HFPA goes its own way, ‘Milk’ snubbed, ‘Button,’ ‘Frost’ and ‘Doubt’ lead with five noms each

Posted by · 5:15 am · December 11th, 2008

Golden GlobesBest nominations of the morning: Tom Cruise, Best Supporting Actor in “Tropic Thunder” and James Franco, Best Actor, “Pineapple Express.”  I’m also happy to see some love for Rebecca Hall.  Nice.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as they tend to do, went their own way this morning with a list of nominations that will certainly shake the landscape of this year’s film awards season, but I don’t expect a huge impact where Oscar is concerned.

“The Reader” is still a marginal contender at best (the studio is even pulling advertising in some outlets), while “Revolutionary Road” got a much-needed (and frankly surprising) shot in the arm.  “Milk,” meanwhile, was left with just one nomination for Best Actor.  Odd.

Guy will be working up a lengthy reaction in due time but I’m going to duck out for the time being.  The nominees:

Best Picture (Drama)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Reader”
“Revolutionary Road”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Picture (Comedy/Musical)
“Burn After Reading”
“In Bruges”
“Mamma Mia!”
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Best Actor (Drama)
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Revolutionary Road”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Micky Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)

Javier Bardem, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Colin Farrell, “In Bruges”
James Franco, “Pineapple Express”
Brendan Gleeson, “In Bruges”
Dustin Hoffman, “Last Chance Harvey”

Best Actress (Drama)
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long”
Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Actress (Comedy/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”

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Cruise, “Tropic Thunder”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Duchess”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Best 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”

Best Original Score
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Screenplay
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Foreign Film

“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“Everlasting Moments”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Waltz with Bashir”

Best Animated Feature

“Kung Fu Panda”

Best Original Score
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

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

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49 responses so far

  • 1 12-11-2008 at 5:28 am

    Diogo said...

    Benjamin Buttons
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Frost Nizon

  • 2 12-11-2008 at 5:29 am

    Diogo said...

    Original Song
    Down to Earth
    Gran Torino
    I Thought I Lost You
    Once in a Lifetime
    The Wrestler

  • 3 12-11-2008 at 5:29 am

    Diogo said...

    Best Screenplay
    They didn’t mention the films. But Hare, Morgan and Roth were there!

  • 4 12-11-2008 at 5:30 am

    Diogo said...

    they took a break now! the more important ones to come later!

    Foreign Language
    Everlasting Moment? Sweden
    Ive Loved You So Long
    Waltz With Bashir
    Something from Germany

  • 5 12-11-2008 at 5:31 am

    Diogo said...

    Kung Fu Panda

  • 6 12-11-2008 at 5:35 am

    Jake said...

    Doubt and Slumdog for Screenplay as well.

  • 7 12-11-2008 at 5:46 am

    Jake said...

    Fuck the Golden Globes. No love for The Dark Knight. Such bullshit.

  • 8 12-11-2008 at 5:47 am

    Chris said...

    Seems they didn’t hate “Revolutionary Road” after all. Phew.

  • 9 12-11-2008 at 5:49 am

    Billyboy said...

    Best Picture- Musical or Comedy

    Burn After Reading
    Mamma Mia!
    In Bruges
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  • 10 12-11-2008 at 6:03 am

    PJ said...

    Wow, massive snub for “Milk”, just the Best Actor nomination for. And Tom Cruise for Best Supporting Actor?!

  • 11 12-11-2008 at 6:03 am

    Ivich said...

    Looks like the only true winner to emerge from this is Slumdog Millionaire. Though I really wished they’d nominate “Jai Ho”. But I am happy that AR Rahman made teh cut.

  • 12 12-11-2008 at 6:12 am

    D. said...

    Royal snubs for Milk, The Dark Knight! On the other side, In Bruges really rubbed them the right way.

    Seems they went untipically snobby (eith the serious films such as The Reader, Rev Road and Frost/Nixon and even In Bruges), with a couple of very light choices (Tom Cruise – which surprised me in a positive way, also James Franco). There is no middle ground with these people!

  • 13 12-11-2008 at 6:13 am

    AJ said...

    “I Thought I Lost You” from “Bolt”
    “Once in a Lifetime” from “Cadillac Records”
    “Gran Torino” from “Gran Torino”
    “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”
    “The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler”

    I assume all but one of these will make it to the oscars. You have to go back to 2005 when only three made it. So which ones are gone at the oscars? Down to Earth and The Wrestler are probably the only two that will, with I Thought I Lost You coming in third. Unless, of course, one of them wins then they’ll be snubbed.

