‘Nine’ leads Golden Satellites with 11 nods

Posted by · 6:59 am · November 29th, 2009

Shohreh Aghdashloo in The Stoning of Soraya M.(UPDATE: Full list of categories and special awards added, including a random Best Ensemble prize for “Nine.” Also, a pointless Ten Best Films of 2009 list that leaves out some of their very own Best Picture nominees. Don’t even try to make sense of it. Thanks to Ziyad for the info.)

It isn’t really worth spending too much time talking about the Golden Satellites — after all, this is the group who last year thought “Elegy” was an original screenplay written by Philip Roth.

Still, while their nominations are typically meaningless, they are, as usual, fun to consider. At the very least, unlike many other awards bodies on the precursor track, they don’t slavishly try to anticipate the Academy’s choices. When they throw in a Best Picture nod for “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” or a Best Actress mention for Catalina Saavedra, Oscar is the furthest thing from their minds. I salute them for that.

Anyway, enjoy the list and its assorted quirks and surprises — from the exclusion of Gabourey Sidibe in Best Actress to the female triple-header in Best Director to their curious classification of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as “animated or mixed-media.” Just don’t take it too seriously.

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
“Bright Star”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“The Messenger”
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”

Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
“The Informant!”
“It’s Complicated”
“Julie & Julia”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”

Best Director
Jane Campion, “Bright Star”
Neill Blomkamp, “District 9”
Lone Scherfig, “An Education”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Rob Marshall, “Nine”
Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”

Best Actress (Drama)
Shohreh Aghdashloo, “The Stoning of Soraya M.”
Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria”
Abbie Cornish, “Bright Star”
Penélope Cruz, “Broken Embraces”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Catalina Saavedra, “The Maid”

Best Actor (Drama)
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Hugh Dancy, “Adam”
Johnny Depp, “Public Enemies”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”
Michael Sheen, “The Damned United”

Best Actress (Comedy Or Musical)
Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal”
Marion Cotillard, “Nine”
Zooey Deschanel, “(500) Days of Summer”
Katherine Heigl, “The Ugly Truth”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Actor (Comedy Or Musical)
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Bradley Cooper, “The Hangover”
Matt Damon, “The Informant!”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Nine”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man”

Best Supporting Actress
Emily Blunt, “Sunshine Cleaning”
Penélope Cruz, “Nine”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mozhan Marnò, “The Stoning of Soraya M.”
Mo’nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”

Best Supporting Actor
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
James McAvoy, “The Last Station”
Alfred Molina, “An Education”
Timothy Spall, “The Damned United”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Original Screenplay
Jane Campion, “Bright Star”
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”
Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”
Joel and Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man”
Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, “Up”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, “District 9”
Nick Hornby, “An Education”
Nora Ephron, “Julie & Julia”
Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

Best Motion Picture (Animated or Mixed Media)
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Broken Embraces”
“I Killed My Mother”
“The Maid”
“Red Cliff”
“The White Ribbon”
“Winter in Wartime”

Best Documentary Feature
“The Beaches of Agnes”
“The Cove”
“Every Little Step”
“It Might Get Loud”
“The September Issue”
“Valentino: The Last Emperor”

Best Art Direction
Terry Gilliam, Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
Nathan Crowley, Patrick Lumb and William Ladd Skinner, “Public Enemies”
Eddy Wong, “Red Cliff”
Chris Kennedy, “The Road”
Ian Philips and Dan Bishop, “A Single Man”
Barry Chusid and Elizabeth Wilcox, “2012”

Best Cinematography
Robert Richardson, “Inglourious Basterds”
Guillermo Navarro and Erich Roland, “It Might Get Loud”
Dion Beebe, “Nine”
Dante Spinotti, “Public Enemies”
Lu Yue and Zhang Yi, “Red Cliff”
Roger Deakins, “A Serious Man”

Best Costume Design
Consolata Boyle, “Chéri”
Monique Prudhomme, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
Colleen Atwood, “Nine”
Tim Yip, “Red Cliff”
Sandy Powell, “The Young Victoria”

Best Film Editing
Julian Clarke, “District 9”
Chris Innis and Bob Murawski, “The Hurt Locker”
Greg Finton, “It Might Get Loud”
Claire Simpson and Wyatt Smith, “Nine”
Angie Lam, Yang Hongyu and Robert A. Ferretti, “Red Cliff”
David Brenner and Peter S. Elliot, “2012”

