Golden Globe nominees – surprises and snubs across the board

source: imdb.com

The nominees for the 66th Golden Globes have been announced, giving us a close indication of which films are likely to nab Oscar nominations next January.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Burn After Reading
Happy Go Lucky
In Bruges
Mamma Mia
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Actor – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprioRevolutionary Road
Frank LangellaFrost/Nixon
Sean Penn
Milk
Brad PittThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler

Best Actress – Drama
Anne HathawayRachel Getting Married
Angelina JolieChangeling
Meryl StreepDoubt
Kristin Scott ThomasI’ve Loved You So Long
Kate WinsletRevolutionary Road

Best Actor – Comedy
Javier BardemVicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell In Bruges
James FrancoPineapple Express
Brendan GleesonIn Bruges
Dustin HoffmanLast Chance Harvey

Best Actress – Comedy
Rebecca HallVicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally HawkinsHappy Go Lucky
Frances McDormandBurn After Reading
Meryl StreepMamma Mia
Emma ThompsonLast Chance Harvey

Best Supporting Actor
Tom CruiseTropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr Tropic Thunder
Ralph FiennesThe Duchess
Philip Seymour HoffmanDoubt
Heath LedgerThe Dark Knight

Best Supporting Actress
Amy AdamsDoubt
Penelope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola DavisDoubt
Marisa TomeiThe Wrestler
Kate WinsletThe Reader

Best Director
Danny BoyleSlumdog Millionaire
Stephen DaldryThe Reader
David FincherThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron HowardFrost/Nixon
Sam MendesRevolutionary Road

Best Screenplay
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt

Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Original Song
Bolt – I Thought I Lost You
Cadillac Records – Once in a Lifetime
Gran Torino – Gran Torino
WALL-E – Down to Earth
The Wrestler – The Wrestler

Best Original Score
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Defiance
Frost/Nixon
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Film
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

Surprises:

James Franco grabbing a nomination for Pineapple Express. After suffering in the Spiderman series for the better part of the decade, this talented actor has finally carved out some recognition for himself. Nice work!

Robert Downey Jr getting a nomination for Tropic Thunder was great, but we kind of saw it coming expected. But a nomination for Tom Cruise too! Hells yeah!

I was very pleased to see In Bruges and Happy Go Lucky getting a lot of recognition. Here are two great, sorely underated films (until now).

Snubs:

Milk and The Dark Knight only getting one nomination each, despite excellent showings in the critic awards.

Cate Blanchett not getting a nod for Benjamin Button! And she get’s nominated for ANYTHING!

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel missing out on an acting nod. The Globes are notorious for passing over lesser known actors for big stars in the acting categories.

WALL-E excluded from the Best Musical or Comedy category. In it’s place? Mamma Mia. Yikes.

Television:

Over in the television categories, a bunch of newcomers dominated the Drama section while some old favourites held onto the Comedy sections.

In Treatment scored five nominations, and will compete in the Best Drama section with the amazing Mad Men (three noms), True Blood, Dexter and House (2 noms).

30 Rock and Entourage received three nominations, and are up against The Office, Californication and Weeds (two noms) in the Best Comedy category.

Check out the whole list of winners here.

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