‘Up in the Air’ leads with six Golden Globe nominations

Posted by · 7:02 am · December 15th, 2009

Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock HolmesApologies for the lateness getting these up.  I decided to sleep in and I’m sure Guy had better things to do.  These, as ever, are schmoozed and bought and paid for, as usual.  You don’t need to look much further than Clint Eastwood’s nomination (when his film couldn’t get into the Best Picture line-up) for evidence of that.  So getting up at 5:00 in the morning just wasn’t on my list of priorities.

I am, however, happy to see “District 9” get another screenplay nomination, which keeps hope alive.  And though expected (for reasons of both quality and celebrity), my favorite nomination is Robert Downey Jr.’s for “Sherlock Holmes.” I think it’s actually a masterful performance that deserves serious awards talk.  But these are all critics citations in a bubble until we hear what the industry itself thinks via guild nominations, so it’s going to be varying degrees of the same old thing for a while.

In any case, here are the nominees are:

Best Picture (Drama)
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Up in the Air”

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
“(500) Days of Summer”
“The Hangover”
“It’s Complicated”
“Julie & Julia”

Best Actor (Drama)
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Tobey Maguire, “Brothers”

Best Actress (Drama)
Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabby Sidibe, “Precious”

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical)
Matt Damon, “The Informant!”
Daniel Day Lewis, “Nine”
Robert Downey Jr., “Sherlock Holmes”
Joseph Gordon Levitt, “(500) Days of Summer”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man”

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical)
Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal”
Marion Cotillard, “Nine”
Julia Roberts, “Duplicity”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
Meryl Streep, “It’s Complicated”

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Clint Eastwood, “Invictus”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’nique, “Precious”
Julianne Moore, “A Single Man”

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Screenplay
Neill Blomkampt & Terri Tatchell, “District 9”
Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”
Nancy Meyers, “It’s Complicated”
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Animated Film
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”

Best Original Score
Michael Giacchino, “Up”
Marvin Hamlisch, “The Informant!”
James Horner, “Avatar”
Abel Krozeniowski, “A Single Man”
Karen O and Carter Burwell, “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Broken Embraces”
“The Maid”
“Un Prophete”
“The White Ribbon”

Best Original Song
“Cinema Italiano” from “Nine”
“I Want To Come Home” from “Everybody’s Fine”
“I See You” from “Avatar”
“The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”
“Winter” from “Brothers”

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  • 1 12-15-2009 at 8:38 am

    Lance said...

    Morgan – I’ve thought about that too, especially with Mike Leigh scripts where the actors improvise to create the script. Sometimes, it’s really impossible to fairly judge the screenplay category. Probably all movies include some improvised lines that make the movie so much better. Also, the director can make cuts that dramatically alter how the screenplay is looked at.

  • 2 12-15-2009 at 8:42 am

    McGuff said...

    joeyjoey — I wouldn’t nominate it for Best Pic, but I’d certainly give Gabby and Mo’Nique nominations and not Lee Daniels. I thought his tinkerings with the film were distracting, and at times (as Guy mentioned in his review, IIRC), bordering on insulting. It’s like Rachel Getting Married last year — the ego of the director standing in the way of a fantastic ensemble.

  • 3 12-15-2009 at 8:46 am

    Morgan said...

    “can someone explain how precious can be nominated for best pic, best actress (sidibe) and supporting actress (mo’nique), but lee daniels is snubbed in the best director category?”

    Because directing involves a lot more than eliciting performances from actors?

  • 4 12-15-2009 at 8:48 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    i would nominate gabby and monique but not daniels, his direction was way to much at time and was the reason this movie has all its backlash

  • 5 12-15-2009 at 8:50 am

    Simone said...

    Is anyone else kinda bummed out that The Road has been snubbed? Esp for Viggo as Best Actor?

  • 6 12-15-2009 at 8:54 am

    tintin said...

    And RONAN???

  • 7 12-15-2009 at 9:00 am

    Patrick said...

    I’m starting to feel a Sandra Bullock win. The amount of love that is being sent her way is the kind of thing that can usually derail a worthy frontrunner in favor of a favorite star.

  • 8 12-15-2009 at 9:04 am

    Kate Winslet said...

    Streep (Julia) and Clooney will win because Hollywood wants them to win Oscars and the Globes will follow suit to cement their destiny and build on their campaigns. This makes the Best Actress Drama and Best Actor Comedy/Musical the big acting categories where there may be upsets, because the members will know they can pick whoever they want.

  • 9 12-15-2009 at 9:16 am

    Lance said...