Best Original Score
Gabriel Yared, “Amelia”
Marvin Hamlisch, “The Informant!”
Elliot Goldenthal, “Public Enemies”
Michael Giacchino, “Up”
Rolfe Kent, “Up in the Air”
Carter Burwell and Karen O, “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Original Song
“The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart” (T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham)
“We are the Children of the World” from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Terry Gilliam)
“Cinema Italiano” from “Nine” (Maury Yeston)
“I See in Color” from “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” (Mary J. Blige)
“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Randy Newman)
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Randy Newman)

Best Sound (Mixing and Editing)
“It Might Get Loud”
“Red Cliff”
“Terminator Salvation”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Best Visual Effects
“District 9”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“Red Cliff”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Best Ensemble

Outstanding New Talent
Gabourey Sidibe

Auteur Award
Roger Corman

Tesla Award (Achievement in Technology)
Roger Deakins

Mary Pickford Award (Outstanding Artistic Contribution)
Michael York

Ten Best Films of 2009
“Bright Star”
“An Education”
“(500) Days of Summer”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”
“Up in the Air”

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45 responses so far

  • 1 11-29-2009 at 7:06 am

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    I know this is not the Globes or SAG’s but this could be a telling exclusion for Gabby Sidibe. Precious was represented everywhere else which means the Golden Satellites really liked the film but underwhelmed with her performance.

    I think she misses the cut in favor of: Cornish, Mulligan, Streep, Mirren, Ronan (or Gyllenhall)

  • 2 11-29-2009 at 7:09 am

    Jim T said...

    I love Gyllenhaal but she won’t get nominated. The fifth spot is probably Cottilard’s or Ronan’s. Cornish is also a possibility.

  • 3 11-29-2009 at 7:10 am

    Encore Entertainment said...

    Geez you work fast. I approve.

    Okay, not to be verbose but
    1) Saw The Young Victoria, and Emily was fine but nominated? That’s surprising.

    2) NO CORALINE? I am officially pissed off.

    3) Surprised that there’s no love for Sidibe and the Satellite almost always goes on to get an Oscar nod. Fingers crossed for Mulligan?

    4) How come they’ve seen Nine but not The Lovely Bones? Just wondering.

    5)No Michelle Pfeiffer but Katherine Heigl [whom I like)? That’s just gross negligence.


    7) Yes to Johnny Depp and no to Marion in Public Enemies? Wrong.

    8) Yes to Michael Sheen but no Whishaw for Bright Star? What?

    Okay…that’s enough.

  • 4 11-29-2009 at 7:20 am

    Zizo Abul Hawa said...

    Gabby Sidibie appears in:

    Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

  • 5 11-29-2009 at 7:24 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    Andrew (Encore) you are taking these waaaay to serious :)

    they are nonsense as they’ve always been. They should actually be forbidden. Like that festival that gave Hilary Swank the best actress award for Amelia.

  • 6 11-29-2009 at 7:26 am

    Bing147 said...

    Every year the Satellites leave out some big ones. A few years ago everyone freaked about Daniel Day Lewis and TWBB being left out. Didn’t mean anything. Then again, Atonement (which had been widely screened) struggled throughout the season after missing. If something has been widely screened already and isn’t there, it might mean something. But with the December releases that haven’t been seen by very many, they may or may not have screened them. Obviously, they’ve seen Nine/Crazy Heart. Have they seen The Lovely Bones? Who knows. Invictus? Its possible, but we don’t know.

    Several that underperformed (notably The Last Station/Inglourious Basterds) we do know they saw though because they managed some nominations, just not what we were expecting. The Helen Mirren snub strikes me as especially notable… it is a very small film.

    Watch out for the girl in the Maid though. I’ve been hearing all year that if people see the film, she’s a contender. Some people have seen it obviously.

    Also worth noting is love for the Messenger. Picture and supporting actor for Harrelson. Keep an eye on that one. It popping up alongside the Hurt Locker says that people might be willing to make room for two Iraq films as long as both are good. (And it helps that they aren’t that similar)

    Then again, none of this probably means anything, or at least very, very little.

  • 7 11-29-2009 at 7:35 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Encore: Perhaps they did see “The Lovely Bones,” and just didn’t nominate it. Who knows? Who cares?

    No “snub” here means anything for the season ahead. Seriously.

  • 8 11-29-2009 at 7:37 am

    Encore Entertainment said...

