So here’s a list of the nominations. I’ll underline my preferred winners and write a little bit about them (if I care about the category).
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The only one of these movies that I haven’t see is The Reader. I intend to at some point but I haven’t got around to it.
Benjamin Button is likely my no. 1 movie of the year, I loved it. The epic romance mixed with the fantasy element (not unlike Desmond and Penny), taht along wiht the incredible style of David Fincher and great actors and actresses and wonderful characters.
Frost/Nixon was interesting but not great. Revolutionary Road was dull and I only watched it to be truly informed about the movie. Slumdog Millionaire was way better than I expected, and it deserves the nomination, but I wouldn’t watch it again.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long (Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’aime)
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road
I mostly don’t want Kristin Scott Thomas to win this award. I like Anne Hathaway better, and her acting was good in Rachel Getting Married (even if the movie was less than stellar). If Kate Winslet won it wouldn’t actually be for this movie it would be for all the times she was snubbed previously.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Leonardo Dicaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
Brad Pitt did very well in this movie. I definitely think he deserves the win. I never saw Milk but Sean Penn does great in everything he’s ever done, I don’t really want him to win. I can’t seem to cheer for Mickey Rourke, I love Darren Aronofsky but I don’t like the subject of the movie or Mickey Rourke’s face. Frank Langella did good but only because he avoided doing an impression of Richard Nixon.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Burn After Reading
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
I couldn’t decide between these two. Burn After Reading was a pleasent surprise but so was Happy-Go-Lucky. If I thouhgt that Sally Hawkins would win then I would want Burn After Reading to win but I doubt she will. I don’t think that In Bruges was really a comedy, there were moments but in the end it was depressing. Same with Vicky Cristina Barcelona the movie was just odd, not Woody Allen’s best and hardly a stand out movie.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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
I wouldn’t be unhappy if any of these people won, I actually like them all. But I think that Sally Hawkins deserves it because she did the oddest character.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – 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
Javier Bardem did good, but he’s a great actor, what else can we expect. Colin Farrell did fine, his character was slightly funny. Brendan Gleeson played abig tough lovable character, not too spectacular for him. And I haven’t seen Last Chance Harvey but I’ll bet he did good.
But I think it would be hilarious and surprising if James Franco won for Pineapple Express. His character made me laugh harder than any of the other character (in facte he was the only character that made me laugh).
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kung Fu Panda
Wall-E will win this, it is just too good. I tend to prefer Pixar movie to anything though.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden/Denmark)
I’ve Loved You So Long (France)
Waltz With Bashir (Israel)
I am complretely out of the loop regarding this episode.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis -Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader
This is another category where I like all the nominees. I think that Amy Adams definitely deserves awards because it wasn’t so long ago when I didn’t think she had a chance at a career and now I’ll buy a ticket to any of her movies. I don’t like Penelope Cruz at all (her accent drives me up the wall), but she did good crazy/sexy in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
I really wish that Teraji P. Henson, from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was nominated. She deserves at least a Golden Globe, if not an Oscar.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. -Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
If Heath Ledger wasn’t nominated here I would want Robert Downey Jr. to win this award because he managed to make blackface funny. And when he switched between characters after he tok his wig off I was amazed. Yeah, he did great.
Buuuut Heath Ledger was nominated, and he deserves to win this. The Joker was an amazing character and he did insanely good acting. I believe that he would deserve the award whether he died or not, but he wouldn’t have been nominted if he didn’t die. That’s one of the flaws in movie awards no movie released before September can even be nominated. It’s ridiculous.
I really don’t think that Tom Cruise should have been nominated, his character was my least favorite thing about Tropic Thunder.
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road
David Fincher is gloriously good. I love his movies and he deserves the attention that he’s suddenly getting. Supposedly Danny Boyle deserves attention too but I never enjoyed Trainspotters so I’m not in his bandwagon. Ron Howard is a good guy but I don’t think he really needs an award for the movies he makes. He’s good at adaptions and he’s still cute as a button but I don’t think he needs Golden Globes.
