In what’s usually seen as an indicator as to which way the Oscars will be heading, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association last night handed out its annual Golden Globe awards. Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the event rewarded film and television work over the past 12 months, and managed to throw up a few surprises.
Perhaps, to be fair, we shouldn’t be surprised by James Cameron taking home Best Motion Picture: Drama and Best Director for Avatar, but if we were his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, we might feel that we’ve been robbed. Hollywood loves its money (and no film has made as much as Avatar since Titanic), hence the Academy is likely to lavish Oscar nominations on the film too (some deserved, we should add), but is it a better movie than The Hurt Locker? We’ll let you debate that one.
We don’t see The Hangover, which won Best Picture: Comedy Or Musical picking up a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and we wonder if the leading five are now going to be Avatar, Up In The Air, The Hurt Locker, possibly Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire and Inglourious Basterds. That’s the quintet that the Globes nominated in its Motion Picture: Drama category: will they be the Best Picture Oscar nominees too?
Elsewhere, interesting to see Sandra Bullock pick a gong for Best Actress In A Motion Picture: Drama for The Blind Side. We wonder if she’s just been installed as the front runner for a Best Actress Oscar off the back of that. It’s in her favour that the field isn’t particularly strong again this year, and that Meryl Streep already has a mantelpiece groaning under the weight of awards. It might just be Bullock’s year.
It might, wonderfully, be Jeff Bridges’ too. We’ve not seen Crazy Heart yet, but Bridges is long overdue awards attention. Colin Firth in A Single Man may be his biggest threat to taking home Oscar gold, but we’ll get a clearer idea of that when the nominations themselves appear.
We can’t be alone in being thrilled that Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his stunning, scene-stealing turn in Inglourious Basterds, and with Mo’Nique taking home Best Supporting Actress for Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire, we’d be amazed if the pair didn’t add Oscars to their haul too.
Likewise, Up is a shoo-in for Best Animated Feature, and it’d be great to see the Oscars repeat the giving of a Best Screenplay prize to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for the terrific Up In The Air (we’re still struggling that the Globes believed the screenplay for the shitty It’s Complicated was worthy of a nomination, mind).
On the television side, we were delighted beyond measure to see John Lithgow and Michael C Hall recognised for their stunning work in Dexter. Next year, Lost is, presumably, going to sweep most of the TV prizes, but this year, Dexter has been the best programme on the box. And the tension that Hall and Lithgow generated is up there with any TV programme or movie over the past 12 months.
We’re happy too to see Alec Baldwin rewarded for 30 Rock, and for the superb Mad Men to win Best Television Series: Drama (even though it’s not better than Dexter!). Predictably, Glee took the Comedy Or Musical equivalent. And Chloe Sevigny for Big Love was a good shout.
Enough babble from us: here’s the list of nominees and winners, and leave your own thoughts in the comments. Is it going to be James Cameron’s year to be king of the world at the Oscars again, we wonder? The race has most certainly begun…
BEST MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA Avatar
Nominees: The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire Up in the Air
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA Sandra Bullock: The Blind Side
Nominees: Emily Blunt: The Young Victoria Helen Mirren: The Last Station Carey Mulligan: An Education Gabourey Sidibe: Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: DRAMA Jeff Bridges: Crazy Heart
Nominees: George Clooney: Up in the Air Colin Firth: A Single Man Morgan Freeman: Invictus Tobey Maguire: Brothers
BEST MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL The Hangover
Nominees: (500) Days of Summer It’s Complicated Julie & Julia Nine
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Meryl Streep: Julie & Julia
Nominees: Sandra Bullock: The Proposal Marion Cotillard: Nine Julia Roberts: Duplicity Meryl Streep: It’s Complicated
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Robert Downey Jr.: Sherlock Holmes
Nominees: Matt Damon: The Informant! Daniel Day-Lewis: Nine Joseph Gordon-Levitt: (500) Days of Summer Michael Stuhlbarg: A Serious Man
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Up
Nominees: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Fantastic Mr. Fox Coraline The Princess and the Frog
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM The White Ribbon (Germany)
Nominees: Baaria (Italy) Broken Embraces (Spain) The Maid (Chile) A Prophet (France)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE Mo’Nique: Precious: Based On The Novel “Push” By Sapphire
Nominees: Penelope Cruz: Nine Vera Farmiga: Up in the Air Anna Kendrick: Up in the Air Julianne Moore: A Single Man
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE Christoph Waltz: Inglourious Basterds
Nominees: Matt Damon: Invictus Woody Harrelson: The Messenger Christopher Plummer: The Last Station Stanley Tucci: The Lovely Bones
BEST DIRECTOR: MOTION PICTURE James Cameron: Avatar
Nominees: Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker Clint Eastwood: Invictus Jason Reitman: Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino: Inglourious Basterds
BEST SCREENPLAY: MOTION PICTURE Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner: Up In The Air
Nominees: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell: District 9 Mark Boal: The Hurt Locker Nancy Meyers: It’s Complicated Quentin Tarantino: Inglourious Basterds
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: MOTION PICTURE Michael Giacchino: Up
Nominees: Marvin Hamlisch: The Informant! James Horner: Avatar Abel Korzeniowski: A Single Man Karen O and Carter Burwell: Where The Wild Things Are
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: MOTION PICTURE The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart
Nominees: Cinema Italiano from Nine I Want to Come Home from Everybody’s Fine I Will See You from Avatar Winter from Brothers
BEST TELEVISION SERIES: DRAMA Mad Men
Nominees: Big Love Dexter House True Blood
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES: DRAMA Julianna Margulies: The Good Wife
Nominees: Glenn Close: Damages January Jones: Mad Men Anna Paquin: True Blood Kyra Sedgwick: The Closer
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES: DRAMA Michael C. Hall: Dexter
Nominees: Simon Baker: The Mentalist Jon Hamm: Mad Men Hugh Laurie: House Bill Paxton: Big Love
BEST TELEVISION SERIES: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Glee (Fox)
Nominees: 30 Rock (NBC) Entourage (HBO) Modern Family (ABC) The Office (NBC)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Toni Collette: United States Of Tara
Nominees: Courteney Cox: Cougar Town Edie Falco: Nurse Jackie Tina Fey: 30 Rock Lea Michele: Glee
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Alec Baldwin: 30 Rock
Nominees: Steve Carell: The Office David Duchovny: Californication Thomas Jane: Hung Matthew Morrison: Glee
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Grey Gardens
Nominees: Georgia O’Keeffe Into the Storm Little Dorrit Taking Chance
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Drew Barrymore: Grey Gardens
Nominees: Joan Allen: Georgia O’Keeffe Jessica Lange: Grey Gardens Anna Paquin: The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Sigourney Weaver: Prayers for Bobby
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Kevin Bacon: Taking Chance
Nominees: Kenneth Branagh: Wallander: One Step Behind Chiwetel Ejiofor: Endgame Brendan Gleeson: Into the Storm Jeremy Irons: Georgia O’Keeffe
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Chloe Sevigny: Big Love
Nominees: Jane Adams: Hung Rose Byrne: Damages Jane Lynch: Glee Janet McTeer: Into the Storm
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION John Lithgow: Dexter
Nominees: Michael Emerson: Lost Neil Patrick Harris: How I Met Your Mother William Hurt: Damages Jeremy Piven: Entourage