    I probably am taking this too seriously. But people like Pfeiffer and Mackie need to get support anywhere they can. Helen Mirrren, I figure she won’t be hurt any.

  • 9 11-29-2009 at 7:45 am

    aristo said...

    I think Bullock will get the fifth spot, she is well-liked in the industry, her film is an unexpected hit, and best actress lacks competition from bona fide stars.

    Predix :
    Best Actress

    Best Supporting Actress

  • 10 11-29-2009 at 7:54 am

    mark said...

    Bullocks film took almost as much this weekend as twilight she really is hard to ignore this year,sometimes momentum swelsl for a performer and a feeling to me is she is in for the win.

  • 11 11-29-2009 at 8:21 am

    Alex said...

    Has anyone seen It’s Complicated?

    I’m surprised they’ve nonchalantly thrown that film into the mix. No word on any screenings or anything but I guess it must have been ready for a while. God knows Nancy Meyers is light on editing.

  • 12 11-29-2009 at 8:33 am

    Nikki said...

    Saavedra has received a couple of awards throughout the film festival circuit. Her mention here is NOT that off-putting.

  • 13 11-29-2009 at 8:59 am

    JR said...

    Alex, haven’t seen “It’s Complicated,” but the buzz is getting very loud for Baldwin in Supporting. The man is on a freaking role. To his greatly deserved credit, who would have seen 15 years ago that he’d be one of our great comedic actors? Only glimpse I can remember is his masterful turn in “Married to the Mob.”

  • 14 11-29-2009 at 9:21 am

    salma said...

    The most curious thing about these nominations is the exclusion of Helen Mirren, while they have seen the film and nominated James McAvoy. They didn’t like her performance?

    *Gabby Sidibe won outstanding new talent so her exclusion does not mean anything bad to her.
    **Saoirse Ronan: As The Lovely Bones is no where around their noms, they probably haven’t seen it so…
    ***About Bullock, I think she will make it in the end. (would be lovely to see her as a nominee at the Oscars)

  • 15 11-29-2009 at 9:24 am

    Michael said...

    It must be said its nice to see an award body think outside the box. Yes, there are probably films that weren’t screened for them. Maybe this award body means nothing in the grand scheme of things. But just as everyone will be complaining in about a month’s time for the lack of originality on the part of the various nominating boards — some of these unusual but deserving choices make me smile.

  • 16 11-29-2009 at 9:48 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I have to say I’ve always had a soft spot for the Golden Satellites even though they’re a dubious group at best in terms of legitimacy. They always manage to throw in some nominations that please me greatly, for films or performances that end up getting no love elsewhere even though they deserve to. This year is no different.

    Seeing Timothy Spall nominated for The Damned United, considering I haven’t even heard anyone else mentioning how great he was, makes me really happy. He’s my top choice of what I’ve seen so far. Michael Sheen makes me happy too, and seeing District 9 getting noted for direction and screenplay. Other off-beat choices like The Road and 2012 for Art Direction or It Might Get Loud for Cinematography also delight, not necessarily because I agree, but because they’re odd, unexpected choices and not just the same old stuff we’re going to see nominated from now on.

    In an Oscar race where everything has become so deadly serious, it’s nice with a group who doesn’t give a f#ck about being the Oscar predictor. If only more groups were like that.

  • 17 11-29-2009 at 9:50 am

    Zizo Abul Hawa said...

    Guy, how do you know I’m Ziyad when I put ZiZo as a nickname? O_o

  • 18 11-29-2009 at 10:13 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ah, sorry — I was working quickly and just saw your email address in the system. I assure you I’m not psychic, much as I’d like to be!

  • 19 11-29-2009 at 10:17 am

    Zizo Abul Hawa said...

    I know, just kidding! I don’t care, you can leave it that way.

  • 20 11-29-2009 at 10:41 am

    Josh said...

    Nothing for Star Trek?!

  • 21 11-29-2009 at 10:59 am

    david said...

    I can’t wait to see Red Cliff (the uncut original version).

  • 22 11-29-2009 at 11:01 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Zizo, you posted the nominations as a comment in the previous post under the name Ziyad.

  • 23 11-29-2009 at 11:04 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    That explains that, then!

  • 24 11-29-2009 at 11:12 am

    Adam Smith said...

    I think the “Red Cliff” love is interesting. Could it end up grabbing some technical nods?

  • 25 11-29-2009 at 12:54 pm

    RC of strangeculture said...