    Simone – Yeah, I agree about Viggo. I’d put him there above Clooney and Maguire. I haven’t seen the rest of the actors in that category yet.

  • 10 12-15-2009 at 9:18 am

    Joel said...

    I just want “Modern Family” to win. That is the funniest show on TV right now. “Community” lost some spark.

  • 11 12-15-2009 at 9:21 am

    R.J. said...

    I guess I’m the only one who thought “Duplicity” was underrated.

    I also would’ve liked to have seen Lee Daniels get nominated for Director, but I still think he get the Oscar nomination. The nod for Emily Blunt is a bit of a surprise as well, I can’t say I’m frustrated by it because I haven’t seen the film.

  • 12 12-15-2009 at 9:22 am

    Morgan said...

    I keep getting the feeling that The Road has been buried… not just for awards, but for release in general. Did it ever go wide?

  • 13 12-15-2009 at 9:28 am

    Nel said...

    The Bright Star shut out pains me.
    A truly beautiful and emotionally subtle movie.

    The best actress in a young Victoria was Miranda Richardson and her role was small.
    Hey ho – I guess it is about profile. I think Blunt could be the fifth nominee but she will be like Keira Knightley for Pride and Prejudice.

  • 14 12-15-2009 at 9:31 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    So will their five BP’s be nominated by the Academy as well amongst the final 10?
    As for the rest, some small surprises. As for the rest, that anouncement was truly a messy piece of garbage.

  • 15 12-15-2009 at 9:38 am

    Speaking English said...

    ***Considering Kris had Bolt as his no. 1 film of last year***

    Except he didn’t. “Slumdog Millionaire” was hi no. 1 film.

  • 16 12-15-2009 at 9:38 am

    Speaking English said...


  • 17 12-15-2009 at 9:42 am

    the other mike said...

    2nd whoever said Modern Family was the funniest show on TV.

  • 18 12-15-2009 at 10:13 am

    Lance said...

    “It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia” is the funniest show on TV!!!

  • 19 12-15-2009 at 10:16 am

    red_wine said...

    “Bought and paid for”.
    That truly sums it up. These just feel so random and all over the place. More like a guest list of people invited than a role-call of merit. I honestly wonder if the artists themselves truly feel happy to be nominated here.

    This and the BFCA almost seem petty, and inane. And the Oscars manage to have some dignity inspite of themselves.
    End of rant. I should probably get back to preparing for my exams.

  • 20 12-15-2009 at 10:30 am

    James The Greatest said...

    Does anyone think that Nine might be on shaky ground in the Best Picture category? It’s been getting a critical DRUBBING so far.

  • 21 12-15-2009 at 10:35 am

    Andrew said...

    Nine is such a pretentious film. It’s only getting nominated because it’s a big production -this year’s Benjamin Button-.

  • 22 12-15-2009 at 11:11 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Nine is the big productin that always gets nominated. Be it 5 or 10 nominees.

  • 23 12-15-2009 at 12:09 pm

    TJ Mackey said...

    It great to see Inglorious Basterds getting some love. It’s finally gotten to the point where even Kris Tapley has to recognize it as one of the top ten potential noms. When I saw it back in august, it was the best film and it still hold the top spot in my book. I have yet to see a film that come close to as good this year. I’m crossing my fingers on Avatar.

  • 24 12-15-2009 at 12:14 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    Speaking English,

    You’re right, my bad. Nevertheless, Bolt was his no. 2 choice which just as well proves my point that Kris is hardly someone who has anything against animation!

  • 25 12-15-2009 at 12:30 pm

    Emily said...

    I see only one person hear who mentioned Breaking Bad. Also – no Big Bang Theory? Entourage instead of Big Bang Theory?

  • 26 12-15-2009 at 12:48 pm

    Marshall1 said...

    I think the reason why Jennifer Carpenter as Deb in Dexter is constantly robbed is because (my friend’s theory) she is so good and convincing as Deb there is very little traace of “acting” going on. She completely inhabits the role and the voting body probably thinks that’s her in real life.

  • 27 12-15-2009 at 12:56 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Avatar, obviously
    Inglourious Basterds, which can no longer be denied as a serious contender
    Paul McCartney
    District 9
    (500) Days of Summer
    It’s Complicated
    Sandra Bullock
    Michael Stuhlbarg

    Jeremy Renner
    Alec Baldwin
    Mariah Carey (any heat at all is gone now)
    The Lovely Bones
    Judi Dench
    Saoirse Ronan
    A Serious Man
    Samantha Morton

    Weird, isolated incidents:
    Tobey Maguire
    Emily Blunt
    That fucking hateful Avatar song

  • 28 12-15-2009 at 12:59 pm

    Ren said...