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare – The Reader
Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth – The Curious Case Of Benjamin
John Patrick Shanley – Doubt
If Slumdog Millionaire wasn’t adapted from a book then I think it could have been my pick, it was an amazing, unique story. But I’ve read the original Benjamin Button story and it is amazing what was done with it.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplat -The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood – Changeling
James Newton Howard – Defiance
A. R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Hans Zimmer – Frost/Nixon
I could pretend to care about this category but I don’t I just want Benjamin Button to get more awards.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Down To Earth” – Wall-E (By: Peter Gabriel)
“Gran Torino” – Gran Torino
(By: Jamie Cullum)
“I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt (By: Miley Cyrus)
“Once In A Lifetime” – Cadillac Records (By: Beyoncé Knowles)
“The Wrestler” – The Wrestler (By: Bruce Springsteen)
The song The Call by Regina Spektor from Prince Caspian should have been nominated, I love that sond. Since it wasn’t I couldn’t care less about this category.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Mad Men (Amc)
It’s ridiculous that House and True Blood were nominated and Lost wasn’t. OUtrageous. Apparently the Hollywood Foreign Press isn’t “down” with Lost. As it stands I love Dexter and I think it deserves to win.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Sally Field – Brothers And Sisters
Mariska Hargitay -Law And Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones – Mad Men
Anna Paquin – True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer
Anna Paquin? Seriously? You could make a drinking game out of how much she twitches. There is something off about her, and I don’t believe she deserved an Oscar in the past and I don’t think she deserves a Golden Globe now. I really don’t like this list though. It’ll be a good bathroom break when they give out this award.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne – In Treatment
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Hugh Laurie – House
Jonathan Rhys Meyers – The Tudors
Michael C. Hall deserves many awards for playing Dexter. He is crazy good. Jon Hamm is pretty impressive too.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
I especially want 30 Rock to win this award, it will make up for Lost’s lack of a nomination. It wouldn’t be bad if Weeds won. I really don’t want Entourage to win.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christina Applegate – Samantha Who?
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Debra Messing – The Starter Wife
Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds
Tina Fey needs to win this and she will. She’s glorious.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Steve Carell – The Office
Kevin Connolly – Entourage
David Duchovny – Californication
Tony Shalhoub – Monk
Alec Baldwin’s character is too good. He definitely deserves this award. And I believe he will win.
BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
A Raisin In The Sun(ABC)
Bernard And Doris(HBO)
Why the hell do Mini-series still get so much attention. You could make a mini-series or TV-movie about anything and it would get nominated.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Judi Dench – Cranford
Catherine Keener – An American Crime
Laura Linney – John Adams
Shirley Maclaine – Coco Chanel
Susan Sarandon – Bernard And Doris
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Ralph Fiennes – Bernard And Doris
Paul Giamatti – John Adams
Kevin Spacey – Recount
Kiefer Sutherland – 24: Redemption
Tom Wilkinson – Recount
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Eileen Atkins – Cranford
Laura Dern – Recount
Melissa George – In Treatment
Rachel Griffiths – Brothers And Sisters
Dianne Wiest – In Treatment
Look at how broad this category is, and these are the nominees?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother
Denis Leary – Recount
Jeremy Piven – Entourage
Blair Underwood – In Treatment
Tom Wilkinson – John Adams
I might do something awful if Jeremy Piven wins another award for that role. He really isn’t that good, and after that first win and the lack of gratitude or even humilty why would they continue to give him these awards? I want Neil Patrick Harris to win, he’s funny even if his show isn’t (I know it is, but I can’t ignore the laugh track or the outrageous set-ups they give to each and every joke).
So that’s that. In the end all I really want is for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Happy-Go-Lucky and 30 Rock to win. Dexter would be nice too. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.