    I love it, everyone getting worked up at these predictions, even when we haven’t had a chance to even see a handful of the “snubbed” perforamnces, or the performances that have taken there place.

    It’s fun to see the first list come out, can’t believe NBR is so soon and golden globes in a couple weeks.

  • 26 11-29-2009 at 1:42 pm

    Maxim said...

    Kitchen Sink Awards!

    I’m sorry, make that Golden Kitchen Sink Awards!

  • 27 11-29-2009 at 1:45 pm

    Maxim said...

    And where’s Ponyo?

  • 28 11-29-2009 at 1:52 pm

    Deniz Cansi said...

    I’m glad that Johnny Depp got a nom. And seriously, no Star Trek ?

  • 29 11-29-2009 at 2:00 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    yeah, I know Johnny Depp is also thrilled he got nominated! He’s so excited. He just called to tell me he’s gonna actually attend it.

  • 30 11-29-2009 at 2:07 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I loved Public Enemies, but I still didn’t see anything award-worthy about Johnny Depp’s performance in it.

  • 31 11-29-2009 at 2:45 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    these are just silly, to have a list without seeing the lovely bones, invictus or avatar seems a little pointless. But this is the beginning of Inglorious Basterds shwing up on top 10 lists.

    Kris, Guy, are you ready?

  • 32 11-29-2009 at 2:50 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m ready. Frankly, though, I’m surprised to not to see “Basterds” show up more here, given that the Satellites often have a wackier, more European bent.

  • 33 11-29-2009 at 3:38 pm

    Tuchman Marsh said...

    Bradley Cooper? He’s the only person of the main ensemble who WASN’T funny. Helms and Galifianakis did typically great work consistent with their underappreciated careers, but Cooper was just a black hole of comedy. A minor leaguer being forced to play with the majors.

  • 34 11-29-2009 at 4:32 pm

    Me. said...

    These awards aren’t really important. They usually nominate random stuff before the Oscars. The Oscar races officialy begins with the NBR. I liked The Satellite’s Top 10 though with the exception of the Precious bitch.

  • 35 11-29-2009 at 4:40 pm

    Me. said...

    Also, did they not see Invictus, Lovely Bones and Avatar or did they just not nominate them?

  • 36 11-29-2009 at 5:20 pm

    Joel said...

    Uh. Can you say, “pointless and boring”?

    Also, even though I could spend hours picking this apart, I want to point out one that irks me:

    “AMELIA” FOR ORIGINAL SCORE???? Does anybody else find this odd? The score was the worst thing about the film.

  • 37 11-29-2009 at 5:55 pm

    Andrew R. said...

    Boring? How can you call it that when you have 3 woman going against 2 gay men and an unknown in a Best Director category? Sure they don’t mean much but they’re fun.

  • 38 11-29-2009 at 6:11 pm

    Jane said...

    Ew. Katherine Heigl? Bradley Cooper?

  • 39 11-29-2009 at 6:49 pm

    Patryk said...

    Wow. Three women and two openly gay men nominated for Best Director. Clint will be fuming.

    Just kidding, hold the floodgates!

  • 40 11-29-2009 at 7:43 pm

    Speaking English said...

    No Star Trek IS really messed up. But yeah, can’t take these things seriously.

  • 41 11-29-2009 at 7:46 pm

    Martin said...

    According to the Hollywood Reporter the Satellite’s did see ‘The Lovely Bones” and “Invictus”, they just didn’t like them.

  • 42 11-29-2009 at 9:13 pm

    Zizo Abul Hawa said...

    Oh! Right, that was at work… nevermind then. Sorry!

  • 43 11-30-2009 at 1:15 am

    jackal said...

    Cruz two nominations wowwwwwwwwww.

  • 44 11-30-2009 at 3:57 am

    lucy said...

    I’m glad Blunt got nominated she won British Actress of the year this year beating Mulligan Cornish Mirren and she could bump out Mulligan in the race of the top 5 Oscars

    My predictions at the Oscars so far

  • 45 11-30-2009 at 4:24 am

    Glenn said...

    They clearly prefered “2012” to “Star Trek”. I can’t blame them.

    The only truly interesting thing about these nominations is the love for “Soraya M”, “The Maid” and that Best Director character in which there is not one single Old White Straight Male on there. Three women, a South African newcomer and two gay men (one of which is black). Crazy stuff! Although it almost seems intentional…