    @ 76 Marshall1: Totally agree with you on Jennifer Carpenter. Her acting, especially the break down after Lundy (as mentioned above) gets shot was desperately brilliant and brave … it left me breathless with my jaw on the floor. I think a lot of people find her character very off-putting b/c she (the character) is so brash and offensive that it makes the viewer very uncomfortable to watch her or even sympathize with her.

  • 29 12-15-2009 at 2:00 pm

    Me. said...

    YES!!! I LOVE the “Baaria” nomination! Such a stunning film! I also love to see “Broken Embraces” being nominated for Best Foreign Language Film!

    I think Avatar and Nine will win the Best Picture awards.

  • 30 12-15-2009 at 2:27 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    That’s exactly why I love Deb–she’s so in-your-face, and Carpenter place her with complete selflessness.

    @SHAAAARK: I don’t think Renner is hurt (teehee) much, nor is Stuhlbarg helped. Renner makes me think of Melissa Leo, Richard Jenkins, Laura Linney, Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams–you see where I’m going with this? He’s that indie performance that is wrongfully snubbed for a bigger name. SAG will be the real tell….And they better not rob him =(.

  • 31 12-15-2009 at 2:30 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    @Me.: I think Up in the Air will be winning–most nominations rule and all. (Last year was an anomaly. Before that, it was Atonement, Babel, Brokeback Mountain, The Aviator, TLOTR:TROTK, and so forth. Granted, like last year, there’s potential for an upset, but I would consider that the frontrunner for the win.

  • 32 12-15-2009 at 2:58 pm

    Glenn said...

    I am LOVING the Julia Roberts nomination. People complaining about it a) haven’t seen “Duplicity” and really should do so pronto or b) just don’t like her, ala Sandra Bullock. She’s fantastic in the film.

    Also loving the score nom for “The Informant!” So hope that goes to Oscar as well.

    Generally everything else is as expected. Disappointed for “Bright Star” though. That Best Supporting Actress lineup sure looks like it’ll go unchanged for Oscar, doesn’t it?

  • 33 12-15-2009 at 3:00 pm

    Glenn said...

    Oh! That Emily Blunt nomination is freakin’ lazy! I figure the HFPA members fell asleep during “Young Victoria” and put her name down anyway because she’s Emily Blunt and she’s always good. ‘cept she’s not here.

  • 34 12-15-2009 at 3:04 pm

    Yih said...

    If Sandra Bullock wins for the Proposal, the Golden Globes is officially a joke

  • 35 12-15-2009 at 3:10 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    She probably won’t.

    However…she is *so* winning for The Blind Side.

  • 36 12-15-2009 at 3:28 pm

    Me. said...

    LOTR ROTK wasnt the most nominated film at the Globes that year. It was Cold Mountain!

  • 37 12-15-2009 at 3:29 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Oops! My bad. Thanks for the correction. So aside from 2004-2007, the general rule was the most-nommed won.

  • 38 12-15-2009 at 3:32 pm

    Sam said...

    I have been lucky enough to see most of the films released this year (save Avatar), and this is how I think it’s going to go down at the Oscars:

    (500) Days of Summer
    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    The Messenger
    A Serious Man
    Up in the Air

    Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
    Lee Daniels, Precious
    Clint Eastwood, Invictus
    Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
    Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

    *I understand I didn’t place Invictus into the Top 10, but I have a feeling the Academy will reward Eastwood with a nomination this year, to make up for not nominating either of his two films last year.

    Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
    George Clooney, Up in the Air
    Colin Firth, A Single Man
    Morgan Freeman, Invictus
    Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

    Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
    Carey Mulligan, An Education
    Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
    Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
    Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

    *Despite all of the buzz, I still do not believe the Academy will reward Sandra Bullock with a nomination.

    Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
    Cristian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
    Alfred Molina, An Education
    Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
    Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

    Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
    Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
    Mo’Nique, Precious
    Julianne Moore, A Single Man
    Samantha Morton, The Messenger

    (500) Days of Summer
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    A Serious Man

    An Education
    District 9
    A Single Man
    Up in the Air

  • 39 12-15-2009 at 3:34 pm

    Sam said...

    The Eastwood prediction could be replaced with James Cameron. Same goes for Avatar in place of (500).

  • 40 12-16-2009 at 3:02 am

    Andrew2 said...

    very disappointing that Bright Star has nothing. Where the hell is their campaign? It seems non-existent and at this rate Cornish will miss an Oscar nom