Golden Globe noms announced
'Up in the Air,' 'Glee' lead nominationsIt felt like a mad, pop-culture scavenger hunt as noms for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were read early Tuesday.
On the one hand, the 83 voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. endorsed Paramount's "Up in the Air," the zeitgeisty movie about corporate downsizing, by rewarding it with six noms, including best drama. That underscored the movie's status as an awards season front-runner that doesn't flinch from real-world issues but instead confronts recession-era America head-on.
At the same time, the HFPA applauded the Weinstein Co.'s "Nine," a musical reworking of Fellini's 1963 film "8 1/2," with five noms. Reveling in the glamour of early '60s Rome, "Nine" couldn't care less about the problems of the average guy as it swirls around a world-famous director (played by nominee Daniel Day-Lewis) as he worries about his next film while juggling the many women in his life.
Clocking in with four noms each are James Cameron's "Avatar," a sci-fi movie using the latest cutting-edge technology to not-so-obliquely critique American imperialism, and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," which brazenly rewrites the history of World War II so the American forces are even more victorious.
Meanwhile, among the TV competitors, Globe voters embraced Fox's freshman series "Glee" and its upbeat celebration of artistic outsiders.
Just as the Globes' picks struck wildly diverse thematic notes, the noms also ranged from big-budget studio product to modestly budgeted indie fare.
In addition to the costly "Avatar," which opens Friday, and "Basterds," which has grossed $315 million worldwide, the best drama contenders are the economical "Up in the Air" and indie pickups "The Hurt Locker," which looks at the Iraq War through the eyes of a bomb-defusal unit, and "Precious," a gritty portrait of an abused inner-city teen.
In the best musical or comedy category, the splashy "Nine" is joined by the deconstructed love story "(500) Days of Summer"; "The Hangover," a boys-gone-wild account of what best stays in Vegas; the upcoming "It's Complicated," a middle-aged sex comedy; and "Julie & Julia," in which women of two generations share a taste for beef bourguignon.
In a year that has seen a wrenching constriction across the film industry, the Weinstein Co. bounced off the ropes to lead all distributors with 12 noms. Although its apocalyptic drama "The Road" found no favor, TWC picked up multiple noms for "Nine," which it produced with Universal; "Basterds"; and "A Single Man," Tom Ford's adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel about a gay man coming to terms with the death of his longtime lover.
By contrast, the Weinstein brothers' old company Miramax, recently downsized by Disney, had to settle for just one nom -- for Paul McCartney's song "I Want to Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine."
Again playing the role of comeback kid, Harvey Weinstein couldn't contain his enthusiasm, saying, "I don't think you could do better than we did." Although disappointed that Ford and "Nine's" Rob Marshall were shut out of the best director circle, he added of Tarantino, who collected directing and screenwriting noms: "I'm so happy for Quentin. It's his year, and he's done a remarkable job."
"I don't mean to sound falsely modest," Weinstein added. "The independent movement has seen real suffering this year. I hope this is the shot in the arm that we need. I'm rolling up my sleeves. It's time to stop making movies about toys and make movies about people. And this is an opportunity, a platform, to get that across."
As the industry undergoes a transformation in which the mainstream studios are no longer the autonomous powers they once were, new players also are staking their turf in the awards game.
Ryan Kavanaugh's production and finance company Relativity Media has a stake in five films that accounted for a dozen noms -- from "Nine" to studio entertainments "It's Complicated" and "Duplicity" to more specialized fare including "Brothers" and "A Serious Man."
"It is very exciting to have Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke and Jacques Audiard all being honored in the same room because they are three of the greatest film masters in the world, and it's very rare that you have a category where three masters come together in one moment," SPC co-president Michael Barker said.
The category also includes Giuseppe Tornatore's "Baaria" from Italy and Sebastian Silva's "The Maid" from Chile.
As for the best director race, past Globe winners Cameron and Clint Eastwood, nominated for the South Africa-set "Invictus," were named along with previous nominee Tarantino. New to that select circle are Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Hurt Locker").
