The 2008 Golden Globe Award Nominations have been released, giving a look inside who might take home one of the trophies at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards Ceremony. The list of Golden Globe Nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association cover films with release dates up until December 31st of 2008, and the nominations themselves cover quite a wide range of films indeed. There are some definite surprises along the way, but also quite a few familiar faces as people like Meryl Streep, Kristin Scott Thomas, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo Dicaprio have found themselves nominated once again this year.
Typically, the Golden Globe Nominations gives insight into how the Academy Awards Nominations are going to go later on in the film year, but it isn’t always indicative of exactly who will take home the awards in the end. Fans of The Dark Knight may be disappointed to learn that it only took home one nomination, stemming from Heath Ledger’s great performance in the category of supporting actor. Leading the way for the nominations was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, and Frost/Nixon, which each took home 4 nominations respectively. Following that were several films that took home 4 Golden Globe Nominations, including The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
From the category of Best Motion Picture (Drama), the independent films racked up many of the nominations, with probably only one of the films geared up to make a big splash at the box office. The nominees in for the Best Motion Picture (Drama) were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, and Slumdog Millionaire. This may be a wide range of choices, but it also could lead to an alienation by viewers, who may not care as much to learn that more smaller films are getting nominated than films they have actually seen.
In the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama, the nominations went to Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Meryl Streep (Doubt), Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved you So Long), and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road). In the category of Best Actor in a Drama, the nominations went to Leonardo Dicaprio (Revolutionary Road), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler). There are a number of familiar people in these categories, all of which stand a chance of winning. The only problem being, will the audience care when the Golden Globes are aired live, on NBC at 8pm, on January 11, 2009.
It may be up to the television nominations to draw viewers in to this years Golden Globes, as people like Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, and Michael C. Hall brought in nominations for their respective shows. The question though, is whether the show will have enough mass appeal with so many independent films getting such a large number of nominations.
Source: Golden Globes Main Site
Complete List of 2008 Golden Globe Nominations:
PICTURE, DRAMA: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Visitor.”
PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: “Burn After Reading,” “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “In Bruges,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE: “Baader Meinhof Complex,” “Everlasting Moments,” “Gomorrah,” “I’ve Loved You So Long,” “Waltz With Bashir.”
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”; Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”; David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”; Sam Mendes, “Revolutionary Road.”
DRAMATIC ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Revolutionary Road”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”
DRAMATIC ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kristin Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long”; Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road.”
ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Javier Bardem, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Colin Farrell, “In Bruges”; James Franco, “Pineapple Express”; Brendan Gleeson, “In Bruges”; Dustin Hoffman, “Last Chance Harvey.”
ACTRESS, COMEDY OR 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.”
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tom Cruise, “Tropic Thunder”; Robert Downey, Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Ralph Fiennes, “The Duchess”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams, “Doubt”; Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Viola Davis, “Doubt”; Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
ANIMATED FILM: “Bolt,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Wall-E.”
SCREENPLAY: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”; David Hare, “The Reader”; Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”; Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt.”
ORIGINAL SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Clint Eastwood, “Changeling”; James Newton Howard, “Defiance”; Hans Zimmer, “Frost/Nixon”; A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
SONG: “Down to Earth” (performed by Peter Gabriel, written by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman), “Wall-E”; “Gran Torino” (performed by Clint Eastwood), “Gran Torino”; “I Thought I Lost You” (performed Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, written by Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele), “Bolt”; “Once in a Lifetime,” (performed by Beyonce), “Cadillac Records”; “The Wrestler” (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen), “The Wrestler.”
DRAMATIC TV SERIES: “Dexter,” “House M.D.,” “In Treatment,” “Mad Men,” “True Blood.”
ACTOR, TV DRAMA: Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House M.D.”; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “The Tudors.”
ACTRESS, TV DRAMA: Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”; Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”; January Jones, “Mad Men”; Anna Paquin, “True Blood”; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer.”
TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: “Californication,” “Entourage,” “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Weeds.”
ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Kevin Connolly, “Entourage”; David Duchovny, “Californication”; Tony Shalhoub, “Monk.”
ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?”; America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife”; Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds.”
MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: “Cranford,” “Bernard and Doris,” “John Adams,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Recount.”
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Judi Dench, “Cranford”; Laura Linney, “John Adams”; Catherine Keener, “An American Crime”; Shirley MacLaine, “Coco Chanel”; Susan Sarandon, “Bernard and Doris.”
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Ralph Fiennes, “Bernard and Doris”; Paul Giammatti, “John Adams”; Kevin Spacey, “Recount”; Keifer Sutherland, “24: Redemption”; Tom Wilkinson, “Recount.”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Eileen Atkins, “Cranford”; Laura Dern, “Recount”; Melissa George, “In Treatment”; Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”; Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment.”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”; Denis Leary, “Recount”; Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”; Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”; Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams.”
CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Steven Spielberg.