  • 14 12-11-2008 at 6:25 am

    Patrick F said...

    Did anybody else notice that all of the screenplay noms are adapted?
    In Bruges gets 2 nominations, but no screenplay nod, Vicky Christina Barcelona gets 3 nods but no screenplay.

    I’m surprised to see JPS get nominated for his copy-and-paste work on Doubt.

    Clint Eastwood got nominated twice for MUSIC, but got snubbed for acting. Very strange.

    I slept through half of this, so it’s taken a few minutes to convince myself these nominations aren’t a dream.

  • 15 12-11-2008 at 6:29 am

    Ben M. said...

    Well, I think if the globes had gone crazy for Revolutionary Road they would’ve nominated Shannon and/or the screenplay, so while this gives it a shot in the arm and it would’ve been dead if it missed here, I’m still not predicting it; The Reader is totally out of the race even with the globes (check out its reviews).

    But I think we are getting a clear picture of 7 likely contenders from which the BP noms will emerge: Slumdog Millionaire (which easily the frontrunner now), Milk, Benjamin Button, Wall-E, Frost/Nixon, Dark Knight, Revolutionary Road.

  • 16 12-11-2008 at 6:44 am

    NICOLASILIOP said...

    well boys and girls, It looks a pretty cool line-up to me.. I mean, The Reader and Revolutionary Road got some much needed(and diserved) love-at last, whilst edging out Milk, which is the only REAL snub. Very well done on avoiding all the Clint hoopla, they love him..but, this year it seems they tried really hard to make a point and a very dignified one. Kudos on recognizing really good comedies like In Bruges, Vicky Cristina and Happy Go Lucky. They could have done the typical bull***t with Cadillac Records and Marley and me etc. The only weird thing is .. the Tom Cruise inclusion, but let’s take it as a joke guys.

  • 17 12-11-2008 at 6:49 am

    Josh said...

    I’m psyched about In Bruges.

  • 18 12-11-2008 at 7:10 am

    Diego said...

    What!!!?? No Milk for Best Picture! ??No TDK, Wall-E, Torino or Changeling…Revolutionary Road is alive???

    Eastwood was totally snubbed for acting…and Brad pitt enters…

    And Tom Cruise for Supporting role is ridiculus! Malcovich was great in his supporting role in Changeling and Josh Brolin even better!

    Someone can explain me this nominations? This year is really strange…

  • 19 12-11-2008 at 7:22 am

    Mr. F said...

    It looks like Dustin Hoffman is a lock to win actor, but I’m hoping Brendan Gleeson will win.

  • 20 12-11-2008 at 7:25 am

    Matthew said...

    Annoying, those snubs on The Dark Knight and Milk. Although I loved their choices for comedy. To see In Bruges up there, and James Franco for Pineapple Express… well that made me all happy inside.

  • 21 12-11-2008 at 7:51 am

    Harmonica said...

    As I predicted in the other topic, the Globes gave Kate Winslet major attention. I said that either The Reader and Revolutionary Road would be nominated. What I didn’t predict was BOTH films ending up in the shortlist.

    Major, criminal snubs for Milk and The Dark Knight (coincidentally, among the best films of the year). It seems the HFPA went the conservative way, nominating two overrated films: Frost/Nixon and Slumdog Millionaire (the easy, academic choice and the indie sweetheart). While I found that disappointing, I have to say they can be bold sometimes: Tom Cruise. Wow, I love it!

  • 22 12-11-2008 at 8:02 am

    Robert said...

    Kris, is Cate Blanchett still in the game, or will her spot be taken by Sally Hawkins or Angelina Jolie? I heard that Blanchett was very good in Benjamin Button, better than both Jolie and Hawkins, even.

  • 23 12-11-2008 at 8:22 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I can’t imagine Blanchett NOT being in the game. She is sublime in the film, acting circles around Pitt. I think this was just an oddity. BFCA is a better indicator, and they went with her.

  • 24 12-11-2008 at 8:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I don’t see why it would be an either/or situation with Blanchett and Hawkins — the performances occupy very different niches. They could easily both make the cut.

  • 25 12-11-2008 at 9:01 am

    Andrew L. said...

    Tom Cruise is puzzling, and a clear indication of starfucking, but at least Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t show up. Cheers for that.

  • 26 12-11-2008 at 9:32 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Could Eastwood have been snubbed simply because not enough people saw Gran Torino?
    Also, Yay for Frost/Nixon. Well deserved.

  • 27 12-11-2008 at 10:03 am

    steamfreshmeals said...

