe nominations, for its series and movies, like In Treatment (five nominations, including Best Drama, Best Actor, and two supporting actor nods) and Recount. Showtime was second, with nods for Dexter, Weeds and The Tudors, while the networks brought up the rear. Shows will multiple nominations include 30 Rock, Mad Men and The Starter Wife; NYC shows with nods were Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (for actress Mariska Hargitay) and Ugly Betty (for actress America Ferrera).