Bigelow's inclusion is particularly notable. She is the fourth woman to be nominated for a directing Globe -- Barbra Streisand was picked for "Yentl" and "The Prince of Tides," Jane Campion for "The Piano" and Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" -- but the first to make the cut for a movie that invades the traditional male terrain of a war drama.
"I think it's a real testament to the strength of the material and the timeliness of the subject matter," Bigelow said of "Locker's" three noms. "It sheds light on a really impossible situation both in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I think there's a real curiosity. It seems to have touched a nerve."
This year's noms also reflect the growing prominence of 3D movies.
While "Avatar" surfaced in the major categories, the animated film contest includes three pics released in 3D: Disney/Pixar's "Up," Sony's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and Focus/Laika's "Coraline." Their category includes Disney's traditionally drawn "The Princess and the Frog" and Fox's stop-motion "Fantastic Mr. Fox."
"I think people are using 3D well and pushing it more," "Coraline" director Henry Selick said. "And when the public sees it used well, they want more."
The 67th Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live Jan. 17 from the Beverly Hilton.
Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit contributed to this report.
A list of nominees is on the next page.
Nominees for the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Tuesday morning at the Beverly Hilton. The list of nominees in film and television categories follows:
"The Hurt Locker"
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
"Up in the Air"
Best musical or comedy
"(500) Days of Summer"
"Julie & Julia"
Actor in a drama
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Tobey Maguire, "Brothers"
Actress in a drama
Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron, "Avatar"
Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
Actor in a musical or comedy
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"
Actress in a musical or comedy
Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"
Marion Cotillard, "Nine"
Julia Roberts, "Duplicity"
Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated"
Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Julianne Moore, "A Single Man"
"The Maid (La Nana)"
"The White Ribbon"
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, "District 9"
Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker"
Nancy Meyers, "It's Complicated"
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
Michael Giacchino, "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch, "The Informant!"
James Horner, "Avatar"
Abel Korzeniowski, "A Single Man"
Karen O, Carter Burwell, "Where the Wild Things Are"
"Cinema Italiano" (written by Maury Yeston), "Nine"
"I Want to Come Home" (written by Paul McCartney), "Everybody's Fine"
"I Will See You" (written by James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell), "Avatar"
"The Weary Kind (Theme from 'Crazy Heart')" (written by Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett), "Crazy Heart"
"Winter" (written by U2), "Brothers"
Best TV drama series
"Big Love," HBO
"Mad Men," AMC
"True Blood," HBO
Best TV comedy or musical series
"30 Rock," NBC
"Modern Family," ABC
"The Office," NBC
Best actor in a TV drama
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist," CBS
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," AMC
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter," Showtime
Hugh Laurie, "House," Fox
Bill Paxton, "Big Love," HBO
Best actress in a TV drama
Glenn Close, "Damages," FX
January Jones, "Mad Men," AMC
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS
Anna Paquin, "True Blood," HBO
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT
Best actress in a TV comedy
Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime
Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara," Showtime
Lea Michele, "Glee," Fox
Courteney Cox, "Cougar Town," ABC
Best actor in a TV comedy
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC
Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC
David Duchovny, "Californication," Showtime
Matthew Morrison, "Glee," Fox
Thomas Jane, "Hung," HBO
Best actor in a supporting role
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage," HBO
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother," CBS
William Hurt, "Damages," FX
John Lithgow, "Dexter," Showtime
Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC
Best actress in a supporting role
Jane Lynch, "Glee," Fox
Rose Byrne, "Damages," FX
Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm," HBO
Jane Adams, "Hung," HBO
Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love," HBO
Best TV movie or miniseries
"Georgia O'Keeffe," Lifetime
"Grey Gardens," HBO
"Into the Storm," HBO
"Little Dorrit," PBS
"Taking Chance," HBO
Best actor in a miniseries or TV movie
Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance," HBO
Kenneth Branagh, "Wallender," PBS
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Endgame," PBS
Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm," HBO
Jeremy Irons, "Georgia O'Keeffe," Lifetime
Best actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie
Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe," Lifetime
Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens," HBO
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens," HBO
Anna Paquin, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," CBS
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby," Lifetime