    Paramount & Dreamworks should be thanking Katie Martin Kelly for her lobbying expertise with the HFPA on behalf of “Revolutionary Road”

  • 28 12-11-2008 at 10:06 am

    G said...

    For once the comedy categories are more interesting. I predict a big night for Benjamin Button and Vicki Cristina, with brangelina taking two home. They’re soooo predictable. Boring. The Milk snub is atrocious. And Tom Cruise! They’ve sunk to a new low.

  • 29 12-11-2008 at 10:09 am

    G said...

    Rachel got totally snubbed too. Weird!

  • 30 12-11-2008 at 10:32 am

    Robert said...

    Kris, from an acting standpoint, is Blanchett better than Jolie, Hawkins, or Winslet in their respective films? With the snubs of Eastwood, Blanchett, and Brolin in the acting category, it makes you wonder about the validity of some of the categories, especially when critics are saying that Blanchett is better than Jolie and Eastwood is better than Pitt, and Brolin is pretty good too, especially when not nominated over Tom Cruise. I’m just wondering the the acting branch of the Academy will see it differently.

  • 31 12-11-2008 at 10:59 am

    D. said...

    I dont know, I’m feeling kinda good about Tom Cruise – I mean, there’ve been better performances this year, but the swearing and shouting scenes in Tropic Thunder were perfectly and playfully executed by an untipically lively Cruise.

  • 32 12-11-2008 at 12:07 pm

    KB said...

    Tell me if I’m crazy – but I think the snub of “Milk” will actually help it with the Guilds and the Academy?

  • 33 12-11-2008 at 12:43 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    I think today hurts TDK way more than it hurts Milk.

    Question – what’s the lowest ratio of Globe Picture nominees to Oscar? 2? 3? I’m sure I could do the homework, but I’m just too damn lazy.

  • 34 12-11-2008 at 12:54 pm

    Chad said...

    Tom Cruise is a joke. Like a bad dream. But Franco in Pineapple makes up for it.

  • 35 12-11-2008 at 1:15 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    That Cruise nom is like a dream come true. Although it’s pretty striking when you consider they snubbed him for Collateral.

  • 36 12-11-2008 at 1:30 pm

    Chris said...

    It was definitely only 2 in 2005, Brian.

  • 37 12-11-2008 at 1:41 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...


    So I still feel very confident in Milk, Slumdog and Button, confident with Frost/Nixon, and then a total crapshoot between Reader, Road, Dark Knight, Wall-E and Doubt. Probably between Road and Dark Knight.

    Revolutionary Road also grabbed the EW Oscar cover, I believe. Not that it matters.

  • 38 12-11-2008 at 2:12 pm

    Casey said...

    i dont think this does anything at all to tdk. i fully expected this and i really dont this has any impact on it

  • 39 12-11-2008 at 2:36 pm

    Chris said...

    I think it’s interesting how the same people who proclaimed Revolutionary Road virtually dead after not being mentioned by the critics groups, now all seem to say that the Globes don’t affect The Dark Knight at all. Is it just me or have people ever been this biased before?

  • 40 12-11-2008 at 3:03 pm

    Diego said...

    It´s sad to say but last two years the 5 oscar´s films that were nominated for best picture were in that list…

    Bye: Milk, Changeling, Gran Torino, TDK, Wall-E, Rachel and Doubt. Nice films…but this list affect a these films…

  • 41 12-11-2008 at 3:05 pm

    Diego said...

    Sorry: “…affect all these films”

  • 42 12-11-2008 at 6:16 pm

    Marctull2 said...

    I can’t believe that Milk was shut-out in all major caregories. What were they thinking – or not? The supporting actor category is a joke! Seems like the good ole days of Pia Isadora!

  • 43 12-13-2008 at 12:25 am

    Glenn said...

    Bitch please, it’s Pia ZADORA and she is amazing.


    Diego, as already noted in the replies, there are films that have been ignored by the Globes and then nominated by the Academy. 2005 alone saw “Capote”, “Munich” and “Crash” miss out on Best Picture nominates at the Globes.

  • 44 12-26-2008 at 7:40 pm

    G said...

    The Reader is one of the worst movies of the year. Shame on the Golden Globes for snubbing Milk.

  • 45 5-05-2009 at 5:13 pm

    Jack said...

    Kate Winslet? She was pretty good in Revolutionary Road, but DiCaprio outshines her by a million. But she was dreadfully Titanic-esque in that role. There was nothing new about anything she did. And Milk? WTF. I know this has already happened, an the dreadfully decent Slumsog has already dominated, but I’m pissed.

  • 46 5-05-2009 at 5:14 pm

    Dario said...